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  • Confused on Trade Secret “Aroma” ingredient

    Posted by aaidoo8955 on August 31, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    We have decided to use a house brand for a lip gloss line we are coming out with , so the lab gave us all the ingredients except one which is “Aroma”. We asked what does “Aroma” consist of, but they refuse to tell us. However, I read online that the FDA requires you to list all ingredients and you have to apply for the right to use “Aroma” as a trade secrets. How can we do that when they refuse to tell us what it is or am I just misinformed? 

    oldperry replied 5 years, 10 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Michelley

    September 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Yes this happens often. Not just with fragrances, but also with “secret” materials. I do not think you can do anything about it.

    Here is an article I found that explains well:

  • Beatrice

    November 1, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Hello, there is also the option of providing your own “custom Fragrance”, you would design or reverse engineer the fragrance and provide the manufacturer with it. Please keep in mind that there is usually  25lb minimum and depending how many pieces you order you may not need that much. If your manufacturer allows you to provide it’s usually a cost savings and they should reduce the price per piece. If a custom fragrance is something you would be interested in please fee free to contact me and I will put you in touch with a fragrance house that is very good, I’ve worked with him for years.

  • oldperry

    November 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    For you, when putting together your ingredient list you just use the term “fragrance” 

    In addition to the trade secret issue, the main reason companies don’t list fragrance ingredients is because that would make ingredient lists too long. Fragrances are composed of dozens or even hundreds of ingredients.

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