US not-for-profit organisation Environmental Working Group (EWG) claims that one in twelve beauty products marketed to black women contains harmful ingredients. According to a recent EWG’s report that analysed over 1,170 items, fewer than 25 percent of black beauty products pose a low threat, compared to 40 percent of beauty products marketed to the general public.
The group also determined that eight percent of the products posed a severe health hazard, mostly due to the presence of fragrance, parabens or anti-bacteria chemicals. Fragrance can, in fact, spur irritation or allergic reaction, while parabens are said to disrupt the endocrine system.
However, the scientific community has often deemed the group’s declarations as ‘fear mongering’.