Vitamin-E-Free products

Skin rashes from Vitamin E

Contrary to popular belief, putting Vitamin E on a scar does not promote healing.

In fact, it does just the opposite.

About 1/3 of people are allergic to vitamin E on their skin, and will get worse scarring when used.  These folks get "contact dermatitis" — an angry, cracking, often weeping rash. If you're one of these people, try an alternative without Vitamin E.

"Tocopherol" is the scientific name for Vitamin E, so look for that in ingredient lists. Common forms include: Vitamin E acetate, alpha-tocopherol, alpha-tocopheryl acetate. It's an anti-oxidant — meaning that it prevents oxidation — and is often used to keep oils from going rancid.

Skin products without Vitamin E (Vitamin-E-free)

Lip Balm

SLS-Free products

Canker sores in your mouth from toothpaste containing Sodium Laureth Sulfate

SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) is a powerful surfactant/detergent.

This ingredient makes your toothpaste foam up but also disrupts the lining of your mouth.  Toothpastes and mouthwashes with this ingredient can cause canker sores

Other names include: sodium dodecyl sulfate; dodecyl sulfate, sodium salt; and sodium n-dodecyl sulfate 

If you get canker sores, consider trying a toothpaste without SLS (or a SLS-equivalent). The lack of foam will seem strange at first but your mouth may thank you.

Oral products without Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS-free)




Many common products use ingredients that are irritants for a small subset of people.

This is an attempt to help these folks find affordable alternatives.

If anything is incorrect or missing, please let me know so I can update the page.

I hope this helps and happy shopping!