The future of Chanel’s 90-year-old iconic perfume No. 5 may be in doubt as news reaches us that it could be banned (yes, banned!) after EU scientists decided some of the ingredients can cause allergies. The traces of tree moss found in the fragrance is the ingredient in question. As well as this, an EU advisory committee has identified 100 other allergens that may put people at risk and as such are calling for new guidelines to be put in place.
It seems if these new guidelines are implemented, other fragrances from Guerlain, Thierry Mugler and Dior’s Miss Dior may also be affected.
Sylvie Jourdet from the French Perfumer’s society explained: “It is the death of perfume if this continues. The more you use natural ingredients, the more there is a risk of allergies. Lemon, jasmine, bergamot all contain allergenics.”
We will have to wait till January 2014 to see the new regulations. However calls for the tree moss found in No. 5 to be banned outright could mean changes will happen all too soon.