Originally Posted by fuggles
All commercial sprays and colognes give me a reaction
what is the most simple oil mixture I can use that smells ? or just a single oil I could use to spray myself with ?
Are floral waters any good ? or should I avoid them ?
Im afraid the bad news here is that you are far more likely to react to natural materials than to synthetic ones for the simple reason that natural materials are each made up of a large range of chemical ingredients. So the more natural ingredients are in a fragrance, the more different chemicals it contains. Even quite simple oils will have a couple of dozen ingredients and the most complex, such as rose oil, have hundreds. Thats the very reason why, as a perfumer, I love using them - they add great complexity to a blend, which helps to give it lasting interest.
A commercial, synthetic, hypoallergenic is more likely to help you than using natural oils.
Floral waters may help if it is the ethanol in perfumes that is upsetting you, but in that case you may find oil based fragrances will give you more options. There are a huge range of those, mainly targeted at the Islamic market: check specialist Arabic suppliers if you want to explore that option.
Grapefruit oil was also mentioned earlier in the thread and is an exceptionally bad idea as it is one of the oils to which the greatest number of people have a bad reaction - most commercial fragrances use synthetic alternatives for the grapefruit note for that reason and also because natural grapefruit oil tends to break down into sulphurous compounds over time and end up smelling quite unpleasant.
Natural oils are not the answer to allergy problems, despite the mythology.