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Monday, March 30, 2009

Science News!

Okay, my one simple wish for the world that is totally doable and wouldn't be much trouble at all would be that perfumes would be removed from products. There's a different perfume in my laundry detergent, my fabric softener, my dryer sheet, my soap, my shampoo, my conditioner, my facial cleanser, my face lotion, my hair gel, my hairspray. Heck, even some lipsticks are perfumed. Then, you can opt to put on a perfume of your choice.

I propose that we take away all except for that last one: if you want a perfume, then wear it. Otherwise, leave it out.

For myself, I'm conscientious about buying unscented laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, facial lotion, hairspray, and kitty litter, but some things are very challenging to find in an unscented variety.

But then there's this news nibble today. Turns out, "a fragrance used in many shampoos is a common allergen that may even cause eczema." And when they say "many," it's in 80% of shampoo. That's just not okay! I don't want it; I don't need it; just get it out of my stuff. But finding unscented shampoo is anything but easy and severely limits your options. So now I'm wondering if the stupid eczema that attacks my feet from time to time is a result of my shampoo, so I'll probably go on the hunt for fragrance-free shampoo, but it just annoys me that I have to go hunting, because those who don't want everything to smell like flowers or baby powder or anything else are clearly freaks who the normal world doesn't want to be bothered to accommodate. But really, it's not that I'm even allergic to all that much. I just don't want to smell April Fresh (TM). I like the smell of freshly scrubbed me, thankyouverymuch. And above all, if I'm going to be scented, I'd like to pick one for myself and have just that scent versus a competing cacophony of various perfumes in my daily life.

Not that I have an opinion on that subject or anything...


  • Looks like it's only when the fragrance is in contact with air for a while that it causes allergies. Time to stock up on sample size shampoo bottles ???

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 12:29 PM  

  • Agreed!

    I found unscented shampoo and conditioner at (Davis?) food co-op years ago, but my hair seemed dull with them. Please let me know if you find a good one.

    By Blogger Kim, at 12:30 PM  

  • There must be other people who feel like you do, when I typed fragrance free in to google, and it came up with the drop down list of suggestions fragrance free shampoo was the first one on the list

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 5:30 PM  

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