I remember the first time I realized I was sensitive to many fragrance-enhanced products. I was around 10 and I was so excited to try this new bodywash that my mom picked up for me at the drugstore. You see, before that, I mostly was a bar soap person, but somehow I got my mom to buy me a bodywash and a loofah. I felt very grown-up and cool.
Taking a shower was fun (who thought it could ever be fun?) but then about an hour later I noticed it—the itchiness. I even saw some rashes forming all over my body. I started freaking out. My mom realized it was probably allergic contact dermatitis and promptly threw the bottle of bodywash away and told me we were going back to bar soaps for the time being.
Eventually, I did find bodywashes that weren't irritating—the trick was to look for things without any or very minimal fragrance. And interestingly enough, I'm back to being a bar soap person now, but that's another story.
For the times I turn to bodywashes, though, I make sure they're fragrance-free and good for sensitive skin. Luckily, nowadays there are so many options for anyone who's avoiding fragrance. If you have a similar sensitive skin issue, or just don't like the added fragrance, take a look at some options below.
In addition to a fragrance-free version, Nécessaire's bodywash also comes in bergamot, eucalyptus, and sandalwood scents. The gel-oil cleanser features niacinamide, vitamins A, B3, C and E, omegas 6 and 9, antioxidants, and oils (like marula, cacay, and meadowfoam).
Vanicream's line of products are just so easy on sensitive skin. The cream is my go-to when my skin is freaking out and feeling itchy and irritated. The bodywash works well on dry skin and is free of dyes, fragrance, masking fragrance, lanolin, parabens, and formaldehyde releasers.
If you're dealing with eczema, you're going to have to give this bodywash a try. The mild, sulfate-free product contains coconut cleansers which effectively and gently lift away dirt. Other soothing ingredients include aloe vera juice and jojoba, sunflower, and apricot kernel oils.
A lot of sunscreens have fragrances, and some are even "hidden." Coola's is 100% free of it. The lightweight product is enriched with antioxidant-rich red raspberry seed oil, buriti oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and prickly pear extract.