A sense of purpose

Fragrances are a key differentiator in finished products – often the most noticeable aspect and key purchasing factor in a range of personal care products, household products and – in particular – fine fragrance.

Fragrance helps to enhance consumer choice and support the development of new products, responding to people’s demands.

It plays an important role in the success and competitiveness of companies in perfumery, personal care and household products sectors.

As the fragrance industry, we provide a key ‘platform technology’ that has an impact well beyond our sector. 

We invest heavily in research and development – around eight per cent of the industry’s annual revenue is spent on innovation – and provide thousands of highly-skilled jobs.

Key statistics

 More than 80%

Proportion of industry (by production value) covered by IFRA membership



Global sales generated by the fragrance industry

(excluding the US and Canada)



Approximate number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by the fragrance industry



Proportion of net sales invested in R&D by fragrance manufacturers


€48bn - €72bn

Value Added for 25 consumer product categories that can be attributed to fragrance

(based on a total market size of €357bn)




Our commitment to innovation allows us to make continual and significant improvements to molecules, process and delivery systems, enhancing quality, affordability, the protection of biodiversity and environmental sustainability.

Beyond the fragrance industry, we support ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ employment and growth in sourcing, farming, manufacturing, the creative industries, distribution, market research and retail (including direct selling, grocery stores, supermarkets, para-pharmacies, department stores, beauty specialists and salons).

And products using our creations also contribute to people’s individual prosperity – promoting the hygiene, well-being and confidence that supports their daily lives.

Our creations are used in...

Fine fragrance

Perfumes, skin care, color cosmetics, beauty gift sets...

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Household products

Textile washing, dishwashing, surface cleaners, air fresheners, scented candles, polishes, waxes…


Personal care products, hair care, personal hygiene, soaps, deodorants, baby care…