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The Effects of Perfume on the Skin


Why Marcelle chooses to formulate its products to be 100% perfume free

There is no question that an alluring scent can help sell a product, whether cosmetics or even a cleaning product. Unfortunately, those nose-friendly perfumes are anything but friendly when it comes to your skin.

The perfume used to give cosmetics and beauty products their pleasant scent are complex and often comprised of several different chemicals, many of which have been found to cause everything from allergic reactions to cancer. The results of laboratory tests performed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and published in a report by Environmental Defence found that many popular fragrance products contain not only dozens of chemicals, but the majority of the chemicals used are “secret” and not disclosed on the product labels. This means that even those with known allergies or sensitivities may find themselves triggering symptoms when they believe they’re being diligent about choosing safe products.

There are as many as 3,000 chemicals being used as fragrances in not only perfume, but most of the beauty and personal care products on the market. Many of these chemicals have yet to be tested for toxicity and include known hormone-disrupting chemicals and carcinogens.

Perfume can trigger allergies, migraines, and even asthma. Even if you don’t suffer from any of these conditions, perfumes can still pose potentially serious health risks when they come in contact with your skin. Contact dermatitis is a fairly common effect of perfume on the skin. This can cause your skin to develop a red, itchy rash that can be quite painful and even blister and become infected, depending on the severity of your reaction to the product. Those who use certain products regularly increase their risk of a severe reaction and even chronic skin disorders, such as eczema.

Though not everyone will experience a reaction to perfume, studies have found that fragrance sensitization is a bigger problem than you may think. A review published in the British Journal of Dermatology in 2009 concluded that there is a significant prevalence of fragrance sensitization in the general population.

Even with issues such as undisclosed ingredients and complex combinations of chemicals in perfumes, there are things that you can do to protect your skin’s health. Be aware of your allergies and sensitivities, including any known triggers so that you can avoid them. Even if you don’t suffer from any known allergies; choosing products that are hypoallergenic and perfume-free will help you prevent a potentially uncomfortable skin reaction.

Marcelle has never used perfumes in any of our products and we continue to provide hypoallergenic and perfume-free options, giving you beauty without compromising your health.