I recently read an article about how synthetic fragrance is becoming the new second hand smoke. It’s in everything. And causing a wide variety of symptoms in many people!
In fact, it’s very hard to avoid even if you try…
And by the way… you can react a couple days after the actual contact…
Here’s a couple examples:
Just this week, we were out shopping and stopped at A.C. Moore. Right in front, as you walked in the door, were the new fall displays with apparently the scented candles. I mean I didn’t see them. But we sure smelled them. We went straight to the section we needed, they didn’t have what we wanted, so we then walked out. By the time we walked out, my PB commented that his eyes were stinging. We were in the store less than 5 minutes.
Earlier this week, a friend messaged me that she was thinking of me because she’d woken up with hives over half her body and intensely itchy. I immediately sent her all my best tips on dealing with that, since I know first hand how horribly uncomfortable that is! Then down to the WHAT. We tracked it back to some new hand soap they had started using a couple days prior. Ingredients? “Fragrance”. Her hives were not on her hands, where the soap would have been used… But on her body.
Last week, another friend saw a comment I made on Facebook, and messaged me asking for tips on dealing with fragrance. She had a situation where she hugged someone and something that person was wearing gave her a headache. And she related also having trouble when she’s out running- if she runs by a house venting their drier outside and they are using a drier sheet it effects her.
I personally can expect some nice welts on my face after hugging someone wearing perfume or strongly scented beauty products.
I haven’t yet decided if I should stop hugging people…
This list has been updated for 2016!! See the new list HERE!
Since the allergy testing I decided I would pick products, and stick with them for at least a month. It can be super overwhelming picking your beauty products. The advertising is intense- offering to solve your every problem…. but how about a product not full of harmful chemicals, that I won’t be allergic to??
So here is my current list. Yes, it’s short and sweet. Less variable, less chance for disaster! If all goes well with these items, I may add 1-2 new items a month. But so far I’m very happy with this list 🙂
Hair & Body
Body Lotion: Aveeno Skin Relief 24 Hr Lotion
Face Lotion: same as body OR occasionally coconut oil
Soap: homemade by my mother (Leaning Ladder Farm)
Shampoo: Baking soda (no poo) OR Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo (mostly baking soda, shampoo once a month or less. Mostly for hairdresser’s use)
Conditioner: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner
Styling Product: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie & DevaCurl Mist-er Right
Foundation: Honeybee Gardens Pressed Foundation
Blush: Bare Minerals Blush
Mascara: Honeybee Gardens mascara (LOVE this stuff!!)
Lips: Honeybee Garden Natural Lipstick OR Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees, I’ve not had problems with it… but technically that’s not on my safe list!)
Laundry Soap: Seventh Generation 4x Ultra Consentrated Free & Clear
Fabric Softener: Seventh Generation Free & Clear (I don’t use fabric softener, but use this to make my own drier sheets.)
Dish Soap: Seventh Generation Free & Clear
Dishwasher: Homemade OR Palmolive ECO (We are still working to find something we like. We have harder water, so it’s a challenge to find a soap that works well.)
Hand Soap: Seventh Generation Hand Wash
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