A while back I wrote about my allergy to isothiazolinone and it’s turned out to get some significant traffic, you can read that post here. At that time I promised you that I would provide some information about the products I commonly use that are isothiazolinone free.
When I first was diagnosed with this allergy, I found it really difficult to find products that were free of isothiazolinone – it seemed to be in everything! The only way I came to discover what products were safe for me was by reading product labels and contacting manufacturers. It was a tedious process but one that I could not afford to neglect.
Today I thought I would share with you my favorite isothiazolinone-free hair care and moisturizers. These are the products I use today, at the time of writing, in Australia, these products are isothiazolinone free. If you too have an isothiazolinone allergy, I strongly recommend that you still check the labels/contact the manufacturer prior to using yourself – don’t forget to check for reference to Kathlon and Methylchloroisothiazolinone too (alternative names for isothiazolinone).
Hair – Shampoo and conditioner proved to be a real problem for me and every shampoo and conditioner I found contained isothiazolinone. Then I happened upon MooGoo and I’ve not looked back since. I don’t get the same soapiness from the shampoo as I would with the chemical filled brands and I do tend to use more conditioner than usual but the MooGoo hair range leaves my hair soft, smooth and squeaky clean. I’ve also noticed that I don’t need to wash my hair as often since using this product (about 18 months now). Oh, and by the way, I’m a bottle blond and have found that this shampoo and conditioner has never discouraged my hair. MooGoo ships to a number of countries – I highly recommend that you check out their website for online shopping as well as a list of stockists to to you.
Body – I’m a moisturizing junkie and each morning after showering I slap on layers of product from my neck to my toes. Prior to my allergy diagnosis I usually used plain old sorbolene as my body moisturiser. It’s cheap and effective. I would often alternate with someone a bit more fancy, which I rarely bought but was sometimes given as a gift. I don’t do that now.
In the warmer months I use Macro Organic Coconut Oil. I have tried a number of different coconut oils now and I’m telling you this stuff is my all time beauty favorite – if I could buy it by the gallon I would! Just be careful after applications when walking on hard surfaces (you will be slippery) and naturally don’t go bathing in the sun after application – it is an oil after all. I always have a few jars of this on hand – both in the bathroom and kitchen! You can buy it online through the Wooworths website.
In Winter I find that the coconut oil is just not heavy enough so I continue to use sorbolene in the colder months, my favorite is the Priceline brand which I buy in store. At only $4.99 for 1 litre it’s a bargain, you can also pick it up online via the Priceline wesbite
I also moisturise my hands several times a day. My pick? Why its MooGoos Eczema & Psoriasis Cream of course! I started using this product a few months back upon referral from a friend and since my first purchase I take it everywhere I go! This cream is quite light and does not leave any oiliness or sticky residue like other hand creams can. I have not had any cracked skin since using it!
Facial Moisturizers – Since my diagnosis I became very interested in using natural oils as part of my beauty regime. Containing only one natural ingredient I loved the idea of their simplicity. As a bonus natural oils are easy to buy and a generally much more affordable than marketed moisturizers.
For quite a while I used pure Rosehip Oil during the day. I wasn’t particularly fond of the smell and whilst it did work well as a moisturizer I found that after using it for a few months my skin became quite dry. My favorite daytime moisturizer now is Jojoba Oil, although I still incorporate Rosehip Oil into my routine from time to time.
Hemp Oil is my favorite night time moisturizer. I do find it a little bit stinky but it’s not too offensive, really hydrates the skin and a little goes a long way – you can pick it up online at the Biome Eco Stores.
So there you have it folks, a few of my favorite isothiazolinone-free that I use and recommend. As stated before if you too are isothiazolinone-free, be sure to check the labels before using.
If you too are isothiazolinone-free I’d love to hear what you use as part of your daily routine.