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PostPosted: 24 Oct 2009, 10:27 
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I have recently had patch tests at the hospital and been diagnosed as being allergic to balsam of peru (perfume) (as well as nickel, cobalt, chromium, and being a coeliac!!) and am keen to avoid ALL sources of perfume.
After much searching I have found some good products which so far seem to be fine:

Pit Rock deodorant
Simple shampoo/conditioner
Boots unperfumed maximum hold hairspray
Gum salon Junk Hair Love It Finishing Serum
Simple pure fine talc
various simple moisturisers - Simple Derma Intensive Relief hand cream, Simple Derma Intensive Relief lotion, Simple Kind to Skin Vital Vitamin Day Cream (and the night cream)
Simple for Men Soothing shave gel
Simple refreshing shower gel
Freederm exfoliating facial wash
Freederm facial cleanser
Freederm gel
Tesco Pure antibacterial hand wash (the only one I can find that is unperfumed, no citric acid and antibacterial)
CCS Heel Balm
Surcare washing up liquid and non-biological laundry liquid
I have also found Granny's pure gentle soap flakes (for handwashing clothes, etc) but haven't used these yet

I am also about to try clinique or no7 make up, as these are apparently totally fragrance free although be aware that the non-make up products of no7 at boots mostly contain perfume!

What I really want is a heat protection spray/cream for my hair that is fragrance free and I can't find one anywhere!! Has anyone got any ideas please??
Also a good lip balm that isn't too expensive?
And any advice on cleaning products please?

Or any advice generally please as I am keen to find out as much as possible!! On ANY of my allergies!
Do people find that food is a problem with balsam of peru allergy? Because I have been told to just try cutting out cosmetics first but can tell I'm still reacting to something! I do however have other health complications (possible connective tissue disease, coeliac disease) so cannpot be totally sure of what is causing all of my symptoms! Finding it a bit overwhelming!! And only want to cut out food if totally necessary as I am already a coeliac so have a restricted diet!

ANY advice would be very welcome Thanks
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PostPosted: 28 Oct 2009, 16:42 
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I found this company has lots of natural and less chemically stuff with no perfume: http://www.eco-essentials.co.uk/index.php?cPath=32 including hand wash although it's not anti-bac. They put the ingredients on the webby so you can check what's in things as some sites are terrible for this. They have pitrock.

I've ordered many times and they never let me down, reliable, quick delivery and tell you when its despatched. They have other smelly products and all have natural essentials oils and no synthetic fragrance.

They do fragrance-free cleaning products too.

You will need to become a label junkie like me!! You need to find products that list 100% of ingredients as they're not required by law to state anything less than 1%. eco essentials said they stock products that list 100% of ingredients.


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PostPosted: 30 Oct 2009, 20:34 
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Thanks, I will definitely check this website out :)
I guess it's difficult at first to find things that are ok for each individual but hopefully soon I'll have built up a collection of everything I need (eventually!) :lol:


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I forgot to say I use Green People no scent lip balm which was about £3 from http://www.eco-essentials.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=32&products_id=193 . The urtekram no perfume hand wash has citric acid - are you allergic to that? I reckon you could use the A'kin unscented body wash as a hand wash tho - just checked - it has citric acid too - is that a common ingredient? Is it a common allergen? aren't there different sources of citric acid?

unfragranced brands I use:
A'kin unscented - body wash/ shampoo/ conditioner/ face cream/ hand cream/ eye cream/ body cream (sometimes rosehip oil pm as smell annoys me am)
Urtekram No Perfume - shampoo/ conditioner/ bodywash/ handwash/ soap/ deo
Green People no scent - lip balm/ deo
Lavera neutral - toothpaste/ shampoo/ cleanser/ face creams/ sun screen & their nappy & face cream for my son as he can't have perfume either cos of me.
Bio-d - laundry liquid, washing up liquid & nappy soak - I use this as a stain & odor remover if need one and it's great for bibs.
Mum non-perfumed deo - has things I'd rather not put on my body (parabens I think) but it really is a good deo and I used the blue one (light perfume) for years until I got pregnant.
Make-up - Maybelline wonder finish foundation is fragrance-free but has parabens & pegs. I use it anyway as it's the only one I found that doesn't have perfume.

I still manage with ecover cream cleaner and eco-leaf loo cleaner is the least stinky one I found although it still has a fragrance. I use ecloths on windows - cleans with water.
You may find the natural products without synthetic fragrance are ok. Parfum can be made of 100's of synthetic chemicals and you will never know what's in it. The proper organic brands usually don't hide ingredients and I'd pick them anyday than something like simple - but I'm more chemically sensitive than have fragrance allergy on my skin. Plus I buy online as I can't tolerate shops very well due to all the washing powders and perfumes etc in the air that stick to my skin and clothes and linger forever.

Hope you find something to suit you.


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PostPosted: 30 Oct 2009, 21:56 
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You say that maybelline is the only foundation you've found that is fragrance free, but as far as I know clinique is - spoke to a clinique consultant in Boots the other day who said that everything is totally fragrance free and allergy tested, and that the brand was created by drs/dermatologists and was originally only available on prescription. I used their Almost Powder Makeup this week for the first time in a year (before I became very ill), with no 7 blusher (no 7 make up is apparently totally fragrance free too, although their non make-up products, such as cleanser/hair products etc aren't!) and seemed fine for a few hours but felt irritated after a while, mostly around my eyes (I have very dry and sensitive eyes). Will keep using them though to see if this happens again. Bare Minerals is also meant to be very good - I tried a bit in a shop but not a very good test so can't really tell.
I would rather not use many cosmetics too, although have found Simple to be the best thing for me so far.

