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In early June, the RAPEX weekly report published that several fragrance products were withdrawn from the European market due to the detection of undeclared allergenic substances. Allergenic substances might cause allergic reaction and sensitization, but consumers are not well noticed these substances from the product label.

According to (EC) No. 1223/2009, the Cosmetics Regulation, the presence of fragrance allergens must be declared in the list of ingredients on product label when its concentration exceeds:
- 0.001% in leave-on products
- 0.01% in rinse-off products

  • Amyl Cinnamal, CAS RN 122-40-7
  • Benzyl Alcohol, CAS RN 100-51-6
  • Cinnamyl Alcohol, CAS RN 104-54-1
  • Citral, CAS RN 5392-40-5
  • Eugenol, CAS RN 97-53-0
  • Hydroxycitronellal, CAS RN 107-75-5
  • Isoeugenol, CAS RN 97-54-1
  • Amylcinnamyl Alcohol, CAS RN 101-85-9
  • Benzyl Salicylate, CAS RN 118-58-1
  • Cinnamal, CAS RN 104-55-2
  • Coumarin, CAS RN 91-64-
  • Geraniol, CAS RN 106-24-1
  • Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, CAS RN 51414-25-6/ 31906-04-4
  • Anise Alcohol, CAS RN 105-13-5
  • Benzyl Cinnamate, CAS RN 103-41-3
  • Farnesol, CAS RN 4602-84-0
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional, CAS RN 80-54-6
  • Linalool, CAS RN 78-70-6
  • Benzyl Benzoate, CAS RN 120-51-4
  • Citronellol, CAS RN 106-22-9/ 26489-01-0
  • Hexyl Cinnamal, CAS RN 101-86-0
  • Limonene, CAS RN 5989-27-5
  • Methyl 2-octynoate, CAS RN 111-12-6
  • Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, CAS RN 127-51-5
  • Evernia Prunastri Extract, CAS RN 90028-68-5
  • Evernia Furfuracea Extract, CAS RN 90028-67-4

SGS is able to offer:
1. Quantitative analysis of allergenic compounds using gas chromatography analysis coupled with mass spectrometry
2. Label review of cosmetic product

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Our technical experts in SGS group provide extensive testing and compliance service, helping and supporting our valuable customers to have their products comply with regulatory requirement. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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