Seems Nathan received a lot of bottles of perfume to photograph for Abigail Levin's The Posh Peasant website. As he unpacked the box, his BF, in the next room, began to have respiratory distress. This continued until the bottles were packed back in the box and sealed.
Here is what I tried to post on the blog:
Interesting theory, however, incorrect.
IFRA regs cover possible skin-related issues (including oral preparations, such as mouthwash), not the respiratory system. They also drift into the murky world of potential systemic problems, hence the completely incorrect stance against coumarinic raw materials.
http://www.ifraorg.org/files/documentspublished/1/en-us/GD/22156_GD_2009_12_03_IFRA_Code_of_Practice_-_Body_&_8_Appendices_-_Dec_2006.pdf There are some bits in here about aerosols, but that has to do with room sprays, etc.
Mostly, it addresses leave-on and wash-off levels. Nary a word about sneezing or coughing, or running noses, reactions I sometimes have and many others have documented regarding being in the sillage of a modern perfume. The oakmoss that is stated to be (perhaps) the culprit has absolutely no history of causing respiratory problems: it is 100% in the skin allergen category.
When it is stated that perhaps the "new" IFRA-ready formulations are perhaps better because the BF never had a negative response to them, I beg to differ. I never had a problem with perfumes until the mid 80's when harsh synthetics were introduced to perfumes. They're the cause of the majority of complaints against "modern" perfumes. Too much diffusiveness, too harsh, too much sillage, too much substantivity.
Your BF's reaction may have been related to something else entirely. Perhaps one particular ingredient, e.g., rose, if he's allergic to rose, caused the problem.
The photos, however, are beautiful, so it's too bad the association of an allergy attack are melded with them.