Do you seek out scent in makeup products?

No, definitely not. I prefer unscented in all products – I don’t necessarily want to smell the actual formula, but I don’t want added fragrance by and large.

— Christine


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Oliwia Avatar

Nope! I prefer no scent at all in cosmetic products. I hate that sweet vanilla or cookie smell in lipsticks, it makes me nausea.
I know that some fragrance is often necessary to kill the chemical smell, so I rather like rosy-floraly-fresh scents that dissapear quickly.
It is quite funny, because perfumes that I use on my body are oriental killers ?

Cameron Avatar

I also prefer no scent. I can withstand scented lipstick if I don’t end up tasting it, but I cannot use any scented eyeshadows or mascara. I really wish that manufacturers would disclose if an item is fragranced or not in the item description. It’s sometimes easy to miss in a long list of ingredients.

Heather Avatar

I don’t seek them out, prefer scent-free however I don’t mind fresh scents or a light coconut/tropical scent, if either are naturally occurring in the product. Like you said Christine, I don’t like scents that are purposely added as fragrance.

Lauren Avatar

I find I don’t mind it in lip products, so long as it doesn’t affect the “taste.” My fave is my Clio Veil lip tint which has a deep berry scent. Absolutely not for base products as I will be a reactive mess. I’ll admit a certain fondness for my smelly Too Faced eye palette with its peach scent, even tho I’m not a big peach person, and it doesn’t seem to irritate my lids.

And personally I like the smell of Good Genes, it smells like PEZ candy.

Gilad Avatar

Echoing Heather – prefer unscented but am fine it’s a by-product of the ingredients and smells good, like Bite or Korres. Won’t buy products w/ noticeable added scent if I know in advance.

Ana Maria Avatar

Absolutely not! Especially if it comes from added fragrance. I can tolerate the ‘natural’ scent of specific ingredients in make-up, bodycare, haircare and skincare, but otherwise I don’t want those products to add any scent/fragrance to me. And it’s not only the irritation that occurs with fragrance… I’ll wear a perfume if I want to smell of something… I just want to smell like.l nothing in general.

Teasha Avatar

I prefer no fragrance. I don’t mind the addition of certain essential oils or extracts that may carry a scent, provided they serve some purpose in the formula. Example, Shea butter for dry skin and the product smells naturally of Shea butter. That sort of thing doesn’t bother me. I try to avoid “fragrance” across most products, except body care & I occasionally pay for that with dry skin if I don’t lay off every couple of days and use something unfragranced like CeraVe.

Alanna Avatar

Some products yes, if I specifically know they’re scented and seek it out. I probably wouldn’t have got the Too Faced Gingerbread Man lipstick or the laneige lip masks if they were unscented. And the special edition Smashbox primer waters I have smell lovely too. Powder or eye products though, nah not really. And not if it’s a surprise.

Dia Avatar

No, I prefer no fragrance. It’s a turn off for me, personally. Often I find that lipsticks can get nauseating (looking at you CoverGirl and new-ish Revlon stuff!) because it’s right under my nose.

People have different preferences for perfumes; then add up all these different scents from other products — foundation, powder, lipstick(??)

I also don’t understand why companies add fragrance to an eyeshadow palette. I get it, it’s chocolate themed, for example; but I’m not about to eat my makeup.

Rachel R. Avatar

No. I actively avoid really strong fragrances, especially in skin care, foundations, and setting powders. Heavily scented ones always end up making my face itch. Heavily scented powders have triggered light asthma symptoms. (Coty Airspun Face Powder and Max Factor Creme Puff Pressed Powder were two big culprits. They made it hard to breathe and their scents didn’t dissipate, even when I left them open to air out for a few days.) Also no scented mascaras. My eyes are too sensitive…and it’s just a stupid concept IMHO.

I can handle lightly scented products such as Guerlain Meteorites, Too Faced Eye Shadows, and most lip products’ scents. (Really cheap chemical sweet fruit or cotton candy scents make me nauseous, though.)

DVa Avatar

I don’t seek them, no, but some bother me more than others.
I actually don’t mind the sweet peachy notes from Too Faced’s line, or their chocolaty undertones. I also like coconut type scents but have a very hard time with floral scents especially powdery florals; they give me a headache. Other scents which people seem to go nuts over (Brazilian Bum Bum and Moroccan Oil are two distinct ones that come to mind) make we very nauseated and headache-y.
Even when I wear fragrance (rarely because it’s a no-no in my business) I tend to spritz once only and toward my mid-lower body, away from my face or it can cause headaches. Makes me think, why bother?

Amy Avatar

No!! I have a contact allergy to fragrance so I try to avoid it as much as possible. It really does bother me how many skin and makeup products have added fragrance.

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