Fragrance Chemicals of Concern Present on the IFRA List 2015

This data is included in Women’s Voices for the Earth’s report, Unpacking the Fragrance Industry, as Appendix B. Please cite accordingly.

There are more than 3,000+ chemicals on the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) Transparency List of chemicals used in the industry. A number of resources indicate that a large number of the chemicals regularly used in fragrance manufacturing are of concern to public health. The IFRA Transparency List also contains many examples of fragrance chemicals that are restricted or banned in products by government agencies and/or retailers, or are otherwise included on authoritative lists of chemicals of concern, including the following:


  • Fragrance chemicals assigned the pictogram GHS08 “Health Hazard” by UN GHS. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals assigned the pictogram GHS06  “Skull and Crossbones” by UN GHS. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals assigned the signal word “Warning” by UN GHS. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals assigned the signal word “Danger” by UN GHS. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals on the European Union Endocrine Disruptors Priority List. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals on the Canadian Cosmetic Ingredient HotList – chemicals prohibited & restricted for use in cosmetics in Canada. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals on the EU Annex ii: Chemicals prohibited from cosmetics in the EU. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals on the Washington State List of Chemicals of High Concern to Children. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals on the California Proposition 65, carcinogens and reproductive toxicants. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals classified as carcinogens by the IARC Monographs, Volumes 1–113. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals found in the National Toxicology Program 13th Report on Carcinogens. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals on the California Department of Toxic Substances Control Candidate Chemical List. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals on the European Union Substances of Very High Concern List. Click here.
  • Fragrance chemicals on the ChemSec SIN List. Click here.