Fragrance Sensitivity??

Hello fellow curlies

I have recently developed what I think is sensitivity to fragrances in conditioners! (I can use a scented shampoo with no problem so I'm inclined to think that the problem is more than just fragrance but for now I will concentrate on minimizing that to see if it helps) Since I have noticed this problem, I have used Paul Mitchell's Moisture shampoo and conditioner, Pantene Pro V's Relaxed and Natural Hair Mask, and just recently switched to exclusively using Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner. In all cases, I have had no problem shampooing but the minute I begin rinsing out the conditioner I start sneezing and my nose starts running like crazy. I can say that the PM and PPV conditioners are more heavily scented than the TJ so I would have more extreme responses to them.

My response to TJ is so mild that I can live with it (I love how soft it makes my hair feel) but I'm currently searching for something that will provide me with more slip but that is also either fragrance free or very lightly scented (afterall, I want my hair to smell delicious too!). Have any of you experienced this? Does anyone have any suggestions or products they'd recommend??



Products
Shampoo: Elucence Moisture Benefits
Conditioner: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose
Leave-In: Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
Gel: Ecostyler Olive Oil or Pink
Sealants: KBB Creamylicious Shea Butter, KBB Hair Oil

Yup...that's it (for now... )
I don't know if either of these would help you, but I've used 2 unscented conditioners from the natural product area of a local pharmacy.

Magick Botanicals

Earth Science

They don't have different varieties of them - just the one kind. The good news is that they both seem to be CG safe.

Last edited by Future Wave; 07-30-2009 at 07:19 PM.
Thanks! I'll look into those two lines

I'm surprised more people don't have more suggestions



Products
Shampoo: Elucence Moisture Benefits
Conditioner: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose
Leave-In: Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
Gel: Ecostyler Olive Oil or Pink
Sealants: KBB Creamylicious Shea Butter, KBB Hair Oil

Yup...that's it (for now... )
I suspect there aren't going to be too many suggestions, because there's very little out there these days that isn't perfumed.

Some of the other health food store brands (Nature's Gate, Mill Creek, etc) don't have added perfumes, but still have a fragrance from the various herbal and flower extracts and oils in them. Even aloe has a scent to it - it just smells like aloe, but it's still a fragrance.

From what I've seen, everything that's a drug store or salon brand has a much stronger fragrance, and it's usually a chemical concoction, not a natural fragrance.
Avalon Organics Olive + Grapeseed conditioner is also fragrance free. I don't know a whole lot of others-I only have to stay away from heavy floral fragrances, not all of them.
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Currently Using: Suave Coconut, Aldi's Biolage Conditioning Balm knockoff, LOOB, and LA Looks sport gel....cheap and simple seems to be working better!
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Last edited by lazy loops; 11-21-2015 at 02:45 PM.
Thanks ladies! I'll give these other places a try as well



Products
Shampoo: Elucence Moisture Benefits
Conditioner: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose
Leave-In: Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
Gel: Ecostyler Olive Oil or Pink
Sealants: KBB Creamylicious Shea Butter, KBB Hair Oil

Yup...that's it (for now... )
Sally Beauty Supply has Aura Hypo-allergenic shampoo,conditioner, & gel.

Jessicurl has fragrance free products and Curls Goddess Glaze is fragrance free.

Free and Clear Shampoo,Conditioner and gel.

My granddaughter is sensitive to fragrance so I have to be careful of what I use. It's tough to find lightly or unscented products that work. Sometimes i have used aloe vera gel mixed with jojoba oil.

Good luck. Hope this helps.
My hair is not the boss of me!!!!
Sally Beauty Supply has Aura Hypo-allergenic shampoo,conditioner, & gel.

Jessicurl has fragrance free products and Curls Goddess Glaze is fragrance free.

Free and Clear Shampoo,Conditioner and gel.

My granddaughter is sensitive to fragrance so I have to be careful of what I use. It's tough to find lightly or unscented products that work. Sometimes i have used aloe vera gel mixed with jojoba oil.

Good luck. Hope this helps.
Originally Posted by CopperWaves
You're right...it is hard. Most things either smell very strongly or have no smell at all. I would rather have hair products with light scents but I know they're hard to come by. No matter how great I want my hair to smell, the sneezing/runny nose/pounding headache just isn't worth it! All of your suggestions have definitely given me a great start



Products
Shampoo: Elucence Moisture Benefits
Conditioner: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose
Leave-In: Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
Gel: Ecostyler Olive Oil or Pink
Sealants: KBB Creamylicious Shea Butter, KBB Hair Oil

Yup...that's it (for now... )
DHS Conditioning Rinse with Panthenol is decent.

http://www.drugstore.com/qxp14745_33..._panthenol.htm

It smells a bit medicinal, but it is fragrance free and CG. I got nice shine with this (even after I used it as a leave-in condish!).

Hope that helps!
2a/M-C/ii hair. Super long.
I'm fairly new to the curly journey, and have a chemical fragrance sensitivity. Most of the time even "fragrance free" products still have strong enough chemicals that I can't use them.

So far, SheaMoisture products are my heroes for shampoos, conditioners and deep conditioners (not to mention their skin products. Love them.). Even though they do have a "fragrance", they don't seem to be artificial fragrances and they don't bother me. The only one that bothers me at all is the Superfruit Complex line (with the pink label). I can use it and like the way my hair turns out, but I can't use it as a leave-in.

I'm not sure but think I'm a 2b/3a, and some of the SheaMoisture products are too heavy for me. But so far, not much else will work for me.

I have also been using As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner and the Cleansing Pudding.

For styling, I've been using the Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream (less is more for me) and my homemade Flax Seed Gel. I can tolerate LA Looks gel just fine, but the FSG is more natural and less drying.

I know this is an old post, but there are probably curly girls with fragrance sensitivities still looking for answers. Please feel free to share more ideas with me.

Blessings.
I'm fairly new to the curly journey, and have a chemical fragrance sensitivity. Most of the time even "fragrance free" products still have strong enough chemicals that I can't use them.

So far, SheaMoisture products are my heroes for shampoos, conditioners and deep conditioners (not to mention their skin products. Love them.). Even though they do have a "fragrance", they don't seem to be artificial fragrances and they don't bother me. The only one that bothers me at all is the Superfruit Complex line (with the pink label). I can use it and like the way my hair turns out, but I can't use it as a leave-in.

I'm not sure but think I'm a 2b/3a, and some of the SheaMoisture products are too heavy for me. But so far, not much else will work for me.

I have also been using As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner and the Cleansing Pudding.

For styling, I've been using the Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream (less is more for me) and my homemade Flax Seed Gel. I can tolerate LA Looks gel just fine, but the FSG is more natural and less drying.

I know this is an old post, but there are probably curly girls with fragrance sensitivities still looking for answers. Please feel free to share more ideas with me.

Blessings.
Originally Posted by TXCurlz
I have the same issue. High fragrance/fragrance stylers and conditioners definitely make my scascscalp itch and aggravate my facial eczema. I dont have access to any frageance free hair care products where i love so i have to order online (and the shipping is a lot). So far Shea moisture raw shea is ok as my rinse out though not the best for my hair and i loved Kinky curly custard which supposedly has a "natural" fragrance.
Oh i did try out the Aura naturelle hypoallergenic gel and though theres no fragrance the gel still has some chemicals(propylene glycol?)that drove me crazy not to mention it left a terrible FILM on my hair. Probably the polyquat. I stick to FSG mostly as a styler and am on the hunt for something fragrance free/or with a light natural fragrance and CG

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