I keep reading on BN again and again about perfume formulae changing (usually for the worse) in order to comply with IFRA regulations. Are there any niche perfume houses that have decided (and publicly declared) that they will not comply with IFRA at all? As I understand it, IFRA is not legally binding, even in Europe (just a voluntary standard agreed upon by the mainstream fragrance industry).
How about niche houses based in the US, like (say) Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, Sonoma Scent Studio and Slumberhouse? Do they try to be IFRA-compliant?
Can't name houses as I don't know but perhaps some of the houses based in the Middle East might not comply and use their own standards.
I'm sure the houses that don't would rather keep it hush hush if you know what i mean.
Are you not entertained??? Is this not why you are here??
If the EU imposes the IFRA inspired, and even more draconian, regulations, there will be even less houses ...
I don't think anybody declares noncompliance, but I think La via del profumo is not - at least, they have a scent supposed to be mostly oakmoss. JAR also smells like it's noncompliant (but prices are what they are). As others were saying, some upscale Arabian attar houses are not (eg Arabian oud or Abdul Samad al Quraishi) - their jasmine still smells like jasmine. Regrettably, Amouage is compliant, which perhaps explains a lot (Homage anybody?)
I guess I don't really know either, but I also assumed that alot of smaller companies dont subject themselves to those rules. Some have come with warnings they contain allergens, so i took that as an indication that particular company didn't. I guess if they're not having to deal with major retailers, there's no point
I have been sworn to secrecy in at least one case. They are around, though.
I would support a house that declared noncompliance.
Have I told you about the scent of jasmine? Have I spoken about the smell of the sea? The earth is scented. And I perfume myself to enhance what I am. That's why I can not wear a perfume that bothers me. Perfuming is an instinctive wisdom. And like all art, it requires some knowledge of yourself..."
Clarice Lispector ( 1920-1977) - Perfumes da Terra / Earth Perfumes