HONG KONG CONSUMER COUNCIL CALLS FOR BETTER LABELLING OF ESSENTIAL OIL PRODUCTS AFTER TESTS REVEAL UNLISTED INGREDIENTS

- Aug 10, 2019-

The Hong Kong Consumer Council has called for better labelling of essential oil products after tests reveal unlisted ingredients and incorrectly named allergens in samples.

According to the council around 30 essential oils sold in the country contain at least two allergens that can cause an allergic reaction and were not listed on the labelling. The largest number of allergens found was seven, discovered in Lemongrass House’s Lavender Pure Essential Oil, made in Britain, and Ali’s Aromatherapy Lavender, made in France.

The council tested samples from different brands for 26 fragrance allergens under the European Union’s cosmetic regulations. Of the 30 brands tested only four properly listed the names of the allergens, however, these were listed with the incorrect number and types on the packaging as were discovered in the tests.

The Consumer Council Chief Executive Gilly Wong Fung-han stated that the labelling of essential oils was ‘substandard’ due to the lack of legislation requiring the fragrance allergens to be detailed on the packaging.

Referring to customs officers, Fung-han said, “We don’t have a specific regulation to talk about cosmetic items or this type of skin product. So we believe the enforcement authority has to continue to monitor the risk of this kind of product.”