Answer: Trying to find a suitable face moisturiser!
Far out this has been a lifetime bug bear of mine.
I am terribly sensitive to creams and products...always have been.....my parents have spent a small fortune over the years trialling creams....and attempting to eliminate and identify what exactly I am allergic too.
This has continued on and on over the years....
In the last 10 years or so I grew tired of wasting money on expensive creams I couldn't tolerate...and I just stuck to my good old faithfuls....always a glycerine / sorbolene type cream....usually QV.
However.....I have been on a quest of late to rid my home of all chemicals and product toxins....and my good old faithful cream was on my list to replace....seeing as it contains lots of nasties on my list.
I started searching for a replacement....
I have read label after label.....read reviews.... googled.... and ummed and ahhed about what to try.
I know I am VERY sensitive to lavender .....and unfortunately a lot of natural products contain lavender....so some of my initial favourite options were immediately ruled out.
I've also been so bitten over the years....wasting 100's of dollars on products I couldn't tolerate....so I am so reluctant to spend high end dollars.
(although I would be very happy to if I knew it suited my skin...and could trial it first.....so obviously I will be keeping my eye out for samples from now on.)
Then I stumbled across the Sukin range.... an all organic range.... with lots of good reasons to use them...including sustainable... Australian made....no nasties.....and a damn good price.
Most of their range has lavender......but their sensitive moisturiser didn't ...I checked the bottle and the website ingredients list.....and was chuffed.
Sometimes I question my intelligence....
I didn't trial it on a small patch.....nope!....I lathered it on....all over my face....neck.....and chest.
Yep this was going to be my all natural...organic....replacement for my QV cream.
Well that was until a few hours later when I started to feel a bit itchy around my eyes....I didn't connect it to the face cream to begin with.....so I continued to wear it for a few more hours....by then I had broken out in a fine red rash in every single spot the cream had touched....and my eyes were blown up like balloons.
I felt like a freakazoid!!
It took 4 days for my eyes to go down....and the rash is only just subsiding now...almost 6 days post.
(Just sharing my hideous swollen face.... my eyes....my neck...all swollen...so frustrating.
So I would love to hear what others have found works well.
If you are using a healthy....natural...no nasties face cream and are happy Id love to hear what it is.
Obviously I still need to avoid lavender....and clearly there is another ingredient that triggers a reaction....just a damn shame I have no idea what it is.
As for the Sukin range.....I still think its fabulous even though its NOT for me.
I am ridiculously sensitive....so I don't blame the cream ...I blame my own allergies....and this post is in no way a negative to the Sukin range or product.