Most of us grew up drinking the Kool-Aid of “strong is good, sensitive is bad,” but sensitivity is strength. Sensitivity is a superpower. Being sensitive means being receptive… to emotions, to the world, to stimuli, and maybe to fragrance and essential oils.
If you have sensitive skin or a sensitive nose (or if you’re pregnant), you might feel overwhelmed by fragrance or have a reaction to even small amounts of essential oils on your skin. We want to nurture this, not rail against it. So we created an entire line of essential-oil free products devoted to the most sensitive skin out there.
You don’t have to sacrifice your sensitivity to care for your skin! Here is our roundup of the best essential oil free products.
Rosehip Shea Skin Cream
This super creamy balm smells only like the natural oils and butters used to make it. It can be used from head to toe, including on your face, on pregnant bellies and nursing nipples, and on your baby! It comforts dry skin, reduces scars, and diminishes fine lines.
Aloe Rose All Over Lotion
Thanks to the beauty of “hydrosols” this lotion smells gently of rose but contains NO essential oils. Instead, the antioxidant healing properties of rose are coaxed out by steam and then captured. Paired with soothing aloe this is a treat for sensitive people who also like a little scent now and then.
Unscented Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream
This was one of our most requested items! Armpits can be highly sensitive to essential oils and baking soda. So this cake-frosting textured deodorant was born. It’s a stink-busting powerhouse, but it does so with a gentle touch. It’s the ultimate low-waste, refillable, essential oil free and sensitive skin deodorant out there.
Chamomile Yarrow Gel Face Toner
Our gel toner was formulated especially for extra-sensitive skin. Not only will it not irritate reactive skin, but it can soothe skin that’s already in a reaction spiral. It has no essential oils, but is instead packed with organic hydrosols that promote cell regeneration.
Coconut Cacao Vegan Lip Balm
Housed in a fully compostable tube, this vegan lip balm is not just for lips! Swipe it on anywhere dryness occurs to prevent and repair chapping. It smells like the ingredients used to make it—coconut oil and cacao seed butter.
Coconut Cacao Bar Soap
Warm, sweet cocoa butter and subtle, creamy coconut milk create a super gentle body bar with zero essential oils. This bar is very moisturizing and perfect for babies and those with sensitive and easily irritated skin.
Learn more about essential oil safety in our Essential Oil Safety Primer.
Written By Vera Kachouh