7 Skin Care Brands That Fully Disclose Fragrance Ingredients

Long story short, if you see the word “fragrance” on the label of your favorite beauty product, chances are there is a known allergen or hormone-disrupting chemical in the product. Yeah… as in chemicals that mimic your bodies natural hormone system, and not in a good way.

You see there is a loophole in federal law that allows companies to use the word “fragrance” as a mask for dozens, sometimes hundreds of different chemicals. Usually in the beauty industry, ingredients must be listed on the ingredient list, with the exception of fragrance. This means that as consumers we’re not really getting a full picture of what’s in the products we use on our skin everyday. And given the overwhelming science showing harm from some fragrance ingredients, that’s simply not ok.

But there’s good news, some companies are leading the way to full fragrance disclosure.


A growing movement of companies have started to fully list all the ingredients that make up their signature scents, and many who have done so since day one. Here is a wide range of companies, dedicated to letting you the consumer know, what’s behind the word “fragrance”.

1) Acure Organics

Acure Organics is one of the more affordable non-toxic skin and body care brands (also easy to purchase at Whole Foods).

Price range: $

Product focus: Body and hair care

2) Annmarie Gianni Skin Care

Annemarie Gianni Skin Care focuses on simple, naturally sourced ingredients. I personally enjoy their face oils and facial mists and you can rest easy knowing some of their products have gone through the MADE SAFE certification.

Price range: $$

Product focus: Skin care

3) Beautycounter

It’s no secret that Beautycounter is my favorite skin care brand. The company has fully disclosed fragrance ingredients (all essential oils) since day one. With notes of citrus in the Nourishing Cream Cleanser face wash, to the intoxicating scent of the #2 Plumping Facial Mist, these products will not disappoint. Beautycounter is also a certified B Corporation and a founding member of the EWG Verified certification. Find out your best skin care product based on skin type HERE.

Price range: $$

Product focus: Skin care, body care, sun protection, kids & baby, cosmetics

4) California Baby

One of the first skin care companies geared towards children, California Baby bans synthetic fragrances and harsh bubbling agents.

Price range: $

Product focus: Baby

5) Silk Therapeutics

A leader in advanced anti-aging skin care, Silk Therapeutics uses essential oils like lemongrass to scent and help preserve their products. Many of their products are also EWG Verified. You can read more about my favorite Silk Therapeutic products HERE.

Price range: $$$

Product focus: Advanced anti-aging

6) Tata Harper

Tata Harper is known for small batch production of skin care products in their manufacturing facility in Vermont (resulting in a higher price point). An early leader in the natural skin care space, Tata Harper has been avoiding synthetic fragrance ingredients since the beginning.

Price range: $$$

Product focus: Skin care & treatment

7) Unilever

In an industry-changing move, Unilever recently agreed to disclose all fragrance ingredients for consumers (online) by the end of 2018. This is the first time an industry giant agreed to such transparency, paving the way for other conventional personal care brands to follow suit.

Price range: $

Product focus: All categories

In addition to market leaders like the companies listed above, some states have started to advance legislation that would require companies to disclose all fragrance ingredients, including Rhode Island and Minnesota. You can learn more about getting involved in those campaigns by reaching out to Healthy Legacy in Minnesota (my former employer!) and Clean Water Action in Rhode Island.

And while we advocate for more health protective laws on the beauty industry, join me in supporting companies who are doing the right thing.

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