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.
As someone who is chemically sensitive, I have gone through a fair amount of trial and error finding beauty and home products that don’t adversely affect me. 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. I accidentally purchased the Vitamin E bottle once and could not tolerate it at all. Thankfully, I was able to return it for a full refund. $13.97 at Amazon.
This laundry detergent by Seventh Generation is gentle and scent-free and has worked well for me (although not everyone based on Amazon reviews). Thankfully, my adult children also use it since I can have a difficult time being around clothes that have been washed with certain scented detergents. My local natural foods store runs a lot of specials on Seventh Generation detergents, so I try to stock up when there’s a 2-for-1 sale. Many major grocery store chains stock Seventh Generation products as well. (I also use 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. Having no idea about the good press, I purchased it on a lark one day. Among other ingredients, the facial scrub formulation includes blueberry purée, açaí fruit extract, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), and colloidal oatmeal. I very pleased with not only with what a nice job it did exfoliating and refreshing my skin but also how well I tolerated the scent. In fact, I like it—a lot! Priced under $6 and packaged in an opulent looking, frosted glass jar, it’s worth checking out. $5.99 at Trader Joe’s.
This is another product I saw on a display while I was waiting in line at the pharmacy, and I have purchased it again and again. Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, this foaming cleanser has been a gentle, go-to product for me for daily use. $5.94 at Amazon (Add-on Item).
Dr. Bronner’s unscented balm is moisturizing and soothing with 100 percent certified-organic and fair-trade ingredients. I wouldn’t want to have to find another lip balm as I am such a fan of this one, so hopefully Dr. Bronner’s will be making this product for many years to come. Local natural food stores may stock at a lower price. I use Dr. Bronner’s Organic Baby Unscented Sugar Soap as well. $16.94 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. This is another product favorite of mine that I hope I never have to replace. $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 a go-to product for me 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. My husband uses this sunscreen when he goes surfing, and I like it for daily sun protection. To wear under makeup (if you prefer foundation without chemical sunscreens like I do), you may want to try dampening your fingers/sponge before applying for a smoother application. $13.65 at Amazon.
I hesitated adding this product to the list as I couldn’t find an Amazon link with all the available colors at a reasonable price (including my favorite, Buff Beige 525), but it is a wonderful oil-free, unscented pressed powder that does a better job than ones I have purchased for over double 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):
While it is not too difficult for me to navigate around my chemical sensitivities, it is sadly not the case for many people who have more 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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