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Label-Able: Fragrance Free

Fragrance Free is a term we see a lot on personal hygiene products but is it just good marketing?

Doesn't it seem like everything has a smell, even things that are Fragrance Free? A little confused, yeah me too. To clear up any confusion,

Fragrance Free is a term that is supposed to mean that products labeled with it do not have a fragrance. In reality, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has claimed that there no standard definition that qualifies the use of the term "fragrance free." So this means that products labeled as "fragrance free" can contain fragrances that are used to cover up the chemical smell of the other ingredients in the product and it is not regulated whatsoever. That seems backwards, doesn't it?

What's the point then? Basically fragrance has been labeled as the #1 culprit when it comes to allergic reactions in personal hygiene products. Get ready for the most ironic part -- In cosmetics, fragrances are considered trade-secrets, therefore manufacturers are not required to list the fragrance so we are not able to see what it is causing the reaction.

Fit's Tip: Is Fragrance Free worth it? It is really up to you whether or not you trust the manufacturer, but at least now you know what it really means. I know people who swear by Fragrance Free so I guess it's a personal thing.

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