I enjoy the hell out of fragrances, but I get a bad reaction to quite a lot of them. I'm trying to pinpoint the ingredient and I think it's coumarin? I'm pretty clueless about all of this. The bad reaction is I get this burning sensation in my nose and then get a headache and later feel pretty sick. The quickness with which this happens varies from scent to scent so that leads me to believe it's a specific ingredient. If I walk by an Abercrombie store I'm in actual burning nose pain from whatever miasma billows out their air vents.
I can wear Lush Icon (of all things) and it won't bother me, and thanks to lush's open ingredients list I compared it with a lot of other Lush scents that gave me the bad reaction and noticed that none of the ingredients in Icon have any coumarin or things which contain coumarin (like tarragon). Here's the ingredients of icon: DRF Alcohol , Perfume , Myrrh Resinoid (Commiphora myrrha) , Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus dulcis) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia) , Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album) , Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis) , *Citral , *Geraniol , *Benzyl Benzoate , *Farnesol , *Limonene
The girlfriend wears Creed Spring Flower and that doesn't bother me either, though she's tried some other scents and they'll trigger the allergy (?)
Is this a common thing? Anyone else have this reaction? If this is a coumarin allergy, does anyone know of some scents with no coumarin or coumarin containing ingredients (cinnamon, lavender, tonka, lemongrass, rose, tagetes, and tarragon)?