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Perfume Free Cosmetics & The Role of Fragrance

Perfumes are widely used in cosmetics to add extra appeal to a product as well as to hide the sometimes-unappealing odors of the ingredients in the cosmetics. While they are an important part of cosmetics, they can also be a double-edged sword, being a common source of skin irritation, as well as allergic reactions.

For those with sensitive skin, or an existing skin condition like eczema or rosacea, perfumes are often best avoided. Fragrance free products are widely available for all cosmetics, and are labelled perfume or fragrance free, so watch for these products if you have sensitive skin.

Some examples include:


  • Moisturel (Westwood)
  • Eltracreme (SwissAmerican Produts)
  • Cliniderm cream (Canderm)
  • Spilyt lotion (Stiefel)


  • Cetaphil lotion (Galderma)
  • Neutrogena fragrance free bar
  • Spectro Jel (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Basic Soap


  • Cliniderm (Canderm)
  • Free and clear (Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc)
  • DHS shampoo (Person & Covey)