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.