Tuesday, April 20, 2010


With Earth Day approaching there are some things to be thankful for.

The official announcement for the merger of RIFM and FMA into IFRA.. This reorganization of resources may give a greater promise to a greener result for fragrance materials. This should signify the end of the protectionist stances and a shift to the innovationist. I am hopeful that this will forward transparency into the supple chain, and provide identity to aromatic materials that pass EPA's DfE review for human and environmental safety.

The completion of the Fragrance Technical Action after nearly three years. The how, what and when of the DfE program will have a seperate session at the second Sustainable Fragrance conference in May.

Procter & Gamble, who directly creates, compounds and markets Fragrances that would rank them in the top three companies has started a sustainability expert panel. This may compensate for P&G not becoming one of the primary member firms in the new IFRA structure. This glaring ommission maybe due to an arcane by-law of RIFM membership, if so that should be changed. P&G are today the only major "soaper" who creates their own compounds and largely responsible for the polycyclic musk environmental contamination.

THE HISTORY OF BEAUTY by Geoffrey Jones is published. This respected business study brings positive attention to the industry I love.

1 comment:

Stacy Malkan said...

Hi George, I'd be interested to hear your take on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report "Not So Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance." Many problematic chemicals in the fragrances, and of course there is no way to know exactly what's in them without testing them at a lab. It seems like full disclosure of fragrance ingredients would be a benefit to the green fragrance movement. Report is posted at: www.safecosmetics.org/notsosexy