This should be a page but, I can’t post any more that will actually appear to you. This is SO sensory related.
After starting this post and got to think about it a little more. I decided I should probably first tell you why shopping appeals to many NT Women, but, for us, it simply doesn’t work.! So here’s part 1. The italics can be often the NT speaking/ mindset. The non italics is me/ a potential Aspie/MCS reply. Which may or or may not be an internal mindset response. If it is internal, the individual may not be aware of its existent cue immediately.
In store only, card holder, special events!
But online, I can find it cheaper! And I don’t want your unique in store gift anyway. It’s often another bag or perfume.
I mean who doesn’t want a free makeup artist do you up?
Who’s said that I like that you were in charge? How do I know your products are PSD friendly? I bet you don’t even know what PSD is. Am I right?
And don’t you just love that peakinease or lavender room smell?! (Think VS’s cologne and body products section)?! It’s a free stress reliever too!
Or how about the excitement of style with the crowds of like minded people! Want new friends? There are shopping clubs. Didn’t you hear?
More artificial friends!? Like when did I need more of them!?
2. Learning what’s in style
Wait, are you saying I can’t learn that at home?! You can, and at your own speed. So, it might actually stick this time!
3. The social aspect.
When did shopping become fun!? It requires money, means more space is needed to put it all in, not to mention the social stress, or environment changes!
4. Eating out, Who always wants to cook anyway?
Avoiding GMO, herbicides, pesticides, and hormones buy putting control into my own hands, is far more convenient then the planning and cleaning up of my one time meal. So, no thank you! Not to mention, it’s cheaper, and less of a headache, in the long run too!
5. The sales, Black Friday everyone?
Need I say more?!
6. The bragging rights.
You really think I have friends to brag too? And even if I did, how do you think your going to make me think that shopping is awesome?
7. Sizing footwear okay this one, with SPD I can relate to, but, I’ll teach you in another post exactly how to make this not matter anymore.
8. Impulse shopping addiction anyone? Impulse what? I nearly don’t know the words meaning! I’m a control freak, not impulsive!
9. The personal shopper fan. What do you mean I have to make another professional friend?
10. a. Influencing taste/ trends and B. getting glammed up to go!
As for 1. I don’t care.
2. To much effort
11. No shipping!
What do you mean I have to DRIVE?!
Synesthesia is a rare sensory issue that very few of us with ASD have. However, along with being a psychology trained Aspie, Wendy Carson. Does. To be, perfectly honest, Out of all the sensory issues one may have, this is the one I know the least about. So, after I heard this on this utube video, I was relieved someone with it actually could describe it to you, better then I. So, if you wish to learn more, click here. Seeing the World Differently: an Asperger’s Experience Cause, I certainly don’t have this! Thank goodness!
I’ve been encouraged, (And am excited to share this finally with you all!) at least a few times, mainly buy Aspies if not solely buy them – to share this. Every time I remembered to post it I would loose the link and forget how to find it again. Lol.! Can you ADHD’s or Aspies relate to that? Yea, I thought so! Sensory Overload link
Although, this video displays an experience many of us have and is very real. All Aspies, despite their willingness to admit it. Experience sensory overload. Understanding this, and that our overloads aren’t always displayed or experienced exactly this way. No matter how there experienced our Sensory Overloads can be just as painful, if not more so. Then this boy is in the video.
A sensory overload experience is uncomparable to most NT experience’s. And as shown (sorta). How we cope with it needs to differ too. Even if, how it’s presented, is somewhat differently or via different triggers, then the boy in this video.
Buy the way, the video highlights excellently some of our traditional sensory triggers. The thing is, some of us have gained coping mechanisms/skills (ect.) that make these experiences reduced if not diminished, often. I’m not saying these coping mechanisms make the situation great for us, but, there a big help. This is EXACTLY what I’m writing my Sensory Solutions book, about.
This is a GREAT example of content shared with me, to share with the world. If any of you have, or know of anymore. PLEASE E-MAIL me or have the owner of it due so, at disabilityadvocate1.com or share it with me with a private message allowing me to post it on Facebook. I can’t promise to share everything or at a specific speed. Especially on the blogs, So, if the speed is required and not obvious please tell me this in your message. However, I’ll certainly respond to ALL your e-mails and keep you up to date, if I post it. And off course, I’ll appreciate all of your efforts too!
Like always, feel free to ask any questions or comments below. I love reading and replying. I especially like to know what you all LOVE, verse find just okay.
I hope this helps spread awareness/ make you feel less alone.
Sensory Overload, Vimeo Styled video!
I hope your paying attention cause this post is incredibly important. These definitions as stated before are not regulated. However, after spending literally atleast 45 mins on several store visits to various grocery’s, pharmacy’s, and beauty stores (Only in there cosmetic isles), and other stores that sell beauty items. And spending numerous hours online researching cosmetics, and ingrediants, along with trying several different supposively top of the line (sometimes) cosmetics and hair care over the last about 10 years. Hear is what these terms morally mean in the hair care and cosmetics industry. Hear is also, what they DON’T mean just as importantly. I can say that most manufacturers or marketing firms label these products with this moral code. I can also say although I only purchased products sold in the US and not imported. That from my own online research it seams this is fairly universal. However, the US seams to sell more variety then most if not any other country. So, it’s the easiest to see this hear.
Hypo-Allergenic -there are one or more ingrediants that tries to reverse any allergic response and is mild. If labeled this way without like I said, sensitive skin also labeled on it, and certain other things. It likely has irritants/ toxins. Hello! I’m buying a product that will give me issues yet then that will try to hide them/ fix them poorly? How does that make sense!? Just get the products without the irratants, etc. And you won’t need any hypo-allergic ingrediants. Promise! And like all the other definitions below . The product may have anything or everything else you don’t want in it. And I guarantee you if it’s made in the US and likely, anywhere else they will have some if not many of these ingrediants/ byproducts types. Like, drying and burning, stinging alcohol, scents, preservatives, toxins, fragrances, unknown additives, harsh cleaners, exfoliating ingrediants, etc.
