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[where to buy]Perfume-free products

Another question for the Oracle:

I'm expecting an overseas visitor soon who will be staying at my place for a few weeks. She is allergic to perfume, and since she will be staying for more than a month it's a bit of a chore lugging all the toiletries/cleaning products she will need all the way around the globe.

I would really welcome any brand suggestions for perfume-free soaps, shampoos, talcum powder, washing detergent, etc, and even more grateful for where I could get them, since I'm not having much luck looking in pharmacies/Migros/Coop. Sensitive skin/dermatologist-recommended products are easier to come by, but most of them are still quite perfumey.

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Re: Perfume-free products

Hello Cyrat,

Saying that she is allergic to perfurm is as vague as saying that you will spend your vacations in the Mediterranean: perfum can go from a natural oil to an synthetic essence or a mix of everything plus ethanol....


You are being extremelly sweet trying to organize all these products, but probably the best way to go would be to ask the lady in question what does she need/wants. If she is indeed as sensitive as she sounds, changing her routines might be not a very good idea....She should know better than anyone what she can use or not.

Personally, i use a product line by La Roche Posay, called Toleriane that is parfum-free. Their products are excellent, but pricey....

I am also a big fan of Dr Hauschka products. I had massive problems with actopic eczema that vanished... The products are not perfum free, but they are all natural. It is basically a mix of natural oils and essences, that were non-chemically extracted from plants. It was an homeopath who recommended them.

Both of them can be found in good pharmacies. You can allways ask the pharmacistswhat is their recommendation - the ones in Bellevue Apotheke know their business quite well.


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Re: Perfume-free products

Sorry, i forgot to add that baby products are usually perfume free.... even when they are not, the manufacturer tend to use non aggressive fragances... it is just a question of trying, untill you find the right one for your friend.
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Re: Perfume-free products

Hi Lucy,

I know what you mean about vagueness, though I think she tried various things in the past and after having bad reactions to them all, narrowed it down to scent and decided to avoid perfumed stuff altogether.

Thanks for the suggestions, the baby product sounds promising actually, I think she uses some baby product stuff back in AU.

I have to be sweet, she's my mother-in-law

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Re: [where to buy]Perfume-free products

I really think that even if she will be here for a month, she should bring all of her products with her.

Personally, I can't use commercial cleaning products because the chemicals make the itch all over so I clean with vinegar & baking soda & lemon juice (or I hire a cleaning lady!). You could try cleaning with those while she is here.

There are lots of sources on the 'net (check the with real oracle) for natural cleaning products.

I agree about the Dr Hauschka products. They are great. Your MIL could try them before she leaves. Here in Lausanne, I've only been able to find them at one rather large homeopathic pharmacy. Maybe where you are there is more than one vendor.


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Re: [where to buy]Perfume-free products

In Zurich, Dr Hauschka is sold in almost every pharmacy - never had a problem to find them... But, you can easily order them in you pharmacy - just say the pharmacist what do you want and they will bring it for you. Even in the Coop pharmacies they are happy to do that for you...
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Re: [where to buy]Perfume-free products

Dr Hauschka is also sold in a lot of health food shops.
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Re: [where to buy]Perfume-free products

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Another question for the Oracle:

I'm expecting an overseas visitor soon who will be staying at my place for a few weeks. She is allergic to perfume, and since she will be staying for more than a month it's a bit of a chore lugging all the toiletries/cleaning products she will need all the way around the globe.

I would really welcome any brand suggestions for perfume-free soaps, shampoos, talcum powder, washing detergent, etc, and even more grateful for where I could get them, since I'm not having much luck looking in pharmacies/Migros/Coop. Sensitive skin/dermatologist-recommended products are easier to come by, but most of them are still quite perfumey.

Cheers
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Hi there Cyrat,

Dr Hauschka is definitely one I would recommend, Biokosma is another one along the same lines,, plus all the Weleda products, besides which, they are also more middle of the range as far as price goes, you can find a lot of their cosmetic products in Coop these days, (even our little one has them!) I really like their stuff and use them all the time.

