10 Beauty and Home Products Worth Trying for Fragrance-Sensitive People
More and more people around the world are becoming increasingly sensitive to certain chemicals and find themselves struggling with a variety of health issues stemming from exposure to them. Some have even being diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Avoiding synthetic fragrances that are added to many products used in daily living can be particularly challenging for those who suffer from being around them.
While there are no guarantees when it comes to what people who struggle with these kind of health issues will be able to tolerate, here are ten beauty and home products worth trying for fragrance-sensitive people.
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This is a wonderful oil with very little scent, if any, that you can use to moisturize your hair, skin, and cuticles. Many women also use it for a makeup remover. You may want to be particularly careful to purchase the Leven Rose Jojoba Oil Scent selection and not the Vitamin E scent if you are highly fragrance-sensitive. $13.97 at Amazon.
This laundry detergent by Seventh Generation is gentle and scent-free and has worked well for many people (although not everyone based on Amazon reviews). Your local natural foods store may run specials on Seventh Generation detergents, so you can try to stock up when there’s a 2-for-1 sale. Many major grocery store chains stock Seventh Generation products as well. (Also check out Seventh Generation’s “Free & Clear” chlorine-free bleach.) $12.98 for 40 oz. at Amazon.
It’s not at all surprising to me that this reasonably priced facial scrub from Trader Joe’s has gotten a lot of attention on Instagram. Among other ingredients, the facial scrub formulation includes blueberry purée, açaí fruit extract, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), and colloidal oatmeal. It does a nice job exfoliating and refreshing skin and the scent is pleasant. Priced under $6 and packaged in an opulent looking, frosted glass jar, it’s worth checking out. $5.99 at Trader Joe’s.
Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, this foaming cleanser is a gentle, go-to product for daily use. $5.94 at Amazon (Add-on Item).
This glass cleaner by Earth Friendly Products does have a vinegar scent, so it would be preferable to purchase this product where you can return it just in case the scent is too strong for you. It is dye-free, paraben-free, phosphate-free, and phthalate-free. $13.94 for 2-pack at Amazon.
Think about it—you are probably ingesting some amount of anything you put your lips, so it just makes sense to use a lipstick made from a natural formula that is paraben-free, phthalate-free, and, thankfully, fragrance-free. Cate McNabb makes beautiful colors (check out Guava Pink), but the matte lipsticks can be a bit dry upon application. To compensate, use a moisturizing lip balm like Dr. Bronner’s before or after putting on the lipstick as is your preference for a more natural, semi-sheer look. $16.95 at Amazon.
Another excellent product from Seventh Generation, this all-purpose cleaner is biodegradable with no chemicals, petroleum-based solvents, glycol ethers, phosphates, acids, caustics, dyes, or fragrances. The “Free & Clear” chlorine-dish liquid soap is an excellent go-to product as well. $2.99 for 32 oz. at Amazon.
You can be kind to the environment and yourself with this eco-friendly physical (mineral) sunscreen from BurnOut Suncare. It contains the active ingredient zinc oxide and is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, non-greasy, nanoparticle-free, and fragrance-free. You can use it for water sports such as surfing and daily sun protection as well. To wear under makeup (if you prefer foundation without chemical sunscreens), you may want to try dampening your fingers/sponge before applying for a smoother application. $13.65 at Amazon.
We hesitated adding this product to the list as we couldn’t find an Amazon link with all the available colors at a reasonable price (including the popular Buff Beige 525), but it is a wonderful oil-free, unscented pressed powder that does a better job than others that cost double or more the price. You should also be able to purchase this at your local chain drug store where COVERGIRL products are stocked. From $5.94 at Amazon (Add-on Item).
Honorable Mentions (the following is not an inclusive list as there are many excellent natural product companies nowadays):
Navigating around chemical sensitivities varies from person to person, and some have especially severe symptoms from this health issue. If you are going to be in a public area such as church, work, or some other place, please consider not wearing synthetic fragrance as it may make other people so ill that they will have to avoid coming near you—or even need to stay home. Additionally, changing over to fragrance-free products for your home and personal care where you can is another thoughtful way to support others who are seriously debilitated from exposure to synthetic fragrances and show care and love for one another.
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