Agence France-PresseFebruary 13, 2014 11:18
Europe's grand old perfume houses and organic cosmetic newcomers may be looking at a major clean-out as the EU sniffs out ingredients blamed for skin allergies in up to 15 million people.
A report by the EU's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) found three allergens -- HICC and moss extracts atranol and choroatranol, which give a woody bouquet such as that in Chanel No. 5 -- were "not safe", the Commission said.
The three have been implicated in thousands of allergy cases, especially eczema, and should be banned from cosmetic products, it said.