02-23-2018, 09:24 AM
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I've noticed that I have a reaction to some soaps. It seems to be the Italian soaps with the almond fragrance. Even if that scent is not the primary fragrance, I still get a mild rash/burning sensation. Had with one other, high menthol soap. At first I blamed the blade, then realized over time it was the soap. Now I can and do still use some of these soaps, but only one day a week, example Razorock P160. I'm not sure if this a synthetic petro-chemical additive or almonds, I'm not allergic to the nuts in any edible form.

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 02-23-2018, 10:02 AM
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Probably an allergic reaction to the almond fragrance, Benzaldehyde, which is used to create an almond scent is a common allergen

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 02-23-2018, 10:16 AM
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RR Classic, which is another almond scent, was the first soap that hated my skin.
As stated, the almond fragrance component is a common allergen.

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 02-23-2018, 10:56 AM
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(02-23-2018, 10:02 AM)LuvWetShavin Wrote: Probably an allergic reaction to the almond fragrance, Benzaldehyde, which is used to create an almond scent is a common allergen

Thanks, BENZALDEHYDE is now on my HATE LIST ....... Cheers

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 02-23-2018, 05:28 PM
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Cella did this to me...

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 02-23-2018, 05:34 PM
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Same here. RR XXX is one that particularly lit me up.

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 02-23-2018, 07:35 PM
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  • chazt
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My skin didn’t get along with Latha Lavanda.

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 02-23-2018, 07:52 PM
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Cinnamon!  Fire!

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 02-23-2018, 08:05 PM
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(02-23-2018, 05:28 PM)German Wrote: Cella did this to me...
Likewise

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 02-23-2018, 08:32 PM
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Ive used a couple honey soaps that irritated my skin and for some reason Stirling irritates my skin too.

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 02-23-2018, 08:42 PM
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(02-23-2018, 08:32 PM)Badgerstate Wrote: and for some reason Stirling irritates my skin too.

Do you mind if I ask which one?

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 02-24-2018, 06:05 AM
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I think three soaps from the B&M Latha lineup did me in (figgy puddin, lemon, lavender).  A couple of the Country-club-for-men soaps lit me up too.
For me I think Will said it was one of the fragrance oils that sounded like Geronimo. Smile
I guess you don't know until you try.

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 02-26-2018, 12:41 PM
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SdM donkey milk unfortunately! It's a phenomenal performer! On par with the absolute best soaps I've used. Not sure if it's the donkey milk or the fragrance

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 02-26-2018, 12:51 PM
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(02-26-2018, 12:41 PM)snowman Wrote: SdM donkey milk unfortunately! It's a phenomenal performer! On par with the absolute best soaps I've used. Not sure if it's the donkey milk or the fragrance

Same for me, not sure which it was but made my skin hot.

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 03-02-2018, 01:20 PM
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RR P-160 did it for me.

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 03-02-2018, 01:49 PM
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I avoid anything with almond/ marzipan scent after trying Figaro...

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 03-02-2018, 05:52 PM
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I make soap and actually had this conversation with two fragrance manufacturer.  

The first one said that many fragrance producers use junk solvents and people are allergic to the solvents, not the fragrance itself.  That may be what you are getting with the almond fragrance.  I have multiple chemical sensitivity and do not get that issue with my toasted almond scent.  

The second fragrance manufactuer said that the synthetic fragrances are basically a mix of synthetically made chemicals that make up the smell in a plant, fruit, etc..  If you are going to have issues with the plant, then you probably will with that fragrance since they have the same chemicals in them.  So you are basically giving your face the cinnamon challenge when you use the soap.  

Hope this helps.

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 04-01-2018, 11:22 AM
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Hello. I had a terrible experience with Pro de Provence 63. I shaved in the morning and  irritation continued the whole day.

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 04-02-2018, 07:36 AM
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(02-23-2018, 08:42 PM)chazt Wrote:
(02-23-2018, 08:32 PM)Badgerstate Wrote: and for some reason Stirling irritates my skin too.

Do you mind if I ask which one?
chazt


I don't know if almond oil is the problem but almond oil is an ingredient listed in all of Stirling's soaps except their unscented soap with Bee's Wax.  I thought/think I have a problem with almond oil so I started with Stirling's unscented with bee's wax.  I've moved on and tried other Stirling soaps with the almond oil and haven't had a problem. So I'm thinking that my problem either isn't almond oil or it isn't the amount that Stirling puts in their soaps.  I realize though that everyone's tolerance levels for various ingredients is different.  I'm glad I can use Stirling soaps as i really like them.

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 04-02-2018, 12:58 PM
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In regards to almond oil, I have come to think it isn't as much as an allergen as I thought originally. The nut oils always come up because so many people have allergies to eating certain (tree) nuts. There may have been a blurb or article I read mentioning that some can have reactions to sweet almond oil, but also those same people may not have the same reaction to properly made, cold pressed nut oil when it is free of some of the extraction chemicals. This would be where you see the carrier oils sold and it says something such as "hexane free". This may be totally useless as many people who would be under the impression they have a food allergy and wouldn't risk a reaction to "try" or "test" their skin. But as an example, I had a major reaction to a banana years ago that made me think I now had a banana allergy. But as I came to realize I am fine to eat bananas but it was likely a bad banana, maybe something like a pesticide was ingested, something, but I don't know.

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