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Most-used ingredients

Of the 3,163 ingredients listed by the International Fragrance Association, some are used more than others.

The following list of frequently-used fragrance ingredients is based on tests run by researchers in the US, who analysed 31 fragranced products. Other tests might come up with a different list of “most-used ingredients”, but this gives an idea of some of the most common ones:

  • 1,4 dioxane
  • 2,4 dimethyl-3-cyclohexene-1-carboxaldehyde (Triplal 1)
  • 3-hexen-1-01 (hexanol)
  • Acetaldehyde
  • Benzyl acetate
  • Beta-myrcene
  • Beta-phenethyl alcohol
  • Carene isomer (isodiprene)
  • Chloromethane
  • Ethanol
  • Limonene
  • Linalool
  • alpha- and beta-pinene
  • Synthetic Musks
  • Phthalates

The scientists tested perfumes, deodorants, soaps, air fresheners, shampoo, laundry detergents etc and identified 150 volatile aromatic compounds in them. They found that the chemicals listed above were in at least half of the products tested and could therefore be considered among the most commonly used.

(Source: Stanly Caress and Anne Steinemann “A national population study of the prevalence of multiple chemical sensitivity”, Archives of Environmental Health, 59(6), 300-305; and “The prevalence of chemical sensitivities in a population based study”, American Journal of Public Health, 94, 746-747.)

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