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European Directive Fragrances in Natural Products

Scheman, Andrew MD*; Scheman, Nicole; Rakowski, Ella-Marie BS

doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000023

Information on the presence of European Directive fragrance (EUF) allergens in plants and foods is important for numerous reasons. If an individual is allergic to an EUF and is avoiding fragrance, it is possible that they may still be exposed to the allergen in a natural product. In addition, because many of these allergens are also found in foods, it is possible that ingestion of a food containing the allergen may induce systemic contact allergy. Finally, individuals with lip dermatitis may react to contact with foods that contain the allergen. In this article, we have used the data available to identify which plants and foods contain EUF. When available, concentrations of EUF in natural products are provided. The goal of this article is to narrow down the list of botanicals to avoid for specific EUF allergies.

From the *Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; and †Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Address reprint requests to Andrew Scheman, MD, 1535 Lake Cook Rd; Suite 401 Northbrook, IL 60062. E-mail:

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to declare.

© 2014 American Contact Dermatitis Society
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