Originally Posted by le_goon
Anyone have thoughts on Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist???
I hear it's fantastic, but not available stateside last time I checked.
Originally Posted by hipster
finally managed to locate a better shop and went with DHI, a*men, prada amber intense and midnight in paris.
Good choices. Hope they work out for you!
Originally Posted by teenagelightning
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)?
Hmmm, off the top of my head I know that coumarin is currently a restricted ingredient, and a quick google check on methyl coumarin yields a note re: allergic photosensitivity (which means you get sunburn more easily). However, I'm not sure it's a big part of A&F's store scent, though I could be wrong.
The bigger issue is that, yeah, some people have reactions and sometimes they're awful. The worst I get is queasy, and that's just from a couple of scents which I've since jettisoned. Good luck!