How To Buy:

What To Look For:
Buy only natural laundry and personal care products with "fragrance free" or "unscented" on the label -- and only products that are typically sold in health food stores such as Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or Wild Oats. If you buy name brands from a conventional store, the labels "fragrance free" or "unscented" can actually mean the product contains a masking fragrance, optical whiteners, or other chemicals to cover up the chemical agents in the product! Tide Free is an example of this: it claims to be "free of perfumes and dyes" but contains masking fragrance (a perfume) and optical whiteners (a dye). Typically products containing any kind of fragrance -- including masking fragrance -- will have the word "fragrance" on the label, though scented essential oils may be individually labeled (i.e. "lavender").

Learn More about Toxins in Your Products:
Skin Deep: The Environmental Working Group's Searchable Cosmetics Database

Places to Buy Fragrance Free Body Care Products:
Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Trader Joes, your local health food store or coop
Needs (800-643-1380)
Allen's Naturally (800-352-8971)
Green Mountain Soap (excellent soap, also available at Needs and The Living Source)
Refreshingly Free
Dakota Free Products (has baby products too)
AlerG
The Chemically Sensitive Living Store
California Baby (has a multi-purpose shampoo/body wash)

Etsy (type "fragrance free" or "unscented" into the search bar for homemade, fragrance-free products):
Naturally Naani (natural black hair and body care)
Sungold Soap
The Living Source (254) 776-4878 or (800) 662-8787
Gaiam

Sample Gift Packs of fragrance free products are a good way to get started. Look at these from Magick Botanicals and Druide Labs, and visit the Sample Page at Refreshingly Free.

Places to Buy Fragrance Free Makeup:
(be sure to double-check your labels for the word "fragrance," which means an individual product is NOT fragrance-free):
White Rabbit Beauty
Vegan Store
Alternative Outfitters
Your local co-op or health food store

What To Buy:

Some Brands of Fragrance Free Personal Care Products:
Dr. Bronner's Unscented Soap (use as soap, cleaner, or shampoo), Kiss My Face ORIGINAL Olive Oil Soap (green label -- others contain fragrance), Green Mountain Soap, Lagona Free Shampoo, Pure Essentials Fragrance Free Shampoo, Magick Botanicals Fragrance Free Shampoo, Jason Cosmetics Fragrance Free Shampoo
California Baby Sensitive Shampoo and Body Wash, Nature's Gate Organics Soy Fragrance Free Shampoo, Nature's Gate Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion, Alba Botanicals Fragrance Free Lotion, Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil as moisturizer, P
ure & Basic Green Tea Unscented Deodorant Stick, Unscented Deodorant Crystals, California Baby Sunblock or Sunscreen No Fragrance

Some Fragrance Free Laundry Detergents:
Borax
Vinegar & baking soda (an excellent deodorizer as well)

Ecover Unscented
Plain baking soda
Seventh Generation Free & Clear

Some Fragrance Free Hair Styling Products:
Autumn Harp's Un-Petroleum Jelly
Magick Botanicals hair gel or hairspray

Some Chemical and Fragrance Free Insect Repellents:
Bite Away Insect Repellent
Solar Mosquito Guard
(both available from Gaiam)

Some Brands of Makeup with Fragrance Free Options: Zuzu Luxe, Burt's Bees (not all products are fragrance free), Ecco Bella, Zia, Gabriel Color, Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC), No Miss


How To Make Your Own:

(be sure to eliminate fragrance or scented essential oils from recipes):

Hair and Body Care:
Recipes for Hair Products, Lotion, Etc.: Pioneer Thinking or Long Locks
Recipes for Black Hair Care: Nappturality or Motown Girl

Makeup:
Raw ingredients such as shea butter, beeswax, almond oil, cocoa butter, and coconut oil can be found in large health food stores or special ordered from Brambleberry. Natural earth and mineral pigments for coloring can be found at Bioshield Paint -- the "pigment sample kit" contains small amounts of many different colors. Lipstick molds and containers for lipstick, eye shadow, shampoos, lotions, creams, etc. can be purchased from makingcosmetics.com -- and instructions for making lipstick can be found here or here.

Cleaning Products:
Steam mops and steam cleaners, static dust cloths, a few spray bottles, and simple ingredients such as white vinegar, baking soda, borax, lemon juice, and castile soap completely eliminate the need for toxic household cleaners.
Women's Green Cleaning Party Kits and Recipes
Recipes for a Safer Home
Assemble a Green Cleaning Kit

Tick Repellent:
Put yarrow tincture in a spray bottle and spray it around the ankles.


Compiled By Peggy Munson

Buying Fragrance Free* Products

*Means basically: all natural, with NO synthetic fragrances and NO scented essential oils