The Danger of Synthetic Fragrance in Skincare Products

Our products contain no synthetic fragrance. Just essential oils for scent.

Essential oils are pretty straightforward in their benefits and possible risk (they need to be diluted to prevent irritation), but synthetic fragrances are a black box of hidden danger.

Recently we’ve noticed a pattern of customers seeking us out simply because we don’t use synthetic fragrances.

I believe they are the canary in the coal mine of a big beauty industry issue. 

Synthetic fragrances are largely unregulated and, studies show, often incredibly dangerous. From The Guardian;

“About 4,000 chemicals are currently used to scent products, but you won’t find any of them listed on a label. Fragrance formulations are considered a “trade secret” and therefore protected from disclosure – even to regulators or manufacturers. A single scent may contain anywhere from 50 to 300 distinct chemicals…

Three-quarters of the toxic chemicals detected in a test of 140 products came from fragrance, reported a 2018 BCPP study of personal care and cleaning brands. The chemicals identified were linked to chronic health issues, including cancer. 

While virtually all Americans are exposed to fragrance chemicals on a daily basis, women have a greater body burden, largely from beauty and cosmetics products absorbed through the skin. The average American woman uses 12-16 products a day, many containing fragrance.

Besides common reactions to fragrance – about 35% of people report migraines or respiratory problems because of fragrance – health advocates have more serious concerns… 

More than 1,200 fragrance chemicals currently in use have been flagged as potential or known “chemicals of concern”, according to a 2018 report from WVE. These include seven carcinogens, 15 chemicals prohibited from use in cosmetics in the EU and others cited in various international warning lists. Endocrine disrupters, which mimic human hormones, are of particular concern to many researchers and advocates, as they can have effects in the tiniest doses.”

Yikes!!! (You can read the full article here.)

Until the beauty industry sorts out this issue, you can rest assured that our products are synthetic fragrance free! And we are super proud to be a part of the clean beauty wave. Shop now.


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