Why fragrance-free is better for your health?

Why fragrance-free is better for your health?

REVEALING THE RISKS OF FRAGRANCES IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

In this article, we’ll focus on fragrance-free products. You’ll find out more about their benefits and the main reasons why you should consider giving them a go.
Introduction


Every single day, we are assaulted by a barrage of scents designed to pamper our senses and evoke emotions. It is no wonder that so many personal care and household products often come loaded with scents, from the familiar and comfortable to the wild and exotic.

From perfumes and lotions to cleaning supplies and washing detergents, fragrances have quietly settled into our lives. Despite their omnipresent nature, more and more people are opening up to fragrance-free products, seeking alternatives that offer a more neutral and gentle experience. In this article, we will highlight what fragrance-free products are, and we will discuss their benefits and why you might want to consider incorporating them into your routine.

What Are Fragrance-Free Products?

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, fragrance-free means that fragrance materials or masking scents are not used in the product. In other words, fragrance-free products are those that do not contain added scents or fragrances. They are specifically formulated without artificial or natural fragrances that could potentially irritate the skin, trigger allergies, or cause respiratory issues.

Risks Associated with Fragrances

The harmful effects of fragrances are well documented. While scents can trigger positive emotions, fragrances in products are associated with a number of negative health effects. The National Institute of Health lists a number of health concerns associated with fragrances, including:

  • Contact dermatitis (irritant and/or allergic)

Fragrances are known to be a common cause of contact dermatitis, which refers to skin inflammation resulting from direct contact with an irritant or an allergen. Both irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis can occur due to exposure to fragrances.

  • Non-eczematous contact reactions

Fragrances can also cause non-eczematous contact reactions, which are skin reactions that do not exhibit the typical features of eczema. These reactions can manifest as redness, swelling, itching, or a burning sensation in the affected area.

  • Photosensitivity

Photosensitivity is a condition in which the skin becomes more sensitive to sunlight or other sources of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. When photosensitive individuals are exposed to sunlight after applying fragrances containing specific ingredients, they may experience an exaggerated skin response, leading to sunburn, rashes, or other skin reactions.

  • Photo-allergy

Fragrances can also induce photo-allergic reactions, which are allergic reactions triggered by exposure to sunlight. Certain fragrance ingredients can undergo chemical changes when exposed to UV radiation, leading to the formation of new substances that may cause an immune system response when the skin is exposed to sunlight.

  • Immediate contact reactions

This means that allergic reactions can occur shortly after exposure to fragrances. These reactions can vary in severity and may include symptoms such as itching, hives, swelling, or even difficulty breathing. Immediate contact reactions can significantly impact an individual's quality of life and require prompt medical attention.

To compound the issue, avoiding fragrances in products is less straightforward than it seems, due to manufacturers not willingly providing information about fragrance ingredients.

Benefits of Fragrance-Free Products

Ditching fragrance ingredients will help you prevent the harmful effects we highlighted above. Fragrance-free products can help reduce the risk of adverse reactions for a broad range of people, including those with sensitive skin, asthma, or chemical sensitivities.

Whether or not you currently have any reactions to fragrances, opting for safe, wholesome ingredients is always better. Prevention is key in protecting yourself against developing an allergy or another type of intolerance in the future.

Moreover, fragrance-free products offer a gentle and neutral experience, allowing your natural scent to shine through. Fragrance-free products also promote inclusivity, ensuring that your household and personal care routines can accommodate guests, family members, or friends who may have sensitivities or allergies. By embracing fragrance-free options, you contribute to a more sustainable and health-conscious lifestyle.

NET/ZERO and Fragrance-Free

At NET/ZERO, we are fragrance-free believers. The majority of our product range is fragrance-free. And while our body wash and shampoo use natural and biodegradable fragrances, this will soon change as all of our products will imminently become fragrance-free. However, you’ll still have the option to add a fragrance if you choose so.

In addition, we don’t use colourants or other products that can harm your skin or hair. Our approach is simple - when it comes to our ingredients, we only use wholesome, natural ingredients.

Conclusion

Fragrance-free products offer a viable alternative to traditional scented options, providing a gentler and more inclusive experience for individuals with sensitivities.

Whether you have sensitive skin, allergies, asthma, or simply prefer a more neutral approach to personal care and household routines, fragrance-free products can be a beneficial addition to your lifestyle. By making the switch, you prioritise your well-being, reduce the risk of irritations, and create a more accommodating environment for yourself and others. Embrace the subtle power of fragrance-free products and discover a new level of comfort and compatibility in your everyday life.

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