have an allergy to fragrance and perfume. It came up on my skin patch allergy
tests as quite a "good" reaction (which in my case was a
big red welt that took 2 months to go down).
was somewhat surprised as though I have never worn a lot of
perfumes. I have worn one or two when going out for dinner, a
special occasion etc and loved various body lotions that were
adored my scented candle collection and loved filling the home with
always knew my skin was a little sensitive as I could only wear a
couple of perfumes and they were of the "purer" variety.
Experimenting with lower end teen type perfumes would generally
bring me out on a little irritated rash when I was a teenager so I
quickly learned to avoid those. However with others I was OK.
years I have used washing powders and liquids for clothes that
invariably tell you that they have a fresh spring scent or a clean
washing up liquids discuss the bouquet of flowers that you have
when using their brand etc.
never thought much about it to be honest. We always avoided the
obvious plug in varieties of synthetic fragrance - just because we
didn't like it but it was only after my diagnosis of being severely
affected my perfumes that I started to really look at what we used
on ourselves and in the home.
Fact Is Fragrance Sells...
of us love it ! Next time you are looking for a body lotion, cream,
shower gel washing detergent think what you do, do you ever lean
down and smell it? I know I did and if I liked the scent then I was
halfway sold on it.
ads portray the sensual woman who smells great (with a perfume) the
sexy man who smells great(with the aftershave) The cute baby who
Whether artificial fragrances are good for us or not we
have learned from a young age that our own scent is simply not good enough. I mean
everyone wants to be clean and fresh smelling of course! However,
to be clean and fresh by washing is not it seems good enough
anymore, we have to cover and mask and have a perfume on.
many products now contain perfume and it is on the rise. There was
no where near the amount of fragrance products even 30 years ago.
Look on the shelves and try to find a products that does not
contain fragrance, EDT, perfume.... You will find fragrance in Haircare, skincare, washing up
liquid, baby products, washing powders and liquids, conditioners,
soap, etc most of it totally unnecessary. Even some sanitary wear is now putting perfume in it!
some is natural perfume much of it is synthetic....
no wonder we are now learning that allergies to perfume are on the
rise too. Even children bombarded by synthetic perfumes from birth
are becoming allergic to this over artificially perfumed world.
studies discuss that fragrance allergy is a leading cause of
contact dermatitis and fragrance allergy sufferers can also display
symptoms ranging from hives, headaches, wheezing and other
breathing issues and sneezing.
rarely wore perfume as such, but I did use body lotions and on
holiday sunscreens (most of which do have fragrances in them-even
though you may not be aware of it)
although I was Ok ish for years I became allergic to fragrance and
this can happen to anyone at any time....
bear in mind my severe reaction here was a result of a combination
of 4 different allergic reactions to what was in the sunscreen I
used-ironically to protect my skin!
what can you do about it if you have a fragrance allergy?
mine is a contact allergy I essentially have to avoid coming into
contact with anything or anyone that has had perfume on it. So that
means using only non scented washing powders or liquids,
haircare,skincare, deodorants, suncreams, soap, washing up liquids
and household cleaning and polishing items.
means not having or not lighting any scented candles, not wearing
any perfumes, avoiding anyone else who might spray perfumes in to
the air, avoiding polish with fragrance in it, avoiding shops or
salons or spas where you can smell the perfumes as you walk in.... avoiding anything with a scent.
it smells nice I cannot have it ! It is
easier said than done!!
is unlikely that I am allergic to ALL fragrances but the problem is
pinning down to the ones I am. In the fragrance patch test they use
a mix of the most common to cause allergies. The problem in todays
world is that there are so many fragrances all mixed up and used in
the purer and more natural the better chance that I might be Ok
with it. I already know that I am Ok with some real scented
flowers- but NOT with the synthetic copies of those flowers....
am still hoping that at some time in the future i may be able to
use one or two pure essential oils for when I feel like wearing a
perfume or maybe could add to a wash, but for now its safer for me
to AVOID all fragrance on my skin.
check with companies to know if fragrances are used in their
products. Hopefully ingredients will be listed on the product.
any event ALWAYS read the full ingredient list and do a patch test
you are interested in learning more about fragrance allergy these
websites may be useful to you.