I really don’t want to say this. In fact, I’m so disinclined to admit it that I’m actually having trouble putting pen to paper – or finger to keyboard. Anyway, the method is not important – what is important is that what I am about to say could mean huge failure and subsequent disappointment and disillusionment for the Maid.
After absolutely gushing about my homemade body wash last week, I ended up with a rash. Last weekend, I said goodbye to dog slobber soup soap and made a new homemade liquid soap that I thought was as good as gold. It worked so swimmingly for nearly three days until the problems began.
Last Wednesday evening, I went horseback riding. It was a stifling 90 degrees, so naturally I started to sweat. But soon after I began sweating, I noticed an incredible itching, particularly on my stomach. By the time I got home, I had the chicken-pox incarnate – but just on my stomach, with a few red bumps on my neck. I took a nice cold shower, put some Aloe Vera on the rash and continued itching away. Here are my ideas for potential causes:
- The heat – It was quite hot and humid that evening, and I was sweating, so perhaps I simply contracted heat rash.
- The sunburn – I just recovered from terrible sunburn and since the peeling, I’ve got a lot of new sensitive skin on my stomach. Perhaps all the sweat and dirt from the barn irritated my skin.
- The bodywash – Perhaps my new liquid soap is a terrible skin irritant that gives me the chicken pox incarnate. But if this were actually the cause, why is the rash not all over my body?
The rash has lasted for a good few days, but it’s nearly gone by now (she says, idly itching her stomach). In the meantime, I’ve stopped using my body wash until further notice. Of course, I can’t say for sure that my soap is the cause; if I were a scientist, I’d say there were far too many variables involved to pinpoint a cause. But since I’m not a scientist, I’ll just say: Dog slobber isn’t looking so bad, after all!