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What to Look For

Many people suffer from sensitive scalps and cannot take the harsh chemicals, scents and dyes present in regular shampoo. These ingredients may cause rashes, irritation and peeling. To avoid these problems, purchase a fragrance-free shampoo to prevent some of the problems. Look for shampoos that have all-natural or organic ingredients, no scents, dyes or perfumes and a label that says scentless. sells the Free & Clear Shampoo for Sensitive Skin, which has a five-star rating among users of the shampoo. This shampoo has no scent whatsoever and uses natural ingredients. Scent-free recommends Dr. Bronners Baby Mild Liquid Castile Soap for shampoo and body soap. This formula is completely organic and has no smell at all. Scent-Free Savvy also recommends the Magick Botanicals shampoo for sensitive skin. This shampoo is all-natural and has no scents or dyes. For children Scent-free Savvy recommends California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Bodywash No Fragrance. This product is organic and uses all natural ingredients without any harsh chemicals.

Common Pitfalls

The main pitfall that you can fall into with the purchase of scentless shampoo is that most of the shampoos sold as “scentless” still have some ingredients that give off an odor. This is a serious problem for individuals who cannot take any scents on their heads. Almost all shampoos will have a slight smell, because it is nearly impossible to remove all natural smells from products, but the shampoos should contain no ingredients that are naturally fragrant. Always test the product on a small area of the head before using all over your scalp to protect against potential adverse reactions.

Where to Buy

It is usually very difficult to find scent-free and perfume-free shampoos. Most retailers do not sell products designed without scents. Some drugstores may offer a few products without scents, but the best place to find quality shampoos that contain no scents or perfumes is online. It is usually necessary to visit each company store directly to purchase the products. Find Free & Clear Shampoo for Sensitive Skin on Find Dr. Bronners Baby Mild Liquid Castile Soap on Find Magick Botanicals shampoo at Find California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Bodywash No Fragrance on


Specialty shampoos like perfume-free shampoos can be expensive. Expect to pay between $10 and $30 for a bottle of scent free shampoo. Free & Clear Shampoo for Sensitive Skin costa about $10. Dr. Bronners Baby Mild Liquid Castile Soap costs around $10. Magick Botanicals shampoo costs around $10. California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Bodywash No Fragrance costs about $12.

About the Author

Brenda Priddy

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.