What is an IFRA?

Fragrances are often very complicated chemical mixtures and the exact formulation is usually strictly confidential. To enable fragrance manufacturers to keep their formulations secret, but still provide information about the safety of the ingredients, IFRA certificates are used.


IFRA (International Fragrance Association) certificates provide information on the safety of a fragrance and the limits at which it can be used in different cosmetic products. There are 11 IFRA product categories relating to how and where the product is used - if it is leave-on, or rinse-off etc.


When you use a fragrance, your supplier will provide you with an IFRA certificate which you simply send to us with your formulations. IFRA are not routinely needed for Essential oils, however we may ask you to request the IFRA from your suppliers when an essential oil has restricted components.