I’ve always favoured the Fairy brand as my mum used it since I was a kid. It was effective but gentle and the go-to we’ve used since for washing up liquid and for laundry. Anyone can have sensitive skin, though the risk of sensitivities may be higher for some people with chronic illness conditions. The best option is to be careful with what you use and opt for caring, kind-to-skin products, which is why I love Fairy. I’m pleased to be able to share their Outdoorables range here, with laundry detergent, scent booster and conditioner / fabric softener that provide excellent results while being gentle to skin, whether you have sensitive skin or not!
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What Causes Sensitive Skin?
Sensitive skin can mean different things to different people. It might be that you’re a little more prone to reactions by certain chemicals or environmental triggers, or that you have more severe allergies to certain products. You may experience allergic contact dermatitis, rosacea, eczema, or other rashes and skin complaints. Symptoms can include itching, burning, stinging, unsightly rashes, flushing, bumps, dryness, tightness, redness, etc.
The cause of sensitive skin isn’t always known. For some people, it could be down to genetic differences that affect the skin barrier or the immune system. When you get inflammation of the skin, your immune system is going into overdrive when reacting to the allergen or product/irritant that it has come into contact with. For some people, it could be a deficiency that causes sensitivity, like Vitamin B deficiency. Conditions like fibromyalgia can leave sufferers needing more gentle products and softer clothes to address symptoms of skin sensitivity and all-over bodily pain.
Skin sensitivity can change over the course of a life-time. It’s possible to suddenly develop a sensitivity to types of products or a more severe allergy at any point.
How Do You Care For Sensitive Skin?
When it comes to how to care for sensitive skin, it’s a two fold approach of avoiding triggers and choosing products more wisely, as well as caring for your skin with regular checks, exfoliation and moisturising. If you know particular lifestyle or product triggers, you can remove them from your life or swap them for what doesn’t cause irritation. When choosing healthcare and household products, such as for facial cleansing, make-up, skincare or laundry, it might be an idea to go for products with less ingredients, and those that are dermatologically tested and assessed as being suitable for sensitive skin.
Laundry products are split into biological and non-biological formats. Non-bio versions are a little less harsh on the chemical side, so if you or your household have sensitive skin, option for non-bio is a good start. No product can guarantee it will suit every person with sensitive skin, so it can take some trial and error to find what suits you. Fairy’s range is designed to be kind to skin while still being effective at deeply cleaning and conditioning your laundry. We’ve found it perfect for our household and it hasn’t been problematic for those with sensitive skin either.
The Fairy Outdoorables Non-Bio Range
The Fairy range is developing with the times, bringing consumers increasingly powerful but gentle products that are also appealing to use. The brand is becoming more environmentally conscious, so you’ll find the product packaging is also more eco-friendly as it’s made with recycled materials, less plastic & and it’s recyclable. It’s a sensitive skin saviour, with products that are dermatologically tested, all non-bio and kind to skin, and endorsed by the Skin Health Alliance.
Of course, you don’t need sensitive skin to use and love the Fairy range and their new Outdoorable products. Anyone doing their laundry who wants a refreshingly good scent, any parents wanting to care for their children’s skin, or anybody just wanting products that leave their clothes gorgeously soft and clean.
In a nutshell, the products I’ve tried out and that form part of their Fairy Outdoorables range include :
💙 Fairy Non Bio PODS – Easy pod-style detergent that can go in the machine drawer. It effectively cleans and tackles stains, and leaves no residue.
💙 Fairy In-Wash Scent Booster – Convenient & quick to use by dispensing straight into the drum, this leaves a longer-lasting fresh scent.
💙 Fairy Outdoorable – A sensitive skin-friendly fabric conditioner that’s dermatologically tested & hypoallergenic. It’s nicely scented with sweet tones without being overbearing, while leaving clothes luxuriously soft & comfy.
Why I Love Fairy Outdoorable For Sensitive Skin
I really like the Fairy non-bio pods as they’re very convenient to simply pop in the machine drawer. No messy liquid, and no faffing measuring the correct amount out. It has worked well when cleaning clothing, towels etc, removing dirt and stains but not causing any damage to the clothes or their colours.
The in-wash scent booster is an optional extra if you want a heavenly little boost of aroma on your washing. It comes in a cardboard tube and it’s easy to dispense, popping a little into your washing whenever desired. The scent is refreshing without being too overpowering, and it seems to be retained quite well throughout the process of drying, putting away and wearing.
