> Anyone else react to a natural repellent but not synthetic ones? How natural are they really?
Just because something is 'natural' doesn't mean you won't react to it...
Stinging nettles, bee stings, poison ivy, deadly nightshade, death cap (Amanita phalloides), destroying angel (Amanita bisporigera), etc. To say nothing of the natural biological hazards...
Just as 'chemicals' aren't necessarily bad; glucose is a chemical, as are proteins, etc... As Moby would say, "We are all made out of stars", we might also say "We are all made out of chemicals"...
Likewise, there's nothing implicitly wrong with synthesized chemicals, either.
On the other hand...
I react very badly to a number of synthetic fragances, so I avoid anything strongly fragranced, not to mention that I can't stand smelling of various cheap fragrances from various washing products (body and clothes). Living in a hard water area, the loo tends to build up scale very quickly, so, having finally cleared it with one product, I decided to use a preventative chemical; toilet duck gel discs. And, dear god, do they stink; a horrible, chemical smell. Lime zest? You're joking. I may not be able to continue using the stuff.
> and to make the point that with any skin product to test a bit first before liberal application.
Wise words indeed.
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