NGO raises alarm as banned phthalates added to IFRA transparency list

NGO raises alarm as banned phthalates added to IFRA transparency list

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) added some ‘troubling’ ingredients to its web-based directory of ingredients currently included in consumer products, according to a report published by Chemical Watch.

The new additions, which totaled 750, include dimethyl; phthalate (DBP) and di(2-ethylhexyl), (DEHP) – both banned for use in cosmetics in Europe – as well as styrene oxide, which is named as a carcinogen on the US National Toxicology Program’s list.

Director of Science and Research at NGO Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), Alex Scranton voiced concern over the new additions in a blog post: “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.”

IFRA Scientific Director, Matthias Vey, told Chemical watch that several of the new additions were a result of a more refined definition of natural extracts and that many are used “either in very low quantities, are present in natural extracts, or are in the final stages of phase-out.”

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