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Fiori di Capri



I ordered some perfume from “Carthusia” in Capri and it arrived today. Cologne rather than perfume. One was “Fiori di Capri” and he other “Aria di Capri.”


Well, for some time I’ve felt I had a fragrance sensitivity which made me sneeze, caused puffy eyes and a very mild wheeze. Since I’ve never been asthmatic before, it makes me wonder how a truly asthmatic patient might respond to such a perfume sensitivity.

I never wear perfume now and miss it!

Many years ago I bought some “Fiori di Capri” while on holiday on the island and quite liked it. I realise now that this fragrance and “Aria di Capri” are the two that are made to the original monks’ recipe from centuries ago. Assuming this is the case, I reckoned they might be more chemical free than modern perfumes and be less likely to cause symptoms.

So, I’m trying them out to see.


Below is a link to the Carthusia Website (in Italian).



Avocado hair conditioner



Here’s another home made hair conditioning recipe I’m going to try.

1/2 of an avocado
1 small jar of real mayonnaise

Mash up the avocado and mix thoroughly with the mayonnaise. Put the mixture over hair and cover with a shower cap for 20 minutes or so. Rinse thoroughly.

I suppose the benfit comes from the protein in egg with the fat in avocado.

Not for egg allergic people or those allergic to avocado. Some people with latex allergy may be allergic to avocado but may be unaware of this.

This recipe has whet my appetite. I’ve found a nice ripe avocado in my fruit bowl. I think I’d rather eat it tonight and do the hair thing another time.

Fragrance free hair conditioner



I can remember eggs used to be used as a hair conditioner.

Here is a recipe for this that’s slightly more sophisticated that just breaking an egg over your head.

1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp olive oil
3/4 cup lukewarm water
Beat up an egg yolk and very gradually beat in a half teaspoonful of olive oil a few drops at a time.
Gradually beat in the lukewarm water. After shampooing hair, pour all of this preparation on to the hair, massage in and leave for a few minutes before rinsing.

I suppose its OK as long as the eggs are salmonella free and you don’t have an egg or olive allergy!

Fragrance sensitivity



Fragrance allergy is not uncommon and often goes unnoticed. It might not be a true allergy but more of an irritation. But one way or another, the symptoms can be the same as an allergy.

I think I have a perfume allergy.

It Is a pest.

Shampoos and conditioners can be a problem. Perfumed hair lies on the pillow with you all night. You toss and turn, in close contact with the fragrance and may end up with puffy eyes and a cough in the mornings. The cough may be mild asthma.

I am going to explore some home made fragrance free recipes and try them out.

CARTHUSIA Perfume from Capri



This is the little perfume shop in one of the tiny streets on the island of Capri. I remember bringing one of their perfumes home with me. It was called Fiori di Capri and I loved it at the time. It was used up a long time ago.

And here is the small factory.


Below is a link to the Carthusia Website (in Italian).


Oil of Bergamot



Oil of Bergamot is the favouring agent used in Earl Grey Tea

Yes, I knew that.

What I didn’t know was that it comes from the peel of a non-edible citrus plant citrus aurantium var bergamia which is grown in southern Italy.

Bergamot oil is also used extensively in perfumery.

Here is a really interesting Website for chemists or would be perfumiers.


I remember once visiting a wonderful perfumery in Capri many years ago. I wonder if they have a Website now. I’ll check tomorrow.