New rules proposed by the European Union's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety have many perfume lovers, and those in the industry, worried for its future. The committee is recommending limits on the use of more than 100 perfume ingredients that may cause allergic reactions.
Denyse Beaulieu, author of The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent, was critical of the possible implications of such a ban on CBC Radio's The Current Wednesday morning.
"Every time you change regulations, you have to change the formula in existing perfumes, which is not something that the companies producing those perfumes are paid for," said Beaulieu, who was born in Montreal but now lives in Paris.
Restrictions on perfume ingredients have happened before. According to Reuters, birth tar oil was removed from Guerlian's Shalimar product because it was a suspected cancer risk. And clove oil, lavender and rose oil can only be used in limited quantities because they might trigger an allergic reaction.