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Let me be upfront and honest first by saying, this is not a blog that I ever anticipated writing. And why is that you may ask? That’s because, I never have thought I’d need to make such life changes, having to go through of becoming fragrance-free. But nonetheless, what has to be done, has to be done! Also, as much as I don’t want to make this a product-review type of blog, but ultimately, it kind of is. And, the purpose of writing this blog, after all, is hopefully that someone in a similar situation as I am, will benefit from reading this as they go through their journey. Also, just to put it out there and keep in mind that, in writing this blog, I’m not asked or getting paid from ANY of the products and companies mentioned. And, that I’m simply putting my own opinions out here, through my own research, in finding out what works for me and what doesn’t, through doing research and reading online reviews.
So, let’s begin by this question: Why did I need to go fragrance-free anyway? This question is a simple one to answer, but it is also a little complicated. I had to go fragrance-free because I developed sensitivity to scented/fragrance products. Therefore, I’m no longer tolerable of most if not all products that have a fragrance/parfume ingredient in them.
Now that the “background info” is out there, I can share with you my fragrance-free journey and the products that I currently use, and found helpful. My fragrance-free journey has two parts: part one is products for the face and body; part two is mostly cleaning products.
Part 1: Products for Face and Body:
It took quite some time to do some research to find the right products. Not to mention, during this process, I was even being lied to by sales persons at times where a product clearly says it has fragrance/perfume ingredient in it and the sales person says that it’s “fragrance-free.” (Yes, I purchased the product because as a visually impaired person as I am, it’s hard to read the ingredients list at the store at the time. But anyways, products on the image on the right are the ones I’m currently using and are working for me personally. List of products as follows: Marcelle Moisture (Day) Cream; Marcelle Ultra-Gentle Cleansing Gel; Marcelle Soothing Toner; Carina Unscented Baby Lotion; Carina Unscented Shampoo; Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash (Fragrance Free); 365 Everyday Value Fragrance Free Hand Soap; Badger Unscented Lip Balm; The Green Beaver Company No Flavor Lip Balm; and Neutrogena Fragrance Free hand cream. Here, I want to note that, I know that if you do close research, you’ll know that there’s a difference between fragrance-free and unscented. And that, when products are fragrance free, it means there’s zero fragrance ingredient in the product, but when a product is unscented, the scent or fragrance could be masked up. But, always READ the ingredient, just to be sure and to be safe. The products listed above, whether it’s fragrance-free or unscented have (for the most part) worked for me.
In addition to the products for the face and body mentioned above, there are several additional products I found helpful and those are the products from the image on the left here. These are: Marcelle Muliti-Defense Lotion (with SPF 15); Vichy Sun Protection Cream: Face and Body (Note: I purchased this about two summers ago, not knowing it’s fragrance-free!); Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream and Moisturizing Lotion (Fragrance-Free). Clinique Moisture Surge 72 hour auto-replenishing hydrator and Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (the mask is a sample size that came with a set, that’s why it’s a lot smaller). Most and if not all of the products and generally affordable, maybe with the exception of Clinique, because it is slightly pricy than the others.
Now, moving on to Part 2: Products for Cleaning:
Before introducing the products I now use in everyday cleaning, I just wanted to quickly mention that, it was the products that I used to use in everyday cleaning, especially laundry products that I was so sensitive and uncomfortable using anymore, that got me into starting this fragrance-free journey in the first place. So, from the image on the right, Seventh Generation Free and Clear Dish Liquid; Bounce Free and Gentle Dryer Sheets; Tide Pods Free and Gentle (a combination of these two laundry products literally changed my life! (probably I sound so exaggerating, but, you have NO IDEA for a long time, I was so uncomfortable doing laundry and even with fresh laundry coming out of the washer and dryer with fragrance in them!). Swiffer Duster and dry cloth. Seventh Generation Free and Clear All Purpose Cleaner; Babyganics fragrance-free all purpose wipes (this one didn’t come easy, I had to do quite a bit of research to find the right wet wipes that can clean almost as the same as anti-bacterial wipes, since unfortunately, I couldn’t use Lysol anymore because of the fragrance). Also, I recently discovered Purell Disinfectant Spray, I haven’t give it a try yet, but I’m thinking about it.
Phew!…so this is it! This is my Fragrance-Free journey thus far, and I’m sure I’ll be trying out more products to see what works and what doesn’t in the future. I know that this isn’t a journey that I planed for myself, but, knowing that having less and no fragrance is what I need for my body and health, (and it’s actually better for anybody’s health). So, consider going fragrance-free, not only when faced with a health challenge (like me), but for the better of health is also very important!
Thank you for reading to the end!
By: The Invisible Vision Project