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Written by Jennifer Dublino, on November 7th, 2012
Although Europe, and France in particular, are hailed as the font of olfactory art, the European Union is suggesting that perfumers make do without some of their most prized ingredients. In a bout of concern over allergies, which the EU estimates affect 1 – 3% of Europeans in actuality and potentially, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has recommended restricting citral (found in citrus oils), eugenol (found in rose oil) and coumarin and completely banning tree and oak moss, among others.
Tree and oak moss are key ingredients in the iconic fragrances Chanel No. 5 and Miss Dior. Chanel and other luxury perfume brands are worried that perfumery will be forever diminished if these regulations go into effect. Many fine and atmospheric fragrances use these ingredients.
Express your opinion now by emailing Sanco-SCCS-Secretariat@ec.europa.eu