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Not in all cases. Products made from natural materials may have more allergens than products made from synthetic materials. For example, fragrances made from natural fragrance materials may contain allergens at higher levels than fragrances made from primarily synthetic materials.
d-Limonene is an essential fragrance material that is distilled from the oil extracted from citrus peels. Many of our fragrances do contain small amounts of d-Limonene. There are some concerns about using d-Limonene because it can sometimes cause skin sensitivity or allergies on contact. d-Limonene is one the EU 26 allergens, which is a list of common fragrance components that can potentially cause a skin reaction in individuals who are already allergic to those materials.However, consistent with the IFRA standards, we require that fragrance ingredients only be used at concentrations that have not been shown to result in allergic responses in people who are not sensitive to these materials. And, as required by law, where d-Limonene is used this is clearly stated in the ingredients list on the label of the relevant product.
These ingredients are common components of many fragrances, especially those based on essential oils such as citrus, floral and pine fragrances. Depending on the particular fragrance, our formulas may contain some of these materials. Safe levels that will not result in allergic effects have been determined and are the basis for the IFRA standards developed for all 26 materials. Our fragrances use these materials at the lowest concentrations possible in creating the fragrance, and always below the safe levels established by the IFRA standards and in accordance with applicable laws. Wherever one or more of the EU 26 allergens is in use, each of these EU 26 allergens is clearly declared on the product label as required by law.While there are a number of different nomenclatures for these allergens, below are their common names per the EU Cosmetic Directive:
• 2-Benzylideneheptanal (Amyl cinnamal)• Benzyl alcohol• Cinnamyl alcohol• 3,7-Dimethyl-2,6-octadienal (Citral)• Phenol, 2-methoxy-4-(2-propenyl) (eugenol)• Hydroxycitronellal• Phenol, 2-methoxy-4-(1-propenyl)- (Isoeugenol)• 2-Pentyl-3-phenylprop-2-en-1-ol (Amylcinnamyl alcohol)• Benzyl salicylate• 2-Propenal, 3-phenyl- (Cinnamal)• 2H-1-Benzopyran-2-one (coumarin)• 2,6-Octadien-1-ol, 3,7-dimethyl-, (2E)- (geraniol)• 3 and 4-(4-Hydroxy-4-methylpentyl) cyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde) (HICC or Lyral®) • 4-Methoxybenzyl alcohol (Anise alcohol)• 2-Propenoic acid, 3-phenyl-, phenylmethyl ester (Benzyl cinnamate)• 2,6,10-Dodecatrien-1-ol, 3,7,11-trimethyl- (Farnesol) • 2-(4-tert-Butylbenzyl) propionaldehyde (Butylphenyl methylpropional)• 1,6-Octadien-3-ol, 3,7-dimethyl- (Linalool)• Benzyl benzoate• 3,7-dimethyloct-6-en-1-ol (Citronellol)• 2-Benzylideneoctanal (Hexyl cinnamal)• 4R)-1-Methyl-4-(1-methylethenyl)cyclohexene (limonene)• Methyl heptin carbonate (Methyl 2-octynoate)• 3-Methyl-4-(2,6,6-trimethyl-2-cyclohexen-1-yl)-3-buten-2-one (alpha-Isomethyl ionone)• Evernia prunastri extract (oak oss extract)• Evernia furfuracea extract (treemoss extract)
Some individuals have allergies to certain fragrances or other product ingredients. If you have such allergies, we recommend you contact your physician to discuss these issues further. You may also want to contact our consumer product helpline prior to using SC Johnson products containing these ingredients or fragrances, and they can help you determine which ones would be best for you. You can reach them at 800-558-5252.