• EU to force change of formula for perfume classics

    Reuters is reporting that hundreds of classic fragrances, including Chanel No. 5, will have to be reformulated if EU proposals to restrict ingredients such as citral (from citrus fruits), coumarin (from tonka beans), eugenol (from rose oil) - to 0.01 percent of the finished product; and completely ban tree and oak moss.

    The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), who are advising the EU, say that 1-3% of people "are allergic or potentially allergic to perfume". The industry isn't taking it lying down. Reuters say that "Trade associations including IFRA and Cosmetics Europe, whose members are perfume and cosmetics companies such as LVMH, are aiming to submit a joint industry proposal to the Commission by the end of 2012."

    According to an article Perfume & Flavorist, IFRA suggested "using technologies such as smart labeling, telephone hotlines and websites to help consumers obtain detailed, accurate and beneficial information on fragrance materials, which would allow consumers to evaluate a product in relation to potential skin allergens and their own requirements"

    Which makes a lot more sense in our view.

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    1. Ozjon701's Avatar
      Ozjon701 -
      Hey Brussels! 70% of people have a degree of lactose intolerance so why not ban cows too!?
    1. illyria's Avatar
      illyria -
      I agree! Whatever happened to the concept of personal responsibility?

      Since it appears these perfume allergies are triggered by application, not by smelling it on someone else, surely it's enough to provide warnings on the product and let people make an informed choice whether to wear it or not. Mitts off my Mitsouko! :-)
    1. rttoronto's Avatar
      rttoronto -
      Let the hoarding begin (
      God I'm so sick of these changes...I'll definately hoard some No.5 if this is the case, even though I really don't want to.
    1. MonkeyBars's Avatar
      MonkeyBars -
      I'd like to see some hard figures on the effects of these allergens on people that come into contact with other people wearing perfumes. How many hospital visits? How many attacks? Deaths? Until there is scientific data behind this, it's just bureaucrats picking on another luxury industry so they can seem like saviors.
    1. RHM's Avatar
      RHM -
      So 1 to 3% of the population is enough to destroy fragrance, as we know it?

      I want to know what percentage of the population is addicted to alcohol? If it's over 3%, is the government going to outlaw the production of spirits?

      Gee, you can go down the list of things.....how about gasoline? Isn't it a carcinogen? So why not ban gasoline?

      The whole thing smacks of BIG BROTHER!!!
    1. ktime70's Avatar
      ktime70 -
      Ummm you guys realise when they say "allergen" they are only referring to skin contact allergies. that is, an adverse reaction from spraying the perfume on yourself. this doesn't even have anything to do with making OTHER PEOPLE sneeze or what have you. when it effects someone else, it's considered an "irritant" not an allergen. so they are banning perfumes because 3% of the population cannot spray them on themselves... it's even WORSE than it reads.
    1. hirch_duckfinder's Avatar
      hirch_duckfinder -
      It's not big brother. It's corrupt, unaccountable capitalism. The political power is bought through money and the power comes with a license to print money.
      The people who make the decisions stand to profit from them and those who expose them are ridiculed.
      The regulatory bodies are funded by the big companies who manufacture the replacements for the banned substances.
      One day we will shove their captive molecules up their ars** while giving away free oakmoss!
    1. David Ruskin's Avatar
      David Ruskin -
      I think it is already too late to save the classics due to IFRA's regulations, but the EU proposed regulations spell the end of Perfumery as we know it. No more Chypres, no more Fougeres. Will we see skull and crossbones signs in our greengrocers? Lemons have Citral in their skin. Will we see the same in florists shops? For such a small minority (alleged) to cause such a destructive change to our history and heritage, is madness when it could be avoided.
    1. Profumo Saggio's Avatar
      Profumo Saggio -
      I am one of those 1-3% whose skin is irritated by certain fragrance ingredients. I use dye and fragrance free laundry and toiletries. That being said, I also own over 100 fragrances, only a very few of which have ever caused any problems. I know which ones they are and fortunately they are ones I really don't like to wear much anyway. I have always figured my body was just sorting out stuff I shouldn't wear. On a serious note, this is another reason I try to test fragrances before I buy. I have never once entertained the idea of ttrying to tell a fragrance house, let alone an entire industry they have to change their entire way of doing things. I can't think of anywhere else in a so called free market, that 3% of a population would dictate 100% of the market.
    1. Francolino's Avatar
      Francolino -
      Alcohol and cigarettes kill thousands of people, why not a ban?
    1. redrose's Avatar
      redrose -
      Like Profumo Saggio, above, I suffer from irritant contact dermatitis from a few frags. Those that have caused problems, I just spray on fabrics, not my skin. Most frags are fine, though, and I can see no reason for this additional, useless legislation at all. After all, problems with nut allergies have been reported for years, but nobody's suggesting banning them, nor should they.
      And yes, I'm hoarding already. I can't imagine a world without N'Aimez Que Moi, Parfum Sacre, Ta'if, Paris, Samsara, etc., etc. Altered as so many already are, I don't see they how they could survive further doctoring, so I keep several backups for each now.
    1. DirtyPony's Avatar
      DirtyPony -
      This breaks my heart. I've dreamed of being able to one day affored Shalimar and no 19 and Hiris. By the time im old enough to affored them they probably wont exist. At least not as we know them ):
    1. Mysticman's Avatar
      Mysticman -
      Good grief! How is it that peanuts and shellfish are still available? There are people who have fatal allergies to those substances; yet they are harmless to most others, and somehow the human race still functions.

