Propylene Glycol Allergy

If you’re not used to reading ingredient labels, a positive patch test to propylene glycol might not mean much to you. If you do read labels, finding our you’re allergic to propylene glycol could send you into a bit of a tailspin. Propylene glycol is everywhere! It’s even in hydrocortisone cream, a common topical steroid […]


Easy Homemade Deodorant/Antiperspirant

I started looking for a new deodorant about three years ago. Part of the reason for this was a desire to move away from deodorants and antiperspirants with aluminum. I had also found that my underarm skin was getting rashy and sore, though I didn’t know why. I started by moving to Adidas cotton tech […]


The Price of Going Back, and the Conscious Choice

Before I get too far into posting safer cleaner and toiletry recipes, it’s important to talk about just what we’re getting into by stepping away from brand name products. Lots of people post natural “alternatives,” but very few talk about how your life will change. There’s a reason that companies make big profits selling us […]


Allergy/Sensitivity to Fragrances

A very common chemical allergy or sensitivity is a reaction to “Fragrance.” This can take the form of an asthmatic reaction, a tight throat, a runny or stuffed up nose, hives, a rash, dizziness, or even something entirely different. Fragrance can trigger both sensitivity and allergic reactions. ¬†Usually fragrance does not contain proteins (allergy is […]


Cleaning Counters, Floors, Toilets, and Wood

I used commercial chemicals in cleaning my house for years. We have been using Mr. Clean on floors and in bathtubs, Nature’s Miracle to clean pet odours, bleach sprays to clean bathrooms and spots on floors, and so many more chemicals to condition leather furniture, polish wooden furniture, clean toilets, and more. I never once […]


Much Ado About Garbage (Bags)

Have you ever noticed the smell of those Glad Kitchen Catchers? After years of use, one day I looked at the box and realized that these bags contain Febreeze. Febreeze is one of those products that is full of fragrance and even contains methylisothiazolinone (MI). And that’s in my garbage bags, releasing itself into the […]


Homemade Laundry Soap

Laundry detergent is one of those things most people think nothing about until they have to. Most people go out and pick up the cheapest one, or the one they’ve always used. They may have a preference of liquid, powder, or scent, but there’s not much to it. My mother always used powdered laundry detergent […]


The Importance of Dust

After seeing so many heartbreaking stories in Facebook allergy support groups recently, I wanted to choose a topic today that will help as many people as possible as quickly as possible. One of the most important things to consider when trying to stop reactions in their tracks is to consider contamination and allergen exposure routes. […]


Hello world!

Why am I doing this? After a long struggle with numerous, unrelated health issues, I seem to have finally started to figure out an answer – allergy to multiple chemicals used in common toiletry and cleaning products. My reactive threshold is pretty low, and it sucks, but I know there are people who are even […]