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Making Informed Choices: Understanding Fragrances and Artificial Dyes in Skincare

Making Informed Choices: Understanding Fragrances and Artificial Dyes in Skincare

At Glow Jar Beauty, we're committed to transparency and empowering our customers to make informed choices about their skincare products. One crucial aspect of this is understanding the ingredients in your skincare, including fragrances and dyes. Let's breakdown the world of fragrances and artificial dyes, why they matter, and how they can impact your skin health – even for young kids.

*please note this is not intended to create fear or contribute to green washing, yet help women make informed skincare choices for themselves and their family. 

Why Fragrance-Free and Dye-Free Matters

Fragrances and artificial dyes are commonly used in skincare products to enhance their scent and appearance. Fragrances, in particular, are known to be a leading cause of allergic reactions and skin sensitivities. Dyes, on the other hand, may cause irritation and trigger allergic responses in some individuals.

For young kids, whose skin is more delicate and sensitive, exposure to fragrances and dyes can be especially problematic. Their developing skin barrier may be more susceptible to irritation and allergic reactions, making it crucial to opt for products that are free from these potential irritants.

  • Phthalates are chemicals commonly used in fragrances to increase their longevity and enhance their scent. However, research has shown that phthalates can disrupt hormone levels, leading to potential adverse effects on reproductive health, hormone balance, and overall well-being. Additionally, artificial dyes may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
  • Glow Jar Beauty's commitment: We prioritize your health and well-being, which is why we offer body oils formulated without phthalates or artificial dyes. Our Phthalates Free fragrances in our 3 body oils are subtle and carefully selected to ensure that you can enjoy delightful scents without compromising your health. Additionally, we offer a fragrance-free option for those who prefer to minimize their exposure to fragrance ingredients. 

Common Irritating Dyes

Dyes are used to tint skincare products and may include ingredients such as D&C Yellow #11, FD&C Blue #1, and FD&C Yellow #5 (also known as tartrazine). It's important to note that some companies may use dyes to mask changes in colour over time with serums or to enhance the product's appeal with scents like orange.

Identifying Fragrance Allergens

Fragrances, while pleasant to the senses, can contain a multitude of chemicals that may trigger allergic reactions. Here are some common fragrance allergens to look out for:

  • Limonene
  • Linalool
  • Lavender
  • Citronellol
  • Geraniol
  • Eugenol
  • Citral
  • Coumarin
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Balsam of Peru - (My personal allergy trigger)
  • Cinnamal
  • Cinnamon Leaf Oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Phenoxyethanol 
  • Ylang Ylang
  • and many more

These are just a few examples of the many fragrance ingredients that may cause skin sensitivities and allergic reactions.

Choosing Fragrance-Free and Dye-Free Skincare

At Glow Jar Beauty, we prioritize your skin health and well-being. That's why all our facial care products are formulated to be fragrance-free, essential oil free, and artificial dye-free. By eliminating these potential irritants, we ensure that our skincare is suitable for all skin types, including young kids with those with delicate skin and conditions.

Empowering Your Skincare Journey

As the founder, it's my unwavering commitment to ensure that every product coming in contact with your skin supports optimal skin health. We don't add ingredients just for the sake of marketing or for their perceived benefits, like "lemon peel". My goal is to reduce your exposure to known irritants and to support long-term skin health, without any potential disruptions to the ever-changing fluctuations of our hormones.

~ Jaime 


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