What I am really struggling with is that I have been told that with an allergy to balsam of peru, I must avoid products with any perfume and botanics (i.e. plant based), so have not got any of the natural products I see everywhere (health food shop etc), as they are all plant based! (Lavera, Faith in Nature etc) These would be my preferred choices though but don't want to buy expensive things if unsure! I did ask in one such shop though, (Tullivers in York - great shop, great advice) and she seemed to think this was odd, as she doesn't think I can be allergic to all plant based products (hopefully!) I am finding this very confusing! Not sure if you can shed any light on this please?

I found my appointments so far with the dermatology consultant to be very frustrating and have not got all of the answers I want. I have got an appointment with a nurse specialist in dermatology this Monday though, so hoping this will be of use - will be very persistent! :lol: As I have also been told I am allergic to nickel, cobalt and chromium (apparently quite rare to be allergic to all 3!) and am a coeliac, I feel like i am avoiding everything!
My symptoms have really improved over the last few months, and rashes are virtually gone (at the moment!) I still have a lot of seemingly random and sporadic symptoms, (such as the skin all peeling off the side of my ear yesterday!) and am constantly itchy/irritated all over!
I know some people suffer much more but I have been very ill this year with other problems too and just want some relief!! :)
Thanks for your tips so far, any more would be gratefully received! :) :) Ewoody


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PostPosted: 30 Oct 2009, 22:28 
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Lavera Neutral range doesn't have any essential oils or plant extracts in it and is designed for people like us. Lavera offer a 7 day money back guarantee if you react to any of their products.

Ask the medics for a comprehensive list of every individual ingredient you need to avoid. Is it farnesol? geraniol? linalool? these are all natural fragrances made from essential oils. "Plant based" is a cop-out and they have to be more specific or you'll never be able to use anything. Did they tell you to stop eating vegetables? Plant based? Most synthetic stuff is derived from plants initially. Balsam of Peru may be hidden in the term "fragrance" "parfum" "perfume" but if you check the ingredients and see these words you can avoid or make further enquiries. Many mass produced cosmetics have hidden ingredients and this is why I'd recommend organic ones as they have fewer ingredients and list them all (usually) but they are plant based. It's hard, isn't it?

Write down your questions before you go to appt, be prepared. Personnally I think once you know the exact things to avoid then you will find everything you need on the web. I have not spoken to a doctor about multiple chemical sensitivity for years cos as far as they are concerned I have migraine and MCS doesn't exist.

I didn't try clinique as it's quite pricey for me and can't stand the perfume isles for even a second!

Maybe someone else with this allergy can step in for more tips.


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PostPosted: 30 Oct 2009, 22:43 
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as example, simple mens shaving gel contains these ingredients:

probably synthetic
Hydroxypropylcellulose, PEG-14M, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Stearic Acid,Isobutane, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycereth-26, Isopentane, Oleth-20, Triethanolamine, Palmitic Acid,

Aqua

plant based
linalool,Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Aloe Barbadensis

Did the doc say this product was ok? it has petroluem & plant based ingredients but no "fragrance" listed, most of these are essential oils from plants.


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PostPosted: 30 Oct 2009, 23:02 
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You're right, 'plant based' is a cop-out, which is what is frustrating me so much. I had the patch tests and was stared at by the consultant and 4 student doctors, and when I tried to give an opinion was basically shot down. I am only 21, so don't think he was taking me very seriously! As a professor, not sure how good his social skills are... :?
No excuse though, which is why I have insisted on going back for further advice. I will be sure to write a list of questions before I go, with specifics that you have mentioned.
I see what you mean about the simple shaving gel - I have only used it twice so far and have found it to be much better than any other I have tried (gilette's fragrance free made me want to rip my skin off as it was so irritating!), but was still very irritated - but I think that any hair removal is inevitably going to be irritating with skin like mine!

It sounds as though you are suffering much more than me though, particularly when even shopping in perfume aisles is a problem. I am really sorry to hear this :(
I am lucky that I was given clinique as a christmas present last year, but had not yet used it (same with no 7 blusher).

I am determined to persevere with the hospital and get better answers. I am prepared to do my research and spend more money on products if necessary, but I clearly don't want to waste money simply to get more reactions, and can't do research without the specifics!
Will see how monday goes I guess! Many thanks :)


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I have recentlly been tested as reacting to balsam of peru.

The consultant dermatologist told me that this meant that I should avoid allowing products containing this allergen coming into contact with my skin.
And also , and this is the relevant point, I should not eat products containing it or any of its constituents.

Balsam of peru is a complex mixture, and contains compounds that are found in other products. Cirtus and cinnamon are examples. There are many lists of equivalnts to be found on GOOGLE , in the "first ten pages " on balsam of peru searches.

And a query of my own, are there suggestions for cooking without spices ?

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All can say is that some of you people are very lucky to be able to go into shops with your sensitivity. Boots would kill me.


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