Fragrances are simply an addition to a formula, not a necessity, they do not add any skincare benefits to the actual product and are purely to enhance your overall sensorial experience. But by adding this unnecessary ingredient, it opens a lot of doors for irritants in your products. Did you know that fragrance in skincare products is one of the most common causes of sensitising and other negative skin reactions to a product. Fragrances almost always trigger sensitisation. And on the skin, it can take the form of a rash, itchiness, peeling and breakouts, just to name a few – which is why at Olumes, we’re avoiding them completely. More drastic reactions could also include, asthma, eczema, nausea and even psoriasis. Holding ourselves to a higher level, we promise to not only be fragrance-free but to follow the strict guidelines of the EU Cosmetic Regulation as well. Only wanting the best ingredients and experience for our customers, the regulation states a total of 26 and soon to be 82, declarable fragrance allergens that need to be listed in your ingredients list (0.001% in leave-on products and 0.01% in a rinse-off product), and we have followed this perfectly to ensure utmost safety and so that even the most sensitive of skin can enjoy our products without having to worry about pesky irritants. However, there are still so many ways for brands to hide allergens within their products. Although limited to 0.001% and 0.01%, this still doesn’t stop brands from incorporating harmful allergens into their formulas! So it is incredibly important to stay vigilant and thorough and try to avoid products that do state ‘fragrance’, as we really won’t know what could be inside them.