Is Fragrance Bad for Your Skin?

The first thing people do when deciding on any new skin care product is to smell it. But, a product with a pleasing aroma does not mean you should include it in your skincare regime.

 

The Details of Fragrance

The law requires companies to label skin care products with their ingredients. This law does not apply to fragrances because it allows these mixtures to be kept as trade secrets. 

Chemical mixtures related to fragrance get listed under the single term of 'fragrance'. Of course, this isn't helpful to people with sensitive skin.

 

How Bad is Fragrance for Skin Care?

Many of the chemicals used in fragrances use petroleum as a base. Other toxic chemicals are also often used in the fragrance recipe. 

Some of the ingredients have links to allergies, hormonal issues, and cancer. 

Many of the chemicals are not tested or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With so little known about what goes into fragrances, it's alarming to see so many people using them. 

 

Why Should You Care?

You may think your skin is up to the challenge now, but repeated use can create allergies. Vegans also have no way of knowing if there are animal-based products used in the product, as fragrance may hide a product's full list of ingredients.

There is also a high-risk that the product is not cruelty-free.

 

What to Look out for in Fragrance-Free Products

If you want to be entirely sure you are using a fragrance-free product, you will need to do some research. 

The first thing you should do is check the label for a reference to 'parfum' or 'fragrance'. 

It's also possible to contact the manufacturer and ask about the product. If a company chooses to list every ingredient used for the scent, it can be confusing. You will need to research every unfamiliar term to be sure. 

Fragrance-free on the label does not mean the product has no scent. The ingredients may have an aroma of their own. 

 

What about Essential Oils? Are they Bad?

Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. The goal is to capture the plant's fragrance in a more convenient format. Cold pressing and distillation are standard methods for getting the oils.

Essential oils provide a natural source for fragrance. But, some essential oils can still be a source of skin irritation. 

The most common types of reactions to essential oils include and allergic reactions. Symptoms may include itching, redness, swelling, burning, or hives. 

Test each oil on a small patch of skin first before using essential oils as a fragrance. 

 

Which Dioka Products are Fragrance-Free?

All of them!

We believe that your journey to healthier and better skin should only contain ingredients that actually help, and since perfumes and fragrances don't meet that criteria, we don't add them to our products.