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8 Fragrance Free Products That Are Necessities

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I talk about my Balsam of Peru allergy here on the blog a lot. It affects most aspects of my life, so I think it would be weird if I didn’t talk about it here. An allergy to Balsam of Peru is technically categorized as a fragrance allergy, but it’s so much more. Even though there is more to it, fragrance can still affect you in a major way. And it’s not just chemical fragrances, scents that are categorized as natural are often just as dangerous or more.

I realize that I often do talk about and review products that have fragrance. There are two reasons for that. 1. I don’t react to all fragrances, and 2. The severity of my reactions aren’t nearly as bad as some people with the same allergy, so I often feel like I want to test things for them. Its my way of helping others I suppose.

Balsam of Peru is not the only fragrance related allergy, there are many others. When you have an allergy that is affected by fragrance, finding fragrance free products that work are a necessity but they can also be hard to find. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have found fragrance free products, then get excited, but once I try them they just don’t function the way that they should. I often feel like companies just don’t care as much about the fragrance free products as much since they know the people who buy them are often just stuck using them because of lack of options. Because ultimately they should be able to make the same products, just without the fragrance, and they then would perform the same as normal. That is why I wanted to share these fragrance free products I use in my everyday life that I know work without question.


1 all Free & Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent

>Out of all the things I react to, one of the strongest reactions I was having till I found the right one was detergent. I suppose because it was constantly touching my skin and not just in a small area. I tried various brands of free & clear detergent before I got to the one from all. While they all were free of fragrances and dyes, they just didn’t get laundry clean the way that you would expect. When I tried all Free & Clear it was a world of difference.

2. Snuggle Free & Clear Fabric Softener

I think fabric softener is as much of a necessity for most people as much as detergent is. Snuggle softener works well, and you can get it in other form than just liquid if you prefer them.

3. Basis Sensitive Skin Bar Soap

Bar soap was a challenge for me. I feel like this is the one thing on the market that has quite a few fragrance free options, but for a Balsam of Peru allergy there is more that we have to look at than just fragrance. And there are a handful of bars out there that say they are fragrance free that don’t seem like it. Dove for example has a fragrance free bar, but I can still smell something that smells like perfume. But Basis is what my allergist recommended, and it worked great for me. I thought that not only was it getting me clean, but it also felt soothing to my skin, so bonus.


4. Innerskin Soothing Cleansing Water H2O

Innerskin Soothing cleanser

I wear makeup a few times a week, but wearing makeup can be rough on the skin if not removed properly. This cleanser from Innerskin is a miceller water and is great for removing makeup with just a swipe. It also feels great on the skin and is very soothing.


5. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

As I said, skin care is super important to me. And a great moisturizer can make all of the difference in the world when it comes to how your skin looks. It used to be that there were very few choices for fragrance free moisturizers, but there are a lot of options out there these days. But Clinique has been offering a completely fragrance free line for the longest time, and they know what they are doing as well (You are going to see more than one product from them in this list.) This Moisture Surge Intense is my favorite moisturizer of all time. It works great for anyone that has dry, aging, irritated, or textured skin. And any combination of those as well. In the line they have moisturizers for other skin types too, so there is something for everyone. I have other moisturizers I use for specific situations, but this is absolutely my go to moisturizer, you can see and feel a dramatic difference in your skin within minutes of use.


6. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

For those occasions that you feel moisturizer just isn’t cutting it, Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask is here to help. It not only moisturizes while you sleep, but you also wake up with your skin looking brighter and glowing.


7. Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

Cliniquee Moisture Surge Face Spray

One last thing from Clinique’s Moisture Surge Line is their Face Spray. This a great multi-purpose product. Use it as a makeup setting spray, light moisturizer, or just a cooling refresher spray.


