The Washington Toxics Coalition says a recent test of 20 perfumes used by tweens uncovered the presence of hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates in nine products.
The non-profit group says five companies selling the products failed to disclose the potentially harmful chemicals as required by this state's Children's Safe Products Act of 2008.
According to Washington Toxics Coalition Science Director Erika Schreder, seven of the perfumes were made by major retailers that are routinely frequented by young people in their late adolescence and early teens.
"It's very disappointing that companies whose products are adored by children are not only using toxic chemicals in their products, but failing to comply with the law and report them," Schreder said in a news release issued Thursday.
Schreder says she notified each of the companies requesting a response. Most replied that the specific fragrance products names were not intended to be used by children under the age of 12. The products, retailers and retailer response are included in Schreder's report.