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Pros and cons of scented vs unscented products

Pros and cons of scented vs unscented products

At Tropic, the clue’s in our name. We love all things tropical, and that includes scents... 

For us, scent has a hugely transformative potential: it can awaken visions of exotic climes and sunnier temperatures; transport us to aromatic herb gardens or lushly verdant rainforests; and allow us to once again indulge in previously forgotten memories.

And yet, scents also have the potential to irritate when the products containing them are applied to sensitive skin. In this blog, we explore the benefits of both our scented and unscented products and look at which ones are especially appropriate for sensitive skin. 

What is sensitive skin?

Generally speaking, sensitive skin is skin that reacts adversely to the application of specific products. It may be less tolerant to particular ingredients within these products, and may display as a tingling or prickling sensation, pain, redness or itchiness. 

What causes sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin can be caused by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors, such as your genetics and hormones (intrinsic); or air pollution, your diet, sun damage and the products you use (extrinsic). 

According to Google Analytics, searches for the term ‘sensitive skin’ increased by 50 per cent year on year between 2018 and 2019, which might suggest a growing number of individuals experiencing skin sensitivity. This, coupled with increasing air pollution and a growing number of fragrances available for use in products, means it’s more important than ever to apply items that are suitable for our specific skincare needs.

Unscented products

If your skin is sensitive, and especially if you suffer from eczema, rosacea or psoriasis, it’s natural to be wary of scented products as their fragrances might trigger flare ups.

Try our multi-award-winning Unscented Smoothing Cleanser Complexion Purifier... 

… to enjoy an oil-based formula that melts away dirt, pollution, SPF and makeup without any need for scrubbing. Its ingredients include jojoba oil; green tea extract, and aloe vera juice. 

Try our Unscented Vitamin Toner Pore-Refining Mist…

for a crisp burst of hydration. The vitamins B3, B5 and C provide a nutritional concoction that helps to refine pores and brighten skin, while probiotics balance the skin’s pH to encourage a healthy skin barrier and the beauty mineral MSM (a natural form of organic sulphur) boosts cell renewal alongside protecting your collagen! 

Try our Unscented Skin Feast Nourishing Cream Concentrate...

… for a lightweight, creamy moisturiser packed with a whopping 20 different fruit, flower and seed extracts. Vitamin C is present to brighten your complexion, while berry seed oils provide a dose of antioxidants to protect against free radicals, and hyaluronic acid helps reduce water loss, keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. 

This trio of unscented skincare saviours can also be enjoyed in a variety of our collections, from our ABC Skincare Collection and ABC Build Your Own Skincare Collection to our Skincare SelectionBuild Your Own Skincare Selection and Skin Discovery Kits!

Try our fragrance-free Rinse and Retreat Sensitive Body Wash…

…to envelop yourself in a moment of cleansing, creamy calm. This fragrance-free body wash is pH-balanced, so it’s kind to sensitive skin as well as the intimate areas of your body. Containing coconut water, guava and bamboo water and tamanu oil, this fragrance-free body wash will help soothe and invigorate all at once.

Scented products

And now let’s look at some of our deliciously scented range, as well as the responses these scents can stimulate or subdue.

Try our So Sleepy Pillow Mist…

… to enjoy a lavender and blue chamomile infused sweet sleep. One of nature’s natural sedatives, lavender is blended in our So Sleepy Pillow Mist with rosemary and frankincense to help signal to your brain that it’s time for sleep. 

Try our Awaken the Senses Luxury Body Oil…

… to experience a body oil that at once provides an indulgent bathing experience; a sealing remedy for split ends; and an invigorating scent perfect for, quite literally, awakening the senses. With this combination of bergamot, macadamia oil and vitamin E, you’ll be able to enjoy a fresh, zingy and revitalising experience. 

Try our Whipped Body Velvet Intensely Rich Buttermelt…

… for a cream-to-mousse body cream that melts into your skin in a haze of coconut and vanilla scents, leaving it moisturised, silky and smelling delightfully of buttercream icing.

Try our Scented Skin Feast Nourishing Cream Concentrate… 

… to experience all of the enriching, nourishing and hydrating benefits of this lightweight moisturiser, along with the soft, subtle scents of rose geranium, neroli and mandarin oils.

If this selection has whet your appetite, be sure to explore the rest of our range! From skincare right through to bodycare and haircare, we have a whole host of enticingly scented products that will awaken your senses, stimulate your mind and leave you gently enveloped in a mist of delightful aromas. 

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