Dubai civic body sets up new lab to test perfumes

DUBAI - The Dubai Municipality (DM) has launched a new laboratory to test perfumes and ensure that they do not cause any health and safety problems to consumers.

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Published: Sat 26 Mar 2011, 10:40 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:24 AM

“The uses of aromatic products of various types have increased dramatically over the past few decades. As some of those products may cause health problems, it was necessary to ensure the health and safety of consumers,” Hawa Bastaki, Director of Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) Department, said in a Press release.

Noting that perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives and solvents used to give the human body, various objects and living spaces a pleasant smell, the official said skin contact or ingestion of some such materials may cause health problems like asthma, sinusitis, dermatitis, migraine headaches, irritation or allergies.

“It was our duty to apply the highest safety standards for the products, identify materials and products that cause adverse reactions, ensure the quality of the products available in the region and identify and analyse allergic substances in the perfume materials and determine the ingredients to ensure that the basic ingredients in the perfume products are primary scents like Modifiers, Blenders and Fixatives Solvents,” she said.

Bastaki said the Consumer Materials Laboratory at the DCL conducts several tests on aromatic products including visual inspection, turbidity test, determination of essential oil content, ethanol content, methanol in relation to ethanol content and determination of allergic substances.

She said the laboratory has the latest hardware using high-resolution technologies, to conduct tests and to draw conclusions.

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