I remember I was discussing with a friend that bought one of my skin care products. She was complaining that the products smelled herbal and I told her that essential oils were added to the product to improve the smell. I actually find the smell of herbs comforting. Yep I am weird like that plus I have a very sensitive nose. Don’t try my nose o. So the skincare products I make are gentle on the nose and don’t bring up episodes of sinuses for me and people like me. I can sneeze for Africa when my nose is irritated. She said ehnn that is for you o. I can’t be smelling like ewedu and other vegetables ewedu doesn’t smell bad or does it? She said she likes to smell like vanilla, coconut and other exotic smell.
She is not the only one. There are so many people like her, some even choose skincare products based on the smell alone and skincare producers know this. The truth is that fragrances are not natural, there are natural fragrances out there but once a product does not explicitly say the fragrance is natural then just assume it isn’t. The word fragrance in skincare is a combination of more than 20 chemical compounds and most it cause allergic reaction. Most fragrances that we see don’t exist in nature and most of them are synthesized in the laboratory. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), fragrance is the biggest cause of cosmetic contact dermatitis which is another word for inflammation. Perfumes or fragrances can trigger allergic reaction and even asthma.
Before you reach for fragrance free products, know that some companies use ingredients that mask fragrances in the products. These ingredients are fragrances themselves. Choose products that contain essential oils or natural fragrance blends. Natural fragrance blends are composed of mostly essential oils. All essential oils are not 100% safe/good for you but most don’t cause any issues like synthetic fragrance do.