In March 2006 I was in Ireland. I had a wonderful time and great company. Since it was during what is considered spring break, I can say that I experienced Irish spring. I had a different Irish Spring experience today. After taking a shower I put on Irish Spring speed stick deodorant. A few minutes later I started scratching myself and saw that all the places where the product touched my skin had turned red. A quick look at the back of the label revealed that it says, “If rash develops, discontinue use.” The label probably gets Colgate Palmolive off the hook, but I am still irritated (pun intended). I want to know why it happened.
Because I am biased, I looked at the label to see if it was made in China, but no, it was made in the U.S. A blog search revealed that I am not the only one commenting on this. The explanation on the FAQ on the brand’s website was very general and unhelpful. I called the 800 number on the back to find out but they don’t answer on Sundays.
If you are reading this and you work for Palmolive or were hired by them to monitor blogs, please comment or write to me and let the world know why the product causes a rash. Which of the ten ingredients listed is the culprit? Should I avoid “Irish Spring” altogether or just products that have PEG-90 Diisostearate or any other ingredient?
I added the caution to the wikipedia page of Irish Spring.
I have no problem with Colgate and I have a favorable opinion of Irish Spring since my high school sweetheart gave me a spray deodorant the day before I joined the Air Force. Also, doing some graphics work in the past for the Degree brand (which is the competitor) did not turn me against the brand.
I just want to know what is the cause and make sure it does not happen again.
This was long, I cannot finish with this angry tone, so let me say that today I went on a bike ride to Northerly Island and it was beautiful. All the prairie plants are tall and in bloom.
I will update this after I call the 800 number tomorrow.
I talked on the phone with Phonecia from Palmolive. Her assessment is that the high alcohol dosage in Irish Spring is the culprit. Palmolive will send me a coupon for a different product. I opted for the coupon rather than a check so I won’t pay the sales tax twice. There is no way for me to know what the alcohol level is in other products. The safe bet is to use what I used before.
I guess I am the sensitive type.