Base notes of child labor? Luxury fragrance ingredients picked by children

Base notes of child labor? Luxury fragrance ingredients picked by children

THE WHAT? An investigation into perfume supply chain conducted by the World Service has discovered that the jasmine used in fragrances by some of beauty’s biggest names was picked by children.

THE DETAILS According to a report published by the BBC, both L’Oreal-owned Lancome and Lauder-owned Aerin Beauty source their jasmine from Egypt where minors were filmed picking flowers, which are then sent to local factories where the oil used by the fragrance industry is extracted.

THE WHY? The BBC reports that luxury brands are squeezing budgets, which puts pressure on suppliers, creating a trickle-down effect and ultimately impacting wages for pickers.

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