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Perfume Allergens

Should Perfume Be Altered to Reduce Allergens?

Did you know that the perfume industry has a reigning watchdog? I didn't. It's called the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), and its latest set of regulations will require many perfume makers to change their scents.

According to the IFRA, new standards are "a necessary evil" to protect individuals with severe skin allergies. Those in the perfume industry aren't buying the explanation. They think that the regulations are strict and unnecessary, citing that perfume allergies are generally mild. People with a perfume allergy might disagree, though. Common symptoms include itchy eyes, skin rashes, and in severe cases, anaphylactic shock.

Under the new rules, fragrance houses will have to cut back on their use of allergens — like jasmine and other aromas — in perfume recipes. It's unknown how many classic scents will have to be altered as a result.

What do you think about this?

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I have a topical allergy to a lot of perfumes (I have to spritz perfume onto my arm to see if I rash up or not before I buy it), so it would be nice to have a label on perfumes that could cause irritation. Also stating what the irritant is would be awesome. I don't really agree with messing with the perfume, there are a lot of lovely scents out there that I can't wear, just because I get itchy doesn't mean other people have to be deprived!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I like the warning label option as well. If you're allergic, don't wear it. Like tlsgirl said, there's no point in ruining all the good fragrances for the rest of us.
stilllearning stilllearning 7 years
I feel both ways about this. I don't think classic scents should be changed, but I can understand where the industry is coming from. I have a topical allergy to ginger (odd, I know), and it's a problem at perfume counters. I've unknowing tried perfume with ginger and my skin has ended up feeling for hours as though it's burning. I now avoid anything labeled as "spicy" or "sexy" because I can never be too sure. A label with ingredients would be welcome!
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
If you can label food, you can label perfume.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Just slap a label on it and that way you don't have to wear it if you're allergic. Why punish the rest of us?
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