In August last year, my colleague Darlene developed allergic rhinitis, almost overnight. ‘I would wake up snuffly, my eyes itching and watering, nose running, sneezing nonstop,’ she says. ‘At times, it was so severe my eyelids became dry and lizard-like, and my head throbbed.’ Despite extensive tests, no cause could be found. ‘The specialist said many people don’t find the cause – or causes – and, basically, it seemed I would have to live with it.’
However, Darlene noticed that her symptoms were worse when she used cosmetic or household products containing fragrances (synthetic or natural) or parabens preservatives. So she set out on a quest to find fragrance and parabens-free products for her dry skin, preferably with an anti-ageing element.
As it turned out, it was quite a tall order, involving months of trial and error. Since so many people suffer similarly, I thought it would be useful to share her finds, which are all free of parabens and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), and, unless specified, also fragrance-free. Darlene says one word:
Organic skin care
Green skin care
Natural skin care
Biodynamic skin care
Made from pomegranate seed oil