Drugs regulated, ‘perfumes’ not – why?

Looking at the poor success rate of medicinal drugs, which are screened for safety, one might well wonder why perfumes are not. Let us compare the two types of product.

Avoiding them would appear to be a very good idea.

But apart from a tiny minority of specified chemicals, the identities of perfume ingredients (and there may be up to three hundred in a single product) are hidden by manufacturers under the term ‘parfum’ or other general term, claiming ‘commercial confidentiality’. This makes no sense when other, non-perfume ingredients have to be explicitly named.

How did we get to this situation?