Say ‘Yes’ to Fragrance-Free

The new Yes to Carrots line isn’t hiding anything—and we like it.



Fragrance, well done, can be effectively soothing, energizing, seductive… But when it comes to the olfactory arts, it’s a fine line between adding a little something and trying too hard: the bachelor doused in musk (overcompensating?); the sales person chasing you around the perfume department, spritzing you into psychosis; the commercial of a celeb caressing their eponymous, rhinestone-covered flask of eau de has-been.   

In terms of skincare, a great product speaks for itself—without the nasal knockout. A hint of some sort of seasonal berry might be nice to some, but allergic types and others are wise to watch out for the not-so-natural ingredients used to create synthetic scents. Just what the derm ordered for parched, dull skin this season, Yes to Carrots’ new fragrance-free line features carrot’s nourishing beta-carotene (for softness and brightening) and anti-oxidant defenses against wind and harsh temps; plus moisture-facilitating vitamin E, shea butter, and aloe vera.

My favorites: the hydrating night cream—dense but velvety-light once applied; the exfoliating cleanser with finely ground bamboo—for gentle, daily scrubbing that won’t leave sensitive skin raw; and the makeup-removing wipes—which, unlike others I’ve tried, actually left my face feeling clean. Use them together, along with a humidifier at night and plenty of drinking water during the day, for suppleness that belies Old Man Winter’s best efforts to dry you out.

Buy it: $5.99 to $14.99 (did I mention it’s ridiculously affordable?) at local Target, Walgreens, and Whole Foods stores.