International Fragrance Association Includes Four Phthalates in to Online Ingredients’ Transparency List


The International Fragrance Association, what often called by NGO a ‘problematic development’, has included four phthalates in to its online ingredients’ transparency list being used currently in consumer goods.

The phthalates di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP), dioctylphthalates (structural isomer to DEHP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) were included among 750 ingredients mentioned in October to the list. DEHP and DBP have been banned from the cosmetic use in Europe.

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Styrene oxide was also added to the list in the United States on Proposition 65 of California and carcinogens list of the National Toxicology Program. The current list contains total 3999 items and was created from the use survey’s Ifra volume for 2015. The survey was rolled out on a regular basis within the affiliated member companies of trade body, offering about 90 per cent of the fragrances’ entire production volume all through the world.

Since, the Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), the US NGO has indicated surprise, which the five phthalates were within the list of ingredients added recently.

Director of Science and Research at Women’s Voices for the Earth, Alex Scranton, wrote in a blog post that, “While we greatly appreciate the improved transparency with respect to the use of these chemicals (which we assume never really had disappeared from use in fragrance in the first place), their potential presence in fragrances we are exposed to everyday is certainly troubling.”

Scranton also questioned that why the phthalates DEHP and DBP are added to the list, while Ifra declared 10 years ago that those were not to be used in the industry of fragrance.

Ifra scientific director, Matthias Vey answered in response to questions by Scranton that, “This new system differentiates ingredients according to the part of the plant used or the processing method, providing greater detail and transparency than the Cas number system.”