Suddenly develop an allergic reaction to one of their products.
So no, this won’t work for everyone, or even most people. But sadly, it may work for me.
I’ve always had sensitive skin, from the time I was a baby. And I’ve always had a propensity for allergic reactions to things. I am one of those people that if modern medicine hadn’t affected the course of natural selection, I wouldn’t have made it to adulthood. I have a life-threatening allergy to strawberries, a host of other more minor allergies to everything from dust to mosquitoes, and a number of different cleaning products give me severe hives. Trust me, you don’t want to find out you’re allergic to fabric softener when wearing underwear washed in it. Just trust me.
Bath and Body Works things have never bothered me at all, which is one of the reasons I have collected so many of them. I’m more prone to hives in the winter when my skin is generally drier, and when I started to itch a few days ago, I chalked it up to winter and cursed my sensitive skin. I was using a Bath and Body Works lotion that I hadn’t used in a while, but I had used before, and I didn’t make a connection between the hives and the lotion. Until I realized that the more lotion I used, the worse the hives got. I stopped using that lotion and switched to a different one – the hives went away. I did a little test spot a few days later of the original lotion – big ugly red hives.
The funny thing is, the lotion I switched to in between is also Bath and Body Works, so it must be a fragrance additive that I am having the reaction to. This has happened to me before with the aforementioned fabric softeners (although now I just use plain white vinegar because I never want to repeat that experience), I would have a reaction to one scent and not another. This is also why we use non-allergenic laundry detergent.
So I don’t think I will be buying any more Bath and Body Works lotions. I will use up the one that I didn’t react to, and probably do some testing of other fragrances I already have, but I really hate hives, and don’t want to tempt fate any more than I already am. Ugh. I will miss the pretty smells.