3 Things To Know If You Are Sensitive To Scents


Are You Sensitive To Scents?

Are you sensitive to scents?  May is MCS Awareness Month.  MCS stands for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, a disorder that affects one in 4 Americans, according to a recent study.  So, if you are sensitive to scents, you are not alone.  Fragrance sensitivity is on the rise, and so are fragrances used in many marketing campaigns.  How do you know if you are sensitive to scents?

  • You walk by the candle shop at the mall and suddenly get a headache.
  • You’re in a close environment (elevator, public transportation) and someone’s cologne or after shave sends you into a sneezing fit
  • The soap in your company’s washroom makes your hands break out in a rash
  • Passing the fragrance counter in a department store makes you sick to your stomach
  • Magazines with scented flyers make you dizzy

If this sounds like you, or someone in your household, here are 3 things you can do today to reduce or eliminate your symptoms.

Steps You Can Take Today

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  • Read the labels of your household and personal care products.  Start by getting rid of anything with an artificial scent.  If symptoms persist, get rid of anything scented.
  • When buying products, especially personal care products, look for ones that are chemical and scent free.
  • Keep a travel size bottle of liquid unscented chemical free soap with you and avoid using soaps in public washrooms.

Read Your Labels

If your sensitivity goes beyond scented products, it could be caused by chemicals that are commonly used in personal care and cleaning products.  You will be shocked at the lengthy list of chemicals you are exposed to once you get in the habit of reading labels.  Rule of thumb – if you can’t pronounce it, question it!  Here are 3 common (and unnecessary) chemicals found in many personal care and cleaning products:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a detergent added to create a rich lather or bubbles.  This might look appealing but it does nothing to aid cleaning.  Detergent strips the skin of protective natural oils.  Who wants that?
  • Triclosan is an antibacterial additive.  Recent studies show it may cause bacteria resistant to antibacterial agents to thrive.  Natural soap is antibacterial.  It’s been used for centuries as first aid to clean wounds.
  • Parabens are preservatives.  They are chemicals that mimic estrogens.  If they get into the bloodstream, they could disrupt normal hormonal balance and cause health problems.

Your Best Defense

The best way to protect yourself from chemical and/or scent sensitivity is knowledge of what you are buying or using.  Penns Hill Organic Soap Company is committed to making soap products that are pure, clean and natural.  You will find unscented liquid and bar soap that is made from 2 ingredients – saponified certified organic extra virgin olive oil and water.  It can’t get much simpler!

To honor MCS Awareness Month, all our unscented products are 10% off!  The discount will apply to unscented liquid soap, unscented bar soap and unscented bar soap made with organic oats.  Use the coupon MCSAWARE in your shopping cart!


2 thoughts on “3 Things To Know If You Are Sensitive To Scents”

  1. Thank you, thank you! I have always been sensitive to many scents and smells throughout my life in light of the fact that I have always suffered from frequent severe migraine headaches. But just recently after experiencing a couple of bouts with severe allergic contact dermatitis on my face and neck, and on going skin and eye problems, I was referred to a specialist and there I was diagnosed with many allergies, one of them being fragrance in any form, natural or otherwise. I have had a very difficult time adjusting to my new life style and feeling very down, especially since I have always been very conscious of using healthy natural products, and eating healthy and naturally. I am no longer able to use essential oils, nor citrus peels or spices. Many items I am permitted to use are not natural, and I am extremely limited in what I can use. It is so nice to find some wonderful company like you! Free of my allergens, and yet still natural! I have just ordered a couple of soaps from you to try out, as they seem to be just what I was hoping for. Also thank you for making 100% olive oil soap, as my specialist mentioned hemp to me in a worrisome manner, and most other castile soaps that I have found are made with hemp. I was beginning to think I would not be able to use any form of castile soap, not only for my body but for cleaning my home, and didn’t know where to turn. Once again thank you for offering products like these!!

    • Hello Annette
      Thank you for your kind words, we appreciate it. We make our products with folks like you in mind. We are so happy we can offer a solution that works for you.
      Thank you,
      The Soap Team


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