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Should Skincare Be Fragrance Free?

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Should Skincare Be Fragrance Free?

Whether or not fragrances belong in cosmetics is a subject of hot debate in the skincare community. In this edition of Lab Notes, we present you with a balanced view, so that you can make an informed decision for your personal care. 

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What are the risks of fragrances in skincare?

Scientific research has shown that it is possible for fragrance (both natural and synthetic) and fragrant essential oils/extracts to be irritating and sensitizing:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6040011/

Fragrance and essential oils may not cause immediate irritation, but it is possible to develop an allergy over time through a process known as sensitization. Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe. 

However, sensitization is a rare and affects only a minority of individuals, so fragranced cosmetics are safe to use for most people. It is also important to note that fragrant ingredients are typically used in very low concentrations.

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What if you are sensitive or worried about fragrances in your skincare?

Then you should definitely have the freedom to choose fragrance-free cosmetics!

That's why all of our formulas are available with or without added fragrance

If you are concerned about fragrances in other products, we've compiled a list of commonly used fragrant ingredients to look out for below, as well as examples of the natural plant extracts they are found in. 

* Cinnamal (in cinnamon)

* Cinnamyl alcohol (in cinnamon, balsam)

* Citral (in lemongrass, citrus, cardamom, petitgrain, ginger)

* Coumarin (in tonka, sweet clover, stone fruit, strawberries)

* Eugenol (in clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, rose, basil and bay)

* Farnesol (in neroli, rose, palmarosa and ylang ylang)

* Geraniol (in rose, citronella, palmarosa, and geranium)

* Hydroxycitronellal (in citrus fruits, petitgrain and ylang ylang)

* Isoeugenol (in clove, nutmeg, ylang ylang)

* Limonene (in citrus)

* Linalool (in citrus, rose, neroli, spearmint, chamomile, lavender and others)

You will find these on ingredient lists in the form of plant extract/essential oil (ex. Rose, Lavender, Mint or Citrus Extract/Oil), or in their purified form (geraniol and limonene are especially common).

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Here at Maison Wolfberry, the choice is entirely up to you!

How do you feel about fragrances in skincare?

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