I have the same experience with Noro. Some people swear by Malabrigo and some swear at it, so that’s not much help either. If you can get to a local yarn shop or even a big box store with a good selection, indulge yourself by petting yarn until you find some that feels good to you.
If you really want natural fiber for some kind of garment, since you don’t need warmth, have you looked at some of the nice light cottons and blends? There are a lot of nice blended sock yarns that might make you a shawl or sweater without a lot of bulk and weight.
I won a half-pound ball of recycled sari silk on Ebay. It’s sooooo pretty and shiny. I don’t know what kind of shawl it’s going to turn into yet, but even though it has “raggies” hanging out it’s not itchy at all. I’ve heard a lot of comments that the quality is very, very uneven, though, so it might not be for you when you’re starting out.