The perfumed shower gel
I bought Lolita Lempicka L Perfumed Shower Gel as an accompaniment to my 50 ml bottle of Eau de Parfum and a 200 ml bottle of Perfumed Body Lotion. The bottle is an attractive turquoise plastic and has a golden lid and a hanging signature of 'L' cast across its neck.
I have so far avoided using perfumed body lotion or shower gel versions of a particular fragrance because I was convinced these perfumed products do not have the same quality as other shower gels that were formulated with essential oils to be used on dry or sensitive skin.
I have very sensitive skin that's prone to eczema so I tend to use my own soap-free non-lather shower gel formulas in the shower. I also noticed that gentle everyday shampoos are better tolerated by my skin and it doesn't become as dehydrated as from a shower gel.
Knowing the risks, I still couldn't resist the temptation of once in a while pampering myself with a matching shower gel of my beloved Lolita. The scent resembles a lot to the smell of the eau de parfum but isn't exactly the same.
The shower gel smells sharper, soapier and somewhat salty. It doesn't have a lot of vanilla in it though the spicy cinnamon is apparent.
Once in the shower I squeezed a normal amount of shower gel into my hand and started working it into a lather. It didn't really lather it just became slimy on the skin. It didn't have a strong fragrance and in fact, once I washed it off, I could hardly smell anything at all.
Never mind, I was still happy that now I can enjoy my Lolita in my bathroom too not just on the dresser. The surprise came when I started drying myself with the towel. My neck and chest area felt tight and uncomfortable, slightly tingly. Oh no, I thought, I'm allergic to something in it, but what?
After I dried myself the reaction actually got worse, now it was constantly itchy and reddish. I reached for the Aloe Vera Gel and applied it generously over the affected neck and chest area.
Luckily it didn't spread any further and about half an hour later, the irritation stopped and my skin was back to normal.
It didn't take long to guess that I got a reaction to the cinnamon. Cinnamon essential oil is an irritant and should never be used undiluted on the skin. I know this because I use essential
oils as active ingredients in my home made cosmetics. I have a bottle of cinnamon oil but I don't use of it in any cosmetics / perfume exactly because of its caustic property.
The first and last time I used cinnamon oil in a product was in a soap. I followed a recipe from a printed book called 'Soaps and Scents' which is a book that teaches you how to make home made soaps and fragrances.
The recipe used cinnamon oil in the soap blend. As this was the first soap I made in my life, I thought nothing of it. I did know cinnamon shouldn't be used directly on the skin but I thought the amount the recipe is using will be too small to cause irriatation.
How wrong I was. I gave a piece of this soap to a friend. She used it once in the shower. She got red marks all over her body. She never used it again and put the soap in her downstairs toilet where it does do a good job as a 100% natural deodorant / air freshener.
I've been making home-made soaps ever since using the same base ingredient and some essential oils, except for cinnamon and not any of my friends or family members who use my soaps complained about any skin irritation.
Perfumed body products are generally not suitable for sensitive skin and are quite drying so I'll understand if the product comes without a word of warning.
Cinnamon can cause irritation to any type of skin and basically added to any product will make it unusable for a lot of consumers.
Thanks for reading my review.
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