A Note from our Founder

A Note from our Founder

I created C spray for me.

Let me explain.

I have struggled with a severe sensitivity to chlorine for my whole life. Growing up, my parents and I were told by doctors that the inflamed, itchy, hive-like skin rash that developed all over my body when I swam in a chlorinated pool was an allergic reaction to chlorine. Throughout my childhood years I was prescribed a number of oral and topical medications paired with over the counter remedies which promised to lessen the severity of these reactions. As an adult, I have done my research, and determined that it is much more likely a sensitivity than an allergy, but you get the idea.

This sensitivity was problematic for me as a child. Each year, my family made the long trip from Hamilton, Ontario, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for March break. This big family trip ALWAYS included hours and hours in an over chlorinated public pool, filled with other visiting kids.

My childhood vacation memories always include some ridiculous medical preshow that would go something like this:

Morning

  • take prescription anti-inflammatory pill (I would have to do this each morning, and for several days after the vacation)
  • apply topical steroid to any area where the rash already was

Pre Swim

  • shower with soap and water
  • apply petroleum jelly all over my skin (this was especially gross-feeling)

Post swim

  • shower immediately with soap and water
  • cover all rash area with a topical steroid
  • apply a heavy cream to all exposed skin (also really gross-feeling)
  • take Benadryl, or something like it to reduce the itch
  • cover exposed skin (to prevent sun exposure, etc)

Night

  • more steroids
  • more cream

The problem with this extensive treatment plan was that it really didn’t work. Some years the reaction would be delayed a few days, some it wouldn’t. There was never really a solution. The problem faded in terms of priority as I got older, because we (my siblings and I) all grew up, and we no longer took March Break trips to Myrtle Beach as a family.


This past year, however, everything changed.


My partner and I moved into a condo in downtown Toronto, and wouldn’t you know it: it had a huge lap pool! I thought I would test it to see if my “allergy” would still be there. It was. It is. In full force, on our second day of swimming, I developed a severe rash on my thighs, under arms, behind my knees and up my ribs.

After weeks of attempting the “old ways” of anti-inflammatories, multi showers, and creams, I began looking for new remedies. I couldn’t find any chlorine removing body washes, or treatments anywhere. I checked local health food stores, pharmacies, big box stores and even online, but I was met with only 2 products that sort of met my needs. One was a shampoo/conditioner combo, and the other was a post swim aerosol spray. Both products were expensive, and when I checked the labels, contained some of the same ingredients.

The common ingredients among the two products available were: Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Ascorbate.


Armed with a new sense determination, a couple of chemical names and a degree that prepared me for research I decided that I was going to solve this problem.


I uncovered a huge community of people struggling with the same issue. Many of them had similar complaints about the current treatments, in terms of price and availability, as well as concerns with the safety of the ingredients in these products.

I also found much research supporting the effectiveness of Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Acorbate in neutralizing chlorine in water. I immediately researched cosmetic producers in Canada to see if I could get my hands on these two chemicals. When I found a reputable distributer for these substances, I began the process of mixing and testing to see if it could work.

I used DIY recipes, tried my own proportions, and followed some of the concentration amounts used in scientific studies until I solved the problem.


And C spray was born.


C spray is a perfectly balanced mixture of just 3 ingredients: water, Sodium Ascorbate, and ascorbic acid.
Ascorbic Acid is the chemical names for vitamin C, and Sodium Ascorbate is one of its mineral salts.
Yes, the same as the regular vitamin C that would be in your daily multivitamin.

As you may or may not know, Vitamin C is an antioxidant. The health benefits are painted all over the internet, but I will not be getting into that here. The point is, that chlorine oxodises your skin, when it reacts to dirt, oils, skin, etc. that is in the pool. This oxidization causes a reaction on the skin that can be as minimal as dryness, all the way to a full blown body rash. C spray balances the Ph with the Ascorbic acid, while the sodium ascorbate stops the oxidization from occurring. Working together, these two neutralize the reaction from the chlorine, allowing users to rinse off residual chlorine form the pool

This non-toxic formula is safe, easy to use, and it works.

I am a daily swimmer, and since I perfected the formula, I haven’t had to worry about “crunchy pool hair” or any nasty rashes as a result of the chlorine.

I honestly hope you try C spray, because it will change the way you think about swimming.

Thank you for taking the time to read,

Laura Bikinas
Founder & CEO