Propylene Glycol (PG)/Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Myths

Readers of my blog have no doubt noticed that I’ve focused a lot on glycol-based molecules recently. My expanding allergic symptoms to those particular chemicals have prompted me to have to learn a lot more about them, and this is the result. Rest assured that there will be more areas of focus than just propylene […]


Isn’t *Anything* I Can’t Pronounce Dangerous? (or Critical Thinking About Science)

In short? No. Think about that. First of all, everything on earth either has a chemical name or is made of things that have chemical names. Yes, some have common names as well, but the fact is that everything in our world is made up of chemicals. Have you ever seen the warnings for dihydrogen […]


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 […]


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 […]