Fashionista has learnt that the European Commission is threatening to ban some of the world’s most iconic scents including “Chanel No. 5” and “Miss Dior”.  Why ?  Because the European Commission advisory Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (“SCCS”) estimates that 1-3 percent of people inEurope are allergic or potentially allergic to ingredients found in perfumes, such as tree moss, which provides the woody notes in Chanel’s signature scent. […]

As reported in The Telegraph and Reuters  the SCCS has identified 100 allergens regularly included in fragrances that it believes put EU citizens at risk. One suggestion is that when any of the 100 noted allergens are used, the perfumier must expressly state this on the product’s packaging. Currently, parfumiers are only required to list the presence of 26 allergenic substances.

“Chanel No 5 has never done any harm to anyone,” said Sylvie Jourdet of the French perfumer’s society. “It is the death of perfume if this continues. The more you use natural ingredients, the more there is a risk of allergies. Lemon, jasmine, bergamot all contain allergenics”. “It would be the end of beautiful perfumes if we could not use these ingredients,” said Françoise Montenay, non-executive chairwoman of Chanel.

Trade associations including the International Fragrance Association (“IFRA”) and Cosmetics Europe (whose members are perfume and cosmetics companies) are aiming to submit a joint industry proposal to the Commission by the end of 2012.  The European Commission are expected to propose new regulations within the fragrance industry in January 2014. The Commission however declined to comment on a timeframe for possible legislation.

Fashionista will sniff out any updates and keep her readers updated of any developments.


By: Christine De Keersmaeker
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