It seems the older I get, the more sensitive my skin gets. My children also have sensitive skin. I am not sure if this is hereditary or due to environmental factors. I don’t remember having such sensitive skin when I was a kid. My kids have only ever lived in the UAE and have all experienced dry skin and eczema at some point. Since the birth of my 3rd child last May, I have been making a more conscious effort to protect my children’s skin. I was only too happy to hear about Filetti, a non biological laundry detergent, being available here in the UAE.
What does “non bio” mean? Why is it supposed to be safe for sensitive skin? Biological detergents (your basic laundry detergent) use enzymes to break down the dirt and stains to clean your clothing. Unfortunately for some, these enzymes can cause skin to itch or develop a rash. Non biological detergent does not use enzymes. Instead it uses more pure soap. It is more gentler on the skin, which makes it perfect for those with sensitive skin. You will find a lot of baby detergents are “non bio.”
I had the opportunity to try Filetti. This brand, which is made in Germany, recently became available in the UAE. This detergent can be effective in temperatures as low as 30 degrees. I initially used it on my baby’s laundry, but I also had a go with my gym clothes. Yes, stinkin’, sweaty, gym clothes. Afterwards the clothes were cleaned and smelled great too. Filetti uses only skin compatible perfume oils leaving clothes fresh and clean. One of my kids has particularly sensitive skin. She is usually okay for the winter months (Nov – Feb) but as soon as it gets warmer, she starts getting rashes so I switch to non bio soap. With the baby, I have been trying to avoid previous mistakes in an attempt to prevent her from getting any sort of rashes or eczema. Her skin is so lovely, I want it to stay that way. For me, I spend a lot of time outdoors or in the pool, so I have found that my skin has become more sensitive too. It is great to find an effective laundry soap that I can use for the whole family.
So if you are looking for a detergent that does not contain harmful ingredients, ensures cleanliness and can help manage sensitive skin, I can recommend Filetti. Filetti can be purchased in liquid or powder form. The products can currently be found in Choithrams and Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society, and CarreFour at Marina Mall.