Fragrance ingredient prohibited in new IFRA Amendment

By Katie Bird

- Last updated on GMT

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The most recent modifications made to the International Fragrance Association’s code of practice prohibits the use of one fragrance ingredient and updates the use levels and purity required for six others.

Quinoline is the only ingredient to be prohibited in the Association’s 45th Amendment published earlier this week.

In addition to this prohibition, one new and one revised specification that specify changes to the levels of impurities tolerated have been published for the following two ingredients:

  • 2,2-Dimethyl-3-(3-tolyl-propan-1-ol (Majantol), regarding the presence of organochlorides
  • musk ketone, regarding the presence of musk xylene

Three new standards, and one revised standard, which specify maximum use levels, also make up part of these recent changes and affect the following four ingredients:

  • Dimethylcyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (mixed isomers),
  • alpha-Methyl-1,3-benzodioxole-5-propionaldehyde (MMDHCA),
  • 3-phenylbutanal
  • Verbena absolute (lippia citriodora Kunth)

According to IFRA, these changes are unlikely to significantly affect the perfumer’s palette.

“We have seen quite large amendments in the past due to the change-over to our new Quantitative Risk Assessment approach ​[the association’s new approach to evaluating and restricting fragrance materials that have a potential to induce contact sensitization]. This change-over process is now nearly complete and therefore we have a smaller amendment,”​ said IFRA president, Jean-Pierre Houri.

Further amendments in the future are also expected to be smaller than those seen in the past.

“We expect the amendments to be much less dramatic in future and to be a similar size to this year’s or smaller,”​ IFRA’s director of communications Stephen Weller previously told

He said the industry had received the QRA well, now that the change-over is nearly finished.

“It was a lot of hard work and initially a lot of reformulations, but now it is done the standards will be more relevant and accurate according to the actual use in different product categories and this the industry understands will benefit everyone,”​ he said.

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