Does La Roche-Posay Have Fragrance?

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Cosmetics have become an indispensable requirement for people of all ages. While the stakeholders are vying to expand their share in the whopping $400 billion market through innovations, consumers are also becoming more aware and selective.

Of the many motives behind the purchase of cosmetics, the fragrance is an important one. It is a crucial feature that connects the user with the product.

Let’s explore the fragrances of La Roche-Posay products and how they will suit you.

Does La Roche-Posay contain fragrance?

La Roche-Posay, owned by the esteemed L’Oréal, has a slew of products for both kids and adults. They include face wash, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen lotion, serum, lip balm, eye cream, cleanser, body wash, body lotion, hand sanitizer, anti-ageing products, and treatments for specific skin conditions.

The company works continuously with experts and dermatologists to make its products safe and free of irritants. In this attempt, it is minimising the use of fragrances.

In the sunscreen segment, all La Roche-Posay products are free of fragrances. Further, all its products for dry skin and eczema do not contain fragrances. The products for kids, which are testified by paediatrics, are also free of fragrances.

The line of products for the face includes both fragrance and fragrance-free products.

Here is a list of La Roche-Posay products that contain fragrance:

  • Pigmentclar Brightening Deep Cleanser
  • Effaclar Acne Treatment System
  • Effaclar Gel Facial Wash for oily skin
  • Micellar Water Ultra
  • Effaclar Cream Cleanser for Oily Skin
  • Ultra-fine Face Scrub

Also, here is a list of face products from La Roche-Posay without fragrance:

  • Effaclar Medicated Acne Face Wash
  • Lipikar Wash AP+ Moisturizing Body & Face Wash
  • Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser

Even in the anti-ageing segment, the company offers both fragrance and fragrance-free variants.

Some fragrance versions are Vitamin C Serum and Pigmentclar Brightening Deep Cleanser. The fragrance-free products include Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Pigmentclar Eye Cream for Dark Circles.

What are the fragrances in La Roche-Posay?

The perfume in the fragrance products of La Roche-Posay is described as mild and soft. The kind of scents used is not clear. According to the company website, it uses parfum and certain fragrance ingredients. However, the composition of the fragrance ingredients is not divulged.

Are the fragrance ingredients used in La Roche-Posay safe?

Parfum and other fragrance ingredients are used in the fragrance products of La Roche-Posay. Parfum is a scent that is synthetically manufactured using chemicals. The composition of this compound as well as that of other fragrance ingredients is not known.

Parfum and fragrance ingredients – the design of which is kept a secret by most cosmetic manufacturers – are intended to attract consumers to the product and also make them addicted to it. However, are these substances safe for you?

According to research and health advisors, fragrance chemicals are detrimental to health. According to them, they contain toxins and pollutants that can cause lung diseases, reproductive organ damage, hormonal issues, weight gain, eye irritation, headache, nausea, acne, contact dermatitis, hives, eczema, hair loss, cancer, skin allergies, and many other problems.

Let’s check the adverse impact of fragrance chemicals in the following cases.

Babies and children

It is not necessary for the babies and children to be using the fragrance products themselves to experience their side effects. Inhalation of the chemicals can lead to respiratory issues besides disruption in the brain and cognitive functions. As babies are mostly in close physical contact with adults, fragrance chemicals easily get transferred through skin contact. This can cause skin allergies in them.

Pregnant women

Pregnant women experience overwhelming sensitivity to smell. Therefore, if you are pregnant, fragrances could trigger nausea, headache, and similar symptoms in you. Further, fragrance chemicals are known to cause fertility issues in the foetus. As these chemicals also contain hormone disruptors, avoiding them strictly during pregnancy is advisable.


This is a condition where you experience heightened sensitivity to smell. Exposure to fragrance chemicals aggravates the condition and leads to severe respiratory issues, irritation, headaches, migraine, nausea, fainting, and vomiting.

Sensitive skin

If your skin is sensitive, the use of fragrances can easily lead to allergies, irritation, scratching, redness, burns, eczema, dermatitis, and similar issues.


Fragrance chemicals are likely to cause allergies and dermatitis on the tattooed area. They also cause scarring and fading of the tattoos.


Inhalation of fragrances causes the chemicals to enter your pets’ bloodstream and affect their organs. It could also affect the pet’s behaviour.

Is it good to use fragrance-free products?

By using fragrance-free products, you will be shunning several dangerous chemicals like linalool, ethanol, benzyl alcohol, methylene chloride, limonene, synthetic musks, phthalates, and benzaldehyde from your lives.

This will reduce the risk of adverse effects of the chemicals for you besides improving the quality of your health.

In this light, the efforts of La Roche-Posay in reducing fragrance chemicals in its products are commendable.

Anand Srinivasan
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