Where to shop in Vancouver, BC for fragrance-free makeup?

From head to toes.

A lot of the time, skin irritation and scent go hand in hand. Fragrances are often added to products to mask the smell of chemical preservatives, so it’s a double whammy if you suffer from any sensitivities.

Beyond the obvious rash, fragrances in cosmetics and skincare can cause more subtle signs of irritation like a runny nose or headache. Most people who already suffer from rosacea, dermatitis, eczema or other sensitive skin conditions cannot use scented products. But finding the right fragrance-free alternatives can be a frustrating process with lots of trial and error.

There is no standard or regulation in place for hypoallergenic makeup.

The FDA has no definition and brands can decide what they want hypoallergenic to mean to them. Many will opt for parabens and sulfates or opt for a natural fragrance instead of a synthetic and call it a day. Clean beauty doesn’t necessarily mean fragrance-free either.

So, to take the guesswork out, we’ve rounded up fragrance-free and fragrance-free beauty brand products for a makeup face that you can try without a reaction.

All by Clinic

Clinique is a brand that is not talked about very often.

It’s not young or hot, so it tends to fly under the radar with our grandma’s products. However, it is one of the few makeup brands that does not use fragrances in any of its products. Most of the Clinque range is hypoallergenic and all cosmetics are guaranteed to be 100% fragrance free, they are also extensively allergy tested meaning you can put together an entire face using just one brand, this that you can’t do with most others. .

Foundation

Another option for a fragrance-free foundation is Vancouver-based Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation. It comes in 30 different shades and is formulated with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and apply like a dream. It’s not designed to provide great coverage, but people with sensitive skin should avoid layering heavy products and clogging pores anyway.

To blush

There are a surprising amount of fragrance-free blush options on the market, but most are cream formulations. Ilia’s Multi-Stick Cream Blush + Lip Tint is one, but the really good news is that so are cult favorites Glossier’s Cloud Paint and Saie beauty Dew Blush. If you’re looking for a powder formula, Bare Minerals offers the Gen Nude Blonzer Blush + Bronzer.

Mascara

Any product that will be near the eye area requires careful checking when you have sensitivity issues, so mascara can be tricky. But it’s always a pleasant surprise to learn that a drugstore makeup product is well formulated, sensitive to sensitivities and fragrance free. Almay Thickening Mascara is available at Walmart and only costs $18.69 compared to Ilia Mascara which is $28 to $37 depending on where you buy it. It is a bestseller that sells often and Good Housekeeping named it one of the 10 best hypoallergenic mascaras of 2022.

The detox market

The Detox Market is a great resource and retailer to check if you have skin issues. They review thousands of clean beauty products before deciding what to stock and are transparent with ingredients and formulations. Fragrance-free research will offer a series of makeup and skincare options that also have the added benefit of being ethical and environmentally friendly. The only downside is that they tend to be more expensive.

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