Fragrance Synthetic and Natural

No known benefits

Aroma/Flavor description

Seeing “aroma/flavour” on an ingredient list can be either good or bad. For example, if the aroma or flavour comes from mint or citrus, it can be sensitising. But if the source is something more innocuous, like vanilla, then it shouldn’t pose a risk. According to the Personal Care Product Council’s Ingredient Database, “Aroma is a term for ingredient labeling used to identify that a product contains a material or combination of materials normally added to a cosmetic to produce or to mask a particular flavour.” The point to be aware of is what kind of flavour your lips (or skin) are being exposed to - and whether or not the exposure poses a risk of sensitivity. Last, be aware that highly flavored lip products can encourage lip-licking - after all, such products do tend to taste good—but they shouldn’t be eaten, and licking your lips too often can cause or worsen dry lips.

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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