surround us almost everywhere, or artificial no matter whether of course. Scenting today plays an important role because it can arouse emotions thus, which bind the customer to a product a company or create simply pleasant feelings. But behind the word “Perfume”, a whole lot’s more, and perfumes can trigger also fragrance allergies, they belong “extra declarable at contact allergies the most common causes of allergy, especially those Fragrances”. One imagines once, how often we come daily with fragrances in touch, one must not wonder if the skin one day crazy plays.

anywhere on the nose

fragrances surrounded almost everywhere, even spaces are us here and there professionally being fragrant. For example, to improve the buying climate, or promote the concentration in offices. This can now be the burden for some people. I like Nice-smelling creams and serums. Yes, I admit it. But it will be less and less.

the scents bother my nose often, and I pass on night creams and eye care now almost entirely to be fragrance products. But otherwise, I try to exercise common sense, because I know that fragrances in skin care products are actually not a good idea, especially since I am affected by rosacea.

perfume – is a huge amount of single substances

“Perfume”, “Fragrance”, etc. are official names for fragrances that we can find on cosmetics packaging. Behind these nondescript words more than incredible 3,000 (!) individual ingredients are combined. Individual perfume compositions in a cosmetic product containing in turn 20-50 a wide variety of substances, partially up to 200 perfume is not always equal to perfume and the composition of individual fragrances in cosmetics is therefore completely unclear for us.

nevertheless we can roughly say: is the INCI list the word “Perfume” or “Fragrance” in last place, and it takes no further “disguised” fragrances, the attraction potential is not quite as large, you can overlook circumstances about this fragrance.

fragrance allergies although not significantly take to ¹, you can hear that every once, but already 2-4 %² fragrance allergy in Germany are just too much.

extra declarable fragrances “Better” it looks at the fragrances, posing a particularly high potential for appeal: the extra declarable fragrances.

which must namely through the Bank by name exactly be named. 26 fragrances are especially relevant from allergological point of view (often cause allergies) and are therefore, unless their content in the final product 0.01% (rinse-off) / (leave-on) exceeds 0.001% to be labelled:

  • 19659015]Amyl cinnamal
  • anise alcohol
  • Amylcinnamyl alcohol
  • benzyl benzoate
  • benzyl alcohol
  • benzyl cinnamate
  • benzyl salicylate Citronellol
  • Cinnamyl alcohol Farnesol
  • 19659025]Cinnamal (!)
  • Hexyl cinnamal
  • Citral butyl Hydroxyarylketones of methylpropional
  • coumarin
  • limonene
  • Eugenol (!)
  • linalool
  • Geraniol
  • methyl 2-octynoate
  • Hydroxycitronellal (!)
  • Alpha-isomethyl ionone
  • Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde
  • Evernia prunastri extract
  • isoeugenol (!)
  • Evernia furfuracea extract

incidentally, is that with the determination of the threshold values certainly isn’t easy. Traditionally animal experiments are needed for this purpose, tests on cells can bring may completely falsified results. In this respect would be fragrance 0% of course the most elegant solution!

where one might suspect that particularly synthetic fragrances can make for bad skin reactions, but it is exactly the reverse: natural fragrances pose a particularly high risk of allergythe essential fragrance oils above all. Then, persistent itching is unusual eg. even to the smallest evils. Recently nicely described on the blog by Irit Eser: the blogger wondered about the unsightly red rash on her chest. As she more sprayed perfume on this region, it was suddenly over with the red rash!

but there are other fragrances, which are (still) not to the above list, which also arg can be skin:

  • extract of oak Moss (Evernia prunastri extract, is prohibited, see “Atranol”)
  • tree Moss extract () Evernia furfuracea extract)
  • bitter orange (citrus aurantium mara)
  • eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • grapefruit (Citrus grandis)
  • lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • orange (citrus aurantium)
  • cinnamon (Cinnamomum Cassia)
  • Mint/menthol (Mentha pipperita)
  • tarragon (Estragole)
  • Majantol (! synt. fresh perfume, relatively new, high Reizpot.)

incalculable effects

in skin care create not only a masking of own smell of ingredients these substances, but it is a cooling effect (menthol), or even a tingling sensation on the skin (Citrus) also eg. like desired, what should signal the “effectiveness” of the product to the customer. Unfortunately, this is more a sign of skin irritation, which takes its course just at this moment.

in this context should be also mentioned that’s quite can be unsightly dark spots on the skin, if it brings essential fragrance oils on the skin (whether perfumes or cream) and this comes with UV radiation in contact! One must particularly take care with citrus fragrance!

a wonderful example from this period, as they still believed cosmetics must act tangible: the aftershave, which consisted of alcohol and on the freshly shaved (i.e. micro-injured) skin burned like fire. A sin, the poor skin!

about the effect and inclusion (in the body) of the many different fragrance ingredients know today actually is still not so much. In fragrances are generally perceived as something positive, however, many people hide these can trigger even health complaints. Asthma attacks are not the olfactory design of spaces and buildings eg. rare phenomena. And also still deeper influence is discussed.

for cosmetic products, one is faced with a combination of fabrics and there is evidence that these combinations can cause that you can easier be sensitized against one or more of these substances. It is so important, what substances are combined and in what dosage, especially in regard to fragrance allergies. Finally used fragrances in incredibly many different products. We still don’t know exactly what the interactions can also lead.

example: hands it comes very often to so-called Contact Eczema because we come at the hands of unmanageable many substances in contact. cumulative effects are therefore currently does not assess and you would do well to save so many fragrances as possible, especially in the face.

you would recommend actually people globally to avoid all perfumes. But rely claim then the free “of fragrances” has its problems: some substances that act as fragrances can be used not only as a fragrance, but also eg. as preservatives or excipients. So the fragrances can be included benzyl alcohol or the antimicrobial effective Farnesol in a “Fragrance-free” product because they do not act in this product as perfume, but because of its other features. In these cases the manufacturer might use “fragrance-free” or “Fragrance-free” claim, although it certainly contains fragrances.

you know… not an easy issue.


(¹ ²: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Uter, Q: European Commission to fragrances in cosmetics)

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