Fairy’s Outdoorable fabric conditioner is also gently scented for an invigorating and uplifting vibe. It’s designed to care for your clothes, towels and whatever else you’re washing, leaving them feeling much softer than if you just wash with detergent alone. Our towels feels much more luxurious when using this conditioner, and my clothes are that bit more comfortable when living with pain.
None of the products have created any skincare concerns or set off sensitive skin, which I’m very glad to report. The range as been as promised – gentle but effective as well as super appealing to use with the convenient formats and refreshing scents.
You can browse Fairy Non-Bio Products @ Amazon or your local supermarket.
Have you tried the Fairy Non-Bio laundry range?
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I should try this. I don’t really have sensitive skin, but so dry and scaly most of the time. Age is not a friend to ones skin.
Have a fabulous day and rest of the week, Caz. ♥
I’d prefer non-bio and skin-friendly products regardless of having sensitive skin or not, and it shouldn’t be triggering for dryness or other skin irritation either, which would be good in your case. I hope you’ve got a good moisturiser for your skin – my mum is finding hers has been getting super dry lately too. Hope you have a lovely week and that all’s going well with the house, Sandee 💜 xx
I was also brought up using Fairy and to this day, it’s what I prefer for washing up. It definitely lasts longer than some of the cheaper brands. It’s nice to see that they’ve brought out the Outdoorable range for laundry. Some of the bio detergents really are harsh on people’s skin if they have a sensitivity. I don’t have skin issues that need a special detergent but I always have some non-bio in the cupboard for woollens and the like. I’ll maybe give the Fairy Outdoorable a try the next time I need some.
Yay, another Fairy fan! I changed to Fairy Platinum for washing up liquid more recently and find it’s even better, just a bit more lathery and goes a bit further. I wouldn’t go for anything else other than Fairy for washing up either, and I really like their laundry products, too. It got quite hard to find any own-brand or reasonably priced non-bio liquids or pods in my local supermarket, and for a while they had no branded ones either. It was all bio, which we always avoid. I’m really glad that Fairy do the whole range as non-bio and skin-friendly, and the Outdoorable is range is very refreshing scent-wise as some products can be way too cloying and overpowering! Thanks for the comment, Liz – I hope you have a lovely week xx
I can only use allergy-free laundry soap or else I get a skin rash.
Aw that’s such a pain in the bum having to be so careful or face getting rashes. I hope you’ve found some good skin-kind and anti-allergy products to use! xx
I also have to be careful with face soaps!
I changed to Fairy Non Bio when the granchildren arrived and I wouldn’t use anything else now. Its the best. Thanks for the info Caz. As usual a great post.
I’m glad you found something you love and find suitable too, Barb. Fairy non-bio is fab! 💙 x
I use their range mostly now when it comes to washing clothes if I don’t use Bold lavender.
I use their gel one so I can squeeze out the amount I want. So use less when less load that I need to get done and lasts me. I have not observed this latest range of theirs.
In the past, I have had the odd reactions to wash powder. The Bold version in the pink packaging which I can’t remember the fragrance really made me itch.
When I was a kid, to save money, my parents stopped using Daz that they used to use regular for some cheap powder. I wasn’t aware they had and so when my skin was on fire and I couldn’t stop scratching, meant they had to wash everything immediately with the usual.
I have grown up with Fairy Liquid but I use whatever liquid I fancy buying at the time that don’t cost much, because my hands are always in gloves when I wash the pots to prevent any reaction. I even react to Fairy liquid.
I mainly stay with non bio Fairy or Persil. But I think since using the Fairy gel in bottle, I will continue with that knowing how it lasts for me.
I started mostly going down the route of non bio when my hands were so sore which you will remember I had for a long time until I found the right hand cream for me.
I had cut back on everything that had fragrance and avoided for a few tears before reintroducing some scented moisturisers so I could quickly rule out what I was ok with and what wasn’t working.
Fairy has always been a staple because we’ve thankfully got on really well with the products over the years since I was a kid. We’ve mostly had liquids but quite like the pods for convenience and less mess. Pods in general are better than they ever used to be for washing machines and dishwashers as I remember them when they’d leave gunk everywhere (and now I sound really old! 😆) I thought all the regular Bold range was bio so it’s interesting the lavender is okay for you but the pink one irritated your skin like it did. It’s good to have some options though as I also try to shop around and get a good price, maybe buy an extra bottle when it’s on offer. I’m glad your hands are doing better but it’s a bit of a pain for you to have gone through the process of cutting things out and reintroducing them to see what’s suitable and what’s not. My hands are still a bit of a mess with all the hand washing. I use a lot of O’Keeffe’s every night as that’s the only thing that properly helps to repair damaged skin but they’re still pretty raw! Good job I’m not a hand model. Thanks for the comment, Liz! xx
Thanks so much Caz. My daughter has very sensitive skin. I’ll pass this on to her! Lots of really good information! ❣️
I’m glad you like the post – thanks, Cindy! I hope your daughter can find it useful 💜 xx
You’re so welcome Caz. I’m sure she will!! 🙏🏼💗
Charlee: “We’re glad you have products that work well for you!”
