Debra Lynn Dadd

fragrance, chemical and botanical-free shampoo


I am chemically sensitive and have a few botanical allergies, and I have not been able to find a shampoo that I can use without side effects. Has anyone found a plain shampoo without fragrance, without the laureth and lauryl sulfate, and without such herbal additives as chamomile, patchouli, lavender, or marigold? Thanks.

POSTED BY CHRISTINA :: OREGON USA :: 05/19/2008 12:36 PM



Debra :-)


Check out - they have hair repair unscented shampoo.

Hair Repair Shampoo Ingredients- Purified Water, Liquid Protein, Neutralized Coconut Extract, Coconut Oil, Sesame Oil, Avocado, Wheat Germ Oil, Biotin, Panthenol, Seaweed Extracts (Carrageenan, Iodides, Amino Acids), Citrus Seed Extract and Vitamins A, C And E.

I have MCS and have been able to use this, though I see that the ingredients may have changed. You can call with any questions.

POSTED BY LW :: VIRGINIA USA :: 05/19/2008 9:47 PM

How about Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild soap? I use it on my toddler's hair and body, and it's fragrance free. It makes a nice lather suitable for shampooing hair.

The ingredients are as follows: Water, Saponfied Organic Coconut Oil*, Saponified Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Glycerin, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vit. E), * Certified Fair Trade by IMO.

The bar soap is good, too, if you don't want to deal with the plastic.


Try California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Bodywash. I love this product. Thay also have a conditioner. (I have not tried it)

POSTED BY TRACY :: MINNESOTA USA :: 05/26/2008 1:53 PM


I know that someone can say the products will work for MCS but as I have seen Debra point out several times it still comes down to the individual.

You wrote: "Has anyone found a plain shampoo without fragrance, without the laureth and lauryl sulfate, and without such herbal additives as chamomile, patchouli, lavender, or marigold?"

Miessence Dessert Flower Shampoo:


Organic Aloe Vera leaf juice, Coco polyglucose, Yucca Schidigera Extract, organic rice bran extract non-gmo lecithin, D-Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), Sunflower Oil, Organic Avocado Fruit Oil, Non-GMO Xanthan Gum, Organic Lime Essential Oil, Citric Acid, Organic Horsetail Extract, Organic Nettle Extract, Organic Burdock Extract, Organic Rosemary Extract, Organic Sage Extract

Although it does have essential oils in it, it does not have "fragrance", which is a different type of ingredient.

I do have people that are MCS as customers but I do know that even if you claim your products will work for MCS you cannot guarantee that this will be the case for everyone.

If you would like me to send you a sample of Miessence Dessert Flower shampoo in the mail, go to my website and use the contact form to contact me and request a sample.


Erin Ely

ONE Group Independent Representative


I use Dr. Bronner's liquid soaps for shampoo. They make an unscented version that contains minimal ingredients.

POSTED BY HEATHER :: NEW YORK USA :: 05/26/2008 2:12 PM

If you're having issues with too many ingredients in shampoos you might want to try "no-poo". All you use is baking soda & apple cider vinegar. Here's a recipe I found: Dissolve about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in just enough water to make a paste. Apply this to your roots only; work it in and let it sit for a minute. Next, pour about 2 tablespoons of acv(vinegar) into a cup and add water. After you rinse the baking soda out, pour the acv over the ends of your hair, let it sit for a minute and then rinse it out.
If your google no poo you can find a lot of info. HTH.

POSTED BY NATALIE :: TEXAS USA :: 06/09/2008 11:06 PM

Hi Debra,
Thanks for all of this informatoin. I do appreciate it. I do use Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Unscented Liquid Soap to wash my hair, but my hair is so dry that I might need to change my shampoo. I wish Dr. Bronner's had an unscented conditioner, because I like Dr. Bronner's. But I need to find something else.

I thought I saw some Miessence Shampoo in our health food store and it had some chemicals in it. Unless Miessence Dessert Flower shampoo is a different shampoo all together. If it is different and it has no chemicals in it, I would be willing to try it.

Thank you so much.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Here are the ingredients for Miessence Desert Flower Shampoo:
certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, coco glucoside, yucca schidigera extract, d-panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), certified organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, certified organic persea gratissima (avocado) fruit oil, xanthan gum, certified organic citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) fruit extract, certified organic citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, citric acid, certified organic equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, certified organic urtica dioica (nettle) extract, certified organic arctium lappa (burdock) extract, certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, certified organic salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract. 75% organic product.
I don't know what you were looking at in the health food store, but all of these ingredients are natural and most are organically grown. No "chemicals" here.


Kettle Care makes a great shampoo without SLS, just make sure you specify "unscented".

POSTED BY GREYSON :: TEXAS USA :: 07/15/2009 6:10 AM

Wild Willow makes a Foaming Shampoo that is castile soap based and contains cocoa butter to condition the hair. They come in a convenient 8.5 oz. foaming pump bottles. There is Lavender, Lemongrass and UNSCENTED. The unscented ingredients are: distilled water, coconut oil, potassium hydroxide (used to saponify the oils), olive oil, cocoa butter and citric acid. We carry the Wild Willow shampoo and also the Real Purity Unscented Hair Repair Shampoo, mentioned by others above, at Real Purity makes a great Unscented Conditioning Rinse as well.


I have been using the unscented hair wash from Terressentials.

The ingredient list is:

Organic aloe vera juice°, clay minerals, organic extracts° of organic linden flower°, organic nettle°, organic chamomile° and organic shavegrass°.

I am severely chemically ill and have had absolutely no adverse reactions to this product. And, my hair feels silky and fluffy in a way that it never has in my life.

Since it is not a shampoo, you can not use any hair styling products with this. It is not designed for that. It was worth it to me to stop using products so that I could use this wash. I could not find a shampoo that didn't either bother my scalp or make my hair brittle and funky.

POSTED BY ROSE :: OREGON USA :: 07/16/2009 2:54 PM

Hi Christina,

You've described my shampoo issues, so maybe this one will work for you. It is not organic. It does not suds up like regular shampoos. Philip Kingsley No Scent No Color Shampoo:

Water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, PEG-150-Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Cocamide DEA, PEG Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyhexylglycerin.

I've tried most of the fragrance-free/unscented health food and beauty store options with unsatisfactory results. Even though the previously listed ingredients seemed like a concern, I bought the smallest sizes of No Scent No Color Shampoo and Conditioner from the website and gave them a try. I have been using their PK products for about nine months now. Also, the ORIGINAL Elasticizer. I have the best results using all three products.

Use the USA shopping option. Yes, they are a little pricey, but faced with the option of nothing else that I can use- it doesn't seem too much.

Hope it works for you.

POSTED BY A. :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 07/28/2009 9:07 AM


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