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    Throughout my life, there is a constant struggle to find things I won't have negative reactions to. Washing powder, washing up liquid, soap, deodorant... I've managed to find a washing powder that I get on with, get around washing up liquid by getting other people to do it and have found a plain soap. Deodorant continues to evade me; even the stuff made for sensitive skin is too strong.

    It also means anything like make up or perfume is out. What I'm allergic to is found in fragrances ... so, if it's unfragranced, I'm generally not allergic to it (I have other sensitivities so can be allergic to plain things, but they're less commonly found.)

    However, that leads to me not smelling very nice, because I can't use fragranced soap, I can't use deodorant and I can't use perfume. I once asked a friend what I smell like; her response: "You don't smell bad, it's clearly obvious you don't have BO and that you're clean. It's more ... plain and natural, lightly earthy possibly. But not bad."

    So, I smell plain, natural and earthy. Great.

    How much is this going to trip me up in life? For example, when I go for interviews, will people take one look at me, see that I'm not wearing make up and smell that I haven't put anything like perfume on and think, "Well, she doesn't want the job, she's made no effort at all"? How about getting boyfriends - whose going to choose plain, natural and earthy over someone who can wear all sorts of exotic smells and make up?

    Unhelpful answers: Suggestions to see a doctor, because I already have (and specialists.) Or suggestions for products; if it's been on the shelves in the UK in the last twenty years, I've tried it. I appreciate you'd only be trying to help, but this isn't what I need help with.
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    Loads of people don't wear make up or perfume either, and it's not because they've got allergies or sensitivities. It's not actually going to set you back in life, and if someone did make a negative comment about it then they're obviously not worth your bothering.
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    Loads of people don't wear make up or perfume either, and it's not because they've got allergies or sensitivities. It's not actually going to set you back in life, and if someone did make a negative comment about it then they're obviously not worth your bothering.
    Do you actually know any? Because I have plenty of friends who don't in everyday life ... but do/would for an interview or date, for example. And lots of people say that on the internet too: "Maybe just a bit of perfume or eye shadow for special occasions." But it is never going to be possible for me to.

    Sorry if that sounds a bit abrupt.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Throughout my life, there is a constant struggle to find things I won't have negative reactions to. Washing powder, washing up liquid, soap, deodorant... I've managed to find a washing powder that I get on with, get around washing up liquid by getting other people to do it and have found a plain soap. Deodorant continues to evade me; even the stuff made for sensitive skin is too strong.

    It also means anything like make up or perfume is out. What I'm allergic to is found in fragrances ... so, if it's unfragranced, I'm generally not allergic to it (I have other sensitivities so can be allergic to plain things, but they're less commonly found.)

    However, that leads to me not smelling very nice, because I can't use fragranced soap, I can't use deodorant and I can't use perfume. I once asked a friend what I smell like; her response: "You don't smell bad, it's clearly obvious you don't have BO and that you're clean. It's more ... plain and natural, lightly earthy possibly. But not bad."

    So, I smell plain, natural and earthy. Great.

    How much is this going to trip me up in life? For example, when I go for interviews, will people take one look at me, see that I'm not wearing make up and smell that I haven't put anything like perfume on and think, "Well, she doesn't want the job, she's made no effort at all"? How about getting boyfriends - whose going to choose plain, natural and earthy over someone who can wear all sorts of exotic smells and make up?


    Unhelpful answers: Suggestions to see a doctor, because I already have (and specialists.) Or suggestions for products; if it's been on the shelves in the UK in the last twenty years, I've tried it. I appreciate you'd only be trying to help, but this isn't what I need help with.
    Don't worry, you have nothing to loose, you might actually have an advantage from the health point of view because you don't put
    http://planetgreen.discovery.com/fashion-beauty/care2-toxic-beauty-ingredients.html on your skin.
    Also..there are more and more people who realize that it is not "alright" to do anything to be beauty and they just love the natural, unspoiled beauty.

    (Original post by psychocustard)
    Loads of people don't wear make up or perfume either, and it's not because they've got allergies or sensitivities. It's not actually going to set you back in life, and if someone did make a negative comment about it then they're obviously not worth your bothering.
    You couldn't say it better
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Do you actually know any? Because I have plenty of friends who don't in everyday life ... but do/would for an interview or date, for example. And lots of people say that on the internet too: "Maybe just a bit of perfume or eye shadow for special occasions." But it is never going to be possible for me to.

