Why Perfumes Are Considered Dangerous Goods?
Most people don’t think of perfume as hazardous. In fact, it’s just the opposite, right? Perfumes smell nice and are often sent as gifts, so usually, people associate them with well-being and health, not hazards or harm.
For this reason, many order perfumes online from the US, intending to use a US package forwarding address for international shipping. (perfumes are usually expensive and are much cheaper to buy in the US than in other countries.)
But unfortunately, most perfumes cannot ship internationally. This isn’t a decision that is made by the merchant, and it’s not a decision that is made by the package forwarding services. It’s a decision that is made by customs authorities and enforced by international carriers. (For example, perfume is the first item on DHL’s list of “dangerous/hazardous goods.”)
What’s Dangerous/Hazardous About Perfume?
Well, nothing, if all it’s doing is making you smell nice. But if it’s traveling under pressure in an airplane’s cargo hold, it is a potentially serious threat to safety.
This is because many perfumes’ base is almost 90% alcohol, and are potentially flammable under certain conditions. (Colognes and aftershaves, which also seem harmless, fall into the same category.)
But Wait… Are There ANY Perfumes That Can Be Shipped Internationally?
To answer the question, yes, there are! The problem is not with the fresh-smelling perfume but with the alcohol it contains. Luckily, there are many alcohol-free perfumes available that are perfectly safe to ship internationally.
Perfumes are usually a mix of perfume oils and alcohol, but many connoisseurs consider alcohol a “filler” that dilutes the essential fragrance. Several companies, such as The Fragrance Shop and House of Rose offer pure perfumes that are not only safe for international shipping, they also smell fresher and last longer than alcohol-based perfumes.
(There are even alcohol-free perfumes from designer brands like Calvin Klein!)
To Ship or Not to Ship?
Remember that it’s the alcohol content, not the perfume. That will get an item on the restricted goods list. Make sure to check the ingredients before you buy (or contact the store if the ingredients aren’t listed).
Are there any other items that you’ve ordered, but couldn’t ship internationally? Share your experience in the comments section!