During our journey searching for natural and fresh products, a lot of our friends tell us they use high quality ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ cosmetics and every time we checked out those brands we noticed the word ‘fragrance’ being mentioned on the back label.

Fragrance (or parfum) is the main ingredient in perfumes and colognes and used in detergents, soaps, sun lotions, candles, all sorts of cosmetics and even baby products. Generally, it gives a great smell to a product but too often it is also added to hide the chemical smell of a product, so even an ‘unscented’ product contains fragrance in order to create that non-scent. Perfume was (and is) also used to hide smells like body, clothes and even living room odours.

Fragrance is a catch-all term for whatever secret and toxic ingredients manufacturers have added to a product.

It is the ‘new second-hand smoke’ because the problem with fragrance is not its scent but rather the synthetic chemicals derived from petroleum and tar which cause damage to our central nervous system. Physical reactions are e.g. bad effects in the respiratory system (like asthma), disorders of the nervous system (migraines), skin irritation and tearing and inflammation of the eyes. Fragrances are responsible for 30 percent of all allergic reactions and around 16% of eczema patients in Europe are sensitised to fragrance ingredients. There is no public awareness about the dangers of fragrance yet but more and more people, like parents, are starting to realise how hazardous fragrance can be to human health.

All our RINGANA products are made without any fragrance being added, the fragrance you smell is that of the fresh and natural ingredients of the product. Please have a look at the complete product range.

You can order all products via the RINGANA Shop. If you have any questions or if you want to know more about the company, please feel free to contact us.

PS: If you’ve got nothing else to read and want to know more about fragrance allergens in cosmetic products, this is a very interesting link.

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