Fragrance-Free Guide

Our “Go-to” list of Fragrance-Free Products and DIY Inspirations

HCIM is committed to creating a fragrance-free environment for all of our patients, staff and practitioners. We recognize that many of you do not notice the affects of fragrances on your health but what we know from the research is that fragrances do negatively impact our health regardless of whether we feel the affects or not.


We ask that when you come to our clinic that you please consider our chemically sensitive patients. When exposed to fragrances they can immediately begin to experience headaches, joint pain, fatigue which can continue for days after a single exposure.


Some references are even calling fragrance the new second-hand smoke because of the potential to harm even those who refrain from fragrance but are exposed in offices, restaurants, taxis, airplanes and other public spaces.


We have compiled the list below to help patients unfamiliar with fragrance-free alternatives transition to safer products and be in compliance with our HCIM fragrance-free policy. Our chemically sensitive patients thank you and so do our staff and practitioners. Additionally, you will be taking a step toward improving your overall health.


This list was created with the help of those suffering from multiple chemical sensitivities. Everyone is different so some naturally scented products may still trigger a reaction. Even natural products that use essential oils can cause a chemically sensitive person to have a reaction.

Fragrance-free Tips

  • Avoid laundry bead products which are heavily scented.
  • Avoid the use of all perfume.
  • Avoid home air fresheners.
  • Avoid stores that carry scented products. If you can smell the store before you even enter it is better to avoid and especially before an appointment.
  • Avoid car air fresheners. The scent can stay on your clothing even after you have left your car.
  • After washing hands in a public bathroom dry them thoroughly to reduce the smell of the soap.
  • Use hand sanitizers outside after your appointment is over.
  • Don’t wear essential oils or jewelry that diffuses essential oil. Even natural oils can cause a reaction in some people.
  • Minimize the use of topical medicines before coming to the clinic. If it is needed apply it at home and allow it to dry thoroughly to reduce the smell.
  • Avoid chewing gum while at the office.

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