What You Need to Know About Fragrance in Beauty Products

What You Need to Know About Fragrance in Beauty Products

Research is conclusive that exposure to some fragranced personal care products may trigger a range of adverse health effects, from skin irritation and rash, to other allergic reactions including asthma attacks, respiratory difficulties, and nausea.

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For those of you curious about the negative impacts of fragrance in personal care products, including links to the science and research, please read on.

Fragrance is a leading cause of adverse skin reaction

An Australian study, published this month in the journal of Preventive Medicine Reports, suggests that sensitivity to fragrances is more common than we thought. One-third of the study’s participants reported experiencing one or more health issues from fragranced products. 9.5% of the participants said they developed skin problems (like rashes, hives, and dermatitis), while 17% reported respiratory difficulties, 14% reported symptoms such as congestion and watery eyes and 10% experienced migraines.

Synthetic fragrance in personal care products is the second most common cause of allergic skin reaction (after nickel in jewelry) and it’s the leading cause of cosmetic contact dermatitis.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), over 5,000 different fragrances — and countless other fragrance combinations — are used in products today. The majority of these artificial fragrances are petroleum-based. That’s right – petroleum. And it’s a real challenge to avoid these chemicals. They are present in nearly all products, from skin care and hair care to make-up and perfume.

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So the answer seems to be choosing products that are “unscented” and labeled as gentle, right? Not so fast. Even your favorite unscented products often list use a masking fragrance. What is a masking fragrance? These are chemicals added to neutralize or hide the odor of the other ingredients. Masking fragrances simply trick our nose and give the perception that the products are unscented. Sadly, these products often trigger rashes and allergic reactions too.

Ok, so what is the solution. This all seems so scary!

How to avoid synthetic fragrances

  • The first thing is to scan product labels. Look for the word fragrance. For instance, with Previse products, you will see we list the source of any botanical extract or essential oils we use. These botanical extracts give our bio-healthy DermApothecary Series their aroma. And with our new ZeroFragrance series spent nearly two years developing recipes that are absolutely, 100%, guaranteed, fragrance-free. Yes, this is a shameless plug. But hey, we did it and we are proud of the effort and success!
  • Make an appointment with your dermatologist. Our go-to expert is Dr. Ellen Marmur. Based in New York, Dr. Marmur is one of the most recognizable dermatology surgeons. If you are elsewhere in the US, or reside in the Nordic countries, UK or France please Contact Us for further recommendations.
  • Speak with your primary care doctor about taking a perfume allergy test. This test could help you identify and avoid chemicals that cause, or may cause, allergic reactions. Armed with this informantion you are able to make informed choices when shopping.

We also thought you might like to know …

Manufacturers aren’t required to disclose chemical composite they use to create their “fragrance.” Troubling, right? Read the list of ingredients on your skin care products. See the word “fragrance?” There you are. The word represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients. The FDA doesn’t require companies to disclose the specific substances, synthetic and otherwise. And many fragrances also include one or more preservatives. So you’re trying to avoid parabens, tricolosan, PEGs? They may be present in the composition of chemicals used to make the fragrance. Ugh! Curiously, no other ingredient is allowed to hide its actual content. Again, and it bares repeating, we disclose the botanical that gives our product it’s aroma. If you look on any Previse DermApothecary label you will see the word fragrance followed by the botanical. As example, Purify Marine Cleanser for Levels 1&2 reads, “Fragrance All Natural Ylang Ylang.” We have NOTHING TO HIDE.

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Our ZeroFragrance Series goes one step beyond. The entire suite of dermatology approved products are naturally fragrance free. Key for ZeroFragrance was to maintain our superior, cruelty-free, vegan recipes while sourcing sustainable, non-aromatic marine and botanical ingredients for you, our tribe, who are considering starting a family, expanding your family, or may have highly sensitive skin.[/gdlr_stunning_text]



  • Pingback:Role of fragrances in skin cleansers – TheFragranceFanatic
    Posted at 05:41h, 09 September Reply

    […] Fragrances are used in almost all skincare products. Some people can face negative impacts on their skin after using fragrance infused products and their skin may also feel irritated. Fragrance can be the cause of irritation caused and it may lead to itchiness, redness, and sometimes hives. However, all fragrances don’t affect the skin to the same level. You can try testing a particular product on your hands for a few days and if no reaction is noticed you can also use the same on your face. […]

    • Previse Client Team
      Posted at 14:43h, 22 November Reply

      Surprisingly the use of synthetic fragrance created from petrochemicals is on the rise. There is growing evidence of organic essential oils not being organic. We advise always testing ones skin if one has had allergic reactions. We also advise our patients to avoid artificially fragranced in skin care.

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