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IFRA Standards

International FRagrance Association


I’m always being asked, by people starting out in the make-your-own-perfume business what these are and how they apply to fragrances. Most people not in the industry seem to find the IFRA website a bit difficult to navigate too, so I thought I’d make up a summary list for quick reference. 

 

This isn’t a substitute for looking up the details, it does not include everything (yet - though I’m nearly there) and I don’t accept liability for any errors or omissions (!) but you might find it helpful as a way of avoiding some of the more common pitfalls.

 

 
This summary is based on the 46th Amendment to the standards - notice that the 47th is now in force and some details are further down this thread.  I'll remove this warning when the main section has been updated to include changes brought in in June 2013.

 


In each case I’m quoting the IFRA limit for Category 4 (which covers fine fragrance and anything in an alcohol base, sprayed on the skin for scent except products intended for freshly shaved skin where some of the limits are lower) or for ‘Leave-on’ products where applicable. All the percentages quoted are on a weight for weight basis and apply to the finished product.

I’ve tried to summarise the main things you are likely to come across from all the ProhibitedSpecification~ and Restricted (QRA and non-QRA) Standards.

Acetyl isovaleryl (5-Methyl-2,3-hexanedione) Prohibited
Alantroot oil (aka elecampane oil) Prohibited
Allyl heptine carbonate Prohibited
Allyl isothiocyanate Prohibited
Amyl cinnamic aldehyde 10.7%
Amylcyclopentenone Prohibited
Anisylidene acetone (4-(p-methoxyphenyl)-3-butene-2-one) Prohibited
cis-and trans-Asarone ((E)-and(Z)-2,4,5-Trimethoxypropen-1-yl benzene)~ * Prohibited
Benzene Prohibited
Benzaldehyde 0.27%
Benzyl alcohol 2.7%
Benzyl benzoate 26.7%
Benzyl cinnamate 2.1%
Benzyl salicylate 8.0%
Boldo Oil Prohibited
α-Butylcinnamaldehyde 0.45%
Cade Oil (crude) and Birch Tar (crude) Prohibited
Cade Oil (rectified)~ and Birch Tar (rectified)~ PAHs <1ppb 
Celeriax (3-Propylidenephthalide) 0.01%
Chenopodium oil Prohibited
Cinamic alcohol 0.4%
Citral* 0.6%
Citronellol* 13.3%
Citrus oils (expressed) 6%
Costus root oil, absolute and concrete Prohibited
Coumarin 1.6%
Cumin oil 0.4%
Cyclamen alcohol (up to 1.5% permitted as an impurity in ~Cyclamen aldehyde) Prohibited
Cyclamen propanal (p-tert-Butyldihydrocinnamaldehyde; Bourgeonal) 0.5%
Dimethyl anthranilate (Methyl N-methylanthranilate) 0.1%
Estragole* 0.2%
Eugenol* 0.5%
Farnesol* 1.2%
Fig leaf absolute Prohibited
Galbanum ketone (various trade names; 1-(5,5-Dimethyl-1-cyclohexen-1-yl)pent-4-en-1-one) 1.13%
Geraniol* 5.3%
Geranyl acetate 6%
Grapefruit oil (expressed) 4%
Helional 5.3%
Hydratropic Aldehyde (2-Phenylpropionaldehyde) 0.17
Hydroxycitronellal 1%
Hyacinth absolute 0.3%
Hyacinth butanal (3-Phenylbutanal, Trifernal) 2.7%
Iso E Super 21.4%
Isoeugenol 0.2%
Ivy carbaldehyde (Dimethylcyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (mixed isomers)) 2.7%
Jasmine Absolute 0.7%
Jasmine Sambac Absolute 4%
Leaf aldehyde (trans-2-Hexenal) 0.002%
Lemon (expressed) 2%
Lime (expressed) 0.7%

Linalool~ (Peroxide content less than 20 millimoles per litre)*
Lilial (p-tert-Butyl-α-methylhydrocinnamic aldehyde; BMHCA) 1.9%

Limonene (d, l and dl) (1-methyl-4-prop-1-en-2-ylcyclohexene) ~ (Peroxide content less than 20 millimoles per litre)*
Lyral (3and4-(4-Hydroxy-4-methylpentyl)-3-cyclohexene-1-carboxaldehyde (HMPCC)) 0.2%
Majantol (lily propanol; 2,2-Dimethyl-3-(3-tolyl)propan-1-ol) 4.5%
Melissa officinalis 0.63%
Methyl β-naphthyl ketone (Oranger Crystals) 0.2%
Methyl eugenol* 0.02% (‘Fine Fragrance’) or 0.008% (‘Eau de Toilette’)
Methyl heptadienone (6-Methyl-3,5-heptadien-2-one) 0.002 %
Methyl heptine carbonate 0.01 % (but total 0.002% if used with MOC)
Methyl Ionone (mixed isomers) 31.7%
Methyl octine carbonate 0.002%
3-Methyl-2-(pentyloxy)cyclopent-2-en-1-one 0.5%
Moskene Prohibited
Musk ambrette Prohibited
Musk indane (5-Acetyl-1,1,2,3,3,6-hexamethyl indan; AHMI; phantolid, fixolide) 2%
Musk Ketone 1-(4-tert-butyl-2,6-dimethyl-3,5-dinitrophenyl)ethanone ~ (Musk Xylene content less than 0.1% )

