"As a young woman with acne-prone skin that got even worse after I stopped taking birth control pills, I am so thrilled with the moderate-severe Anti-Blemish kit. The results are even better than I dared to dream. The products are top-notch, fragrance-free, non-irritating, and I finally have clear and beautiful skin!! A bonus is that it's a much better value than anything else I've tried to date - the product sizes are much bigger and last longer than any other system I've tried. Thank you, Paula, for a great and honest skin care lineup that truly understands acne-prone skin."
—Rosie G., Aurora, CO
"Paula, thank you for your skin care products. I have been using your moisture gel for over a year, as well as the 1% lotion and 2% liquid for exfoliation. The toner is wonderful also. I am early thirties and my skin is better now than in my twenties. I especially notice the smoothness of skin around my nose that used to be oily and flaky. I have tried several other creams and find them to be too strongly fragranced, poor texture, or poor ingredients. I keep coming back to your line. Thanks!"
—Leah, via email
"Just wanted to tell you how amazing your products are. I used to have problem skin and everything i tried made it worse or irritated it and didn't seem to make it better. Ever since I started using your line I have supple, smooth, and healthy looking skin that I've never had before. Thank you for that and I will be using your knowledge and line for as long as it's available."
—Melinda, via email
"I just wanted to write to thank you for your products. I am 35 years old and have always taken care of my skin. I have never had any major problems with acne and I even felt like I was "aging" fairly well. I was attracted to your products because of the simplicity of your approach. I love that you don't waste money on fancy packaging and I appreciate even more that there is a purpose for every ingredient that you use. I couldn't believe the change in the appearance of my skin...I never imagined that I would be able to see this big of a difference. Thank you!"
—Jacqueline B., St. Louis, MO
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We are all attracted to a pleasing fragrance. In fact, the first thing most every woman does when testing just about any skin-care product is smell it. As nice as it is to have a product with a wonderful aroma, it just doesn't make for good skin care. Whether the fragrance in the product is natural or synthetic, it is almost always a problem for skin.
How Skin Reacts to Fragrance
The way most fragrance ingredients impart scent is through a volatile reaction, which almost always causes irritation and some amount of inflammation. Read More
Research has established that fragrances in skin-care products are among the most common cause of sensitizing and allergic reactions.
You might be thinking, well my skin doesn't look irritated or inflamed so the fragrance must not be a problem. In reality, skin on the surface often keeps the fact that it's being irritated a secret with no reaction at all. Below the surface, irritating ingredients can cause collagen to breakdown, get in the way of skin's ability to fight environmental damage, and hamper skin's ability to heal. All of this can be taking place in the lower layers of skin without any obvious signs on the surface! The irritant reaction you don't see or feel is nonetheless hurting your skin's ability to reduce wrinkles, firm skin, or look younger!
For those with sensitive skin, especially when the problem is rosacea or acne, fragrance can be seriously irritating and that will show up on the surface. Fragrance of any kind (including natural fragrant oils) should be avoided at all costs.
How Can Your Nose Know?
Unfortunately, it can't. Some ingredients have a pleasant fragrance but cause no irritation and are great for skin. Read More
Other times, the product may have no aroma because the fragrance is included to mask the odor of the real skin-care ingredients, which aren't necessarily pleasant.
Many beneficial skin-care ingredients (antioxidants, for example) have a natural fragrance, and some of them even smell great! Distinguishing potent antioxidants (fighters of free radicals and skin aging) from those that are simply added to make you "shop with your nose" is not easy. Like anything in skin care, the basic information is on the ingredient label, but because those ingredients read like a college chemistry course they are impossible to decipher. The Paula's Choice Team can help you decipher what those words mean!
Frequently used fragrance ingredients to avoid are (the names in parentheses are how the ingredient's name will appear on the product):
Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Rose flower extract (Rosa damascene)
Bergamot oil (Citrus bergamia)
Ylang-ylang oil (Canaga odorata)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia or Citrus medica)
Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Tangerine (Citrus tangerine)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Of course there are lots more, but this is a good overview to help you start being aware of what you are putting on your face that isn't helping your skin be the best it can be.
What about Natural or Organic Products?
Products labeled as being natural or organic are not automatically better for your skin. Read More
There are lots of natural ingredients that are problematic for your skin and many of those are fragrances. Read More
For fragrance-free shopping, The Paula's Choice Team recommends starting with the following brands (but of course we prefer Paula's Choice):