Perfume in cosmetics - good or bad?

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Everyone likes to smell good, but a good smell is of course also a matter of taste. There is a general consensus that fragrances can both attract and repel people, depending on whether we evaluate our experience as positive or negative. The word smell comes from the Latin Olfactus, therefore one speaks also of the olfaktorischen perception and an olfaktorischen memory.

The cosmetics industry also creates an olfactory so-called brand memory. If a product is also perceived positively via the olfactory organ, the manufacturer has already won half the battle. So far, so legitimate. But it gets better. Some fragrances even have antibacterial and therefore slightly disinfecting properties. At first glance, or rather the first smell, it therefore seems perfectly understandable why care products also rely on fragrances. But not everything that smells good is good.


Beware of allergies! Irritant fragrances in cosmetics

The statistics differ. Some speak of every 5th, others of every 10th German who is allergic to certain fragrances.

The fact is that there are so many that there had to be consequences for the declaration. The European Union has decided that manufacturers are obliged to indicate certain fragrances on the packaging. The list includes 26 fragrances that can trigger symptoms in allergy sufferers such as itchy skin redness, weeping blisters, hives, scaling, itching and chronic inflammation. By the way: For the triggering of the allergy it does not matter whether the fragrance is a natural or an artificially produced aroma. Unfortunately, nature does not protect against allergies.

Certainly not everyone is allergic to these fragrances. If your partner has a nut allergy, you don't have to do without nuts yourself. Attention, however, does not hurt. Anyone who is afraid of allergic reactions to cosmetics should go to a dermatologist. If a contact allergy is diagnosed, those affected should consistently avoid the allergen. There's no cure.


Perfume-free = free of perfume?

Since some potentially allergy-causing fragrances also have other - for example antibacterial - properties, they cannot necessarily be found under the name 'perfume'. It is named after its further function - for example antibacterial. A product may therefore contain perfume, even if it is advertised as "fragrance-free" to promote sales. Tip: Read the small print on the INCI list.


The studies and data comparisons of the Informationsverbund Dermatologischer Kliniken show that the following fragrances are strong allergens:

  • Oak Moss (Evernia prunastri extract)
  • Tree moss (Evernia furfuracea extract)
  • isoeugenol
  • cinnamal


These fragrances must also be on the INCI list:

  • Amyl cinnamal
  • Amylcinnamyl alcohol
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Benzyl salicylates
  • Cinnamyl alcohol
  • citral
  • coumarin
  • eugenol
  • geraniol
  • hydroxycitronellal
  • Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehydes
  • Anise alcohol
  • Benzyl benzoate
  • Benzyl cinnamates
  • citronellol
  • farnesol
  • hexyl cinnamal
  • Butylphenyl methylpropional
  • limonene
  • linalool
  • Methyl 2-octynoates
  • Alpha-isomethyl ionones


And what does HighDroxy smell like?

All HighDroxy products are unscented.

A slight smell can of course still be perceived, because the ingredients used have their own smell. This can - quite subjectively seen - be noticeable or not.

The slightly aromatic scent of HighDroxy FACE SERUM for example, is due on the one hand to the highly concentrated mandelic acid and on the other hand to a small portion of the excellently tolerated rosemary extract. We use this due to its antioxidant effect.

The care oil CALM FACE OIL smells slightly of the contained (caring) tangerine oil, just like the PORIFY CLEANSER.

And in the PORIFY SOLUTION a small amount of rose alcohol is used to preserve one of the active ingredients. Together with the cucumber extract, this results in a fresh, slightly grassy scent.


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