Saturday, January 9, 2016


Just have to include these...we decided to have fun after Roger's doctor visit and dropped by this trader's flea market.
Anytime I see beautiful teacup sets, I think of my good friend, Mildred.   So I just had to show something pretty on this dark, dreary day.  There was another one I wanted to photograph, but my battery died and I had not brought a spare inside with me and was too lazy to go back outside to get one.

Anyway, as to the results of Roger's patch testing.

He had a reaction to three things:  Formaldehyde, Balsam of Peru, and Super Glue.  It doesn't mean we have to get rid of everything in our house that has them, it is more stuff that he comes into contact with/handles a lot with bare hands.

Formaldehyde, besides being used in industrial applications, is often used as a preservative, disinfectant, and antiseptic.  It can be found in such products as pesticides, adhesives, hair products, cosmetics, and name a few.

Balsam of Peru is used in fragrances.  And this  is a whole other situation.  Not all fragrances include it, but often when listing the ingredients, products just list 'fragrance' as an ingredient but not what was used to make the fragrance.  Again, they are cosmetics, lotions, shampoo, sunscreen, toothpaste, soaps, etc.  

Then add to that, when somethings say 'Unscented'--it doesn't mean they are fragrance free.  Companies sometimes add ingredients to mask the scent.  So we will be finding a few products and sticking with them I guess.

Both of these items have several names...Balsam of Peru had 17 names and formaldehyde has 24...

We still go back Monday just to make sure there is no delayed reaction to any, but so far, it does not look as if there is going to be.