Problems? (re: Air freshener w/ sunflower allergy)

Started by AdminCM, August 22, 2011, 02:04:27 PM

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Posted: Aug 9th, 2010 at 05:17 pm      
Anyone with sunflower allergies have problems with Glade plug ins or similar air fresheners that emit a perfumed oil?

Posted: Aug 9th, 2010 at 11:09 pm        
My allergies are peanut & sesame, not sunflower, but I find most perfumey things bother me in one way or another.

Posted: Aug 10th, 2010 at 07:48 pm        
When my DD's teacher wanted to use those in the classroom, I called Johnson and Johnson. They said they did not recommend them in a classroom where my child spent a lot of time.

The teacher skipped using them.


Not sure if I'm supposed to reply here as all of the threads are being moved across but couldn't believe it when I saw your thread so going to post and hope it's in the right place  ~)

I've just found out that I have issues with sunflower oil (I think it would be termed an intolerance rather than a full blown allergy) but it's literally stopped me living my life as I couldn't figure out what it was that was causing me to feel so ill all the time. seems that the intolerance has got worse over time. With regard to fragrances, a few years ago it was only one or two air fresheners or perfumes that bothered me, now it's many many more. I emailed The Perfume Shop to ask whether they could advise re ingredients but they simply got back to me and said that none of the perfumes they stock contain sunflower oil etc. I think this is incorrect as I've since researched it more thoroughly and some perfumes to do contain halianthus annuus and other ingredients which I think are alternative terms for sunflower derivates but I'm not completely sure.

I have issues with Neutradol air fresheners, Ralgex spray, Obsession perfume, Lee Stafford hair products and quite a few others. It seems to be the smell of the fragrance that causes me problems as I don't have to be using the product itself. Do you mind me asking what sort of reaction you have? For me it's like a migraine type feeling with a lot of pain in my face (similar to blocked sinuses), I kind of feel like my head is full of something and no painkillers seem to work. I just have to lie down and hope that it goes.

In my opinion, being affected by fragrance is the worst aspect of it because I can control what I eat, what make-up I wear etc but if I go out and someone happens to be wearing perfume that provokes a reaction then I feel unwell immediately.

Would be really interested to hear from anyone else who has a similar issue and if you've had any luck clarifying ingredients with manufacturers.


This IS the correct place to have posted.   :)  I'll bring the thread over right now (assuming hubby doesn't interrupt me.


In the past I found perfume companies to be very secretive.  Calls usually resulted in being told not to use their products....without them checking ingredients....just a flat "do not use".  Which is doable when it's me, not so avoidable in the world outside my home though.


Thanks SilverLining.

It's frustrating isn't it? A lot of the hair products that affect me just list 'fragrance' as an ingredient. As it seems to be the smell of the product that triggers a reaction it isn't very helpful in narrowing down exactly what the problematic ingredient is. I'm hoping that by cutting sunflower oil out of my food and costmetics the reaction from fragrances will be lessened (not sure if this is possible of even logical but I'm hoping!)

Unfortunately problematic fragrances cause an immediate reaction so it's kind of unavoidable when in a public place. I understand that companies don't wish to disclose formula's and receipe's to their products but it would be good if the cosmetic industry had to list their ingredients in the same way the food industry does. Considering the product is applied directly to skin and can obviously cause allergic reactions etc it seems almost irresponsible not to.

I'm going to contact a few companies this week re possible triggering ingredients but I'm not holding out much hope. If I find anything out I will post here in case it's of interest.

Has anyone's nutritionist/Doctor/allergy specialist mentioned any particular fragrance(s) or ingredients are used in perfumes or air fresheners that are derivates of sunflower seeds or oil?


There are some make-up companies that are starting to either list ingredients or make them available.

Some hair-coloring compainies too.  I had called L'Oreal to ask about peanut or sesame in any of their hair colours.  They gave me the names of some that did NOT use either of those.  Unfortunately, I still reacted to the products.   ???  So...I'm going grey.

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