Strategies to Reduce Contact Allergy to Fragrances

August 27, 2009 | Contact Author | By: Marie Loden and Fredrik Edlund, ACO HUD AB; and Tommy Jansson, TJ Toxikologikonsult
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Keywords: fragrances | allergies | testing | sensitization

Abstract: The author discusses current animal-based testing and proposes a strategy based on maximum permitted levels of certain fragrance ingredients in cosmetics as ways to reduce contact allergy to fragrances in cosmetic products.

Fragrances may consist of a few up to several hundred chemial substances blended form about 3,000 available fragrance ingredients. Their safety is assessed by the fragrance manufacturers, based upon the guidelines issued by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and on toxicological experience.