I wrote about a body lotion that smells practically of nothing yesterday and today I thought I’d explore our preference of scents in beauty products further. I’m not just talking about added fragrance in skincare, makeup, body care and haircare; it’s more of the overall scent in them in particular. As you’re aware, even fragrance-free beauty products have some sort of scent in them. Give them a whiff and you’ll know what I mean.
When a beauty product has expired, oxidised or simply has gone off, its scent often tells us it’s time to chuck said product into the bin. But what if the product is still working properly but you’re just not in love with the scent anymore? What if it starts to repel you?
Would you still keep using it? Or would you bin it as well?
My skin is typically quite resistant to fragrance in beauty products. It doesn’t normally flare up or is in any way affected simply because there’s fragrance in the skincare, makeup, etc that I use. When I detect fragrance in the list of ingredients, it doesn’t put me off trying the product out unless the scent is awful to begin with. Thankfully, my skin isn’t sensitive that way.
On the other hand, I find myself very particular about the scent in beauty products as I grow older. If there’s something about the scent that just isn’t right to me, I won’t use it. I won’t buy it. It’s funny because I never used to be that way. Overly-perfumed products that were all right before are now cloying in my books. I can’t put my finger on the type of scent I like or don’t like. The nose knows what it likes and doesn’t like.
I’ve returned, chucked and given away beauty products which scents just didn’t work for me. I wanted to try Sunday Riley’s LUNA so badly but the scent to me was so revolting that I had to return the product 48 hours later. I chucked the Indeed Labs Pepta Bright because I couldn’t stand the way it smells. I had to stop using the IT Cosmetics CC cream because it smelled like vomit to me.
Mind you, there’s nothing wrong about those products. Chances are you may not even find any of these products smelly. I bought them from the rave reviews I’ve read and I’m sure I would have loved them if the scent would agree with my nose. I really liked the IT Cosmetics CC Cream but the scent became unbearable with each use.
It’s really strange how I managed to get past the “toilet cleaner” smell of Sunday Riley’s Good Genes because it ended up being one of the best serums I’ve used. The scent must have somehow managed to desensitise my nose because the tart scent doesn’t bother me anymore.
What can I say? The schnoz knows what it wants and what it doesn’t want. 😛