California Air Board Eases Proposed VOC Cuts For Hair-Care Products
The latest draft amendments to the California’s Air Resources Board’s Consumer Products Regulations would provide manufacturers with some of the flexibility industry has been seeking, while still aiming to cut volatile organic compound levels across hair-care categories, as well as personal fragrance products.
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Nixing the current exemption for VOCs in fragrance up to 2% in consumer products could prevent manufacturers from meeting VOC limits in California, considerably alter product formulations and efficacy, or remove products from California’s market altogether, the Fragrance Creators Association says.
Hair finishing products and dry shampoo were already on the slab for proposed VOC cuts in California, along with designated personal fragrance products, and now it appears that temporary hair color and hair shine products are being explored for reductions as well. Industry advocates remain on alert.
Manufacturers of hair finishing sprays, no-rinse shampoos and personal fragrance products – eg, perfumes, colognes and body sprays – face significant reformulation challenges under a draft proposal from California’s Air Resources Board that contemplates fewer category impacts, but deeper VOC cuts, compared with previous considerations to help meet state-wide pollution-reduction goals.