Sensitivity or normal reaction? What else to avoid?

I recently bought something from Avon & it contains menthol.

Even though it's in the middle of the ingredients list, it was strong enough to make me not want to use it again.

Something I used years ago containing mint gave me an intense ice cold, yet on fire feeling, with itching & redness.

I didn't bother to check to see if the menthol made me red. It didn't make me itch. Does that mean I'm not sensitive to it? Is the intense ice cold feeling a normal reaction?

Peach just makes me itch. I found that out with Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner.

So if I have a sensitivity to mint, peach & menthol ingredients, are there others of similar properties I should be on the watch to avoid?
Redness from menthol may not be an issue. I think those fumes affect most people. The itching is definitely a sensitivity or allergery.

My allergies have shown themselves with the hair products in the following ways: my scalp starts"stinging," face gets really red and skin feels sensitive (think bad sunburn,) inner ear or soft palate itch--I'm sure others can tell you more symptoms. If you can figure out the culprit, you can stay away from products that contain it.
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I don't get itching from menthol. Only from mint.

I don't know if I get redness from menthol. I do with mint.

I do get an intense cold feeling with menthol (& mint), which I guess is normal?

I get the stinging with mint.

I've never used anything containing menthol other than throat lozenges & of course, I didn't use them on my head. But I honestly can't tell you what they taste like. It's been a long time since I used them.

Last edited by lazy loops; 07-01-2008 at 02:14 PM.
The intense coldness is a normal reaction to menthol and mint. Any itching or redness is not. Menthol is what give s that cooling sensation to toothpastes and mouthwashes and clears your sinuses (vicks). Mint can do the same thing but different types of mint will have larger or smaller reactions.

Menthol is also in things like noxema (which is why I never used it, even in my teen years when it was the cool thing to use).
I don't use mouthwashes (burns/hurts), Noxema (can't stand the scent) or Vicks (ditto & much too strong).

I thought mint was in toothpastes, not menthol.

OK, so I'll give the deep treatment another try & just grin & bear it through the deep freeze.

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