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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.

Alpha isomethylionone 
Amyl cinnamal
Amylcinnamyl alcohol
Anisyl alcohol
Benzyl alcohol
Benzyl benzoate
Benzyl cinnamate
Benzyl salicylate
Butylphenyl methylpropional (Lilial)
Cinnamal
Cinnamyl alcohol
Citral
Citronellol
Coumarin
Eugenol
Farnesol
Geraniol
Hexyl cinnamal
Hydroxycitronellal
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde (Lyral)
Isoeugenol
Limonene
Linalool
Methyl 2-octynoate
Evernia furfuracea (Treemoss) extract
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

2 comments

  1. 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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