Do you get headaches, nausea, skin allergies, dermatitis, or itching and burning from certain products or scents? You might have a fragrance sensitivity! This is a very real problem that is unfortunately not talked about that much. The sensitivity could be caused from irritation to either the respiratory system or to the skin itself. It is possible to have a sensitivity or an allergy to a fragrance, and it might be with only specific scents. Usually a person with a fragrance sensitivity can experience symptoms within a few minutes of a product being applied to the skin. They could be experiencing a rash, dermatitis, itchiness, or all of the above. Though this will usually go away, and can be soothed with over the counter hydrocortisone cream, or even a cold compress (depending on the severity of the reaction). You can also experience difficulty breathing, which will come from inhaling certain scents. If this is the case, you can be treated with allergy medication and sometimes an inhaler. The most common substances that could cause a fragrance sensitivity or allergy are a-pinene, limonene, linalool, and eugenol. These are all chemicals that are irritating to both the skin and respiratory system, and can be found in perfumes, soaps, powders, air fresheners, detergents and cleaning products. The best think you can do is avoid the products and fragrances that cause unpleasant systems.
We really hope this article shed some light on fragrance in skincare, and what to look out for when choosing your products. Any brand that focuses on the customer’s health and wellness will know what their fragrance is made of and will be open about it with their customer when asked. Do not be afraid to reach out to your favorite brand and ask questions about the fragrance making up their products. Fragrance for skincare is a very complicated process, and most brands will have spent a long time with their factory formulating a pleasant fragrance. Here at The Feelist, we use only the highest quality, plant- powered botanicals in the fragrance composition of our products. We develop everything with sensitive skin in mind, and stay away from harmful man-made chemicals and ingredients. That being said, if you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to chat!
We also have other articles about clean beauty and its importance linked here. If you would like to try some of our plant-powered botanical products, (which smell amazing, if we do say so ourselves!) We recommend starting with The Fully Charged Set, formulated with a unique natural fragrance blend formulated to uplift and recenter the mind.