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Candle Making, Personal Care Formulations & Prop 65

Updated February 2024

Although Proposition 65 (Prop 65) has been getting increased attention over the last few years in the candle fragrance industry, the initiative – Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – has been around for quite a while. We felt it would be helpful to share more about Prop 65 and how it relates to our products.

Many of our TruScent fragrances are safe for use in a variety of personal care formulations as well as for candle making.

What does Prop 65 require?

Prop 65 required businesses to notify California residents about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they may purchase pr that are released into the environment. The idea is that by providing this information, Prop 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about protecting themselves from exposure to these chemicals. Learn more details about Prop 65. What does that mean for you? If you use products that contain items on the list at certain levels, you must include the Prop 65 warning. Get even more details on OEHHA’s Proposition 65 program here.

Where can I find Prop 65 information about TruScent fragrance oils?

More recently, we began the process of adding a field to the chart on our fragrance description page that addresses whether of not the formulation contains a compound that requires a Prop 65 warning so that you don’t need to digest the SDS, IFRA documents to locate that status. Since our desire is for our fragrances to the phthalate free and free of Prop 65 flags, most of our fragrances do not require those warnings. However, there are actually many natural sources of some of these Prop 65 compounds. You’ll find that the majority of sources for our oils are identified as “natural indirect source”. This means that there is a compound present, but the source of that compound is from a natural ingredient. Myrcene is just one example. It is found in Peppermint essential oils, but it must still be identified as a Prop 65 compound. So, all of the fragrances that contain essential oil of peppermint get a Prop 65.

Fillmore Container has been requesting SDS (Safety Data Sheet) for each of our fragrances and making them available to our customers for years. Until recently, these documents were called MSDS. These SDS’s are available digitally in the “Product Attachments” tab of each TruScent Fragrance Oil. (Some of the file names still say MSDS, but this is the document you want.) The statement as related to Prop 65 can be found in “Section 15.3 US State regulations”.

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What is the IFRA?

The other product attachment is the IFRA – which is another very important and helpful document that provides valuable handling & application guidelines. See our Understanding the IFRA Certificate post to learn more.

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