17 Apr '12, 12pm

Death by jasmine: why organic perfumery is under threat: Ruth Styles reports Perfume has

Death by jasmine: why organic perfumery is under threat: Ruth Styles reports Perfume has

Perfume has been around for millennia, as have ingredients such as jasmine, bergamot and oakmoss. But despite centuries of uncontroversial use, jasmine and a number of other key natural perfume ingredients have fallen foul of modern health and safety legislation. The reason? In a tiny number of cases, they can cause an allergic reaction. But while few are affected by including oakmoss and jasmine in perfumes, the numbers affected by leaving them out are much larger, with small niche independent brands – organic and natural brands among them – worst hit. Why? Because the restricted list is made up almost entirely of naturals. So how did this situation come about? In 2009, the International Fragrance Association [IFRA] – the perfume world’s governing body - made an amendment to its code of practice that restricted the use of jasmine and labelled it a potential allergen. Simi...

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