This is a warning to anyone with sensitive skin. If you think the skin on your face is sensitive imagine how sensitive your private parts are.
I didn’t realise what a prude I am but there you go, I can’t bring myself to to type the word for ‘you know what’.
This is a cautionary tale for any sensitive types out there who might get caught out with this one.
Who would ever have imagined there was such a thing as scented toilet roll? Why? It gets flushed straight down the loo covered in stuff you wouldn’t sniff so why does it need to be scented?
If you are dirty down there after wiping then you should wash. Not wipe some faintly scented paper over your smelly nether regions. How does that help?
It’s yet another strange instance of trying to cover up smells when really, if something smells we should deal with why that is and clean it, not mask it with another noxious fragrance.
I will leave the results of using the perfumed loo roll to your imagination but let’s just say, it took a lot of pain and frustration and wasted money on thrush treatments which were not even necessary.
I couldn’t fathom what would be making me itch in ‘two’ places… Nothing else had changed. I was only wearing cotton next to my skin and washing with my usual emollient. I had no irritiation anywhere else on my body. Just the unbearable tearing itch. A woman can’t spend the rest of her life in a warm bath trying to soothe the pain can she? What was I to do?
I was so uncomfortable and not sleeping and getting beside myself with the itch. It’s not an itch you can politely deal with in public!
When I finally sneezed into the offending bog roll and detected the whiff which started off a sneezing fest and itchy nose…it dawned on me. That ureka moment. The realisation that there was one thing I was doing over and over again.
The aloe vera and coconut oil was soothing the itch over night but in the morning the itch cycle began again.
Was it… the toilet paper? Using the toilet paper to blow my nose was the moment when it all fell into place. Did this loo roll smell perfumed? What the?
I found some of the cheap recycled unbleached loo paper we normally used and removed the nasty scented paper from the bathroom.
Let’s just say, it was instant relief. I could almost hear the sighs coming from below. No really, the itch was almost totally gone. Just a slight pain from the damage the horrid loo paper had already done.
All is now calm, relaxed and happy down there, well almost…
Aloe vera to soothe and some nice old boring bog standard unscented loo roll and all is nearly back to normal.
Which brand of scented loo roll caused the allergic reaction?
The brand we bought was Asda Shades Aloe Vera scented loo roll and a quick google search reveals that there are quite a few brands making a scented version including Cushelle, Andrex, Tesco and Asda.
I also found loads of forums and references of other people experiencing outer vaginal irritation (there I said the ‘v’ word – wasn’t so bad after all – and 50% of the population has one) from scented toilet paper. It seems to be quite a common problem.
How do they even make the scented toilet paper? How do they get the paper impregnated with fragrance and what ingredients exactly are added?
So what’s in Asda Shades scented aloe vera loo roll?
You will maybe be surprised to see that this loo roll does indeed carry an extensive list of ingredients. Amongst them a number of parabens and only two things I recognise out of a whopping 21 ingredients that made this scent; water and aloe – yep I know what they look like. But the rest? Just incredible.
- Poly (Ethylene Oxide) – A polymer, produce of petroleum gas or dehydrated alcohol. Large quanities known to cause cancer in rates and large oral doses to cause kidney and liver damage.
- Propylene Glycol – an organic alcohol, one of the most widely used cosmetic ingredients. Reported to cause allergic reactions.
- Glycerin – Any byproduct of soap manufacture. absorbs moisture. Supposed to be non-irritating and non-allergenic.
- Simethicone – an antifoam compound, a silicone oil, white viscous liquid.
- Potassium Sorbate – Sorbic acid potassium salt. Used as a mould and yeast inhibitor. May cause mild skin irritation.
- Sorbitol Stearate – An emulsifier used in skin creams.
- Peg 40 Stearate – derivative of lanolin. Lanolin has been found to be a common skin sensitiser , causing allergic contact skin rashes.
- Cellulose Gum – Fibrous substance consisting in the chief part of the cell walls of plants. Resistent to decomposition and give uniform viscosity.
- Alkyloxy Polyethyleneoxyethanol 70 – Not sure what this is but when you google it the word pesticide is prevalent…
- Alkyloxl Polyethyleneoxyethanol 120 – no google search results. Not in my Cosmetic ingredients bible.
- Polyquaternium 7 – antistatic ingredients and film formers ??? Can be toxic, depending on dose. Can cause irritiation and nectrosis of mucous membranes. Ingestion can be fatal!
- 2-(2 Butoxy-Ethoxy-Ethanol) – An Ethelene glycol. Not sure what this is…
- 3-Iodo-2 – Small cystals of powder with a penetration odor. Can be irritating to the skin. (I think)
- Propinyl-Butyl Carbamate – not in my book… unidentified
- Diazolidinyl Urea – Used as a pesticide in cosmetics. May release formaldahyde.
- Methyl Paraben – one of the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics. Can cause allergic reactions.
- Propyl Paraben – Not sure on this. Possibly a fragrance ingredient…
- Aloe Barbandensis – Lovely Aloe!
- Acetic Acid – Used as a fragrance ingredient and pH adjuster.
- Poly (Alkylene Glycol) Tocophersolan – antioxidant I think.
It’s just paper, it just needs to be paper. What’s going on guys? This is ridiculous. Keep this stuff away from your nether regions.
The motto of the story is – NEVER BUY SCENTED TOILET PAPER.
Stick to simple, recycled, non-bleached, chlorine free varieties and you should remain allergy free.
I have to say, loo paper is not a product I’ve been checking ingredients on but I will be from now on…
And don’t get me started on scented tampons and panty liners… buy these at your peril.
Anyone else had a problem with perfumed loo roll? or other such perfumed ladies products?