There is an article I have seen posted on Facebook a couple of times that highlights the health risks of synthetic fragrance ingredients. I won’t link to it, but if I am seeing it there is a good chance you will have seen it too. The thesis it proposes is that synthetic chemicals in fragrances are toxic and might be dangerous to people who inhale them in public places, even if they aren’t actually wearing the fragrance themselves. Continue reading
I got a good point made to me via e-mail responding to one of my posts about methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone. He or she desribes themselves by the pathos ridden name foreverbotheredbythisallergy and referring to some products that readers have identifed as free of those two chemicals –
Some the products above have the benzylisothiazoline which can give you the same reaction as the methyl and chloromethylisothiazoline. I have been using Tide Free for years and just now have developed the skin rash. As it turns out it is the benzylisothiazoline in the product. Be warned, the benzylisothiazoline allergy can occur after use over a period of time with a product that has this chemical in it. good luck.
And they are absolutely right. The medical term for this is cross sensitivity. If people with allergies didn’t already have enough trouble, it turns out that if you are sensitive to one chemical it might predispose you to get the same reaction to a related one. Continue reading
I have had a couple of people asking me about methylisothiazolinone free hair dye. The answer is that although I don’t know a lot about hair dyes, I don’t think that many of them contain methylisothiazolinone or methylchloroisothiazolinone in either the colour shade or the activator. But quite a lot of them also include a conditioner, and this is often preservered with our troublesome friends. Continue reading