Synthetic fragrances are used to recreate natural scents in a more affordable and less resource-intensive way, or to provide unique scents.
Synthetic fragrances are a mix of chemically synthesized ingredients that produce a desired scent, with other chemicals such as solvents (ethanol), stabilizers, UV-absorbers, preservatives, dyes, etc.
Consumer concerns and what we know
Consumers are concerned that when they see the word 'fragrance' on the label, there is a possibility that synthetic chemicals linked to safety issues are present since fragrance chemicals are not disclosed. The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has established maximum recommended limits for synthetic fragrance ingredients to minimize the risk of safety issues.
The European Commission has made it mandatory to indicate on the label if the product contains one of the 26 substances identified as highly allergenic. In general, allergic reactions to cosmetics containing synthetic fragrances at the recommended doses are rare.
We use synthetic fragrances following our own safety standards, which limit their concentration to the lowest levels among IFRA recommendations and country regulations, thus minimizing the risk of sensitization.
For products sold in Europe, we list the name of allergens in the ingredients.