EU to force change of formula for perfume classics
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.