8. Almay Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Clear Gel, Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant

When I was searching for a fragrance free deodorant, there really weren’t many choices out there. Of course that was almost ten years ago, and the options have really grown. But out of the ones I have tried I feel the Almay Gel Deodorant was superior. It kept me feeling and smelling fresh without the fragrance. As an honorable mention, I wanted to say I have heard quite a few people say they had great success with JASON Fragrance Free Deodorant Stick.
So tell me in the comments what fragrance free products are a necessity in your life?



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Caring For My Sensitive Organ – Of Course I Am Talking About My Skin

No matter what your age is, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is take care of your skin. It is after all your bodies biggest organ. Skin care has always been one of my biggest challenges. Earlier this month I shared with you my Contact Allergy To Balsam of Peru, and some of the ways it effects me.


While my allergy affects almost every aspect of my life, it truly makes skincare the hardest. It is so hard to find things that are both for sensitive skin and fragrance free. Over the years I have come to find a routine that works for me. I do occasionally try new products, but most don’t make the cut. However I will be reviewing some thing I tried this recently towards the end of the month. But for now, here are the things I use on the regular that I feel really work for me, and I would fully recommend to anyone else.



With my allergic contact dermatitis, one of the biggest symptoms that happens is I have an over abundance of scaly plaque that build up on certain areas of my face, so exfoliation is extremely important. One of the best daily use face scrubs I have found is Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub. It has a nice amount of the fine beads in it to give a full on scrub, but not so much that it is harsh or irritating.

And when I am looking for a more intense exfoliation, which is usually a couple times a week, I incorporate my Clarasonic Mia 2.




I have for a long time preferred a foaming cleanser. And for quite a few years now my cleanser of choice has been AVEENO ULTRA-CALMING Foaming Cleanser. I will occasionally try something else, sometimes because I want to and sometimes from necessity, but none have been able to compete yet.


07743680401-700I put this as a moisturizer, because it is and that is how its used, but it so much more that that. In addition to moisturizing it also has a cooling sensation and it has a slight green tint to it to help with hiding any redness that you may not want seen. It is really great for that. I have been using Clinique’s Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream for a few years now, and its a little miracle in a jar for me.


In addition to redness I sometimes develop a buildup of plaque on my skin. What I have found most helpful to rid myself of this is using Capri Clear Coconut Oil Spray. (if you visit the link the bottle will look different as they have recently changed designs) I like this one in particular because it comes in an easy to use spray bottle and there is no added fragrances. When I feel I need to use it, I just put some on my face before bed. I make sure to concentrate on the areas where the plaque is the worst, and I just sleep with it on. Of course there many other uses for coconut oil, one look at Pinterest and you could find hundreds, but this is the main way I use it.



Sun protection is so important. I think this is probably one of the easiest things for everyone to forget or even think that you don’t need because its cloudy. Because of my mixed heritage I use to be one of those people that never burned, so I never much thought about sunscreen. I use to stay out in the sun a lot, and unlike now my skin use to stay a lot darker. People that didn’t know me back then probably would not recognize me because of how dark I was. After I had to start being on a lot of medication I learned the hard way they came with some nasty side effects centered around the sun. One of which led me to getting First Degree burns from the sun on a cloudy day. If you are going to be out in the sun put your sunscreen on. My favorite by far is AVEENO HYDROSPORT Wet Skin Spray Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. The spray bottle makes it easy to use even for those times when you are alone. So no need to ask a stranger to rub sunscreen on you. And it still works if you spray it on when you are already wet.

Makeup Removal


Lets admit it, at some point or another we have all done it, we have went to bed with our makeup on. But its one of the worst things you can do to your skin. So I always try to keep on hand some makeup remover wipes. I love these Almay oil free gentle eye makeup remover pads. They are small and fit perfectly over your eye, and even with my sensitive skin has never irritated it.


So what are your favorite skin care products? Is there something you think I should try? If you have a recommendation for me, please keep in mind I can not use scented items. I would love to hear what works for all of you. Have your tried what I use? if so, what do you think of them?


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