ICYMI: I recently developed a gnarly fragrance allergy which caused me to toss out (or give away) almost all of my skincare products — I’m still mourning. Exploring new products was hard at first, but since discovering SkinSAFE, finding new products that fit my skin got a whole lot easier.
You can learn more about my journey and this life-saving app here.
But with the bad, also comes the good! This gave me the opportunity to try, experiment and discover a bunch of new products that are fragrance-free. Honestly, I’ll take any excuse to try more products, am I right? Here are five skincare items that stood out amongst the crowd.
Meow Meow Tweet Juniper Carrot Seed Face Oil
Since my reaction, I’ve been a lot more conscious about what ingredients are in my skincare products and how they’re made. A friend of mine recommended vegan brand, Meow Meow Tweet, and I’m so glad she did.
It’s safe to say that the Juniper Carrot Seed Face Oil singlehandedly got my skin back to normal, and then some. The irritated area went from being dry and peeling (sorry, TMI) to soft, supple and healed. I’ve been using this product religiously ever since.
Disclaimer: SkinSAFE did not have this product in their database. However, they do list all of their ingredients online and when cross-referencing their list of ingredients with my list of fragrances, nothing popped up. And to top it off, I haven’t experienced a reaction to the product so far.
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
The area around my eyes was the most affected during my reaction, so you can imagine how picky I was when it came to choosing a new eye cream. After much consideration, I went with Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado — I’m more than pleased with the results. Not only did it avoid further irritation, but I’ve also seen a significant improvement in my under eye circles since I began to use it. This is now a staple in my daily and nightly routine.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Body lotions are one of those products that are more likely to contain fragrance. However, Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion is a perfect fit. What I love most about this product is that it doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky and greasy like many other moisturizers do. Its lightweight formula absorbs quickly while keeping skin hydrated all day long. This alternative works so well, I don’t even miss the smelly stuff I used to use.
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
I didn’t realize how harsh my previous face wash was until I switched to CeraVe’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser. My dermatologist gave me a sample of this cleanser when I was first diagnosed, and I fell in love. It’s one of those products where you don’t have to sacrifice a deep cleanse for a gentle and moisturizing formula — it does it all!
On top of that, I usually break out around that time of the month, but ever since I swapped cleansers, I haven’t experienced any major breakouts. I think it’s safe to say I’ve found a new favorite in this cleanser.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +
Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + is one of the few items that I was able to keep since going fragrance-free — cheers to that! I’m so glad I didn’t have to rid my routine of this long-time favorite. It’s moisturizing without being greasy, reliable and creates the perfect base for makeup.
PS, according to SkinSAFE, the gel version of this product (for dry skin) is NOT fragrance-free, be warned.
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What fragrance-free products do you swear by? Share them in the comments below!
Image by: Erica Dawn