Is Tattoo Aftercare ok to use if it contains a fragrance (aroma)?

Recently I’ve seen a few articles about the healing of tattoos and quite a few of them comment that only ‘fragrant’ free products should be used.  This isn’t quite accurate.


Definitely highly perfumed ‘synthetic’ products should be taken a wide birth, definitely avoided, in fact any product that isn’t made specifically for tattoo aftercare (or wound healing) should be avoided plus any products that contain any type of barrier ingredient – the new tattoo (which is basically a fresh wound) needs to be able to breath, barrier creams and ointments don’t allow this and all sorts of problems can occur!

And yes of course I’m defending TINKture Tattoo Aftercare because TINKture smells divine (we think so and are consistently told this too) – but the point of difference is TINKture is made using 100% pure essential oils and essential oils (most of them) smell exquisite! And most importantly TINKture is also blended to a dilution that is so gentle, yet highly effective, where reactions are rare and the essential oils selected are specifically for the purpose of assisting healing of the skin and none are potential skin irritants. Perfect!

So my advice to you is to:

  • purchase an aftercare products specifically made to aid the healing process of your new ink
  • read the label of the product you do choose to use, if it says it contains ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’, this means a ‘lab made synthetic smell’ and YES, this type of synthetic ingredient CAN cause reactions / rashes
  • ask questions of the manufacturer of the product you are using if you are concerned
  • of COURSE we would love you to use TINKture Tattoo Aftercare (we ship worldwide)
  • you may find this article very helpful too How long does it take to heal a tattoo


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The recipe and ingredients of TINKture Tattoo Aftercare are a ‘Trade Secret’ and are protected as such under strict secrecy guidelines .  TINKture is made from high grade 100% pure essential oils & carrier oils.

TINKture is the product of Clinical Aromatologist and business woman Gillian Parkinson of Le’Esscience Limited.  Gillian has a practice in Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand where she sees clients on a consultation basis and prepares 100% natural essential oil complimentary health products using pure high quality essential oils, and carrier oils.  Le’Esscience Limited was formed in 2009.

Did you know……..

Did you know if you are sick with a cold or flu (or suffer another ongoing health condition) and get tattooed, your tattoo will ‘usually’ take longer to heal – this is because your body is fighting like crazy to try and make you healthy again as well as trying to heal your new beautiful piece of ink as well as dealing with the foreign bodies (ink) you’ve just introduced to it.

Recently I read an article where a lady got a new tattoo when she was pregnant but didn’t know she was – she didn’t know for a few weeks and was getting very frustrated that her new tattoo just wouldn’t heal!  The tattoo remained in a semi state of ‘unsettledness’ (if that is even a word!) until she had the baby.  She had to go back for a touch up and it healed right up in a couple of weeks!

So expect your new ink to take a little longer if you are not in tip top condition!

And yes, of course we are going to say, TINKture is even more helpful under these conditions – the product aids and speeds the healing process under normal conditions – but the benefits are even more important if you are unwell – it protects against infection too – all in a very kind, natural & gentle way.

What prompted me to write this and remind everyone, is I got tattooed last Wednesday (24/4) and that night came down with a very nasty head & chest cold – my tattoo is taking longer to heal and go through the normal stages in the healing process – little Marco Mouse is looking great but needs a few more days – when I’m healthy (& I use TINKture as directed) I’m usually healed in 7-10 days.

Meet Marco Mouse by the fabulous Nursey at Dr Morse Inc. Wellington


You see I bruise very easily too – there is lovely light shading around Marco, represented by the end of the tattoo, with nice bruising!  TINK takes care of that very quickly though.

It’s ok, I’ll just use nappy rash cream on my new tattoo……

….. sadly that tradition has stuck, because when it was introduced (the 50’s I think) there really was nothing else available / suitable.

Nappy rash creams are thick and can be difficult to apply to your new tattoo.  The cream pulls on the skin (ouch >_<) and that’s worse if the cream is cold (due to colder months).  It sticks to clothing & bedding and it’s very painful to prize fabrics away from new tattoos and in fact can pull newly growing skin away (ouch >_< again).

Some tattoo artists have told me that nappy rash cream can even draw the ink out of the skin!

But more importantly, nappy rash cream was made to help and prevent nappy rash!

And these are possible side effects from using nappy rash cream on a tattoo: reaction to the skin such as stinging, redness, peeling, blistering, hives, swelling & itching – these symptoms are similar to the reactions some people get to some inks – this is another reason why a specific product, such as TINKture, should be used to assist in the healing of your new tattoo.

These are the most common ingredients of nappy rash cream:

  • dexpanthenol (a form of Vitaman B5)
  • DL-pantolactone
  • cetyl alcohol
  • strearyl alcohol
  • white paraffin
  • liquid parrafin
  • lanolin (wool fat)
  • polyethylene glycole stearate
  • purified water
  • Petrolatum
  • Prunus Dulcis
  • Cera Alba
  • Ozokerite
  • Glyceryl Oleate

Nappy rash cream is a very thick cream and may result in blocked pores and pimples if it is applied too thickly or too often. Tattoo after care products should allow the skin to breath!

Fortunately people have woken up to the idea that perhaps nappy rash cream is lacking, when healing new ink.

Appropriate oils are brilliant to use on a new tattoo, as long as they are plant based therapeutic grade, 100% natural – they allow the skin to breath and contain vital natural vitamins & minerals to assist in the healing process as well as nourishing the area – combine plant based carrier oils with the appropriate / correct essential oils and you have a powerfully effective tattoo after care product that will help with pain relief, powerfully but gently protect against infection, greatly help to reduce redness, bruising & swelling, nourish the skin and regenerate new cells (NOTE: not all essential oils will do this so it’s important to use the correct ones).

Please stay away from synthetic mineral oils – they will make the skin feel nice, but will not assist the healing process, they can clog pores and effectively cover the skin like cling film, so don’t allow the skin to breathe.

Now I know there are a lot of people out there quite happy with nappy rash creams and will swear by them, but I ask you, have you tried a premium tattoo after care product, such as TINKture, so you can see, feel & experience the difference?


Meghan Owl Tattoo by David Hale

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