Why The E.U. Might Ban Chanel No. 5 Perfume

Chanel No. 5 is one of the most iconic fragrances of all time, but according to scientists at a European Union advisory committee, it might actually be harmful to our health.

The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety reports that one to three percent of people in Europe are allergic (or potentially allergic) to 100 substances found in many fragrances. As such, scientists suggest that perfume companies like Chanel and Dior change formulas to decrease the amounts of those ingredients. In particular, scientists are also calling for the ban of tree moss and oak moss, which is crucial to Chanel No. 5 and Dior Miss Dior.

Of course, SCCS’s recommendations would also have an impact on the perfume’s parent companies, and groups like LVMH are looking into the matter. But Sylvie Jourdet of the French perfumer’s society told The Daily Telegraph, “Chanel No. 5 has never done any harm to anyone. It is the death of perfume if this continues. The more you use natural ingredients, the more there is a risk of allergies. Lemon, jasmine, bergamot all contain allergenics.”

For now, the EU is just currently looking at the situation at hand and hasn’t taken any action yet. Regulatory proposals will be in by January 2014, so in the meantime, buy all the perfume you all can — and don’t forget some allergy medicine while you’re at it.

[Reuters via The Daily Telegraph]

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