Health: Free to Be You and Me, MCI Free!

By 10/13/2016October 16th, 2016No Comments

I have always had sensitive skin, but of late it has been BEYOND sensitive.  In the past few months, I noticed mainly at night it was becoming unbearable.  Anytime after dinner or late night writing sessions became itch mania.  To the point where I was itching so much I was leaving scratch marks.  In the past, I have resisted going to an allergist.  Probably because I’ve been afraid of what they would tell me.  What if I’m allergic to my favorite sushi?  Or (gulp) allergic to dirt?  WTF!  I’ve heard of that happening.  Are you suppose to never leave your house?

I bit the bullet, last month and took my itchy ass (luckily no actual itch there) to Dr. Bernard Gellar, in Santa Monica.

I underwent what they call patch testing; small amounts of different chemicals and preservatives are placed on tape, which they leave on your back, for 48 hours.  You can’t shower or sweat really and the area must remain dry.  They remove the tape after 48 hours, but you still have to keep the area dry for 72.  This is the best way to identify a skin allergy.

Well, I’m sorry to say but I’m allergic to Methylchlorisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone and Benzisothiazolinone.  I know a mouthful!  I immediately began reading everything and anything I could about MCI.  Methylchlorisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone and Benzisothiazolinone are preservatives widely used in the US.

I was enraged to learn how many products use this preservative; Dreft, some Seventh Generation, Eucerin, Caldera and most shampoos and conditioners.  The more I read, I discovered that this chemical has been outlawed in Japan, Canada and the U.K., for over 3 years.  You may be wondering why?  Because some studies have shown that exposure to this preservative can be neurotoxic.

At least the cigarettes I smoke say they’re going to kill me, right on the box!  Nothing worse than a liar and that’s what so many of these “natural” products do in the US.

As with most chemicals it’s also a sneaky one.  Click here for a breakdown of all the hidden ways it’s listed on the DL.

I’ve had to switch many of my regular products to MCI-free ones.  Here are a few of my favs!



1. May Lindstrom Skin The Good Stuff– I’ve actually been using this for over a year.  The smell and texture is delicious, it also doesn’t hurt how good it looks on the bathroom shelf.

2. Kjaer Weis Cream Blush– Awesome brand and they have a lot of colors to choose from!

3. Tropic Skincare Tamanu Healing Balm– You can put on anything and everything.

4. Honest Beauty Everything Primer– Works like magic and you only need a little bit.

5. Ilia Beauty Tinted Moisturizer– Lightweight tinted moisturizer that is so dreamy.

6. Elli Body Scrub– Out of South Africa, this scrub is super moisturizing.

Be sure to check the links to all my fav chemical free sites.

At CosDNA, you can put in any list of ingredients and they will analyze them for you.

Great articles and extensive list of products:

Awesome brand!

Cleaner than clean products here:


Your girl,
Katie 💋
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