Musk tibetene Prohibited
Musk Xylene Prohibited
Nitrobenzene Prohibited
Oakmoss Absolute 0.1%
1-Octen-3-yl acetate 0.3%
Opoponax 0.4%
Patchouli ethanone (1-(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Octahydro-2,3,8,8-tetramethyl-2-naphthalenyl) ethanone; OTNE) 21.4%
Peru balsam (crude) Prohibited
Phenylacetaldehyde 0.3 %
Quinoline Prohibited
Rose Ketones 0.02%
Santolina oil Prohibited
Safranal (2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohexa-1,3-dienyl methanal) 0.005%
Safrole, Isosafrole, Dihydrosafrole~ Prohibited (EOs containing these permitted if total below 0.01%)
Savin oil from Juniperus sabina Prohibited

Silvial / Suzaral / Rhodial (p-Isobutyl--methyl hydrocinnamaldehyde) 1.04% 

Styrax (from Liquidambar styraciflua macrophyla or Liquidambar orientalis only) 0.6%

Styrax (all other species) Prohibited
Tacrolimus (1-(2,4,4,5,5-Pentamethyl-1-cyclopenten-1-yl)ethan-1-one) 0.45%
Tea Leaf Absolute 0.2%
Tree Moss 0.1%
Toluene Prohibited
Trivertal (aka ivy carbaldehyde; Dimethylcyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde) 2.7%
Ultravanil (vanilla cresol; 2-Ethoxy-4-methylphenol) 0.1%
Versalide (Acetyl ethyl tetramethyl tetralin; Musk 36A) Prohibited
Verbena absolute (verbena oil is Prohibited) 0.2%
Vetiveryl acetate~ 1.04%
Ylang ylang extracts 0.8%

* - the main sources of these chemicals is in natural materials and you need to work out how much is in all the oils that contain them and keep the total in your product below the levels quoted here. These are some of the most complex standards to ensure compliance with.

8/24/13 at 5:04am

Chris Bartlett said:



 

This thread is intended to be a reference resource only.

Please raise any queries or start discussions in the I.F.R.A. Standards - Discussion Thread

 

 

IFRA Standards

International FRagrance Association


I’m always being asked, by people starting out in the make-your-own-perfume business what these are and how they apply to fragrances. Most people not in the industry seem to find the IFRA website a bit difficult to navigate too, so I thought I’d make up a summary list for quick reference. 

 

This isn’t a substitute for looking up the details, it does not include everything (yet - though I’m nearly there) and I don’t accept liability for any errors or omissions (!) but you might find it helpful as a way of avoiding some of the more common pitfalls.

 

 
This summary is based on the 46th Amendment to the standards - notice that the 47th is now in force and some details are further down this thread.  I'll remove this warning when the main section has been updated to include changes brought in in June 2013.

 


In each case I’m quoting the IFRA limit for Category 4 (which covers fine fragrance and anything in an alcohol base, sprayed on the skin for scent except products intended for freshly shaved skin where some of the limits are lower) or for ‘Leave-on’ products where applicable. All the percentages quoted are on a weight for weight basis and apply to the finished product.

I’ve tried to summarise the main things you are likely to come across from all the ProhibitedSpecification~ and Restricted (QRA and non-QRA) Standards.

