Disclaimer: I have a B.S. in biology not chemistry. I do my googles like Fredro Starr. Lets all have fun and learn together :)
Fragrance as an ingredient in beauty products has always been a concern... unless its an actual fragrance perfume, parfum, cologne, you know. Whether in makeup, skin care, (not hair products), staying away from it just felt like the right thing to do. I don’t know about you, but I love for all of my products to either be smell rich + flavorful or odorless. Flavors for hair and usually odorless for everything on the face.
Did you know that under U.S. regulations, fragrances can be listed just as “fragrance”? It’s kind of suspect because some of us want to know exactly what it is we’re putting in our hair, on our faces and all over our bodies. Generally, we are more concerned about the first two rather than the latter because who checks the ingredients of lotion and body wash? (I’m sure some do, but most don’t because we want our body wash to smell like candy, vanilla, or just a fresh soapy scent lol.) Those with sensitive skin or acne prone skin are QUICK to turn that face wash bottle around because we need to know wassup with the wassup. I digress, but the real reason companies can be so vague is because of trade secrets -- got to protect the brand and then prevent complete dupes. So, that’s fair. Fragrances are pretty complex, but just be aware that the list of ingredients for said fragrance is listed under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). Trade secrets are not the same as patents. Trade secrets “consist of information and can include a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique or process. Essentially its a secret used in the [manufacturing] process.” It’s legit, the Coca cola recipe is a trade secret, not patented, so we’ll never wassup in that can lol.
If you’ve ever been to a chemistry lab, many of the products mixed and whipped have THAT chemical odor. Even if you haven’t, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Fragrances are typically used in cosmetics to mask the smell to be more favorable and accepting to consumers. It’s more common for body lotions, body washes, shampoos, and conditioners. I personally do not like a chemical smell when applying makeup or skincare, I prefer odorless.
Too Faced is known for their chocolate scented/themed eyeshadow and face palettes. Without a doubt, it sets them apart because the formulation chemists did a great job with the fragrance and quality. Ask around, people love Too Faced palettes. While looking at the ingredients, their mix of Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Fruit Powder, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera Water (coconut water) is what gives the products that yummy chocolate scent. To be clear, they are all cosmetic grade thus safe for face and body application. I’d stay away from Instagram trends like using Nesquick as contour and such, but also “Do you, boo.”
I also want to make a note that while researching Too Faced chocolate bar palettes for information about the ingredients, a plethora of articles and videos popped up about people eating the powder from the palette...on purpose. Yes, they were. I didn’t want to be the only one disturbed by this, so I’m selfishly sharing this information. :)