The Dangers of Synthetic Fragrance In Skincare (PLUS: 3 of the Worst!)

Who doesn’t like to smell good, we know we sure do! Unfortunately, many people rely on their nearest department store to stock them up with beautiful bottles of brand name perfumes that may smell delicious, but cover up an array of dangerous chemicals.

It may seem impossible that such pretty packaging and decadent smelling perfumes can actually be harmful for you, but that’s the sad truth. Not only can they cause skin irritation and inflammation in sensitive skin, but they can actually affect your health, which we find pretty terrifying!

Keep reading for three of the most common and harmful synthetics lurking behind your innocent looking perfume bottles and skincare.

Propylene Glycol

Originally an addition to antifreeze, we don’t want this synthetic liquid alcohol anywhere near our skin!

Propylene glycol has been shown to cause irritation in sensitive skin and may increase inflammation in inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as being incredibly drying for some individuals.

That said, not enough research has been done on this synthetic making it one you definitely want to steer clear of rather than allowing yourself to be a human guinea pig.


Pronounced “tha-lates”, phthalates comprise of a group of chemicals most commonly found in plastics to make them more pliable, but they’re also one of the most common synthetics found in cosmetics including perfumes.

Phthalates are used in the perfume process to dissolve raw materials, but are known endocrine disruptors, meaning they can throw your hormonal system out of whack creating long-term problems and may even contribute to infertility!

Keep in mind that many perfumes nowadays may state that they are “phthalate free” on the label, but this does not mean the other ingredients present are natural! Become a pro at decoding labels so you always know what’s in your products.


Derived from the musk gland of the male musk deer, not much research has been done in regards to toxic reactions on the body. However, it is stated that musk may cause allergic reactions and sensitivity, so make sure you stay far away from this one.

You may have expected to see the usual culprits such as parabens and so on on this list, but we think the ingredients that have very little research behind them are even more sinister. At least you know to avoid parabens as they disrupt your endocrine system or increase your risk of cancer, but in the case of the less researched synthetics, you have no idea what the long-term effects will be.

Smelling good is not worth putting your health at risk, especially when there are other wonderful natural alternatives out there. All of our products at Jane Inc smell heavenly, but we rely on all natural essential oils to scent our products and never any chemicals!