Extra Fragrance for All…

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… 

Live & Learn {journal}

So I have a jewelry box full of stuff I’ve collected over the years… 99% of it I don’t have the tags/packaging for anymore…

Now I’m allergic to nickel…

How exactly does one go about finding out which jewelry isn’t safe anymore?? 

There’s the nail polish trick- you can use clear nail polish to seal your jewelry, and keep it from touching your skin directly… Or I figured I’d just get rid of stuff that made me itch, and if it was something I liked- replace it with higher quality metals. Or switch out french wires for nickel free ones. 

I decided on Sunday to wear a pair of earrings I hadn’t worn in a while. My whole face broke out… That’s finally feeling a little better. But my ears are still sad… 

So, in closing… I don’t recommend this method. I recommend painting with nail polish, if you have a nail polish that’s safe for you. Or upgrading. 

Yes, all that would be better…

Skin Care & Beauty Products 2016 {Updated List}

makeup_brushesIt’s been about a year, so it seems like an update might be in order! 😉 Not much has changed. I’ve tried a couple new things, but mostly just stuck to the same products. 

I continue to use the EWG’s Skin Deep data base to check products before I use them. Just because a product is free of things I’m allergic, doesn’t mean it’s free of harmful ingredients. 

I’ve still not found a foundation I’m happy with. I have both the Honeybee Gardens powder and the Bare Minerals Original Powder. The Honeybee Gardens one might have made me itchy when I used it repeatedly. And the Bare Minerals I haven’t used enough times to really tell. As a result, I rarely wear makeup. I’d like to try and be braver. But really, it’s not that important in life… It’s just nice to have the option.

Hair & Body

Body Lotion: Aveeno Skin Relief 24 Hr Lotion

Face Lotion: same as body OR occasionally coconut oil

Soap: homemade Windsor Brown soap by my mother (Leaning Ladder Farm)

Face Mask: Bentonite Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar (mix to make a paste)

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, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Shea Moisture Curling Gel & DevaCurl Mist-er Right (not all at once!)

Shaving: NOW Shaving Cream and Dollar Shave Club razors (The 4X)

Chapstick: Burt’s Bees Honey 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!)


Foundation: Bare Minerals Original Foundation

Blush: Bare Minerals Blush

Mascara: Honeybee Gardens mascara 

Lips: Honeybee Garden Natural Lipstick OR Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees)

Nails: Mineral Fusion polish


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: Seventh Generation Dishwasher Gel (or Free & Clear variety)

Hand Soap: Seventh Generation Hand Wash

General Cleaning: Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner

This post was added to Allergy Free Wednesday!

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