The California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as “Proposition 65,” requires entities doing business in California to provide warnings to consumers about exposures to chemicals that have been identified by the state to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm. In 2016, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) promulgated new consumer warning regulations that take effect on Aug. 30, 2018 (27 Cal. Code Reg. Section 25600 et seq.).
Many essential oils and natural ingredients contain naturally occurring components that are on the Prop 65 list.
A naturally occurring constituent, such as pulegone, is found in some essential oils (and the plants they are derived from) such as peppermint and spearmint.
“Pulegone is a ketonic monoterpene that is a naturally present constituent in numerous plant species, especially mints (e.g., peppermint and spearmint) and particularly concentrated in the essential oils derived from these plants. Use of these plants and their essential oils as ingredients in foods, supplements, cosmetics and other consumer products may therefore result in the presence of small amounts of pulegone in these products. ” (source: American Herbal Products Association)
Prop 65 has been a subject of debate among natural product companies because the prop has such strict guidelines that just about anything can end up on their list. The LA Times reported some of the arguments for and against the proposition.
Lisa Halko, a defense lawyer in Sacramento said, “For instance, there are very real and immediate risks from malnutrition, food spoilage and obesity from foods, but Prop. 65 creates alarm about trace amounts of chemicals that have no actual risk or have a risk that is obviously outweighed by the benefit of the food. Vegetables may contain a certain amount of lead if they grow in the ground, and fish contain mercury because they live in the sea. If we make trace chemicals the salient fact, then we discourage the consumption of healthy foods.”
We use gentle natural botanicals and essential oils in our ritual oils and instruct to use those oils for sacred purposes, which is in limited amounts. Our oils may contain some of those naturally occurring constituents, but are diluted with organic fractionated coconut oil for additional precaution.
If you have any questions or concerns you can refer to the State of California’s Prop 65 website for more information.