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4 Fragrance-Free Makeup Brands for Women Over 50

By Sandra Roussy May 01, 2023 Beauty

Do you have skin that is prone to rashes or irritations? Are you extra sensitive to fragrances? Many makeup brands contain added fragrances, but there are makeup brands that create fragrance-free products.

  1. Clinique – A pioneer in fragrance-free makeup and beauty products.
  2. Bare Minerals – Makeup created with minerals from the earth.
  3. GLO – Professional grade skincare and makeup brand.
  4. Tarte – Uses exclusively natural, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free ingredients.

You may see the wording hypoallergenic on some makeup packaging. What that means, basically, is that the product is free from artificial aromas and other ingredients that can irritate the skin. Fragrance adds nothing beneficial to beauty products, only a sensory experience, so some brands choose not to add it to their products.

Also, fragrances aren’t fully regulated so you will find the word “fragrance” on the label but not the actual ingredients that created the scent.

Be aware that when you see the word “unscented” on some products, it doesn’t mean that it is fragrance-free. Unscented means that the product is free of aroma, but it may contain synthetic additives to neutralize the aroma of other ingredients.

Why Choose Fragrance-Free Makeup

First, artificial fragrance is known to be an irritant for some people, who may be so intolerant to some fragrances they can develop skin irritations or even headaches.

Another reason to choose fragrance-free products is that we use so many different beauty products daily: shampoos, creams, makeup, and even perfume. All these different smells can turn into a confusing mixture.

Fragrance-Free Makeup Brands

These are a few brands on the market that offer fragrance-free makeup.



Clinique is a pioneer in the fragrance-free beauty industry. The ingredients that they use pass rigorous testing to make sure that they are harmless to the skin. All Clinique formulas are full of potent ingredients proven to benefit healthy skin. They avoid using any known allergens or irritants in their products. No parabens. No phthalates. No fragrance. Just happy skin.

High Impact Mascara

High Impact Mascara

Instant drama for lashes. Kicks up the volume and length of each and every lash.

Bare Minerals

Bare Minerals

Bare Minerals use mineral ingredients instead of synthetics. They are a cruelty-free brand and almost all their products are vegan. All makeup and skincare products are synthetic fragrance-free, but some may contain ingredients with their natural aroma.



This lightweight and talc-free mineral foundation provides sheer-to-full coverage. It is made with only 5 clean and vegan ingredients.


GLO skin beauty

Glo Skin Beauty is a professional skincare and makeup brand that offers a range of products for various skin concerns including aging, acne, hyperpigmentation, and dryness. They use high-quality, medical-grade ingredients in their formulations and are cruelty-free. The brand emphasizes healthy, radiant skin through a combination of in-office treatments and at-home skincare regimens.

Eye Shadow Quad

Eye Shadow Quad

This rich-pigment mineral eyeshadow is buildable and blendable.



Tarte Cosmetics is a makeup and skincare brand known for using natural, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free ingredients. They offer a range of products including foundation, eye shadow, lipsticks, blushes, and skincare products.

Tarte is known for its iconic, long-wearing Amazonian clay products and emphasis on natural, healthy-looking beauty. The brand’s product packaging is often colorful and playful, and the products themselves are multi-functional, designed to simplify a daily beauty routine.

Fake Awake Eye Highlight

Fake Awake Eye Highlight

The Fake Awake creamy-gel eye highlighter gives you instant bigger and brighter eyes.

Read Fragrance-Free Beauty Products for Women Over 50.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Do you wear fragrance-free makeup? Which brand is your favorite? Do you have any other brands to suggest to our readers? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website:

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