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I’d say no over yes, because some people are more irritated by it than others, though there are certainly many who do like it. On the flip side, if the base product smells off-putting then it’s hard to say “no fragrance!” only to smell, you know, something really unpleasant. I’m reminded of a “natural” product (I don’t remember what it was, so I don’t actually know how organic/natural it was), but it smelled SO bad and I could smell it on my face all day. Of course, there have been fragrance-heavy skincare products that I haven’t been able to wear all day because they’re too heavily perfumed! In a perfect world, it would just be neutral – no bad, no good – just nothing.

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No, skincare should not contain fragrance….or added fragrance I should say, but there are ingredients that come naturally smelling like rose, lavender and what not in that product….On the flipside, I think the fragrance does entice me to buy that product initially…so fragrance whether it is present is really a selling point of the product.

Most ingredients that are for fragrance irritate the skin and breakdown collagen. (even ‘natural’ ingredients like lavender and orange oil) Fragrance isnt skincare and has no place in any type of beneficial regime.

Generally, no. Fragrance just has no benefit for your skin, in fact, it’s a potent irritant, so it’s best to skip it altogether. Very light “masking” fragrance is tolerable to some degree, though. My rule of thumb is that stronger fragrance is okay in body products; noticeable fragrance is fine in lip products; minimal fragrance on face products; and absolutely no fragrance in eye products.

No No No Never. Fragrance is not skincare regradless if its natural or not. Natural fragrance like lavender, citrus and rose are irritating to skin and can cause sun sensitivity with prolonged use. Using products with fragrance regulary can damage skin even though it isn’t always evident on the surface.
So it is always best to go fragrance free.

I really prefer my actual skincare to be made up of all natural ingredients, without any petrochemicals or parabens, so I also stay away from those products that specify “fragrance” in the list of ingredients, as “fragrance” is just a generic term, and over 90% are derived from petrochemicals. If the scent comes from a natural ingredient, then I don’t mind the smell. Scent, in and of itself really doesn’t bother me, and I actually like it.

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In regard to the skincare question…

If companies could use fragrance to cover up/neutralize unfavorable chemical smells without masking it with heavy perfumes, I think that would be ideal. It would be like a product was pseudo-scent-free, if that would be at all possible.

I’m in the group that isn’t irritated by fragrance… So I don’t mind it.

It’s funny though, because even Clinique creams have a smell! Yet those ladies would NEVER be caught with a fragrance, especially on their face.. /sarcasm

I’m going to say no. Fragrance is, overall, an irritant. Skincare should take care of your skin…so much skincare doesn’t do that, anyway, so it’s no surprise that it’s inundated with fragrance.

No! That is what perfumes are for & it’s some-one with sensitive skin it can kill a product for me, and put me of the entire brand big time!

As my skin isn’t irritated by fragrance at all I don’t mind it being in skincare products and sometimes actually reach for things that contain it. I once bought a face lotion just because it smelled heavenly (like strawberries and cream) and I just love the smell of most Jurlique products. But it is quite sad that there are so very few products without any fragrance at all, since there seem to be quite a few people irritated by it.

I strongly prefer skincare doesn’t contain additional fragrance, because I’m sensitive to a lot of them. Some don’t bother me, but many do, so I just avoid it when possible. Usually the natural smell of whatever ingredients are in the product doesn’t bother me, although there are occasional exceptions.

The most offensive-smelling product I ever tried was Philosophy Hope in a Jar, which smelled like sour milk. And the gross rotten smell lingered on my skin! It was gross, I had to wash my face like three times. I don’t think any added fragrance would have been able to cover that smell, though…

i was very attracted to fragrant skincare till 20-21s,but after dat i m inclined towards fragrance free/light smell products.

No, no, no and no. However, I absolutely agree that some ingredients whether natural or not are so stinky I can’t handle them…in that case something to essentially neutralize the bad odor is worthwhile. It is so difficult to find a good skin care regiment, especially acne which I haven’t had as an issue and anti-aging which I’m dealing with now. It is beyond frustrating to have most of the options out of the realm of possibility due to fragrances added. If they are going to do that – offer and “unscented” and perfumed out the ying yang version. Or simply allow people to put their own essential oils, etc. in products that they are compatible with rather than limit the use of items as basic as skincare for so many people. Seriously, aside from the stinky ingredients mentioned…WHY does anyone NEED fragrance in skincare…people can get the scent of their choice via perfume. Win/Win. Obviously a hot topic for me…just getting over a week of skin burn & hives from a sample that didn’t go well. Grrrrrrrrrr.

No no a million times no! I don’t care how horrible the ingredients smell when they come together – fragrance is just too often an irritant and skin CARE is supposed to CARE for your skin. RAWR!

If I have to pick, I’d go with no. I like it when skincare products smell like essential oil (though essential oil could be really irritating for some), but I dislike most chemical scents. Out of the top of my head, the only brand that uses fragrance that I actually like is Caudalie, but that’s also because the scent is very light!

I believe people are still not very attracted by products that have no smell. After being bombarded for years with different fragrances, advertising impact and sensuality, people still need some time until they understand fragrance could irritate rather then taking care of their skin. Still, bio products could use natural oils for a light, pleasant fragrance- and I would appreciate that.

No. It’s no different than spraying perfume directly on your face. There are no skin care benefits from it, and there are plenty of products that are fragrance-free. There’s no excuse for adding it in IMO.

I don’t like when products have added fragrance. I use LUSH Skin Drink and it has sesame oil in it – so it smells like tahini (not the best smell for a moisturizer, but it works great). I’m okay with stuff like that lol.

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