Why do so many companies put fragrance where it doesn't belong? One could leave the house in the morning with fragranced deodorant, moisturizer, blusher, foundation, lipstick, lip gloss, finishing powder, hair products, you name it - a cacophony of smells that, added to the perfume you have actually selected, makes you toxic to yourself and others. (I do distinguish flavor in lip products from fragrance.)
Why do companies add fragrance to products that aren't actual fragrances (in my mind fragrances include perfume in all of its forms and fragranced body lotion, etc.)? In some cases, it's to mask unpleasant odors from the ingredients, and, the resulting fragrance can be subtle or strong. In other cases, the fragrance added is a "signature" scent. I remember when Givenchy started adding one of their latest perfumes to their Prisme products, which I had loved. No amount of "airing out" (leaving the Prisme lid up for a week, two weeks, longer) would make that perfume dissipate. Ruined Prisme for me!
These excuses don't work for perfume in deodorant, which is easily formulated without fragrance. Aren't we wearing deodorant to prevent odors? It's clear to me that most women prefer fragrance-free deodorant because the "unscented" ones - no matter what the brand - are often sold out at the drugstore, particularly at sale time, leaving you with a choice of "shower fresh," "rose petals," or "herbal essence." In order to get my preferred unscented brand, marketed for sensitive skin, I usually order in quantity from Drugstore.com.
Don't even get me going on scent strips in magazines, a slightly different topic. I often rip them out before I leave the store and then air out the magazines on my screened porch for a few days before I can read them. Fortunately, I learned that it's possible to order fragrance-free subscriptions. Before its recent demise, I had to call Gourmet and ask them to stop sending their monthly mouth-watering issues with cheap perfume scent strips. I couldn't smell the imaginary gravy over the real advertisements.
Hooray for the latest natural and organic products, clearly labeled fragrance-free! Hooray for the beauty companies that realize we don't need perfume in lipstick, blusher, or foundation! Each year, we have more choices, and with those choices, I'll choose to let my perfume take center stage - without competition.
I don't think my aversion to fragrance overdose is unique. Anyone care to join me in this rant?