      I say we round up those busybodies who are advocating this outrage and dump them into a vat of pure oakmoss extract until they see reason!
    1. mnaonbn's Avatar
      mnaonbn -
      One of the best things that might come from this incessant and arbitrary infringement on artistic expression is that more and more of us perfume connoisseurs will become amateur artisan perfumers ourselves——further educating ourselves about perfumery and creating (not just appreciating) perfumes for ourselves and our loved ones. The more that structural forces like these work to disempower us by leaving us at their whim and mercy, the more that we can work to empower ourselves by becoming more learned and self reliant. (Now, please excuse me while I go bathe in a bucket of gently warmed oakmoss absolute!)
    1. david's Avatar
      david -
      Nanny state europe.

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      NANNY STATE EUROPE.
    1. Surfacing's Avatar
      Surfacing -
      Sounds awful, but I think this is happening for business interests. There is no way it would be put into place if it take money out of the industry.

      Is there a good way to have sythetic coumarin, oakmoss and citral ? It seems like almost every fragrance I have has these indgredients. I just don't even see how it is possible. All the modern mainstream designers use coumarin.
    1. LaNose's Avatar
      LaNose -
      Oh, for Christ's sake! Somebody allergic to something. Let's start with air pollution and cigarette smoke; nobody's outlawing them. If folks are allergic to oak moss, tonka, etc., please turn away.
    1. Ms Rochambeau's Avatar
      Ms Rochambeau -
      Quote Originally Posted by hirch_duckfinder View Post
      It's not big brother. It's corrupt, unaccountable capitalism. The political power is bought through money and the power comes with a license to print money.
      The people who make the decisions stand to profit from them and those who expose them are ridiculed.
      The regulatory bodies are funded by the big companies who manufacture the replacements for the banned substances.
      One day we will shove their captive molecules up their ars** while giving away free oakmoss!
      You hit the nail right on the head!

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      So what happens when they find that an even greater percent of the population is allergic to the some replacement chemicals they're really trying to push? I'll bet you won't hear a peep out of the regulators, as they will work really hard to keep it from the public. How much more greedy and corrupt can they get?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Profumo Saggio View Post
      I am one of those 1-3% whose skin is irritated by certain fragrance ingredients. I use dye and fragrance free laundry and toiletries. That being said, I also own over 100 fragrances, only a very few of which have ever caused any problems. I know which ones they are and fortunately they are ones I really don't like to wear much anyway. I have always figured my body was just sorting out stuff I shouldn't wear. On a serious note, this is another reason I try to test fragrances before I buy. I have never once entertained the idea of ttrying to tell a fragrance house, let alone an entire industry they have to change their entire way of doing things. I can't think of anywhere else in a so called free market, that 3% of a population would dictate 100% of the market.
      Thank you for sharing that and proving that these extreme restrictions are out of control.
    1. darrylhunter's Avatar
      darrylhunter -
      I actually see this as an opportunity to drive creativity. Yes, I agree, we may lose a 'love', but as with any love lost we have the chance to find new ones.
    1. Letitbenose's Avatar
      Letitbenose -
      Those bureaucrats are hypocrits... or dumb... or both!



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