Itchy scalp = glycol allergy?

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I started the CG method this morning, but when I went to get the products, I had a terrible time finding a gel that I could tolerate. I bought the SN Coconut conditioner for cowash, and finally settled on Ampro Clear Ice Gel, but I suspect I will be ordering something.

It's nice to see another lavender-allergy sufferer. I've had naturopaths and stylists tell me that a lavender allergy was 'impossible' (despite the fact that studies show that 8-13% of the population is allergic to lavender).
Originally Posted by Roswenthe
Gosh, I love lavender so much, I can't even imagine being allergic to it! You're right that they use it in a lot of products, so it must be really tricky to find stuff without it. My sympathies. (There was another post recently by someone allergic to chamomile/matricaria. That's also very common in beauty products.)

Eek, that Ampro Clear Ice Gel has propylene glycol waaay up there, so if it makes you itch that might be the culprit. If not, enjoy! Propylene glycol is relatively inexpensive and can serve many purposes, so it's pretty popular chemical.
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Today is the first time I've tried it, and so far it seems alright, but I will likely switch to something else. It was just the only thing I could find that fit the requirements for CG and that didn't make my nose itch.

What are some good PG-less or low PG gels?
These are a few that come to mind...

**contains silicones

Aubrey Organics B5 Design Gel
Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic Moisturizing Jelly

Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel

Fruit of the Earth (FOTE) Aloe Vera Gel

Giovanni More Body Hair Thickening Gel
Giovanni Magnetic Attraction Style Gel**

Jessicurl Rockin' Ringlets Styling Potion
Jessicurl Confident Coils Styling Solution
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Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength


Last edited by poemaXX; 06-06-2012 at 08:22 AM. Reason: More info.
Originally Posted by poemaXX
Think I'm going to try that. The ingredients list looks alright, and that had everything listed instead of the generic 'fragrance' listing at the end.

Thanks!
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Lavender Allergy
I am finding this thread rather fascinating. I am also allergic to lavender, and can't even tolerate picking up a bottle with lavender in it without my whole arm breaking out in a rash. I hate how they are sticking in it everything nowadays. I am allergic to some other perfumes, but they mostly make my nose itch. I can tell immediately upon sniffing something if I'm allergic to it. The people at Walgreens are used to me by now sniffing the haircare and soap aisles, and the beauty counter girl now keeps recommendations for me.

I started the CG method this morning, but when I went to get the products, I had a terrible time finding a gel that I could tolerate. I bought the SN Coconut conditioner for cowash, and finally settled on Ampro Clear Ice Gel, but I suspect I will be ordering something.

It's nice to see another lavender-allergy sufferer. I've had naturopaths and stylists tell me that a lavender allergy was 'impossible' (despite the fact that studies show that 8-13% of the population is allergic to lavender).
Originally Posted by Roswenthe

I know, I've been told the same thing. Tell that to my hives when I've touched lavendar. Oddly though it's not all varieties of lavendar, the worst is Lavendin.

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OMG! Thank you for posting about this. I am fairly certain this has been what has been killing my scalp, hands and face. The link you provided is very helpful!
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This post has helped me greatly . . I was trying my darndest to figure out why my scalp was itching so badly after using Tresemme Moisture Rich and found that it does have propylene glycol. My scalp hasn't itched this bad since I found out that I had an allergy to citrus.
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OMG! Thank you for posting about this. I am fairly certain this has been what has been killing my scalp, hands and face. The link you provided is very helpful!
Originally Posted by CutieCurlyMama
This post has helped me greatly . . I was trying my darndest to figure out why my scalp was itching so badly after using Tresemme Moisture Rich and found that it does have propylene glycol. My scalp hasn't itched this bad since I found out that I had an allergy to citrus.
Originally Posted by pprMACHEheart
I'm so glad this post has been helpful to others. I've been careful to avoid propylene glycol ever since I posted about it and, boy, do I notice a difference!

Recent reminder of what propylene glycol does to my skin...
Unfortunately, the other day I went to get a facial and didn't think to look up the sample products the aesthetician gave me until the end of the day. Uh-oh Propylene glycol was in several of them. Even though the brand seems to use quality ingredients, that didn't seem to matter since the next morning I had a funny rash between my eyebrows and lower part of my forehead. My skin was a bit scaly and there was a bump or two that wasn't quite a pimple. It's been two days and it's slowly healing... Not fun. If you're sensitive to PPG, be sure to stay away from the stuff! If your stylist or aesthetician might use a product with it on you, wash it off ASAP and use your own stuff.

Keeping my hair and skin happy : Aubrey Organics
This brand deserves a shout-out. Love their hair and skin care stuff and no propylene glycol. All-natural and effective. <3
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Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

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