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I need to find fragrance free as chemical free as possible soaps
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Date: 4/4/11 5:39 PM

Yikes! Stupid allergies are running rampant! Skip problems as well as asthma. ARGH!!!!... Anyone know of fragrance free & chemical free soaps as possible. Including dish soap (I have tried 7 th Avenue which is suppose to be hypo allergenic) , laundry soap... I have tried Cheer, All & Arm & Hammer for sensitive skin , shampoo, soap to do handwashing of my fabrics & such I have been using Delicare or Woolite for cold water. .......... I clean with hot water & vinegar so I will continue with that. ..........
I think the older I get the more my whole system revolts against the old try & true things I have used for years. ...sigh....
The doctor suggested Playtex gloves... but I am highly allergic to latex ... so those are a definite NO for me!
Thank you for any help here. ............. This is one frustrated........... Kitty......

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Date: 4/4/11 5:48 PM

I have had very good luck with Charlies Soap and All-Free. After a while, the whites washed in Charlie's Soap get dingy, but a few rounds in the All-Free brighten them up.

There are some pure glycerine and pure olive oil soaps on the market. I have good luck with Cetaphil's non-antibacterial bar soap.

It's a lot of trial-and-error as to what will not irritate your skin.
So ... you are not alone but the trial-and-error is a journey.

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Date: 4/4/11 6:06 PM

seems like every day I find something new Im allergic too...and though I do not have asthma( my lungs are 100% healthy) , I have allergy-induced asthma which means instead of sneezing & getting hay-fever, i wheeze


I use castille soap for everything, from taing a shower, to washing dishes & doing my laundry

I use Kirk's brand for in the shower since my kids would waste liquid too much... its $1 per bar at Wegmans... not sure where else locally you can get it from but orderign from Amazon is easy as well...

I use Dr Bronner's liquid unscented castille soap for everything else... and a very little goes a LONGGGGG way


ETA: I also have used pure glycerin soaps...they clean ( my skin) VERY well but leave my pretty dry... which makes me itchy, so I dont use those in winter at all
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Date: 4/4/11 6:08 PM

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I have had very good luck with Charlies Soap and All-Free. After a while, the whites washed in Charlie's Soap get dingy, but a few rounds in the All-Free brighten them up.



There are some pure glycerine and pure olive oil soaps on the market. I have good luck with Cetaphil's non-antibacterial bar soap.



It's a lot of trial-and-error as to what will not irritate your skin.

So ... you are not alone but the trial-and-error is a journey.


my eco-friendly moms like Charlies...Ive never tried it... I will check it out soon

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Date: 4/4/11 6:14 PM

I feel your pain. In my case it is moisturizer with a sunscreen. I grew allergic to Purpose, so this year I have to find a new one. Not sure what I will find. They either make me itch or make my skin fall off...

7th Generation is pretty good for hand washing dishes. I have no idea what to suggest as you are allergic to latex. I use gloves to do dishes, as even 7th Gen can dry out my skin so bad it gets scaley looking and it itches and itches.

Can you find some Fruit of the Earth aloe vera gel? It is clear and has almost no smell. I have had ezema most of my life, and after I used it for a few days I took a bottle to Mom's. I let her try it on her hands. She used it the rest of her life. She nearly fell out of her chair one morning when I took my bottle, put a quarter sized squirt of it in my hands and rubbed it on my face! She could not believe I could do that. I do it all the time for a mild sunburn. There is nothing better for sensitive skin recovery that Fruit of the Earth aloe vera gel. (Walmart, etc)

As for laundry, I still like the Cheer Free & Clear (HE washer type 3x strength). Very little smell to it. Never bothers my skin.

Shampoo, I like Bed Head Volumizing. Smells like strawberries. Never bothers my nose. In fact, I buy it for the smell! This is really saying something, as I have a super sensitive nose and never get rid of allergies anymore.

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Date: 4/4/11 6:15 PM

7th Generation uses SLS in their products. Hypo allergenic my bum...it makes me mad.

I use fragrance free castile soap for washing my hands too, and I clean with vinegar and baking soda. I disinfect my kitchen counters with an approximate 50/50 mix of vodka and water with a few drops of castile soap and a few drops of tea tree oil.

I like all of Biokleen's products--they definitely don't use any weird things in their stuff or try to mascarade SLS as coconut-derived. Plus, their free and clear laundry soap is more gentle than any gentle detergent, so you can use it to prewash/wash all of your delicate fabrics without worry.

Good luck! My house has been chemical free for 4 years now and my allergies have been reduced down to a couple of mild attacks that don't turn into much more than a couple of days of the sniffles when the grass and pollen counts are really high (as opposed to the full blown sinusitis I had for weeks at a time before).

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Date: 4/4/11 6:21 PM

another bar soap I use is Trader Joe's brand vegetable soap but it has tea tree oil in it and Im not sure if that would be an allergen for you..




KIRK's CASTILE SOAP

REVIEW FOR TRADER JOE's VEGETABLE SOAP


the Trader Joes soap is about $1.50 for a 2 bar pkg
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Date: 4/4/11 8:55 PM

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I disinfect my kitchen counters with an approximate 50/50 mix of vodka and water with a few drops of castile soap and a few drops of tea tree oil.


That is pretty funny. Do you drink any of the vodka while cleaning the kitchen?

How does the vodka and water work? What does the castile soap and tree oil do for the kitchen? Do things get sticky? How does it smell?


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Date: 4/4/11 9:40 PM

For those with allergies (like moi), AFM Safe Choice Shampoo/Body Cleanser is a marvel. Take a look at those ingredients, all four of them, and compare what you see to the list of ingredients in any--any--other shampoo at any market of any type.

This stuff was designed for a woman with multiple sensitivities, and I can testify that although it's a simple mix, it's a very elegant yet gentle shampoo, cleanses well yet leaves the hair in great shape, even in hard water. The things that people fear most as allergens are much less important than one might think, and the brands that seem the most benign are often among the worst, with their 'natural' perfumes and 'essences,' and even Vitamin E (a notorious allergen when applied topically).

For anyone who might have allergies to common cleansing ingredients, here's a UC Davis paper that's pretty easy to read about the major contact allergens. One of them, cocamidopropyl betaine, was named "Contact Allergen of the Year 2004" by the American Contact Dermatitis Society, in honor of its increasing importance as an allergen. Yet try, just try, to find a shampoo that doesn't contain this substance! There are very, very few of them.


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Date: 4/4/11 11:08 PM

That is a very interesting article. Very informative...thank you for the link!

Thanks everyone for the ideas & info so far. I sure appreciate it. ... this has been going on for what feels like so long to finally have a name put to it is in itself some comfort. I had not put the respiratory allergens I suffer with a link to these skin problems & other things. ............ Thanks so much for the help!............

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