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Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2018
Jul. 24, 2018
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000051253  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2018  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   79,047,426