Originally Posted by hednic
Just curious - is it because you are not a fan of the Standards that you are not a member?
The two statements are not entirely un-related but in truth IFRA membership is really aimed at manufacturers and although technically I make my own fragrances and am therefore a manufacturer it isnt aimed at little guys like me.
That said, I also like to have the freedom to make a fragrance to a commission and ignore the guidelines - if I was a member I could not do that.
I dont altogether disagree with the idea that IFRA sometimes behaves in a decidedly cartel-like fashion either. Though nor am I of the view that it is an incarnation of pure evil: it is typical of human endeavours - started with good intentions but flawed and filled with agenda and untoward consequences, unintended and otherwise.
Just to be clear though, citrus, jasmine and oakmoss are not forbidden
, only restricted (quite heavily restricted in the case of jasmine and especially oakmoss, but much less so for citrus). Many substances are on IFRAs Prohibited list and in another thread
Im in the process (now nearing completion - phew!) of listing all of them, along with all those restricted in some way, in any easy to reference style.