I answered a couple of questions for a newspaper article the other day, in detail and with having some thinking done, on IFRA, and how IFRA affects perfumers and perfumery.
I remembered this article in press (not published yet, I think), when I read the comments yesterday. And I thought a lot about it while cycling, thus we end up with another hard to digest post, but someone needs to speak out: IFRA should not be blamed.
Please visit IFRA's site and have a look at who is IFRA. You can do so on their home page and then you will see that it is regular members (companies) and regional bodies (and no, zero, nada, niente third level supporting members such as small producers). You will find out that IFRA does not make laws or anything that anybody is forced by law to oblige. IFRA recommends and industry follows the recommendations and consumers buy. This IS important, because you should not blame the group coming up with recommendations, but the guy following them. And the guy having an interest in the recommendations. And, if you want to speak to industry, the best way to do so is via money and via speaking to them directly and about them, but not IFRA.
Thus, do not blame IFRA. Do not bash IFRA, IFRA is just the bag shown to you, making sure you do not hit the donkey.
And then, if you live in the EU, please visit the EU commission's website and you will see that this is where IFRA recommendations end up being formed into (proposals) for laws. EU regulations and laws do not fall from heaven. Again: Do not blame IFRA, it is the guys and girls you send to Brussels making the laws. And, if you want to speak to politicians, the best way to do so is by speaking out to them and about them and by explaining them why they destroy part of the cultural heritage of Europe. I wish so much my fellow bloggers would stop talking about the IFRA bag and start talking about the EU law makers and the donkeys.
Thank you for reading this post.
And, to celebrate a 100% EU law conform perfume that I will show officially in September 10, at Pitti Fragranze in Florence: Here is a little draw. Leave a comment of any kind, and enter the draw for a full flacon of fragrance No. 12 EAU D'ÉPICES, or a little consolation price (a discovery set, containing 5 scents of your choice). I will not comment every comment, but sure read it.
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