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  • Writer's pictureSherry Fyman

Fragrance Free? Unscented?

Labels can be confusing. What does the term Unscented mean? What does Fragrance Free mean? It’s important to differentiate between the two because there is a major difference.

Fragrance Free means that no artificial (synthetic) fragrances have been added to the product. Artificial fragrances are one of the most potentially harmful ingredients found in products and they are linked to many health issues, from allergies and asthma to cancer. In “fragrance free” items, you do not have to worry about synthetic ingredients. Nothing has been added to remove the natural scents from the butters, oils, and other natural ingredients in the products. In other words, you may smell some of the product’s ingredients such as the olive oil or shea butter.

Unscented does not necessarily mean fragrance free. In fact, if you smell absolutely nothing in your skin care or beauty products, it may be even more harmful. Why? Unscented products typically have added fragrance agents used to mask the other smells. These masking fragrances are usually composed of toxic phthalates. *

The unscented body care products sold by Sunrise Lane are both naturally unscented and totally fragrance free. There are no masking agents in our products.

* Pronounced THAL-ates, these chemicals, which are linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer, have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but remain prevalent in U.S. products. (from Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - a project of Breat Cancer Prevention Partners)

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