Coumarin is an aromatic chemical, usually appearing as white flakes with a moderate sweet vanilla odour. This compound appears as a component of some of our fragrance blends.
Coumarin is a synthetic chemical produced for industry, however it can be found naturally in some plants and plant extracts, such as tonka bean (Dipteryx odorata) and various species of cinnamon. This ingredient often appears in fragrances, either as a synthetic additive used as a fixative to help preserve the longevity of a fragrance, or as a natural component of the essential oils used in the fragrance.
Studies indicate a small percentage of people can be sensitive to this ingredient, which is why we list in when it's detected in our fragrances, though it only appears at very low concentrations, within the safe use defined by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). The IFRA is a self-regulatory representative body of the fragrance industry, dedicated to promoting the safe use of fragrances.
Other names: C9H6O2, Tonka Bean Camphor, 2H-1-Benzopyran-2-one, 2H-chromen-2-one, Coumarine
Chemical class: Heterocyclic Compounds
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