In keeping with our mission of integrative wellness, InnerWell is committed to providing a healthy space healing and growth. Thank you for taking the time to read about how (and why) to be fragrance free. We appreciate your compassion and support!
Why Fragrance Free?
For those who suffer from chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma, or other chronic illness, being exposed to fragrances and chemicals can result in difficulty breathing, migraine headaches, flu-like symptoms and more. For people in that situation, spending time in a room where chemicals or scents are lingering in the air can mean having to choose between feeling ill during and after a session, or simply not coming to therapy. InnerWell requests that all staff and clients arrive free of chemical smells and synthetic fragrances in order to maintain an accessible and welcoming space for everyone.
How to Be Fragrance Free
The most immediate way is avoid using scented body care products (shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, perfume, cologne, aftershave, body spray, etc). The second is to avoid washing your clothes in scented detergent (such as Tide) or using scented dryer sheets (such as Bounce). There are a multitude of Unscented and “Free & Clear” personal care and household products available now on the market. A non-exhaustive list can be found here.
If you are a smoker, please do not smoke just before coming into the building. Cigarette smoke carries on clothing and in the air, and is quickly absorbed into the upholstered furniture where it lingers for longer than you might imagine. Thank you for arriving free of cigarette smoke.
What About Naturally Scented Products?
Many products claim to be scented naturally, but actually aren’t, and rather have some naturally occurring scents that are supplemented by chemical fragrances. Please check the labels. Naturally occurring essential oils in small amounts generally do not trigger allergic reactions, and may be okay to use.
But I Really Like My [Perfume/Body Spray/Dryer Sheets/Aftershave/Cigarette/Lotion/etc] Smell!
Of course! It’s familiar and that’s comforting. We know it’s a lot to ask, as these personal product choices we make are just that — very personal! And there’s no judgment in this request or policy. In many cases, people simply don’t know that what smells good or neutral to them is causing someone else harm. And even if they do, there are always good reasons why we do the things we do and like the things we like. We want everyone to feel welcome, including people who prefer products full of fragrances! Many people enjoy those. We just need to ask that those fragrances not be brought to InnerWell, in order to keep a healthy space for all.
If you have any concerns or questions about this policy, please do not hesitate to discuss them with your therapist. We invite your comments, and thank you for your efforts and consideration.