A bit of fragrance can add a pleasant olfactory experience when using your skincare. However, it’s always best to check the labels of your products to see if there are ingredients that can cause irritation for your skin, and fragrance can be one of them.
Fragrance can come from essential oils or fragrance oils. Essential oils are also known as natural oils, as they are extracted from plants to create a pure essence. Not only does this collect the plant’s natural fragrance, it can also carry its benefits. For example, rose water or rose distillate has the rose’s natural scent, as well as its antiseptic and soothing properties.
On the other hand, fragrance oils are made synthetically to make it smell like the real thing. You can usually find this in a product’s ingredients list as perfume, aroma, flavor, or oil blend. These oils are actually the number 1 cause of skin irritation in skincare, and are linked to many health issues, from allergies to even cancer.
Skincare that’s fragrance-free means it does not have fragrance agents added into them. They may still have a natural odor coming from the ingredients themselves. For example, our Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer and Low pH Rose Gel Cleanser smell distinctly of roses thanks to the rose water included in the formula.
On the other hand, unscented products are actually made with fragrances made to neutralize the natural scent of the ingredients that may not always smell pleasant. Because of these additions, unscented products may not always be the best choice for those with sensitive skin.
So which one is safe to use? It’s best to stick with fragrance-free products as the risk of getting skin irritation is lower. Those with sensitive skin should steer away from artificially-fragranced products. It’s always best to check the ingredients list of a product and to look out for ingredients that could trigger your skin. And do a patch test before applying anything to your face!
Did you know? We strive to keep our products free from unnecessary ingredients like artificial fragrances so you can enjoy skincare without having to worry about irritation. Add our skincare to your routine and see the difference.