I am pretty sure you know of Vatter in Bern,,,, so for your cleaning products, they have a pretty good range of choice.

There is one brand name (Sonet) they sell there, that I have to say I am not overly impressed with, as far as their dishwasher tabs and washing powder go. Their "Entkalker" is excellent tho, IMHO.

"Held" which I am sure you will have seen around as well, is another good alternative for cleaning products, tho there are arguments as to the washing powder wreaking washing machines....

For cleaning, I also find the Coop Naturaplan products more than adequate and tolerable for most people with sensitivities.

I also thoroughly recommend Waschüsse (Soapnut shells) for your clothes washing, they are totally perfume free, biological and you can even throw the used ones out onto,your compost heap if you have one.....

Bern is great,you can find these any ole where, esp the Asian shops, Vatter sells them as well I think.
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A favourite haunt of mine, they have "beautiful" things in there... (Well, I think so anyway),,, I can happily spend an hour or more in there, just cos I love the smell, as well as all the pretty, sparkly and wonderfully mystical things they have on display in there .... have been going there for many years now, so can say from my own personal experience how the products they sell are as good as they say they are....

Wish you a lovely visit from Mum in Law,,,,

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Re: [where to buy]Perfume-free products

I also have sensitive skin and use a lot of perfume free products. If you go to a well-stocked pharmacy (Apotheke) you can find quite a variety of hypo-allergenic and perfume free products.

For shower gels, creams and soaps, try brands like Eucerin, Eubos, and Louis Widmer and ask for their unscented variety. They are great and all have things that contain absolutely no perfumes, and are suitable for sensitive skin.

For clothes washing detergent, try the brand Held, also available at pharmacies, they also make unscented washing powders and liquids.

You can also try at an organics store (Reformhaus) for more natural products.


As for what someone said of Weleda, I do think most of their products contain perfumes...?
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Re: [where to buy]Perfume-free products

Places in Bern where I know these things can be purchased:

Central-Apotheke Volz
Zytgloggelaube 2

Müller Drogerie
Spitalgasse 26

Generika Apotheke Bern
Neuengasse 41

And in that pharmacy/drugstore on the 2nd level of the SBB trainstation (forgot the name of it.)
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Re: [where to buy]Perfume-free products

Thanks heaps everybody, that should give me plenty to go by!

(Btw, I did try the Bahnhof Apotheke (that's what it's called), but couldn't find anything "ohne Parfum".. Another apotheke had one bottle of face cleanser ohne Parfum, and that was it. Anyway now that I know what brand names to look for, it will help a great deal, perhaps some are not so explicit in stating they are non-perfumed.)

And thanks for the good (luck? ) wishes for the visit

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Re: [where to buy]Perfume-free products

I know the Bhf Apotheke carries the Held washing detergent, I saw it there. But, probably other places carry it as well. Some brands make products with perfume, yet have an identical product without the perfume (like Louis Widmer). And lines like Eucerin and Eubos and Roche Posay were developed especially for people with allergies and problem with sensitivities.

You could also try the Reformhaus at the Loeb-corner.
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Re: [where to buy]Perfume-free products

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Hi there Cyrat,

Dr Hauschka is definitely one I would recommend, Biokosma is another one along the same lines,, plus all the Weleda products, besides which, they are also more middle of the range as far as price goes, you can find a lot of their cosmetic products in Coop these days, (even our little one has them!) I really like their stuff and use them all the time.
I just want to mention that Biokosma is great in that if you visit their Swiss website, they will send you free samples to your home within about a week. But the downside is that I had a horrible reaction to two of their face products. I tried a serum and a moisturizer and they burned my skin and gave me a rash. I almost never have reactions to products so was really surprised. Just for perspective though, me being pregnant might have made me hypersensitive.

P.S. I realize the OP posted years ago, but I thought someone else doing a search might find my comments useful. =)
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