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Natural and Organic Brands with Fragrance Free and Unscented Products


Natural & Organic Brands with Fragrance Free or Unscented Products
If you watched my recent haul video you will have noticed that I have an interest in fragrance free/unscented natural and organic skincare. The main reason for this is because there are times when I need to cut back on essential oils. After receiving an email from a reader on this very topic, I decided to put together a list of brands that I know offer fragrance free lines or products where there is the option to purchase unscented versions.

Let me start with some basics options. Never underestimate the power of a Konjac Sponge they are great with or without product. DIY can be a simple solution for those having problems with fragrance, a plain carrier oil (e.g. jojoba, apricot, peach, avocado, argan, coconut etc) can be used for moisturiser and cleanser. Gaia Creams and Natural Wisdom are brands that use raw ingredients in their products with unscented options. TEWCPure ChimpHandmade NaturalsDashOpulentia OrganicsRuth RomanoBalm Balm have individual products in their ranges that are unscented. On the other hand, PHBRossi SkincareGreen People, Akin, Lavera, Desert Essence, Acure and Dr Bronner’s all have a fragrance/scent free range of products.

Please remember that the terms “fragrance free” and “unscented” are open to interpretation and interchangeable in their definition. There are no regulations to govern how these terms are used. "Fragrance free" implies the product has no odour whereas "unscented" implies the manufacturer has not added fragrance to the product. However, some manufacturers can label a product "fragrance free" but it contains additives intended to mask the odour of other ingredients. Under the EU Cosmetic directive there are 26 fragrance allergens which should be identified on products if their concentration exceeds 0.001% in leave-on products and 0.01% in rinse-off products. 

  1. Alpha isomethylionone
  2. Amyl cinnamal
  3. Amylcinnamyl alcohol
  4. Anisyl alcohol
  5. Benzyl alcohol
  6. Benzyl benzoate
  7. Benzyl cinnamate
  8. Benzyl salicylate
  9. Butylphenyl methylpropional (Lilial)
  10. Cinnamal
  11. Cinnamyl alcohol
  12. Citral
  13. Citronellol
  14. Coumarin
  15. Eugenol
  16. Farnesol
  17. Geraniol
  18. Hexyl cinnamal
  19. Hydroxycitronellal
  20. Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde (Lyral)
  21. Isoeugenol
  22. Limonene
  23. Linalool
  24. Methyl 2-octynoate
  25. Evernia furfuracea (Treemoss) extract
  26. Evernia prunastri (Oakmoss) extract
I think the key to managing sensitive skin is reading labels and educating yourself about ingredients. I am sure there are brands I have missed from my list so if you have a suggestion please leave a comment below.

Sarah x

Please note: majority of links in this post are to my own reviews of products from these brands

6 comments:

  1. This is incredible, thank you for the effort you put in this. So many will appreciate this post. I didn't know you make videos need to get on that!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. I don't make videos every week but I do like doing them for hauls & monthly favourites/empties :)

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  2. Its great to read a post that understands that there IS a difference between unscented and fragrance free AND mentions how hazy and blurred the lines can be around this difference depending on labelling/interpretation/brand etc.
    Also excellent list Sarah, there were a few I wasn't familiar with myself, just goes to show how much research we have to do in this crazy beauty industry!
    xxx

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    1. Thank you, I felt it was important to mention as I get confused trying to figure out exactly what I am buying. Sometimes it feels like you have to be a detective and scientist when buying skincare, not as straight forward as I'd like it to be :)

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  3. I constantly see Dr Bronner's products all over the place in organic supermarkets in California, was wondering if it's good.. Sometimes I do prefer unscented products, especially in simple soaps. Just because I am "clean hands" freak and wash my hands at least thousand times a day, and if that all would be accompanied with a fragrance, it would be just too much:)!

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    1. I like Dr Bronner's soaps, there are times when they can feel a little drying with regular use but on the whole a hand cream can easily correct that situation. They are affordable so worth a try, they have many other uses if you decide you don't like them for hand washing :)

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