Chaplin: “Mama and Dada’s friends who moved away last year had an old sign hanging on their wall for Fairy Soap. I wonder if that was the same brand as this.”
Java Bean: “Oh, were they fans of this brand of soap?”
Chaplin: “…. I think they just liked the name.”
I like those sorts of old signs! Nice to know there’s another Fairy fan over the pond, even if it’s for the name only 😺
This makes me think of Dr. Bronner’s, a local (well, you can get it elsewhere, but it’s made just up the road) brand of soap that we like. It seems to rinse more cleanly than others we’ve tried and it’s all natural. It also has kind of loony-toon sayings and aphorisms written all over the bottles, but hey! It’s still good soap …
Loony-toon sayings all over the bottles? I love the sound of that already! Soap can be pretty boring, it’s nice to liven it up a bit.
This Fairy range sounds perfect for people with sentitive skin issues. My skin is actually very sensitive and I always try to use dermatologically tested products. I like the fact that some brands are now making gentler products with formulations that care more for skin, health and environment.
I’m really glad they do such a brilliant range for more delicate skin types too (and of course just anyone wanting something effective but not harsh for their laundry). I’m with you on dermatologically tested products, it makes me feel more confident in using them. xx
I am sensitive, but not my skin,
Because I love the skin I’m in….
But if I first didn’t love my skin,
I suppose skin woes would begin.
Ooo I like that!! 👏
Thank you for sharing Fairy’s outdoorables range Caz. I used to use Fairy all the time but my skin has become more and more sensitive so I had to switch away from them a couple of years ago. It’s great they’re producing more products that cater for those with sensitive skin and I love that they’re being more eco friendly too which is something else I’m becoming more conscious about. I’ll have to check this range out. Thanks again! I hope you’re well 🙂
Aww I’m sorry you’ve had such problems! I do wonder sometimes whether our skin – and hair – gets too used to products and starts revolting, as if asking for a change. I keep changing up what I use now because of this but thankfully I’ve never had any problems despite often using Fairy. Maybe it’s similar for you so hopefully you’d get on okay if ever you want to switch back or have problems with your current laundry products. I think they’ve done well on the eco side of things too because all too often making things “eco friendly” reduces the effectiveness or use of something, like packaging that leaks or products that don’t last anywhere near as long. The boxes, bottles and tubes for the Fairy range are all really decent. Thanks for the comment, Lucy! 💜 xx
Thanks for this helpful information, Caz. I grew up with my Mum using Fairy washing-up liquid, and I still use it now, although it’s a bit more expensive than Tesco’s own. I’m fortunate not to have sensitive skin and am lucky in that I can use any soap powder/liquid. I tend to go on how well the product cleans my clothes and also depending on the price. However, my ten-year-old granddaughter has very sensitive skin, so I will pass this information over to my son. I’m pleased to see that Fairy has become more eco-friendly – that’s a very important factor for me. I like the idea of Fairy having an ‘Outdoorable’ range, though. If it’s anything like the smell of washing hung on the line in the garden to dry, it’ll be perfect, and I might give it a try. I will have a look at Tesco’s website in the week and see what the cost of Fairy is in comparison to other makes.
How are you doing, Caz? I hope you are well and not suffering too much with your health and sensitivities. Take care. Xx 💖
Yay, another Fairy washing up fan! It’s one of those household memories from being a kid, isn’t it? It’s almost quite rare to have that anymore given how many brands have disappeared over the years. I look for offers on most things we need and I’ve noticed the new Outdoorable stuff has been on offer in quite a few places at the moment. I hope your there’s something that suits your granddaughter’s skin and yes, the smell is fresh and makes me think of spring time with better weather! We just use a little when it comes to laundry products but I find a little Fairy goes a reasonably long way (you just can’t use less if you get Pods, of course). How’re you holding up at the moment? I know things have been rough 💜 I’m okay thank you, still kicking. Still exhausted! Sending lots of love my friend xxxx