California Enacts Cosmetic Fragrance And Flavor Act, Adding To Impactful Session For Personal Care
Trade secret protections for fragrance ingredients in consumer products have been under pressure for years as consumers’ “right to know” has ascended over competitive business interests. California’s newly enacted SB 312 imposes substantial new ingredient-reporting duties on cosmetic product manufacturers, including disclosure of fragrance allergens restricted in Europe.
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Starting in 2025, use of selected preservatives, phthalates and other ingredients already banned in Europe will be prohibited in cosmetics sold in California.
The North American trade organization’s new website offers consumers a gateway into the world of fragrance. Providing a “deep dive” into 50 fragrance ingredients, as well as overviews of perfumery, key regulations, and industry safety practices and sustainability efforts, the site extends FCA’s work to engage and inform consumers at a time of growing interest in manufactured scents.
The trade association opposes the proposed Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act, which advanced out of California’s Senate Health Committee April 10, but the group’s position could change if key amendments are made to the bill. Fragrance Creators’ flexibility reflects political realities in California that could make it very difficult to defeat or delay the legislation.