Originally Posted by Mic
Thank you for your detailed reply!
[blue]My pleasure Mic.[/blue]
Ingredients in cologne can cause a reaction with the skin, especially if the sun hits the area you sprayed for a prolonged amount of time. I used to have problems with cologne burning my skin, rashes, etc., when I was in my teens and outdoors a lot.
[blue]Good point iMaverick. While one of the things modern producers of fragrances are very careful to do is to make sure that fragrances do not contain phototoxic chemicals that would present adverse reactions on exposure to the sun, it makes little sense to spray yourself with cologne and sunbake for, as you note iMaverick prolonged periods of time.
One has to be particularly careful with the application of certain essential oils, however, and exposure to the sun. Citrus oils are the main culprits and bergamot is especially dangerous. If you make your own essential oil concotions that you wear and which might be exposed to the sun, get bergapten-free bergamot oil. Of course, if you're already making your own essential oil blends then you probably aware of this anyway.