Fragrance Creators Association released the following statement from Farah K. Ahmed, president and CEO, recognizing the passing of California’s Menstrual Products Right to Know Act of 2020 (AB 1989), which was signed into law on Sept. 29, 2020, by Governor Gavin Newsom:
Reportedly, this act requires manufacturers of feminine hygiene products to disclose added ingredients on product labels and online ingredient lists in California, except for those that are less than 1% in weight. This will be implemented for feminine products manufactured on or after January 1, 2023.
“Fragrance Creators supports California’s goal of providing meaningful, accurate ingredient communication for people who use menstrual products. AB 1989 requires all intentionally added ingredients to be listed on menstrual product package labels as well as online. The bill requires that companies provide consumers with information about products, while protecting key confidential business information."
“The fragrance industry believes in and supports the consumer’s right to know and understand information about fragrances in the products they use,” stated Ahmed. “Building upon our expertise and experience as a key stakeholder in California’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (SB 258, 2017), Fragrance Creators is focused on minimizing potential consumer confusion across multiple product categories.”
“Our commitment to the consumer extends beyond advocacy to key association projects, including the industry’s flagship Importance & Benefits of Fragrance Program and Fragrance Creators’ consumer education website, The Fragrance Conservatory,” Ahmed continued, “The site is an example of how our members are working to promote high-quality, contextualized facts; serve as an educational resource; and ensure predictable ingredient communication. The Fragrance Conservatory empowers everyone with sound science-based information about fragrance ingredients and fragrance safety so they can make choices that are right for their families.”
Ahmed concluded, “Together with our members, Fragrance Creators engaged in a constructive dialogue with all stakeholders to ensure clarity and consistency across products so that consumers can make informed product selections and comparisons. We particularly value the efforts of Assembly member Cristina Garcia and her staff, who fostered stakeholder conversations and considered the complexities of ingredient communication. We will continue to engage all parties to advance policies that are grounded in sound science and that advance responsible industry stewardship—for people perfume and the planet.”