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3,163 ingredients

The precise formulae of fragrances are highly-guarded secrets, as manufacturers want to make a unique product.

However, the International Fragrance Association (the industry’s peak body) has published a list of the 3,163 ingredients used in fragrance – what they call the “palette” from which fragrance makers build their products.

The full alphabetical list can be found at IFRA’s website, but to give a random sample here are the first few:

  • Abies Alba oil
  • Abietyl acetate
  • Acacia decurrens, ext
  • Acetal
  • Acetaldehyde
  • Acetaldehyde [(3a,4,5,6,7,7a-hexahydro-4,7-methano-1H-inden-6-yl) oxyl]-
  • Acetaldehyde, 2-(octyloxy)-
  • Acetaldehyde, diphenethyl acetal
  • Acetaldehyde dipropyl acetal
  • Acetaldehyde ethyl cis-3-hexenyl acetal
  • Aceldehyde ethyl hexyl acetal
  • Acetaldehyde ethyl linalyl acetal
  • Acetanilide
  • Acetanisole
  • Acetic acid
  • Acetic acid ethenyl ester polymer with ethane
  • (plus 15 more reaction products of acetic acid)
  • (tri) Acetin
  • Acetophenone

The fragrance industry has published this list because “we believe releasing information on our materials will help us in our efforts to communicate about the industry’s extensive safety program.”


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