Top 25 Fragrance-Free, Migraine-Free Cleansers and Cosmetics

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To end migraine triggers, buy unscented, natural home cleaning products & fragrance-free shampoos; here are the best perfume-free lotions, soaps, and cleaners. Eliminate perfume-y odors from your life!

Do you ever wish you were hard-of-smelling?

Does the mere thought of strolling down the supermarket detergents aisle give you a throbbing headache?

If strong fragrances constantly trigger migraine attacks, know that you are not alone.  Out of dozens of migraine triggers (food, bright lights, and weather), scents are one of the most offensive to chronic migraine sufferers, and the hardest to avoid.  Perfumes, fumes, and toxic-smelling odors lurk everywhere- in household cleaners, such as laundry detergents, dish soap, and fabric softeners; makeup, skin lotions, and hand soaps also reek of overpowering, headache-inducing fragrances.

Short of wearing an Activated Carbon Filter (ACF) Pollution Mask to work every day, what’s a migraineur to do?

Shop for non-irritating, fragrance-free all-purpose cleaners.

The best cleaning products for migraine patients are the ones labeled “unscented” or “fragrance-free.” However, don’t assume that because something is marked “all-natural” or “green cleaning,” that it’s necessarily free of perfumes, or even migraine-friendly, for that matter. 

Natural scents such as peppermint oil, tea tree oil, or lavender oil, common ingredients in many “natural cleaning” products, can either relieve migraines or trigger them.

Hair products that don’t stink

Stony Brook Botanicals Unscented Shampoo

Jessicurl Gelebration Spray

Free & Clear Hair Styling Gel

Magick Botanicals Oil Free Fragrance Free Conditioner

Home Health Everclean Dandruff Shampoo, Unscented

Fragrance-free lotions and soaps- really!

Kiss My Face Fragrance Free Olive & Aloe Moisturizer

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60+

Allafia Shea Butter & Honey Extra Gentle Body Soap

Karen’s Naturals Organic Sunflower Lotion

California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Bodywash

BabyGanic Fragrance Free Hand Wipes

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Shikakai Baby Hand Soap, Unscented

Unscented nail polish, makeup and deodorants

Acquarella Safe Nail Care, featuring water-based odorless nail polishes and nail polish removers

Jason Naturally Fresh “Unscented” Stick Deodorant for Women

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Liquid Foundation

Alima Pure Mineral Makeup

The Body Shop Elderflower Cooling Eye Gel

Home is where your heart…and nose…is

method Smarty Dish Detergent, free of dyes and perfumes

Seventh Generation Free & Clear: Liquid Fabric Softener

Planet Environmentally Friendly Household Products – Delicate Laundry Wash

Ecover Non-Chlorine Bleach, Unscented. Whiten your tighty-whities sans chlorine.

Clorox Green Works Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner

Mountain Green Free & Clear Dryer Sheets

Biokleen All-Purpose Cleaner

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