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… 

This Year’s Goals – 7 of 12

So I made a list of things I’d like to do or get done this year. I’m determined to not be doing all of them in December of this year… But instead spread them out over the year.

So I missed a month… I’ve been trying so hard to just keep up, I decided some things could wait till I had time to think. The past 2 months have seen a lot of allergy flares, which besides being annoying and uncomfortable, also leaving me wiped out since my body’s using all it’s resources to freak out about some allergen… So I kept up with the important stuff! 

1. Paint at least 2 rooms this year.

I do believe I have picked out almost all of my colors! Whoa! I’m preparing to start coloring soon…. 🙂 

2. Start doing yoga regularly.

I made it to yoga with my friend!  Only once, and then allergies got crazy, so I haven’t gone again yet. But it was a lot of fun, and I will totally go again soon! 

3. Write 1 letter of encouragement every month.

Owe 7 now…

4. Make sushi at home.

No sushi at home this month. 

5. Organize my closet- lose the things I don’t wear, get new things I can and will wear.

A couple more things removed this month…

The big excitement of recent is when I suddenly started reacting quite severely to all my bras. All of which have underwires… So there began a frantic search to find nickel free ones, and get them shipped to me. 

So while I wasn’t planning to add anything this month… There was a change of plans! I’ve been very happy with my Rosa Faia bras by Anita. I’ve been wearing them exclusively for almost a month and my skin is almost healed and back to normal! I still have some bumps on my back where the hooks were, but they are fading finally. 

6. Make time for fun/hobbies. Find new ones I like.

We went camping! It was the first time out to our favorite spot with the camper…. It was a little wet and damp for part. But the view is never bad… 😉 


And we hung our hammocks in our great room. I’ve found it to be an outstanding place to use for everything. The location is great. I have a delightful woven hammock, and it breathes better than a chair, so my skin is always happy!!

How’s your lists and goals coming?