The original list on
which this one is based was provided by Sheila
Bastien, Ph.D, a neuropsychologist whoherself has MCS. Some people
with MCS have reactions to chemicals tolerated by others with MCS. Type
and severity of reaction varies as well. Just because a product or scent
is "natural" is no guarantee that it will be tolerated. Personally,
the majority of aromatherapy products and most essential oils have caused
the same shortness of breath, loss of voice, and headaches that I get
from solvents, plastics and paints.
Hair Gels & Mousses
Household Lubricants, etc.
Mail Order Catalogs
Shampoos & Conditioners
A Note on Unscented and
The following are unscented
products which are helpful in reducing problems and symptoms for many
people who have chemical sensitivities or environmental illness (EI).
Not everyone is reactive to the same chemicals, or to the same concentrations
of the same chemicals, so your experience may not match those of the individuals
who found these products to be safe for themselves.
Most perfumes and essential
oils, scented body lotion, and deodorant, and clothes dried with scented
anti-cling/fabric softener sheets (Bounce unscented is not E.I.-safe but
is more tolerable) should probably be avoided. Most scents can be reduced
with a baking soda or milk soak.
The following products
can be found in many health food stores. Please read the lable to be sure
you are getting an unscented product, with no herbal scent and no fragrance.
Recheck the labels of products you have purchased before as manufacturers
tend to change their products.
= Safest products - others may be tolerable.
Canary Cosmetics fragrance-,
New Essentials (1-800-221-7857; sold at J.C. Penny stores)
Possibly any unscented brand, including:
Alvera Aloe Unscented
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Crystal (Le Crystal Rock, Natural
Stick, Roll-on, Natural Pump spray)
Earth Science LiKEN Natural Herbal Deodorant
JASON Tea Tree Oil Natural Deodorant; Aloe Vera Gel
Kiss My Face Active Natural Enzyme
Mennen Unscented Speed Stick for Men
Nature de France
Nutribiotic Unscented Deodorant
Tom's of Maine
Life Tree Dishwasher Liquid
Planet Dishwasher Liquid
(Check for "Fragrance Free")
Aubrey Hair Gel*
Organics B5 Design Gel
KY Jelly (from drug store, spermicidal-free; not for use by those sensitive
TSP (available at hardware stores)
Arm & Hammer Unscented
Borax Unscented Washing Soda
Countryside Safe Unscented
Granny's Old Fashion Concentrate or Power Plus*
Dust and Filter Masks
I Can Breathe!®
Designer and maker of the original I Can Breathe!® Honeycomb and Silk
5459 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60615-5801 USA
Almond Oil (with no essential oils added)
Aloe Vera Moisturizer
Burt's Bees Lemon Balm Cuticle Cream
Granny's Old Fashion
Jackie's Magic Lotion
Lubriderm (Fragrance Free only)
Nature's Plus Vitamin E Cream*
Skin Trip Moisturizing Cream
Truly Moist NaCPA
Conditioner Hair Products (Check for "Fragrance
Infinite Chamomile (shampoo only; conditioner is scented)
Tom's of Maine
Dr. Bonner's (baby soap only)*
Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap*
Pure Castile Soap (including liquid)
Save the Whales Glycerin Soap
Sirena Coconut Soap*
The Chef's Soap*
Hawaiian Tropic Sensitive (Fragrance and PABA Free)
Mountain Ocean Sun Screen (SPF 15)
Rainbow Aloe Paba Sunscreen
The following companies sell a wide range of products for those with asthma,
allergies, MCS, and will ship your orders via UPS:
Allergy Technology Resources 1-800-621-5545 Note: AATR has been selling
inferior copies of the ICanBreathe!® masks, passing them off in their
catalog and website as the originals made by I
Can Breathe, Inc.
Allermed Clean Air
Caring for You (CA) 1-408-296-7968
Health Product Center 1-800-292-2952
National Allergy Supply
Wet cleaning is an alternative to the highly toxic - and undesirably fragrant
- dry cleaning. Wet cleaners are not as widespread as dry cleaners so
some searching may be necessary to find one - and some travel may be required
to get to the one closest to you.
for Neighborhood Technology Alternative Clothes Cleaning - check here
for locations of wet cleaners
In place of WD-40, people have recommended the following, depending on
where the lubricant is needed. These items are not necessarily non-toxic
or fragrance free, but are ones that are tolerated by those who recommended
bar or liquid soap
graphite (such as Lock-Ease, used on locks, squeaks, and sliding door/window
sewing machine oil
Shoes may sound like an odd thing to list. But for those of us who can't
walk into a shoe store because of the overwhelming outgassing of the leather
dyes, rubber soles and synthetics used in all parts of the shoe, it's
a no brainer...
- request the Harmony and other catalogs and shop online and by phone
Try washable markers made for children, such as Crayola®'s
line of washable markers that come in various tip sizes. Useful for flip
charts, name tags, and other uses around chemically-sensitive people.
Dry-Erase Board Markers:
Try Crayola® Color WipeOffs Broad
Line Markers, or Trend Enterprises'
Wipe-Off Markers T-598.
Note on Unscented and Fragrance-free
These terms may not mean what you think they do. Just because a product
doesn't smell like it has a fragrance or scent to it , it may indeed contain
one or more chemicals that are in fact fragrances, used in that product
to mask fragrances, neutralizing them. The problem is that while this
neutralizing may be fine for someone who is not chemically sensitive,
or not sensitive to the particular chemical(s) used, to those individuals
who are more sensitive to that chemical(s), even if they cannot smell
it (and many can), it may bring on symptoms common to chemical exposures.
If you work with the public and wear a product that you cannot smell,
even if it says "fragrance-free", you may be making people around
you very ill.
Rather than relying
on the product manufacturer's marketing department and advertising firm's
decision as to whether the product is "fragrance-free", check
the list of ingredients for one of the over 1500
of Chemical Sensitivities in CFIDS
Resources for MCS