What You Need To Know About Fragrance In Skincare
Fragrance or sometimes listed as Parfum are very vague terms. They are usually a mixture, which may contain essential oils, synthetic chemicals (sometimes petro-chemicals), solvents, and solubilizers. Brands are under no obligation to tell you their composition. The label can simply state “fragrance” or "parfum" towards the end of the ingredients list.
Why incorporate a fragrance in a skin care product?
Often, we think a fragrance is added to give the product a nice scent. This can be true, however, it can be also used to mask the aroma of a mixture, often one that’s not pleasant. Some brands are more heavily scented due to cultural preferences..
When you see Fragrance or Parfum, on a label, assume it is synthetic (artificial) unless otherwise stated.
Issues with a Synthetic Fragrance
1. It may cause irritation and reddening of the skin.
2. It can be photosensitive. This means that if your skin is exposed to the sun, the fragrance may make your skin more sensitive.
3. It can lead to spots or excess pigmentation. As you age, the decollete (upper chest) area is prone to spotting and browning. That’s the sun at work! Applying a fragranced cream or indeed a perfume there makes it worse, particularly if you’re outdoors and exposed to the sun.
The use of Essential Oils are best?
There is a misconception that the use of pure essential oils in a skin care product is better and safer than a synthetic fragrance. Essential oils are very potent and can also cause skin irritations, depending on the essential oils used and their concentration in a product. Some citrus essential oils are particularly photosensitive (eg lime, orange, lemon) and can cause irritation and may cause sensitivity when the skin is exposed to the sun's rays. Some essential oils are contraindicated and as such should not be applied during pregnancy or while breast feeding. Essential oils to be avoided include fennel, clary sage, marjoram, tarragon, cinnamon, wintergreen, basil, hyssop, aniseed, sage, tansy, wormwood, thyme, parsley seed or leaf, and pennyroyal.
Skinlabs Direct does not use synthetic fragrances and only includes hydrosols (waters of distillation) of essential oils in its products. As such, we have all the lovely attributes of essential oils in a very mild and safe fashion.
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