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Order up a bunch of samples from shavedash. Try Martin de Candre and the Italian creams, like Santa Maria Novella, ABC, Acqua di Parma, XPEC....
Interesting, and thanks for the advice!Alot of high-end English creams are heavily fragranced. You might be reacting to a top note like an aldehyde that creates a hazy, effervescent "perfume" effect.
Nivea Sensitive might agree with you more. It's very lightly scented. You might even get lucky with something like Palmolive.
Thanks a lot for the tip, that site seems to have lots of interesting samples.Order up a bunch of samples from shavedash. Try Martin de Candre and the Italian creams, like Santa Maria Novella, ABC, Acqua di Parma, XPEC....
I deliberately chose not to say the pH of lather shave cream is 11.5. Certainly if you put a pH meter's electrodes in shave cream the meter will read around 11.5 (and that gives an indication of how alkaline the product is) but attempting to measure the pH of such a concentrated viscous material opens up a whole bag of worms about the difficulties of pH measurement.If the pH of a shave product is really 11.5... that explains why I find alot of shave creams and soaps uncomfortable.
For many years Gillette used to run a pH test on each batch of shave cream but they measured the pH of a 10% aqueous mix of the final product. This gave a reading around 10.5. But they even dropped this test eventually.
Thanks for your tips, that NIL soap does seem interesting.Try a sample of NIL, a fragrance-free artisan soap that may be what you seek:
Artisan Shaving Soap - Tallow Based - https://www.shannonssoaps.com/handmade-shaving-soap.html
Looks like allergic reaction to Triethanolamine. Alkalinity doesn't explain the throat and lung irritation.
Triethanolamine is an amine produced by reacting ethylene oxide (considered highly toxic) with ammonia (another known toxin). It is used as a buffering agent, masking and fragrance ingredient, and surfactant, in addition to its primary use as a pH adjuster.
Triethanolamine is not an emulsifier. In Satin Care for example it reacts with the stearic and palmitic acids also in the formulation to produce triethanolamine soap which is, of course, an emulsifier.Gillette Satin Care was mentioned, and it has triethanolamine as an ingredient, but it caused no reaction. Triethanolamine is used as an emulsifier in some shaving creams and gels (including English shaving creams that are popular on Badger & BLade).
Triethanolamine is much less likely to cause allergic reactions than many common fragrance ingredients.
If a person has allergies or asthma, sticking with sensitive skin or unscented creams is the most obvious choice.
I had one additional thought about this: Is it possible that the amount of minerals in the tap water can affect how the shaving cream reacts when whipping up some lather? If so, maybe that can cause some scent that gives me an allergic reaction. I gotta try one of those premium shaving creams with distilled water sometime. Not that our tap water is that "hard" but it isn't perfectly free of minerals either.