For lots of people, the bathroom is a place of purity, pampering and relaxation. A place to freshen up and wind down. But for lots of other people — those of us with allergies, intolerances, skin conditions and auto-immune diseases — the bathroom is not so inviting.
Hi I’m Ash, and I find bathrooms scary, too. Since I was born, I’ve been dealing with pesky intolerances and skin conditions, and for the past seven years, I’ve been living with Hashimoto’s disease. Piping hot baths? Sounds like a skin rash to me. Bubbly soaps and gels? That means puffy skin, hives, bed and Netflix. ‘Hydrating’ moisturisers and expensive lotions? I’d be itchy all over, and anything but hydrated.
My health and wellness story is so long, with so many twists and turns, that it could be made into a movie (Zooey Deschanel, if you’re listening, you can play me). I’ve spent years hopping between specialists, trying to pinpoint where my body was going wrong. Eventually, we landed on a food chemical intolerance (on top of everything else) which demanded I remove all salicylates and amines from my diet, beauty regime and cleaning products.
Easy enough. There was just one problem: I couldn’t find any products that were skin, body and bathroom-approved. If something was allergy friendly, it contained sulfates and parabens, which are known hormone disruptors. If something was free of common irritants, they were substituted with natural ingredients that trigger my allergies. If I did find a medicinal product that I could tolerate, I was too embarrassed to put it on my vanity. It was one or the other. So I decided to do something about it.
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