Fragrance in Cosmetics

Jasmine with colored liquid

Fragrance in cosmetics has been common practice for a great many years. There are benefits and possible dangers associated with fragrances in cosmetics. Consider the following points to make your own informed choice.

Benefits of Fragrance in Cosmetics

Fragrance has been used since the beginning of time. Fragrances can awaken feelings of joy, well being and confidence in you and those around you. The cosmetic industry also uses fragrance in cosmetics in order to neutralize any unpleasant odors that may be in the chemicals that they use. Many times certain brands are known for their "signature" scents. No doubt you have your own favorite fragrance.

Bobbi Brown cosmetics, for example, has a lip gloss with a yummy vanilla scent. And refreshing peppermint is the fragrance of Bobbi Brown Lip Tint. Cover Girl has a distinctive, "clean" scent.

Fragrance may be the determining factor when you purchase cosmetics. How often have you opened and sniffed a product before making your selection? While one fragrance may make you wrinkle your nose, another may bring memories of special occasions and warm feelings.

Possible Dangers of Fragrance in Cosmetics

Occasionally, certain chemicals used in creating a fragrance may cause an allergic reaction. Often these chemicals are difficult to avoid due to their natural occurrence in plant extracts that are commonly used in the cosmetics industry. The reactions these chemicals can cause vary. Inhaled irritants found in some fragrances have been found to be a trigger for asthma and headaches. Eye, nose and throat irritation may also occur in some people. You may also experience allergy symptoms like sneezing.

Reactions caused by skin contact may also occur. There are two common reactions for those who may be sensitive to fragrance in cosmetics. The severity of each depends on the individual.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis is the most common skin contact reaction. Symptoms are itchy, scaly skin, or a red rash. This form of dermatitis is commonly treated with creams or cleansers to remove the offending irritant.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis is usually caused by an allergy to a specific ingredient. Symptoms include redness, itching, swelling or hives. Treatment usually involves the use of anti-inflammatory drugs or ointments.


If you are sensitive to fragrance in cosmetics, don't think you have to give up on wearing makeup. You do have options. It may be that you are simply sensitive to a specific brand. You may prefer to try a fragrance-free brand instead.

One to consider is Estee Lauder. The amazing variety of Estee Lauder fragrance-free products makes it easy to find what you need. Their foundation alone comes in 21 shades, so there really is something for everyone. You can purchase Estee Lauder products at your favorite department store or at Estee Lauder.

Another brand of fragrance-free makeup is Almay. There are 10,000 available ingredients in the cosmetic industry. Of those, less than 500 meet Almay's standard, assuring you of minimal irritation. Purchasing Almay products is as easy as going to your local Walmart or your favorite drugstore.

Clinique is another popular fragrance-free brand of cosmetics. All of Clinique's products are allergy tested and 100% fragrance-free. This is a great choice if you have allergies to specific chemicals or if you are sensitive to fragrance. Clinique is available at many fine department stores and at Clinique's website.

Serious problems from fragrance in cosmetics are rare. The cosmetic industry as a whole considers the safety of the consumer to be a top priority. Advances are made continually. Only you can decide what types of products will best meet your needs.

Was this page useful?
Related & Popular
Fragrance in Cosmetics