Why has the number of Fragrance Allergens changed?

On 26th July 2023, the European Union (EU) adopted Regulation (EU) 2023/1545 to update labelling of fragrance allergens under Annex III to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009.

This regulation came into force on 16th August 2023. A long transition period of 3 or 5 years is given to the industry to adapt to the new requirements in response to Regulation (EU) 2023/1545.

What are Fragrance Allergens?

Some chemicals which are used to create fragrances are classed as allergens. These allergenic chemicals can occur from some synthetic aromatic materials but also naturally within essential oils. The allergenic chemicals have the potential to cause itching. In rare cases, they can produce more severe reactions. As a result, adhering to this guidance is absolutely paramount for product creators.

An allergenic chemical is an aroma chemical natural or synthetic which has been proven to cause an allergen reaction when used on skin application. It is important to understand in regards to allergens that although essential oils are natural, they ultimately are not safer.

What are the new 82 Fragrance Allergens?

AllergenNew or previous
Benzyl AlcoholCurrent
6-Methyl CoumarinNew
Citral
IsoeugenolCurrent
CitronellolCurrent
LimoneneCurrent
Pinus MugoNew
Pinus Pumilanew
Cedrus Atlantica Oil/ ExtractNew
TurpentineNew
Alpha-TerpineneNew
TerpinoleneNew
Myroxylon Pereirae Oil/ExtractNew
Rose KetonesNew
3-PropylidenephthalideNew
Lippia Citriodora absoluteNew
Methyl SalicylateNew
Acetyl CedreneNew
Amyl SalicylateNew
AnetholeNew
BenzaldehydeNew
CamphorNew
BetaCaryophylleneNew
CarvoneNew
Dimethyl Phenethyl AcetateNew
Hexadecanolac toneNew
Hexamethylinda nopyranNew
Linalyl AcetateNew
MentholNew
Trimethylcyclopentenyl MethylisopentenolNew
SalicylaldehydeNew
Amyl CinnamalCurrent
Cinnamyl AlcoholCurrent
EugenolCurrent
HydroxycitronellalCurrent
Amylcinnamyl AlcoholCurrent
Benzyl SalicylateCurrent
CinnamalCurrent
CoumarinCurrent
GeraniolCurrent
Anise AlcoholCurrent
SantalolNew
SclareolNew
Terpineolnew
Tetramethyl acetyloctahydronaphthalenesNew
TrimethylbenzenepropanolNew
VanillinNew
Cananga Odorata Oil/ExtractNew
Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf OilNew
Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark OilNew
Citrus Aurantium Flower OilNew
Citrus Aurantium Peel OilNew
Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Peel OilNew
Citrus Limon Peel OilNew
Lemongrass OilNew
Eucalyptus Globulus OilNew
Jasmine Oil/ExtractNew
Laurus Nobilis Leaf OilNew
Lavandula Oil/ ExtractNew
Mentha Piperita OilNew
Mentha Viridis Leaf OilNew
Narcissus ExtractNew
Pelargonium Graveolens Flower OilNew
Pogostemon Cablin OilNew
Rose Flower Oil/ExtractNew
Santalum Album OilNew
Eugenyl AcetateNew
Geranyl AcetateNew
Isoeugenyl AcetateNew
PineneNew
Benzyl CinnamateCurrent
FarnesolCurrent
LinaloolCurrent
Benzyl BenzoateCurrent
Hexyl CinnamalCurrent
Methyl 2-OctynoateCurrent
Alpha-Isomethyl IononeCurrent
Evernia Prunastri ExtractCurrent
Evernia Furfuracea ExtractCurrent

fragrance allergens

Download a printable document should you want to keep it handy.

Here is the EU document webpage which details everything, and the reporting of the new allergens.

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A32023R1545