Silica gel itself does not have a fragrance. Silica gel is a desiccant, a substance that absorbs and holds moisture. It is often used as a drying agent to prevent moisture damage in various products, such as electronics, leather goods, and food packaging.
However, sometimes you might come across silica gel packets that have a fragrance or odor. Manufacturers sometimes add scents to these packets to mask any potential odors that might develop as the silica gel absorbs moisture. The added fragrance helps maintain a pleasant smell in the packaged product or container.
If you encounter silica gel packets with a fragrance, be aware that they are specifically designed for that purpose and are safe to use as directed. However, standard silica gel used for moisture absorption typically has no fragrance. Always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer when using any product containing silica gel packets.