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Aug 26, 2011 01:28 PM

Unscented hand soap for the kitchen

I really dislike washing my hands in the kitchen with a perfumed hand soap. Can anyone recommend a good unscented hand soap?

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  1. I buy our unscented products online from a southern Calif. company called Magick Botanicals. Ironically, there are no botanicals in any of their products because they're made for people who are allergic to fragrance, but they are utterly scent-free because they use no masking scents. They also don't lather, so you end up having to use a lot. You can use the body wash or the shampoo as a good hand soap--just put it in a pump dispenser.

    If you're just looking for fragrance-free soap (which can have a slight odor), the 365 brand at Whole Foods is pretty good. It's also cheaper than Magick Botanicals.

    1. not sure if you are open to liquid soaps or bar soaps or both. i do like the imported, olive oil bar soaps in a home kitchen though. they are not "perfume-y," they smell a little like olive oil, but maybe your cooking does, too ;-)

      sometimes they are sold in a cube shape, last a good while, are a little gentler to often-washed hands/skin than the chemical, antibacterial pump type ones.

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      1. re: soupkitten

        I prefer liquid for hand soap. Wherever more than one person uses the same soap source, my preference is for the soap to come from a pump dispenser rather than a bar.

      2. Method brand hand soap come in pump bottles which you refill from a large bladder sort of container. Fresh Water scent has no scent to me at all. I looked awhile to find a liquid soap for sinks in my house and I decided on this brand for a couple of reasons. I like the foam dispenser, and I like the way it has a nice flat, round circumference, so it won't tip easily. I also like that I buy the containers, and then refill them. This stuff is found in my supermarket. The soap is clear, and the foam dispenser--a pump bottle--has a nice neutral look. Also, the soap isn't antibacterial, which isn't needed and is mild enough for my eczema-prone hands. I prefer the foam dispensers because the soap, when pumped, doesn't squirt out across the sink.

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        1. re: sueatmo

          Method has unscented line. I love that brand for so many reasons.

          They also have a kitchen soap in an 18 ounce (the regular bottles are 12 ounces) bottle in a lemongrass scent. It isn't overpowering. None of their scents are overpowering.

          1. re: Cathy

            I've only used the hand soap. Is the kitchen soap for doing dishes? In terms of hand soap, this is the best! Thoughtfully designed and produced. I can fill the pump containers so easily and neatly. And of course it makes more ecological sense to use reusable containers.

            1. re: sueatmo

              They've had dish soap forever. This one is "Kitchen Hand Wash" 'eliminates stubborn food odors from hands'. Larger size than the regular hand wash.

            2. re: Cathy

              I've never seen Method's unscented line. Do you know which stores carry it?

              1. re: CindyJ

                I can't speak for all Super Target stores, but it is at my local one. I absolutely love it! And the scented ones are great for bathrooms, the garage, etc... effective without knocking you over with scent.

                1. re: CindyJ

                  Target, Vons/Safeway and it was at Costco...the inventory there changes so often, and it was a three pack and refill around Christmas...still don't need any so haven't looked to see. Lowes, Bed, Bath, Beyond...lots of places-

                  Also the website (use the dropdown and the selection "free of dyes and perfumes" is what you are looking for).

                  Website has link "Where to Buy" at top.

              2. re: sueatmo

                I presently have a Method product in a pump dispenser my powder room that is a clear, colorless foam in a scent called "Sweet Water." That must be different from the "Fresh Water" scent you describe because it has a very noticeable scent.

                1. re: CindyJ

                  For me the Sweet Water scent is not detectable unless I put my nose directly in the foam, and even then I'm not sure I smell anything but detergent. I don't think I've ever seen "Fresh Water" scented Method in the store.

              3. It's not completely unscented, but Fruits & Passion makes a line of kitchen soaps called "Cucina" that are fabulous. They rinse off and leave no residue or smell on the hands.

                1. Do you dislike the scent or are you allergic? I am the latter, but, I have found Dr. Bronner's Spearmint liquid hand soap to be pretty good stuff. No fragrances. Otherwise, Seventh Generation now has pumps with unscented soap.

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                  1. re: David11238

                    I dislike the scent. I don't like perfum-y soaps in general, but any time I wash my hands prior to preparing food, I don't want my hands to transfer any objectionable scent to the food.

                    1. re: David11238

                      You can get unscented Dr. Bronners, in addition to the scented ones.