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A few facts about fragrances


A fragrance is defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that give each perfume or cologne its distinct scent.


According to, fragrance ingredients may be derived from petroleum (petro-chemicals) or natural raw materials. Manufacturers of perfume or cologne purchase fragrance mixtures from fragrance suppliers (companies that specialize in developing fragrances) to develop their own proprietary blends. In addition to “scent” chemicals that create the fragrance, perfumes and colognes also contain solvents, stabilizers, UV-absorbers, preservatives, and dyes.


The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) lists over three thousands of materials that are reported as being used in fragrance compounds.  Some of these ingredients have evidence linking them to health effects such as reproductive toxicity, allergies and sensitivities.

A 2016 study assessed self-reported health effects from fragrances. Based on the participants in this study, over 99% of US residents are exposed to fragranced products at least once a week from their own use, others’ use, or both.


Migraines, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, and cardiovascular problems are also reported due to various degrees of exposure to fragrances.


Majority of people do not know the chemicals used in fragrances, because fragrances are considered as trade secrets.

So what are some common chemicals in fragrances?

Acetone, ethanol, benzaldehyde, formaldehyde, limonene, methylene chloride, camphor, ethyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, phthalates are some of the common chemicals used. 

For breastfeeding moms, when in contact with fragrances, some of these chemicals can travel through the milk duct and get to the baby.


Some fragrances may lead to allergic reactions. At LEMYKA, all of our mom and baby skincare products are free of fragrances.  


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