We all want to smell good and we want our dogs to smell good too. But did you know most of the products you use to perfume yourself and the air around you are toxic? Not just for your dog, but for you too.
Unfortunately, artificial fragrances are a massive industry. And the manufacturers are way more interested in their profits than they are in yours or your pet's health!
Each fragrance can contain hundreds of chemicals that can be harmful for your dog and you. Many of the fragrance compounds have similar chemical structures to pesticides.
Legally, companies don't have to list all of the chemicals in fragrances (read original source). The word fragrance on a product label is a catch-all. And they don't have to tell you what's in there. In 2010, the consumer watchdog Environmental Working Group published an article stating that 3,613 ingredients hide behind the word fragrance (read original source).
EWG rates toxic chemicals according to risk; 1 in 20 of these chemicals had a "high hazard" score.
25 of them scored a 10, the highest score. This means anything you use in your home with artificial fragrances is probably unsafe. The substances in them are volatile, meaning they're quickly absorbed directly through the skin from the air. Many of them accumulate in the body over time.
IFRA certified allergen-free fragrance
At Doglyness, we take great pride in our products, which contain 98–99% natural/organic ingredients, and we prefer to use safer scents. We believe dogs are much more sensitive to smells than humans, and many people are already susceptible to fragrance or would like to avoid it altogether.
This is why we use fragrances in low quantities of 0.2–0.3% of the total product, mostly to cover the base of products and stabilize the formulation's odor. Within Doglyness products, we only use IFRA certified fragrances.
IFRA represents a long-standing, science-based approach. For four decades, the IFRA Standards have set the boundaries for fragrance creation, ensuring that people can enjoy the art of perfumery with confidence.
The IFRA Standards BAN, LIMIT or SET criteria for using certain ingredients based on scientific evidence and consumer insights.
The IFRA Standards exist to provide confidence in the safe use of fragrance ingredients. IFRA sets rules recognized by government authorities and trade bodies around the world. The system is rigid, offering the most significant degree of protection to the greatest number of people; it is comprehensive, looking at different product types and body areas; it is responsive – reacting fast to new scientific data; and it is global, ensuring that people worldwide can have the same level of confidence.