• Tue, Nov 6 2012

Paging Brad Pitt: Chanel No. 5 May Be Banned

Chanel No. 5, created in 1921, is one of the more recognizable perfumes out there. I have numerous friends who wear it as their “signature scent” (which I think defeats the “signature” part but c’est la vie), so I would likely recognize it anywhere. Sadly, they may have to find a new scent endorsed by Brad Pitt on acid.

The European Union’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has been examining 100 possible allergens in Chanel No. 5′s current formula that could be putting wearers at risk. Tree moss and oak moss, which give Miss Dior and Chanel No. 5 their woody base notes, are facing an outright ban, while 12 other ingredients would be restricted to a lower concentration.

The Committee feels its concerns are justifiable: apparently, an estimated 1-3% of the population are allergic or potentially allergic to ingredients found in these perfumes.

Of course, many people are displeased with the possibility of Chanel No. 5, as well as “hundreds” of other scents, having their formulas altered so drastically. Sylvie Jourdet of the French perfumer’s society told The Telegraph that ”Chanel No 5 has never done any harm to anyone. It is the death of perfume if this continues.”

Side note: I’m presently trying to imagine an angry bottle of perfume intentionally hurting people.

Anyways, the regulations would likely change quite a bit about the perfume industry and its methods. Anybody who’s ever tried to make homemade soap in a weak attempt at DIY gifts knows that changing even a little bit of a scent’s formula can alter it dramatically, so I imagine the scientists over at Chanel have got their work cut out for them if this ban passes. So if this is your favorite scent, stock up prior to 2014, when the proposed regulations will likely be brought to the table.

[via Reuters]

Pic via Fashionista.

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  • JennyWren

    Eh. I’ve always hated Chanel No.5, probably because my mother (who is an over-zealous user of perfume in any case) tended to wait until I was safely strapped in the car seat directly behind her before spraying the damn stuff five or six time mostly directly over her shoulder. Ack.

    I love perfume generally but I would hate to think I was causing someone to have allergies…it seems excessive to ban many of the ingredients, however. I just think that, if someone has allergies to perfume, they shouldn’t be afraid to ask someone to move away from them or wash it off temporarily, and people also should be obliging and gracious when that happens and not get on a high horse about their right to irritate other people’s glands.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

      At the office I work at, you can actually get fired/sent home for wearing perfume because there are so many people working in close proximity. On an average day, though, I try and follow the arm’s length rule; if somebody can smell you farther than arm’s length, you’re probably wearing too much.

    • Colleen

      A lot of people don’t realize that their sensitivity to a scent disappears with repeat use. I wear the same perfume every day and I can’t smell it on me anymore. When I sold perfume, I always made sure I imparted that information to buyers – know how many times you spray it, and make that part of your routine.

    • Nancy

      Actually, “For some, repeated exposures cause an increase in symptoms that occur more often and last longer. According to the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, a small but growing segment is affected by a little understood and even somewhat controversial condition known as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).

      For people with MCS, Dalton says sensitivity to one fragrance or odor can snowball into a crippling multiple chemical sensitivity that leaves its victims defenseless in the face of an ever-widening number of chemical odors and fragrances.” http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/fragrance-allergies-a-sensory-assault?page=2

      I actually love perfumes and scented products, but certain ones make me very sick, and it gets worse the more it happens. So, I regretfully support more bans on scents. Although, I don’t know about banning the perfume from being MADE. But I’m definitely in favour of public buildings being scent-free.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

      I think what she meant was that you end up not realizing how much you put on, so you put on a little too much because you’re used to it :)

      But that is all really great information, so thank you for posting it!

    • Nancy

      You’re right, my mistake! She made a good point, though I’ve found that even just the smallest amount can still cause a reaction in me, personally. It’s not always from people using too much. Indoors, at least. But, yeah, using too much would be even worse. Sort of unrelated but, I don’t notice many women wearing too much perfume around me but I’ve often noticed guys wearing way too much cologne lol.

  • Candace

    Can we ban Brad Pitts facial hair instead?