Scents are the way most of us decide if we want to use a product or avoid it. For those of us with allergies, scents can also warn us away from products we can’t be around! Too often commercial products make life more complicated by adding only ‘fragrances’ to the ingredient list, and although this alerts us to the information that it includes chemical scents, it isn’t helpful!
In order to make our products allergy friendly, we have opted to keep the scents we use to a minimum. Only one scent will be used in any product, so the decision of whether it is safe to use becomes much easier. We will also not use scents that are known common allergens such as lemon grass or cinnamon.
To keep the scents safer for those with allergies, we only use essential oils. These oils are created directly from the plant and provide a lovely scent. Without the addition of synthetic chemical additives, we have noticed they are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. If you know you are allergic to a specific plant, then clearly the products using that essential oil should not be used!
So why have we chosen to do we do this? As allergy sufferers we have endured all the symptoms described in this Health report when confronted with the scents we are allergic to:
- Coughing and shortness of breath
- Mucosal symptoms (such as congestion and watery eyes)
- Skin problems (like rashes, hives, tingling skin, and dermatitis)
For now we are starting with lavender, ginger and mint, and using only essential oils and dried flowers or leaves to create the scent. This makes choosing whether a product is safe to use so much easier, as the decision simply becomes ‘is this scent safe for me?’