Fragrances that delight,
ingredients you can trust
Your home is the center of your family’s life, and fragrance can help make it special. At SC Johnson, we’ve spent more than 50 years working with fragrances and finding the very best ways to use them in your home. The perfect scent can boost your mood, energize your family, and even make your home seem cleaner.
Our Product-Specific Fragrance Disclosure
In June 2015, we became the first major company to offer product-specific fragrance disclosure. We started with air care products in the U.S. and Canada, and we'll be adding other product categories soon. Get our fact sheet on this program here.
This disclosure is based on agreements we negotiated with our fragrance suppliers, who consider fragrance recipes to be proprietary information. We convinced them to allow us to share the vast majority of a product's fragrance ingredients, with just a bit held back for confidentiality.Here's how it works:
- Our goal is to list all fragrance ingredients down to .09 percent of the product formula.
- If that doesn't provide at least 10 ingredients, we will list the top 10 if there are at least 20 fragrance ingredients present.
- We will always try to select the method of disclosure that gives you the longest list and the most information.
- While they aren't disclosed, the remaining ingredients also must meet our strict standards and be approved as part of our fragrance palette in order to be used. You can learn more about the palette below and click here to view it.
We appreciate the partnership our fragrance suppliers have shown, enabling us to disclose a great deal of information. There are still a few instances, however, where we do not yet have approval to share fragrance details. As a result, a few products do not currently list fragrance ingredients, and a few ingredients are listed simply as "proprietary fragrance ingredient." We are working through this with our suppliers and our goal is even more disclosure in the future.
Our Fragrance Palette
Fragrances are both creative and complicated. Many companies develop their fragrances from a list of approximately 3,500 fragrance materials. You can click here to see the list published by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), which shows fragrance ingredients used in consumer goods worldwide, all of which must be used so that the fragrance meets the IFRA Code of Practice and standards.
At SC Johnson, we take the review of fragrance ingredients a step further. We evaluate them not only under the IFRA standards, but also under our own standards that may look at ingredients differently. We start with the IFRA list and then apply our own internal requirements.
These may look at the same criteria as IFRA, such as carcinogicity, mutagenicity or reproductive toxicity, but at SC Johnson, we may take a different view of an ingredient. In some instances, we may also consider additional factors such as consumer confidence with ingredients or other scientific viewpoints.
The end result is SC Johnson's Fragrance Palette, which meets both the IFRA standards and our own - and as a result is smaller and more exclusive than the IFRA list. We’ve excluded approximately 2,000 potential ingredients from our fragrance ingredients palette. Explore our full Fragrance Palette here.
It is important to realize that our analysis of ingredients is an ongoing process. If new scientific information emerges, we will evaluate it, and where appropriate make changes to our fragrance palette.
Product and Safety Expertise
In addition to our own decades of fragrance expertise, SC Johnson is a member of the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM), which has the most comprehensive database worldwide of safety evaluations for fragrance materials. It's an industry organization, and it uses an independent expert panel. Industry safety standards are maintained by IFRA, using data from RIFM.
We require our fragrance suppliers to abide by IFRA's Code of Practice and its standards, which take into account numerous factors including chemical composition, variety of use, volume of use, usage concentration and more. The IFRA standards currently restrict the use of more than 170 substances due to their chemical profile.