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27 April 2015

IRRITATIONS!

I wonder why manufacturers put their company name labels in the back of garments. Most people I know cut them out because of the irritation they cause. Surely those who make the garments know this! What’s wrong with putting a label where the washing instructions go? I mean, it’s not every day someone gets to see who made a specific piece of clothing worn by friends. I struggle to see the point of the exercise since I never ever take off a blouse to check who made it, and nobody else can see the label either. 
This has been a personal problem for many years. I would buy something, forget to remove the identifying label, wear it once ... and suffer. So, out would come my unpicking implement to get rid of the offending item. Even the stitching would irritate so I had to be careful not to cut into the new apparel. Yes, I’ve done that before now!
After many years of misery coping with the problem, I now have a mark on the part of my neck where a collar rests. It is rough to touch and itches like mad. I treat it with creams but it doesn’t help, I still have the itch! And it’s all down to unwanted labels attacking my skin.
Talking of itches, do you ever suffer with midge bites? That’s my current annoyance. Every time I go out a midge or other insect attacks me. I have bought loads of insect repellent but nothing seems to stop them. If anyone has any suggestions about this problem I would love to hear them ‘cause I’m sick and fed-up with waking up in the night through tremendous bouts of irritation that need scratching.
The best thing I have found for soothing these irritations is Witch Doctor, so named because it contains witch hazel, and is described as a soothing, healing treatment for irritated skin. It is an antiseptic astringent which I have used for years and always keep in stock. That is ... until recently. I actually ran out of it so it quickly went on my shopping list. Would you believe that Boots, the biggest chemist we have in our country, had never heard of it. Or so said the assistant, but she was a young lady so I can understand that. However, she checked the stock list and it wasn’t there. NOT THERE? I thought she was joking! I tried other chemist stores, no luck there either. I had a brief moment of panic until I remembered the internet (as if I could forget ... LOL). 
So, Amazon to the rescue. They didn’t actually stock it but knew several stores that did and by next day I had a couple of tubes of Witch Doctor safely tucked away in my medicine drawer. It wouldn’t have surprised me if they came from some far off land since foreign countries seem to be better equipped than we are.

10 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

I am glad you found your Witch Doctor. Sounds like a great product. Those labels have been a pest and I also cut mine out. I have noticed in several pieces of clothing lately, that labels are now being dyed into the fabric where the old cloth label used to be sown in. Maybe this will be the new trend.

Ron said...

" What’s wrong with putting a label where the washing instructions go?"

I agree, Valerie! I've purchased shirts in which the label was so stiff and rough, that it irritated my neck as well. And like you, there were times when I cut it out and ended up damaging the shirt. UGH!

And speaking of midge bites, I found an article online that I think will help. As you know, I use essential oils a lot (and for different things), and this article says that eucalyptus oil is ideal for deterring midge bites.

http://www.cheaptents.com/blog/midges-and-midge-repellent-a-guide-to-avoiding-bites/

Hope you find it useful!

Have a great Monday and week, dear lady!

X to you and Joe

Joseph Daggatt said...

They have witch doctors in Africa don't they if you run out.! It's a long run though!!

Valerie said...

Denise, I hadn't heard about the 'dyed-in' style of labelling. It's a brilliant idea, I hope it catches on.

Joe, I'm not sure if they have them now.... once upon a time, maybe.

Valerie said...

Ron, I forgot to mention the extra annoyance of sealed edges that are like knives on the skin. Grrr!

Thanks for the link, I shall go and peruse right now. I hadn't heard about eucalyptus oil, but I think I've tried everything else.

Valerie said...

Ron, I forgot to mention the extra annoyance of sealed edges that are like knives on the skin. Grrr!

Thanks for the link, I shall go and peruse right now. I hadn't heard about eucalyptus oil, but I think I've tried everything else.

Banker Chick said...

Well I am not familiar with midges. I usually have to remove the tags. I really like the kind that are printed on the fabric.

A Cuban In London said...

I agree with you entirely. I think the idea is that the label sticks out... on purpose. So, you become a walking ad for the company.

Greetings from London.

Mr. Shife said...

Well I had to go look up midge so I doubt I would be much help in this area for you. Glad you were able to score some Witch Doctor. Maybe try an actual witch doctor for the label problem? Or maybe you have? Hope all is well with you and Joe. Take care Val.

Akelamalu said...

I'm so with you on the label thing Valerie! Oh and those ribbon things they sew on supposedly to keep the garment on the hanger - they have to go too because they always end up stuck out of the neckline when being worn! I use TeeTree Oil for anything itchy or Aloe Vera.