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My daughter: dairy, penicillin, Hawaiian punch (no clue)
My son: lactose, penicillin, possibly grapefruit and certain detergents
Me: lactose, penicillin, benadryl, percocet, HFCS, cinnamon oil, dust, molds and mildews

Yesterday, my son broke out in hives after consuming a grapefruit, something which he doesn't have often. I thought that it might be a reaction to laundry detergent, as it covered his back, shoulders, neck and stomach. But upon waking this morning, I remembered that I'd given him one of my grapefruits and a citrus sipper after school. (Also that I know people who have citrus allergies.) Assuming it was an allergy, I gave him claritin and spread the aloe gel on him to relieve symptoms. Rash nearly gone by morning. Will follow up with his doctor.

That morning, however, I had gone to the nutritionist and explained my symptoms and how I wanted to make sure that I was getting the right nutrients. She advised adding more nondairy products to my diet and going for allergy testing, including gluten, as she sees many people who are lactose-intolerant develop a gluten sensitivity. (My joint pain and other issues seem to be red flags, in her opinion.) If that is the case, then at least I have a good support system on livejournal and facebook of celiacs.
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Earlier, I had tried on some Dragon's Blood (non-BPAL) and had an allergic reaction.
Today, I was in a store that sold vials and incense, and discovered that Dragon's Blood most definitely should not smell like red hot cinnamon candies, although it is a spicy scent. (It should smell a bit more like allspice or chai.) So, I tried a little experiment...


Conclusion:
One bottle was most likely mislabeled. I received an apologetic email from the company today that suggested that I avoid skin contact, and use the oil in burners instead. Otherwise, if I want to use it as perfume, then I need to mix it with a carrier oil. (Since they cannot predict which customers would develop allergies, they will not refund me. However, they did disclose information about the carrier oil that is mixed with it, which is non-reactive.)

I doubt that anyone is interested in purchasing a bottle of cinnamon oil, so I guess I have to suck up this loss. However, I still have the other bottle, so it's not a total wash. If anyone has an idea of uses for cinnamon oil, please let me know.
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Since I have done well with dragon's blood in the past, I bought two bottles of Dragon's Blood fragrance oil from The Magick Moon. I tested a small amount on my wrist last night, without any reaction. Since I amp cinnamon, the cinnamon undertone was sharp on first application, but once dry, the other notes of the fragrance were well-balanced and subdued it.
This morning, however, I decanted a small amount into a spray bottle for travel. And discovered that although it suited me,  that I am allergic.  (My guess is the cinnamon, since bottles are clearly marked: "Discontinue use if allergic reaction occurs.") Now my neck is red, itchy and painfully hot... and, sadly, I have to part with these items.

Dragon's Blood Fragrance Oil has a mysterious scent that is slightly sweet and spicy. It has a warm, earthy scent, with notes of amber, vanilla, sandalwood, light tones of musks and hints of Asian florals to bring out subtle spice undertones. Great for all year. Aromatherapy benefits: Energizing, strengthening, purifying.

If anyone is interested in two half-ounce bottles, email me: brendaleeellis724@hotmail.com
Make me an offer, for some, either or both; for sale or trade...  At this point, I'm fairly flexible.
Paypal accepted, and preferred. Price and shipping costs negotiable.

(post taken down from sinandsalvation since fragrance is non-BPAL)
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A few days ago, I posted here a few links to websites in the US where one can order dairy-free chocolates for the holidays.  For those of you who like to know how your chocolate is made, where it comes from, and whether the workers are treated fairly, here's an updated list of chocolatiers, many of whom are dedicated Organic, Free Trade.

Note: We need more dedicated allergen-free facilities, but until the demand for specialty chocolate increases substantially, these companies are our best bets. Some of them are completely dairy-free facilities that were started in order to give food-allergic family members and friends a safer alternative. Most chocolate is made on shared equipment or in facilities that also use dairy, nut, etc., so I've tried to sort them out by those less likely to send my daughter to the emergency room. Although the chocolate itself is dairy-free, they cannot guarantee that trace amounts of allergens are not present. Be sure to read the nutrition and ingredient information at each website for details.

Dairy-free Chocolate
Whey-out Chocolates (makes dairy-free white chocolate, too!)
They have fun merchandise at their CafePress store as well.

Amanda's Own
Chocolate Decadence
Yachana Gourmet donates to The Animal Rescue Site.com.
Sjaak's organic
Chocolate Emporium
Divvies
BĂȘte Noire
A humorous note: the term bĂȘte noire means "black beast" or pet peeve, and is the name of a flourless chocolate cake.
Indulge In Chocolate
Lake Champlain Chocolates

In case you cannot find that chocolate bunny you were looking for, buy a candy mold and melt down these alternatives:

Dairy-free Chocolate Bars
Scharffenberger
Endangered Species
Half their products are vegan-friendly; they used to be sold at many  zoos.
Green & Black
Aside from the White and Milk Chocolate bars, the rest are dairy-free.
Tropical Source
I've had a lot of good luck with their products.

Dairy-free chocolate chips
Enjoy Life Foods
Amanda's Own
Chocolate Decadence
Sunspire
(Note:Their carob chips do contain milk, as we found out the hard way before the 2007 FDA's allergy labeling went into effect. However, we've used their grain-sweetened chocolate chips without problem.)

I'll keep updating this list for anyone who needs it.

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