The goal is to provide good background information with a detailed technical information and guidance to provide a good understanding of the IFRA guidelines and be enabled to undertake appropriate IFRA calculations and prepare IFRA certificates.

The IFRA guidance is a global representative body of the fragrance industry. The guidance advocate the safety and the benefits of fragrance industry’s products through stakeholder communications globally.

The documents includes the developed analytical methods by IFRA in reaction to certain regulatory demands. Fragrance vision is to be safe and essential to our life since it has the power to trigger a range of positive emotions, triggers memories and enhance lives.

IFRA has major extensive work and activities that contains ingredients limits, specifications and prohibitions. Many IFRA guidelines are posted on suppliers’ websites. Fragrance substances that could be predicted to autoxidise upon air exposure must be tested after air exposure, as oxidation may significantly increase its potent sensitizer. IFRA keeps developing and implementing the Code of Practice (the Code) which gives recommendations on good operating practice and guidelines on fragrance ingredient safety assessment and includes fragrance safety Standards this could help to ban or limit certain fragrance materials usage.

The nose helps consumers to test their products for safety and that is done by a devoted science program to assure the safety of fragrance materials. IFRA is independent evaluation party that gives recommendations for the restricted and / or banned substances.

The guidelines assures safety for you and your loved ones and enhance trust in fragranced products, and the protection to the shared environment. The fragrance safety usage system has been developed by the fragrance industry.

Fragrance suppliers and finished product manufacturers should be in close cooperation to reach the correct reformulation to help align with updates on skin sensitivity and aggregate exposure under IFRA standards.

The fragrance industry are based on the recommendations of the IFRA Analytical Working Group. If the chemicals introduced are set as ‘low-risk flavour or fragrance blend introductions’ on the IFRA Transparency List, then no need to give certain information about those chemicals before introducing them, however a pre-introduction report  is required to be submitted, these methods can be covered by the internal company usage however IFRA takes place on the banned and restricted oils.

Due to the consumer importance and the protection of the environmental, the Expert Panel decisions on usage restrictions are published as International Fragrance Introduction and main aim of the document guidance is to support fragrance and flavor. IFRA guidelines spots the light on how important to understand the usage of essential oil in soap and how these guidelines affect how much of certain essential oils to be used.

The IFRA Code of Practice is essentially the world fragrance industry’s commitment to promoting the safe use of fragrance. The IFRA Standards can trigger a quantitative limit restriction on the fragrance usage materials. IFRA Standards set the global base when it comes to the acceptance and recognition of IFRA Guideline Statement.

Essential oils are generally added to soap at a fixed rate of .5-1 oz. Adding essential oils to products with the intension to make the person more attractive by applying it on the body then it’s a cosmetic as per the law. IFRA listed many guidelines for essential oils (EOs) and for fragrance oils (FOs) on soap usage, cosmetics, and many other products. IFRA highlighted recommendations on restricted and or banned substances are based on an independent research institute evaluation called RIFM which stands for (Research Institute for Fragrance Materials).

IFRA guidelines are definitely the best assurance of dermal safety however its not the only concern on compliance regulations or requirements when it comes to fragrances subjective. IFRA (International Fragrance Association) certificates provide fragrance safety information and the acceptable limits to be used based on different cosmetic products.

It is highly recommended to understand the essential oil usage under IFRA guidelines for soap and how these guidelines affect how much of certain essential oils could be used safely in soap.


IFRA Guidelines Document

This guidance document is mainly intended for IFRA members who have to register fragrance substances under REACH and are required to include a CSR in their dossier. IFRA standards are voluntary, however, suppliers are not obligated to provide IFRA guidelines however IFRA Standards helps managing the safety use of fragrances. A trade organization that exists to promote the enjoyment of fragrance.

The self-regulatory voluntary system is massively used by approximately 90 percent of the world fragrance industry, has evolved through several amendments and sets rules for the safe use of fragrance materials in products by either prohibition or concentration restrictions.

Specific oils have been prohibited and others are restricted by IFRA, because of their particular properties, sensitizing effect, toxicity and so on. IFRA has a great value on safety requirements advisory although not yet bound by regulatory requirements however most global fragrance formulators and cosmetic manufacturers adhere to IFRA guidelines.