Lately I’ve been veering away from fragrance and leaning more toward unscented products. It may have something to do with a certain little bun in my oven (yes, it’s true!) making me more sensitive to scents these days.
The truth is, with the exception of some naturally derived scents (such as from essential oils), a lot of scents in common household products can be harmful. Here’s a great article all about it written by a former coworker of mine: Sensitive to Scents. The problem is that manufacturers aren’t required to disclose the ingredients in “fragrance” or “parfum” because they’re considered trade secrets. This means that they can include anything from common allergens and irritants, to carcinogens and hormone disruptors. Lovely, right?
The other thing to be wary of is that some products labelled “unscented” or “fragrance free” are allowed to contain–you guessed it–fragrance, as “masking agents.” Ick!
Unscented products aren’t just for us preggers folk out there. Many people (my mother included) are highly sensitive to fragrance, whereas others just prefer to go scent-free once in a while. For those who love scented products, there are certainly healthy options out there. However, I find that a lot of unscented products are refreshingly clean, simple, and subtle.
Here are some of my current favourites:
Ingredients: Distilled water, cetearyl glucoside, organic Persea gratissima (Avocado) oil, sucrose cocoate, vegetable glycerin, D-alpha tocopherol (natural Vitamin E), panthenol (provitamin B5), Lonicera japonica
Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut Oil), Maranta Arudinacea Root Powder (Arrow Root Powder), Bentonite Clay, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Gel, Silk Amino Acids, Beeswax, Emulsifying Wax NF, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cacao Seed Butter), Zinc Oxide
Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond Oil), Beeswax, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba Oil)
Ingredients: purified water/aqua/eau, aqueous extracts/extraits aqueux: aloe barbadensis leaf juice, organic euterpe oleracea (acai) fruit extract, organic rubus fruticosus (blackberry) fruit extract, organic rosa canina (rosehips) fruit extract, organic punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract, organic calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, organic matricaria recutita (chamomile) flower extract, organic aspalathus linearis (rooibos) leaf extract, orbignya oleifera seed oil, vegetable glycerin, butyrospermum parkii, cocoglycerides, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed extract isoamyl laurate, cetearyl alcohol, avena sativa kernel oil, ethylhexyl olivate, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, sodium behenoyl lactylate, olea europaea (olive) oil unsaponifiables, cetyl alcohol, citric acid, panthenol, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, citrus aurantium dulcis, phenethyl alcohol, alpha bisabolol, glycerophosphoinositol choline, d- alpha tocopherol acetate, potassium sorbate, glyceryl caprylate, allantoin, sodium phytate, anthemis nobilis flower oil, marrubium vulgare stem cells
Do you use unscented products? What are your thoughts on fragrance? Let me know in a comment below!