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    Default What is it in fragrances that produces headaches?

    I mean is it a common ingredient? Or a certain ammount of that ingredient? I was sniffing some Davidoff Cool Water earlier today and i've had a headache for the past hour or more, what gives?

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    Synthetic ozonic notes, perhaps?

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    Some people just get headaches. One of those would seem vulnerable to getting a headache from a fragrance that really repels them. Once I worked with a lady who had asthma so bad she had to have her automobile gassed up by her hub. Of course she could be set off by strong phumes. I remember once I'd stopped by TJMaxx at lunch and put a test spray of Georgio BH homme on my hand. She walked by and sniffed it. She liked it so it didn't cause any asthma problem for her. There may in fact be something that causes irritation but the reaction might also be amplified when it is displeasing to the person.

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    I (and my fiancee it seems) get headaches from Obsession for Men. Great scent, but can't wear it. :/
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    I think Obsession makes my head a little hazey too. I think Farenheit is another danger zone. I don't normally get headaches, i think i've gone years without getting a headache on it's own (discluding colds, flu etc). Too much time in the sun can give me a headache because we hardly ever see the sun except for maybe 2 months of the year here...there's something in there ere smellies i tell thee [smiley=angry.gif]

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    Vetiver - Adolfo Dominguez
    Escape - Calvin Klein - [smiley=lipsrsealed.gif] [smiley=tongue.gif] [smiley=lipsrsealed.gif] [smiley=tongue.gif] [smiley=lipsrsealed.gif] [smiley=lipsrsealed.gif]
    Farhenheit - Dior [smiley=tongue.gif] [smiley=lipsrsealed.gif] [smiley=tongue.gif] [smiley=lipsrsealed.gif] [smiley=tongue.gif]

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    ROCHAS MAN - i hate it !!!
    XS - paco rabanne


    and some oriental stuff too...

    [smiley=lipsrsealed.gif]
    that kind of smell make me sick....

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    In my expiriences with headache inducing fragrances most have been brought on by heady sweet floral compilations with notes of tuberose, carnation , gardenia , jasmine, ylang ylang, rose . Beautiful by Estee Lauder is a good example. Seems like it literally takes the breathable oxygen out of a room.

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    It's the cost.
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    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB
    It's the cost.
    --Chris

    Damn you, Chris! You beat me to it! I was going to say the sudden realization that you've just flushed x-amount of dollars down the toilet on a stinker.

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    Default Re: What is it in fragrances that produces headach

    Lily of the valley gives me a headache.
    "I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." - Jacques Guerlain

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazycalm
    [quote author=DustB link=1122047523/0#8 date=1122060995]It's the cost.
    --Chris

    Damn you, Chris! You beat me to it! I was going to say the sudden realization that you've just flushed x-amount of dollars down the toilet on a stinker.

    Aaron[/quote]

    Well, I certainly can't argue with that! [smiley=laugh.gif]

    As for myself, really intense (synthetic) citrus notes (like Issey) or stinging wood notes (Platinum
    Egoiste) send me over the edge....

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    Allergens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milamber
    Allergens.
    I'm with Milamber. The two times I got ill from fragrances, I was thinking it just had to be something I was having an allergic reaction to. If only I knew what it was...

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    Trussardi - Uomo ... can't stand it!

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    Default Re: What is it in fragrances that produces headach

    Synthetic ingredients such as those in Ocean Pacific. Also oakmoss is known to cause allergic reactions in fragrances such as Trussardi Uomo, Patou Pour Homme, Nicole Miller, Tabac Man, Jacomo Paradox, and Bond No. 9 Great Jones.

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    Pthalates, benzophenone, synthetics, etc. cause headaches. Usually not single notes like Oak Moss though, there is such a minimal amount of any singular note in a fragrance that it is unlikely to cause a headache.

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    Default Re: What is it in fragrances that produces headach

    Several of those I mentioned give me an immediate headache as they must have a higher dose of oakmoss!

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    Poison - CD. I canīt, I canīt ....

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    So why do they put allergens in? Only kidding. Yeah, thanks guys that makes sense. [smiley=tekst-toppie.gif]

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    Default Re: What is it in fragrances that produces headach

    I sampled some Burberry London yesterday & loved it @ first, but it began to give me a headache after awhile .
    "Wait...is David Bowie really God?" - Penelope Garcia

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    Quote Originally Posted by CologneJunkie
    I sampled some Burberry London yesterday & loved it @ first, but it began to give me a headache after awhile .
    bummer, lol [smiley=evil.gif]

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    That's some pretty intense scents mentioned...I got a headache just thinking of how they smelled.

    I'm surprised that Cool Water could provoke a headache, although I remember a delivery guy who doused himself in the scent making it linger for half an hour in the office hallway. Constant exposure to a fragrance (especially when you're not wearing it) can make you feel sick. I don't know how a lot of women can wear these floral and (especially) vanilla infused fragrances...SENSORY OVERLOAD for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by iMaverick
    *I don't know how a lot of women can wear these floral and (especially) vanilla infused fragrances...SENSORY OVERLOAD for me!
    Hence why I primarily wear nice & crisp men's frags!
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    Default Re: What is it in fragrances that produces headach

    Le Male gives me a bad headache...

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    There are many different scent chemicals that can trigger headaches in susceptible people. They appear to vary from person to person, and to some degree the response is quantitative (i.e. a lot of the chemical is more likely to set off a headache than a little). Getting a headache is NOT an allergic response because an allergy is an inappropriate immune system response that usually includes rashes, swelling, etc. I do believe certain people may become able to identify their specific headache triggers, but no particular component in fragrances can be blamed across the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docluv45
    There are many different scent chemicals that can trigger headaches in susceptible people. *They appear to vary from person to person, and to some degree the response is quantitative (i.e. a lot of the chemical is more likely to set off a headache than a little). *Getting a headache is NOT an allergic response because an allergy is an inappropriate immune system response that usually includes rashes, swelling, etc. *I do believe certain people may become able to identify their specific headache triggers, but no particular component in fragrances can be blamed across the board.
    This also makes sense.[smiley=dankk2.gif]


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    I've found that a friend of mine who is allergic and gets bad headaches to many fragrances is fine with light or citrusy scents. For example she's found that she can wear Clinique Happy and oddly enough the men's Acqua di Gio with no problem.

    On another note when I first tried L'Eau de Issey about five years ago I remember getting the worst headache and smelling it on my jacket as well days after spraying it on in the store. Yet now I really like it and it doesn't bother me at all ... any ideas why that might be?

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    Smile Fragrance and headaches..?

    Why is it that some fragrances just give you a bad headache,etc..?This happens to me whenever I use certain fragrances..no special reason..just happens..Why is that?

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    Default Re: Fragrance and headaches..?

    Guess I was blessed at birth with no allergies to anything including fragrances. Some of them do give me headaches of a different origin: where to get them for less? why they were discontinued? how to find words to describe them? how come that promotional campaign does not match the fragrance? etc.

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