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    Default Contact dermatitis/allergy

    I hoped this day would never come.

    I had my first outbreak of contact dermatitis today after applying a generous amount of a perfume with a high concentration of naturals.
    Including natural citruses, a known sensitizer. I really do not want this to get worse or take over my life or—GASP—prevent me from enjoying my perfume hobby.

    Is this going to happen every time now? Or do I just avoid this specific fragrance?
    Any other fragonerds with this experience?
    Through smoke.

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    Default Re: Contact dermatitis/allergy

    Haven't had an experience like that. Try avoiding that specific fragrance and see if it happens again with a different fragrance.
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    Default Re: Contact dermatitis/allergy

    Quote Originally Posted by minorlionz View Post
    I hoped this day would never come.

    I had my first outbreak of contact dermatitis today after applying a generous amount of a perfume with a high concentration of naturals.
    Including natural citruses, a known sensitizer. I really do not want this to get worse or take over my life or—GASP—prevent me from enjoying my perfume hobby.

    Is this going to happen every time now? Or do I just avoid this specific fragrance?
    Any other fragonerds with this experience?
    I have had some problems with cosmetic products (for example, skin care products) that are made with "natural" or "organic" products. There are some lines of skin care, for example, that are sold at Sephora (for example, no offense meant to Sephora, I still love them!) that I really can't use because they only make my skin itch! So, yes, I've noticed that for me, the word "natural" or "Plant based ingredients" on cosmetic products or fragrances can be a really big no-no! The word "natural" definitely doesn't always mean it's "better" or "healthier." When some people claim that, honestly, I think that's mostly a lot of hype and marketing (unfortunately.) For me, the popular and mainstream perfumes that are just a lot of synthetic chemicals and alcohol are actually a far better choice and seem to agree with me a lot more! With skin care and makeup and hair products, they just shouldn't necessarily be "natural plant based" ingredients. (Definitely many of the higher end and more expensive lines still have much better ingredients though when it comes to skin care, makeup and hair products, and they work better! So yeah, not all synthetic chemical things are great either.) Now, if some people just have issues with skin sensitivity period, they might have a much harder time finding things that work for them period, when it comes to any skin care, cosmetics, hair products or fragrance or anything like that! I'm just saying what seems to be the case with me. So, yeah, possibly you might not be able to use certain "natural" products that contain some certain ingredients, but possibly you might be perfectly fine with most of the mainstream perfumes that are sold (that are purely synthetics.) But..that also may not be the case. I couldn't tell you for sure.

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    Default Re: Contact dermatitis/allergy

    Check out other fragrances first.
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    Default Re: Contact dermatitis/allergy

    There have been many threads related to the dermatitis potential of "natural" ingredients. LadyDragonFire makes excellent points in her post above.

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    Thank you for the excellent points! I don’t favour natural over synthetics by any means, I love synthetic fragrances and skincare products.
    I know that fragrances with greater numbers of naturals are more likely to trigger allergies, especially ones that contain oakmoss, citrus, or Peru balsam, for example.

    Contact dermatitis can sometimes be a ‘snowball’ effect - you get it once and then you are constantly fighting it off. I was hoping for reassurance from others that I wasn’t going to necessarily have to throw out the entire collection - and that seems to be the case!

    Sorry if this is a duplicate thread; I searched before posting and didn’t find anything relevant except general discussions about fragrance sensitivity. Apologies!
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    Default Re: Contact dermatitis/allergy

    I'm allergic to bee's wax so I actively search out synthetic wax, so natural products usually means a no go for me.

    It's definitely worth doing some experiments to determine what it is you're allergic too but I also recommend doing a patch test at your doctors.

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    Default Re: Contact dermatitis/allergy

    Most likely just that fragrance.

    I own many fragrances and have sampled hundreds, but have only had a reaction to one fragrance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by minorlionz View Post

    Is this going to happen every time now?
    Yes, unless you treat it. And the reaction can get worse next time you are exposed to it.

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    Luckily never happened yet. I did an allergy test many years ago and, if I remember right, the only thing I had a reaction to was nicotine.

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