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24 Sep 2017

Toronto

By Gracie Carroll

How To Make a Rustic Bouquet (Even When You’re Allergic To Flowers)

By Gracie Carroll

*please note that this post is part of a paid partnership with Reactine, all thoughts and opinions are our own*

How to make a rustic bouquet even when you're allergic to flowers - Edit Seven x Reactine

The rise of the workshop has been steadily gaining in popularity over the past few years and these education-focused in-person events are a clear indicator of our desire to reconnect with humans IRL and create something with our hands. It’s the offline experience we’re all craving with so much screen-time filling our days, and, to be honest, it provides a stimulating activity you can do with friends that’s not just drinking at another bar.

So on a recent Friday evening after work, four women walked into a flower studio, popped a bottle of rose, and learned how to make a rustic flower bouquet, despite the lot of us being allergic to many of the flowers they can contain. Pretty in a rustic bouquet, not so pretty when they trigger an allergy attack, we all put Reactine to the test to see just how well it could protect us from all the #AllergyFeels (aka allergy attacks) while learning to create the bouquets of our dreams.

How to make a rustic bouquet even when you're allergic to flowers - Edit Seven x Reactine

Oddly enough, our master florist, Corrie Pollock, who is the PR Director of Tonic Blooms, revealed to us that she’s actually severely allergic to all flowers, which is rather ironic considering her career choice. She legitimately can’t get through a workday without Reactine, so, if it can help Corrie, you know it can help you get through your spring allergies too.

How to make a rustic bouquet even when you're allergic to flowers - Edit Seven x Reactine

We soon learned that the best part about creating a rustic bouquet is that you can get just as wild and free with the arrangement as the flowers themselves. According to Corrie, it’s all about bringing a variety of different flowers together, and our bouquets included everything from pink Roses and Sunflowers to Sea Holly, Eucalyptus and even Ragweed!

Keep reading to see the bouquets we made and for more on how we each deal with allergy season:

How to make a rustic bouquet even when you're allergic to flowers - Edit Seven x Reactine

Gracie Carroll, Editor-in-Chief at Edit Seven

“I’ve suffered from seasonal allergies for as long as I can remember and now, as a business owner, I can’t afford to be slowed down by things like allergy attacks, especially during some of my busiest times of year. I also don’t ever want allergies to be the reason I can’t get outside to enjoy the outdoors when the weather is beautiful or I’m on vacation.”

How to make a rustic bouquet even when you're allergic to flowers - Edit Seven x Reactine

Blair Stutz, Assistant Editor at Edit Seven

“Spring allergies have always been a struggle for me especially as a contact lens wearer because itchy eyes really are the worst! Reactine is always my go-to when I want to enjoy my time outside.”

How to make a rustic bouquet even when you're allergic to flowers - Edit Seven x Reactine

Christina Gonsalez, Contributing Editor at Edit Seven

“I never knew I had seasonal allergies until I got an allergy test two years ago. Grass, ragweed and pollen are some of the major culprits, which of course, manifest during spring. My symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. It’s a pain especially at the office, when I’m in meetings or trying to write.”

How to make a rustic bouquet even when you're allergic to flowers - Edit Seven x Reactine

Corrie Pollock, PR Director at Tonic Blooms

“I’m severely allergic to all flowers (ironic, I know) and seriously wouldn’t be able to survive without my Reactine at all! Thanks to its extra strength allergy symptom relief, I’m able to do a job I love every single day.”

How to make a rustic bouquet even when you're allergic to flowers - Edit Seven x Reactine

If you can relate to our #AllergyFeels, we encourage you to join us in supporting Reactine’s Change.org petition for the creation of the first-ever Allergy Emoji! We know, it’s hard to believe one doesn’t already exist, which is why it’s important to come together and make this happen for all of us right here, right now. Reactine has thoughtfully taken the lead and submitted an official request for the Allergy Emoji to the Unicode Consortium (the governing body of emojis) and with your help by signing their Change.org petition, we’ll all soon be able to communicate our #AllergyFeels with an emoji! As hardcore emoji lovers, we are seriously into this change.

Cheers to an allergy symptom-free spring season!

xo

@EDITSEVEN

(Story by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)

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