What is IFRA?

IFRA: International Fragrance Association. We can call it a standard for regulating the use of fragrances. It determines the maximum amount of use of a fragrance in a finished cosmetic product.

The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) together with the IFRA Scientific Committee, have defined different categories of finished products and for each of these categories a maximum amount that can be used for the final product to be safe.

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IFRA Categories

  • Class 1a: All lip products (solid and liquid products, balms, white or coloured, etc.) – Toys.
  • Class 1b: Mechanical hair removal waxes.
  • Class 2: All types of deodorants and antiperspirant products, including those intended for reasonably foreseeable use in the armpit or labelled as such (sprays, sticks, roll-ons, deodorant colognes and body sprays, etc.) – Nasal strips – Scented bracelets.
  • Class 3a: Hydro-alcoholic products applied to freshly shaved skin (including After Shave) – Eau de Toilette.
  • Class 3b: Hydro-alcoholic products applied to freshly shaved skin (including After Shave) – fragrances.
  • Class 3c: All types of eye products (eyeshadows, mascara, eyeliner, eye make-up, etc.), including eye care – – Face creams and balms for men – Creams for children, lotions, oils –  Body paints for children.
  • Class 3d: Internal tampons.
  • Class 4a: Hydro-alcoholic products applied to unshaven skin (includes water-based, alcohol-based and hydro-alcoholic) – Ingredients of perfume kits – Perfume tablets in aluminium packaging – Perfume strips for hydro-alcoholic products (eau de toilette).
  • Class 4b: Hydro-alcoholic products applied to unshaven skin (includes water-based, alcohol-based and hydro-alcoholic) (fragrances).
  • Class 4c: Hair styling aids Sprays of all types (pumps, aerosol sprays, etc.) – Body creams, oils, lotions of all types (except children’s creams, lotions and oils) – Body sprays (including body mist) not intended for or reasonably foreseeable use on the armpit – Fragrance compounds for cosmetic kits – Foot care products – Hair deodorant – Body paint (except children’s paint).
  • Class 4d: Perfumed cream – Solid perfumes.
  • Class 5: Face creams / face make-up – Hand cream – Hand sanitisers – Face masks – Baby powder and talcum powder – Permanent treatments and other hair chemicals (e.g. relaxers) but not hair dyes – Cooling wipes or tissues for face, neck, hands, body – Dry shampoo or waterless shampoo.
  • Class 6: Mouthwash, including breath spray – toothpaste.
  • Class 7a: Intimate wipes – Baby wipes.
  • Class 7b: Insect repellent (intended for application to the skin).
  • Class 8a: Make-up removal products of all kinds (except facial cleansers) – Hair styling aids Non-sprays of all kinds (mousses, gels, softeners, etc.) – Nail care – Powders and talc, all kinds (except children’s powders and talc.).
  • Class 8b: Hair dyes.
  • Class 9a: Conditioner (rinse-off) – Liquid soap – Shampoos of all types (including baby shampoos) – Facial cleansers of all types (washes, gels, scrubs, etc.) – Shaving creams of all types (sticks, gels, foams, etc.) – All depilatories (including waxes for mechanical hair removal) – Body cleansers of all types (including baby washes) and shower gels of all types. ) – All depilatories (including waxes for mechanical hair removal) – Body cleansers of all types (including baby washes) and shower gels of all types – Toilet soap – Bath gels, Foams, Mousse, Salts, Oils and other products added to bath water.
  • Class 9b: Feminine hygiene – pads, liners – toilet paper.
  • Class 9c: Handkerchiefs – Scented face masks (not intended for use as medical devices) – Napkins – Other aerosols (including air freshener sprays and air freshener pump sprays, excluding deodorants/antiperspirants, hair styling sprays).
  • Class 10a: Hand washing laundry detergents of all types including concentrates – Fabric softeners of all types, including fabric softener sheets – Household cleaners, other types (fabric cleaners, soft surface cleaners, carpet cleaners, etc.) – Laundry detergents in the washing machine (liquids, powders, tablets, etc.) – Bleach tablets and laundry concentrates – Dishwashing detergent of all types, including concentrates – Hard surface cleaners of all types (bathroom and kitchen cleaners, furniture polish, etc.) ) Including bleach and laundry concentrates – Hand dishwashing detergent, including concentrates – Hard surface cleaners of all kinds (bathroom and kitchen cleaners, furniture polish, etc.) – Nappies – Shampoo for pets – Dry cleaning kits – Scented gloves, socks, tights with moisturisers.
  • Class 10b: Toilet seat wipes.
  • Class 11a: All non-skin contact products, including: Air fresheners and fragrances of all types (excluding “Altro” aerosol products): concentrated, automated, plug-in, solid substrate, membrane delivery, environmental, electrical, etc.); Air refreshment crystals; Toilet blocks; Joss Sticks, incense; Insecticides (mosquito coil, paper, electrical equipment, clothing, etc.); Aerosols, excluding Aerosols); Plastic articles (excluding toys); Candles; Fuels; Paints; Floor wax; Liquid refills for air fresheners (Cartridge System); Laundry detergents for machines only (e.g. Liquitabs); Scent Packs; Scent lamp ring; Air delivery systems; Scent delivery system using a dry technology that releases a fragrance without sprays, aerosols or heated oils (nebulisation technology).
  • Class 11b: All products in contact with the skin, including: Dishwasher detergents and machine deodorants; Deodorants / Masker not intended for skin contact e.g. Fabric fresheners, Carpet powder); Pot Pourri; Scented pouches; Liquid refills for air fresheners (systems without cartridge); Reed diffusers; Shoe polishes; Cat litter; Pet sprays (all types); Treated Fabrics (e.g. starch sprays, fabrics treated with fragrances after washing, fabric or textile deodorants, tights with moisturisers); Dispersed distilled water (which can be added to steam irons); Scratch & Sniff (sampling technology); Infused socks.


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