It is absurd

If we ban citral from perfumes, of which certain elements are allergens, we should ban orange juice. It is absurd. We should not ban nature, only learn how to live with it.

Frederic Malle, talking about new EU regulations concerning allergens in perfume. The regulations, expected to be adopted at the end of this year, will ban oakmoss, tree moss and HICC, an aromachemical used to make lily of the valley fragrances. Nine other aromachemicals, including citral, eugenol and coumarin, are under consideration for restrictions on the level of use. Read more at Perfume industry braces for tough new EU rules at Reuters.

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False to say that the European Commission wants to ban Chanel 5

Responding to press reports, EU commission spokesman for health and consumer policy Frederic Vincent insisted it was "false to say that the European Commission wants to ban Chanel 5." [...] "We are still a long way from considering changes to the legislation," he said, adding that the EU had begun consultations with the industry and consumer groups in August on the findings and their potential impact.

— Read more at EU will not ban Chanel No. 5 over allergy findings at France 24. Hat tip to Van Morrison Fan!

Altering some of the world’s most iconic scents

Perfume-makers are urging the European Commission to back down from possible legislation they fear could kill top fragrances by restricting natural ingredients linked to allergies, industry sources say. Luxury brands fear the EU could force them to change formulas across the $24.3 billion premium fragrance industry, altering some of the world's most iconic scents, such as Chanel No. 5, created in 1921.

— Read more at Exclusive: Perfume-makers fear EU legal blow to industry at the Chicago Tribune.

No warning on that orange

We want to make safe fragrances. But at the same time we’re restricted on some of the materials we use such as, for example, orange oil. If we use a very small amount of that then it must be listed on the labels of the products it’s going into as a possible allergen. Now if you go into a supermarket and buy an orange, when you peel it you get covered in the same oil that we’re being stopped from using. But there’s no warning on that orange saying it contains these same materials.

— Tim Gage of the British Society of Perfumers talks about IFRA regulations and how they affect perfumers. Read more at Death by jasmine: why organic perfumery is under threat at The Ecologist.