    Sorry if that sounds a bit abrupt.
    I'm one who would be up for it and if you want I can count how many people I know don't use cosmetics actually!
    I also know people who prepare their own cosmetics, at home, made of vegetables, honey etc. and I really appreciate their effort.
    You could also try this and I can help you find resources on this topic.
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    Aren't there loads of 'ranges' of natural stuff? I'm sure there's loads of things that are unfragranced. If you can pin point exactly what you're allergic from, then you can go from there. You said you've seen specialists, I'm assuming this means a Dermatologist?
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    dermalogica is like a biollion percent natrual
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    (Original post by rylit91)
    Aren't there loads of 'ranges' of natural stuff? I'm sure there's loads of things that are unfragranced. If you can pin point exactly what you're allergic from, then you can go from there. You said you've seen specialists, I'm assuming this means a Dermatologist?
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    dermalogica is like a biollion percent natrual
    What did I say in that last section? Yes, I've seen a dermatologist and I know exactly what I'm allergic to - mainly it's a natural product that appears in fragranced stuff, although other chemicals do kick it off as well.

    Also, I don't have unlimited money and I've got to the point where I've found things I'm not allergic to, I don't want to keep wasting money (twice; every time I tried out something else I was ultimately allergic to, that was more cream to treat the rashes.)
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    What did I say in that last section? Yes, I've seen a dermatologist and I know exactly what I'm allergic to - mainly it's a natural product that appears in fragranced stuff, although other chemicals do kick it off as well.

    Also, I don't have unlimited money and I've got to the point where I've found things I'm not allergic to, I don't want to keep wasting money (twice; every time I tried out something else I was ultimately allergic to, that was more cream to treat the rashes.)
    doubt you've tried dermalogica tbh it has barely anything bad in it
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    How about getting boyfriends - whose going to choose plain, natural and earthy over someone who can wear all sorts of exotic smells and make up?
    I would. I'm massively put off women who cover themselves in god only knows what.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Throughout my life, there is a constant struggle to find things I won't have negative reactions to. Washing powder, washing up liquid, soap, deodorant... I've managed to find a washing powder that I get on with, get around washing up liquid by getting other people to do it and have found a plain soap. Deodorant continues to evade me; even the stuff made for sensitive skin is too strong.

    It also means anything like make up or perfume is out. What I'm allergic to is found in fragrances ... so, if it's unfragranced, I'm generally not allergic to it (I have other sensitivities so can be allergic to plain things, but they're less commonly found.)

    However, that leads to me not smelling very nice, because I can't use fragranced soap, I can't use deodorant and I can't use perfume. I once asked a friend what I smell like; her response: "You don't smell bad, it's clearly obvious you don't have BO and that you're clean. It's more ... plain and natural, lightly earthy possibly. But not bad."

    So, I smell plain, natural and earthy. Great.

    How much is this going to trip me up in life? For example, when I go for interviews, will people take one look at me, see that I'm not wearing make up and smell that I haven't put anything like perfume on and think, "Well, she doesn't want the job, she's made no effort at all"? How about getting boyfriends - whose going to choose plain, natural and earthy over someone who can wear all sorts of exotic smells and make up?

    Unhelpful answers: Suggestions to see a doctor, because I already have (and specialists.) Or suggestions for products; if it's been on the shelves in the UK in the last twenty years, I've tried it. I appreciate you'd only be trying to help, but this isn't what I need help with.
    you need to chill out a bit. not all girls wear make up all the time, not even for special occasions. even like eyeliner or something small. some girls never wear it, and its never been an issue with regards to getting a boyfriend
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    doubt you've tried dermalogica tbh it has barely anything bad in it
    The stuff that comes in quite plain packaging, usually white with grey writing and tops?

    I've tried it.
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    makeup is pointless, and artificial smells are not good, you don't need them.
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    If you wanted to smell nice couldn't you put perfume on your clothes like your jumper which wont be in contact with your skin? You could even do the same with deodorant depending on what you wear... Its not ideal but it could work?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    What did I say in that last section?
    Jeez, you need to chill out. Seriously, people are only trying to help.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Do you actually know any? Because I have plenty of friends who don't in everyday life ... but do/would for an interview or date, for example. And lots of people say that on the internet too: "Maybe just a bit of perfume or eye shadow for special occasions." But it is never going to be possible for me to.

    Sorry if that sounds a bit abrupt.
    Uh yes, I do actually. My mum, my boyfriend's mum, my housemate, most of my friends...

    Calm down and please stop being so rude to people. We've tried to help, and you're just being horrible about it all. Lack of make up and perfume will not hold you back in life, and I know I'd much rather employ someone who smelt natural than someone caked in make up and perfume.
 
 
 
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