Fragrance Allergens

September 2, 2021
In Clean Label

Top Fragrance Allergens

Oak Moss

The European Union for years has highlighted these 26 top fragrance allergens. When in excess of 0.001% in leave-on products (such as lotions and creams) and 0.01% in rinse-off products (e.g. soaps or shampoos), the EU requires that they be explicitly disclosed; to give consumers proper warning, they cannot appear as generic “fragrance ingredients”.

Effective in 2021, HICC (a synthetic ingredient) was banned from use in cosmetics in any concentration, as was Oak Moss (a natural substance) when containing any amount of the allergens atranol and chloroatranol.

      • alpha-Isomethyl ionone
      • Amyl cinnamal
      • Amylcinnamyl alcohol
      • Anisyl alcohol
      • Benzyl alcohol
      • Benzyl benzoate
      • Benzyl cinnamate
      • Benzyl salicylate
      • Cinnamal
      • Cinnamyl alcohol
      • Citral
      • Citronellol
      • Coumarin


      • d-Limonene
      • Eugenol
      • Farnesol
      • Geraniol
      • Hexyl cinnamaldehyde
      • Hydroxycitronellal
      • Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (HICC)
      • Isoeugenol
      • Lilial
      • Linalool
      • Methyl heptine carbonate
      • Oak moss
      • Tree moss

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