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Restricted ingredients

In many countries the individual ingredients of fragrance don’t have to be declared on the label – just the word “fragrance” or “parfum” is enough.

But in Europe and the UK, as well as declaring “fragrance” or “parfum” on the label, 26 individual ingredients must be declared if they’re present in the product (see below, “Regulations”). That’s because these 26 have been found to produce allergies or other health problems. They are:

  • Amyl cinnamal
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Cinnamyl alcohol
  • Citral
  • Eugenol
  • Hydroxy-cintronellal
  • Isoeugenol
  • Amylcin-namyl alcohol
  • Benzyl salicylate
  • Cinnamal
  • Coumarin
  • Geraniol
  • Hydroxymethylpentyl cyuclohexecargonaldehyde ( brand name x)
  • Anistyl alcohol
  • Benzyl cinnamate
  • Farnesol
  • 2-(4 tert Butylbenzyl) Propionaldehyde
  • Linalool
  • Benzyl Benzoate
  • Citronellol
  • Hexyl cinnam-aldehyde
  • d-limonene
  • Methyl Heptin Carbonate
  • 3-mthyl-4-(2,6,6,-trimethyl-2-cyclohexen-yl-3-buten-2-one
  • Oak Moss and Tree Moss extract

(Source: www.legislation.gov.uk)

As you can see, some of these are also in the “most-used ingredients” list.

If any one of these ingredients is in the product at more than a certain concentration, it must be declared in the ingredients list. This amount is based on “wash-off” or “leave-in” products. That means if you choose to leave your hair conditioner on your hair, you’re getting a bigger dose than the regulators expect you to.

These chemicals are known to be allergens or “sensitizers” (a substance that sets up an allergic response, so that even a small amount triggers irritation), but they’re still in the products. It’s up to the consumer to read the label and know if they’re allergic to any of them.

The allergy might take the form of a skin rash or asthma or other symptoms.

(Source: ec.europa.eu/health).

In Australia and the US, these known allergens are permitted in the product in any amount and do not have to be declared on the label.

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