I'm sure most of you are aware that the ever-contentious issue of allergens in perfumery has raised its head again. As has been reported on various sites, the EU is considering making a few amendments to its existing Cosmetics Regulation. If these amendments are implemented, then a) perfume brands would be obliged to declare the presence of more (potentially harmful) materials in their perfumes than they are currently obliged to and b) three substances (HICC [aka Lyral], atranol, chloroatranol) would be banned entirely. The European Commission has set up a public consultation and has invited people to express their views on these proposed amendments.
We are, of course, free to have our own thoughts on whether these amendments would be beneficial. However, I must admit I'm rather puzzled by the muted reaction from several industry observers. Quite a few commentators seem to have taken the stance that the amendments aren't a cause for concern. I'm very happy to be challenged on this, but personally, I can't see how they aren't a cause for concern. Perfumery (and specifically, EU-based perfumery) has already suffered under non-legally-binding 'recommendations'. If some of these are now going to start being turned into laws, the final results may be catastrophic.
A few scentusiasts on Facebook and Twitter have stated that they would appreciate being provided with a model letter which they could send to the Commission, in order to express their opposition to the proposed amendments. I've put together what may be a suitable missive and I've published it below. Please feel free to use it in any way you wish: send it as it stands, in its entirety, or take a few phrases from here and there and weave them into your own words. It's entirely up to you.