Scent / Fragrance / Perfume

My current hyper-sensitivity to fragrance was triggered by teaching in a school which used several perfumes to cover the smell of mold, and by the various scents worn by the staff and students. Many everyday products contain scent/fragrance, which is why I am not able to do much visitation or go out in public without a filtered face mask.

— Rabbi Mike

Did you know that most personal hygiene products contain scent unless they are specifically labeled as either “fragrance free” or “unscented”? It is not just personal hygiene products which are scented, most cleaning products and even most baby products are also scented. Hypo-allergenic does not mean scent free.

Here is a list of some products that you may have in your home or use on your body which are probably scented:

  • Perfumes and colognes
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap and body wash
  • Hairsprays and hair gels
  • Make-up, including nail polish
  • Hand cream, lip balm
  • Dish & laundry soap, dryer sheets
  • Cleaning products, including bleaches
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Air fresheners
  • Insect repellant and sunscreen

We want our services and activities at B’nai Chayim to be safe for everyone who is sensitive or allergic to fragrance.

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