Acetyl isovaleryl (5-Methyl-2,3-hexanedione) Prohibited
Alantroot oil (aka elecampane oil) Prohibited
Allyl heptine carbonate Prohibited
Allyl isothiocyanate Prohibited
Amyl cinnamic aldehyde 10.7%
Amylcyclopentenone Prohibited
Anisylidene acetone (4-(p-methoxyphenyl)-3-butene-2-one) Prohibited
cis-and trans-Asarone ((E)-and(Z)-2,4,5-Trimethoxypropen-1-yl benzene)~ * Prohibited
Benzene Prohibited
Benzaldehyde 0.27%
Benzyl alcohol 2.7%
Benzyl benzoate 26.7%
Benzyl cinnamate 2.1%
Benzyl salicylate 8.0%
Boldo Oil Prohibited
α-Butylcinnamaldehyde 0.45%
Cade Oil (crude) and Birch Tar (crude) Prohibited
Cade Oil (rectified)~ and Birch Tar (rectified)~ PAHs <1ppb 
Celeriax (3-Propylidenephthalide) 0.01%
Chenopodium oil Prohibited
Cinamic alcohol 0.4%
Citral* 0.6%
Citronellol* 13.3%
Citrus oils (expressed) 6%
Costus root oil, absolute and concrete Prohibited
Coumarin 1.6%
Cumin oil 0.4%
Cyclamen alcohol (up to 1.5% permitted as an impurity in ~Cyclamen aldehyde) Prohibited
Cyclamen propanal (p-tert-Butyldihydrocinnamaldehyde; Bourgeonal) 0.5%
Dimethyl anthranilate (Methyl N-methylanthranilate) 0.1%
Estragole* 0.2%
Eugenol* 0.5%
Farnesol* 1.2%
Fig leaf absolute Prohibited
Galbanum ketone (various trade names; 1-(5,5-Dimethyl-1-cyclohexen-1-yl)pent-4-en-1-one) 1.13%
Geraniol* 5.3%
Geranyl acetate 6%
Grapefruit oil (expressed) 4%
Helional 5.3%
Hydratropic Aldehyde (2-Phenylpropionaldehyde) 0.17
Hydroxycitronellal 1%
Hyacinth absolute 0.3%
Hyacinth butanal (3-Phenylbutanal, Trifernal) 2.7%
Iso E Super 21.4%
Isoeugenol 0.2%
Ivy carbaldehyde (Dimethylcyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (mixed isomers)) 2.7%
Jasmine Absolute 0.7%
Jasmine Sambac Absolute 4%
Leaf aldehyde (trans-2-Hexenal) 0.002%
Lemon (expressed) 2%
Lime (expressed) 0.7%

Linalool~ (Peroxide content less than 20 millimoles per litre)*
Lilial (p-tert-Butyl-α-methylhydrocinnamic aldehyde; BMHCA) 1.9%

Limonene (d, l and dl) (1-methyl-4-prop-1-en-2-ylcyclohexene) ~ (Peroxide content less than 20 millimoles per litre)*
Lyral (3and4-(4-Hydroxy-4-methylpentyl)-3-cyclohexene-1-carboxaldehyde (HMPCC)) 0.2%
Majantol (lily propanol; 2,2-Dimethyl-3-(3-tolyl)propan-1-ol) 4.5%
Melissa officinalis 0.63%
Methyl β-naphthyl ketone (Oranger Crystals) 0.2%
Methyl eugenol* 0.02% (‘Fine Fragrance’) or 0.008% (‘Eau de Toilette’)
Methyl heptadienone (6-Methyl-3,5-heptadien-2-one) 0.002 %
Methyl heptine carbonate 0.01 % (but total 0.002% if used with MOC)
Methyl Ionone (mixed isomers) 31.7%
Methyl octine carbonate 0.002%
3-Methyl-2-(pentyloxy)cyclopent-2-en-1-one 0.5%
Moskene Prohibited
Musk ambrette Prohibited
Musk indane (5-Acetyl-1,1,2,3,3,6-hexamethyl indan; AHMI; phantolid, fixolide) 2%
Musk Ketone 1-(4-tert-butyl-2,6-dimethyl-3,5-dinitrophenyl)ethanone ~ (Musk Xylene content less than 0.1% )

Musk tibetene Prohibited
Musk Xylene Prohibited
Nitrobenzene Prohibited
Oakmoss Absolute 0.1%
1-Octen-3-yl acetate 0.3%
Opoponax 0.4%
Patchouli ethanone (1-(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Octahydro-2,3,8,8-tetramethyl-2-naphthalenyl) ethanone; OTNE) 21.4%
Peru balsam (crude) Prohibited
Phenylacetaldehyde 0.3 %
Quinoline Prohibited
Rose Ketones 0.02%
Santolina oil Prohibited
Safranal (2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohexa-1,3-dienyl methanal) 0.005%
Safrole, Isosafrole, Dihydrosafrole~ Prohibited (EOs containing these permitted if total below 0.01%)
Savin oil from Juniperus sabina Prohibited

Silvial / Suzaral / Rhodial (p-Isobutyl--methyl hydrocinnamaldehyde) 1.04% 

Styrax (from Liquidambar styraciflua macrophyla or Liquidambar orientalis only) 0.6%

Styrax (all other species) Prohibited
Tacrolimus (1-(2,4,4,5,5-Pentamethyl-1-cyclopenten-1-yl)ethan-1-one) 0.45%
Tea Leaf Absolute 0.2%
Tree Moss 0.1%
Toluene Prohibited
Trivertal (aka ivy carbaldehyde; Dimethylcyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde) 2.7%
Ultravanil (vanilla cresol; 2-Ethoxy-4-methylphenol) 0.1%
Versalide (Acetyl ethyl tetramethyl tetralin; Musk 36A) Prohibited
Verbena absolute (verbena oil is Prohibited) 0.2%
Vetiveryl acetate~ 1.04%
Ylang ylang extracts 0.8%

* - the main sources of these chemicals is in natural materials and you need to work out how much is in all the oils that contain them and keep the total in your product below the levels quoted here. These are some of the most complex standards to ensure compliance with.