Sensitive Skin- if a product says this along with unscented, fragrance free, alcohol free, hypoallergenic, and preservative free you’ll be GOLDEN 99% of the time if it isn’t all natural or organic. But, nearly nothing does in the US. Off course, including some preservatives occasionally, and a couple toxins max, the products I’ll recommend in my book will be in that 1% .
But, back to what it means. People who only have sensitive skin sometimes aren’t as sensitive as those with Roscia, Dyspraxia, and PSD in a combination. Or just compared to Roscia. Basically, there are certain ingrediants. That are super mild. That aren’t necessarily anti-allergenic reversal ingrediants. It means that product has atleast a couple of those mild ingrediants in it. It also may mean that they try to keep the harsher ingrediants out. Also if a product says it’s great for sensitive skin but, it doesn’t clarify for people with Roscia too, and it doesn’t say atleast, free of preservatives, alcohols, unscented, and maybe hypoallergenic. It sometimes isn’t friendly for the most sensitive skin like roscia individuals or guaranteed to be sensory friendly.
Again, it doesn’t mean the ingrediants are hypo-allergenic, alcohol free, unscented, preservative free, non toxic, fragrance free (although some occasionally are), non exfoliating, etc.
Organic or All Natural- It means no added or synthetic fragrances. It also means it’s likely to have a lot less if any by products hidden in it. It doesn’t mean it’s toxic free, unscented, alcohol free, hypoallergenic, or sensitive skin friendly, It’s at best, a product without 1 or 2 of those .
Although not helpful, in the PSD sensitivity learning process. Organic or All Natural also means. That the majority of the ingrediants or the concentration of the main ingrediants. Is great enough to have the product made organically or with all natural ingrediants. It is VERY rare for any product to be trully all natural.
Alcohol free- Aren’t always however, if they have it- it is usually the milder types of alcohol that is known to be less irritating and problematic. And those alcohol types are often disguised. Interested still?!
Unscented- provided there’s no buy products hidden in the product. And I guarantee you there 99.9 % of the time are. It will be unscented. Which means there won’t be any NATURAL fragrances or scents. So, yes, this means it won’t be organic.
Fragrance Free- It means there’s no added synthetic fragrance. Or there nasty carcinogens or by products that come with it. Yea!
The bad news,
It 99.9 % of the time guarantees there will be scents/ buy products. And very possibly a butch of other unhealthy undesired ingrediants. There maybe by products but, there won’t be tons, if there are.
Now, if you like these moral codes, you might want to stop reading this blog. Because, I certainly don’t.
Have you heard about how the Canadian and European government has stricter cosmetic laws? It’s true, many toxins/ irritants (Over 100) are banned in any cosmetic or personal hygiene product minus possibly bar soaps. In Canada and Europe but, not America This does not mean, obviously that people with SPD have nothing to worry about in those countries. Because that would be the farthest from the truth. However, it does mean if you live in either of those countries you have a lot less too worry about. And for that, I thank who ever made those laws in those countries. Don’t you?!
It maybe true that some of those ingrediants aren’t in the US products. But, honestly, do you even want 1 of them in any of your products? Do you really want any manufacturer to have that kind of freedom?
This site explains in detail what the “Canadians hotlist is” the short version is this. It’s two tables of all of the ingredients that are forbidden. And another table for all the ingrediants and by products that are restricted. (so meaning ingrediants and by products only allowed in certain types of products/ in small concentrations.)
Although the Canadians are banned from putting many toxins and irritants in there products. There labeling requirements are not nearly as strict as the US or European Labeling criteria.
Did you know that any product that says fragrances in the ingredient list can have up to 4,000 hidden by products in them, most of which are carcinogenic (Meaning cancer causing), or toxic? And when I say toxic or carcinogenic I mean for EvErYoNE! It’s true! That’s not the only place that manufacturers hide some of there ingredients either. Some are called buy products or contaminants so there not ingredients and therefore not listed. More about that in a bit.
First off, if you have sensory issues especially, or PSD (Diagnosed or not) more ingredients and buy products are toxic/ unhealthy for you then the norm. I cover ingredients and buy products, etc both here (And will in my book too) that are problems for both everyone and just problematic ingredients for those with sensory issues. Don’t believe PSD people don’t have real and unique issues ? Want to see my research proving there have been sensory episodes that have resulted in hospital visits/ stays? I didn’t think so! If so, tell me and if there’s enough interest ( or maybe even if there isn’t) I’d be happy to include it in my sensory book.
Just because a cosmetic, mouth care line, hair care line or skin care line says the following it defiantly doesn’t mean it will be sensory friendly. The same for any individual product that claims this. Remember, the FDA and cosmetic industry has very little rules or laws to abide buy. The only one I can think of is listing all ingredients (NOT Contaminants, fragrant by products, etc) on there bottles/ boxes of them. Hypoallergenic, for babies, unscented, sensitive skin, organic, alcohol free, parabens free, all natural, preservative free, toxin free, and fragrance free. There are others but, those are the major ones.
Until fairly recently many ingredients that have been found in skin and hair products have not had any research backing up their safety or sensory issues. To this day, we still need, more research on the effects of ingredients. Due to the shear number unfortunately, of really bad ingredients, I have only covered some of the major ones on this blog. In an upcoming post. However, if you go to my resources page you can access the links to sites that I have found that will give you much more ingredients and their info. These are some of the links that I found exactly this information on. For a more complete list wait for my book.