The shift to fragrance-free cosmetics. Truth or frenzy?
Increasingly more posts in social media and in the contemporary press, speak against the use of fragrance in cosmetic products.
Not without a good and just reason.
Essential oils are particularly irritating, even allergens, and should only be used dissolved in an oil, such as almond oil, or grapeseed oil. Some, such as citrus essential oils, create photosensitivity if there is subsequent sun exposure.
The most well-known for their beneficial properties are lavender, mint, tea tree, orange, and lemon oils. However, careful use should always be made on both skin application and inhalation.
In recent decades, the use of synthetic fragrances has widely prevailed in the cosmetic industry, mainly for cost reduction reasons but also for the large range of aromatic compositions they offer.
The European legislation governing the production of cosmetic products in EU countries has set strict limits on the use of synthetic substances that can be used in fragrance compounds and producers are obliged to thereby comply. See CELEX-32009R1223-EN-TXT and CELEX_32019R0831_EN_TXT.
If an ingredient has been declared irritant, it must not be contained in the cosmetic product at a rate above that specified in the tables of the law, for washable and non-washable articles. In any case, it must be indicated separately on the product label.
As shown above, the use of fragrances is quite well controlled and regulated in the EU, and manufacturers accompany ingredients with detailed certificates clearly stating rules of proper and safe use regarding the allergenic ingredients.
From the proper and rational use to the absolute ostracization of aromatics in cosmetics, the distance is long and controversial, at least in our opinion. Provided that the safety rules and the manufacturer’s instructions are followed, while preventive controls are carried out throughout the production and logistics line, our view is that they can be used in cosmetics.
Articles intended for remaining on the face, in particular products intended for sensitive skin, we suggest to be fragrance-free. In any case, the consumer must have the opportunity to choose the unscented product.
The world of perfumes has a long history since ancient times. It affects and is associated with the human psyche, with pleasant, or unpleasant memories and especially with specific emotions. However, vigilance is required, so as not to endanger our health, while at the same time avoiding frenzy reactions.
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