For five years in a row, NoNickel has been named the Official Nickel Free Workshop of the North Pole, an honor that is well-earned by a team of professionals who pull together the perfect mix of top quality nickel free products, friendly and helpful customer service, and speedy shipping through a site that is customized for ease of navigation and visual appeal!
We've heard great reviews from their customers, but now let's hear from the celebrities of the North Pole to get the inside scoop on how NoNickel earns top honors year after year. To get started, we went straight to the top and spoke to Santa Claus himself. Santa says the NoNickel staff left him a nickel free belt along with his cookies and milk last year. Referring to the Genuine Leather Belt with Titanium/Carbon Fiber buckle, Santa had this to say "Mrs. Claus says I look like Bond, James Bond, when I wear this belt. I do like my cocoa shaken, not stirred!"
While verifying this rather surprising statement with Mrs. Claus, we learned that her nickel allergy had been causing some real problems with her role in keeping Santa on time. Wearing a wristwatch had caused an itchy wrist rash from nickel, so her favorite NoNickel product is the Women's Watch - Invicta Angel which comes with five interchangeable straps. To quote Mrs. Claus, "While I adore the Christmas-y red strap, during the off season I like a little more variety." The other straps are white, lilac, teal, and black making this a very versatile watch that will never cause an untimely nickel rash!
A nickel wrist rash was also creating issues for the Elf Foreman whose favorite activity is leading the elves in song. He stated, "It is hard to keep time with a nickel allergy rash. The NoNickel Men's Watch with Black Carbon Fiber Dial makes it easy. And a one-a and a two-a, and a three-a...We Are Santa's Elves..."
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer apparently has suffered with a red itchy nickel rash in addition to his rather unfortunate red nose. With his starring role in The Reindeer Games, he selected the Mt. Pisgah Casual Titanium Russet Belt, stating he can't afford to have an itchy nickel rash during this production, plus he noted the color was very complementary to his fur.
Managing a busy dental practice, Hermey the Elf needed a versatile and professional belt set; the Silver Square Dress Belt Set was his obvious choice. Mrs. Donner opted for a feminine touch with the Black Bedazzled Belt and its rhinestone encrusted buckle. Frosty the Snowman commented, "I love the Smoky Mountain Black Belt because it is crafted with quality leather, comes in Big and Tall sizes, and is Certified Nickel Free. You know, a nickel allergy rash on a snowman is very noticeable!"
After ordering Ice Flowers Hypoallergenic Earrings for his girlfriend, the Abominable Snowman had this to say, "Roar, Roar, Roar, Roar". We think he means these earrings will look great on her, plus they are handmade with care to never cause a nickel allergy rash. Clarice, Rudolph's doe friend, had a difficult time making the right choice for her New Year's Eve date but finally decided Mirror, Mirror Hypoallergenic Earrings had the right combination of sparkle and style!
With nothing but good things to say about NoNickel, we understand why they receive this annual honor as The Official Nickel Free Workshop of the North Pole! Here's another little tip from Santa, "If you're trying for a place of honor as favorite family member or friend, giving NoNickel nickel free gifts will help you earn your way to that distinction. So, dash away to nonickel.com!"
Just in time for holiday shopping, Athena Allergy is offering a great deal to its US customers! Free shipping for any order over $50!
A great shopping destination for anyone with nickel allergy, Athena Allergy, Inc. also has many customers who buy simply for the awesome quality of the products, most of them handmade in the USA. From genuine leather nickel free belts for men and women to beautiful handcrafted hypoallergenic jewelry, Athena Allergy is proud to partner with regional artisans who share a commitment to quality and to customer satisfaction.
If you're wondering about the impact of giving a nickel free gift, consider a few of the many success stories heard daily in the company headquarters, "amazed with the quality, comfortable belt with no more rash or itch.", "always extremely pleased with the products", "solves nickel allergy issues like a charm", "finally, no more allergies from my metal belt buckles!", "rash has disappeared, no more skin irritation". Wouldn't you like to be the one responsible for bringing this kind of relief into your friend or family member's life? Our customers also rave about the helpful nickel allergy information included with each order.
The folks in our shipping department are always in the running for "Employee of the Month" due to their accuracy and speed in assuring each order is processed correctly and, barring unusual circumstances, on the same workday as received. Customer's orders are packaged carefully and quickly. Compliments to this hard-working crew include "super quick to send out the product and so accommodating with any type of exchange", "arrived ridiculously quickly", "package shipped promptly". We could go on and on...
While the shipping department works with amazing speed and efficiency, the holiday mail can be slow. Order early and/or use expedited shipping! Options will be shown at checkout, so you can make every reasonable effort to get that package delivered on time!
Calling into the customer service department at Athena Allergy is also an enjoyable experience for our customers. With an unsurpassed knowledge of nickel allergy and nickel free products, the staff is ready to help customers make buying decisions, direct them to nickel free belt sizing resources, or resolve concerns. Those who have needed to contact us directly have these things to say, "excellent customer service as they guided me through the process to select the best belt for my needs", "super helpful and pleasant to talk to", "customer service beyond compare". With comments like these, you can see why we are so proud of our company!
Our technical staff has worked hard to update the new website for customer shopping ease! Combining improved navigation, a great visual appeal, and educational resources with an unrivaled line of Certified Nickel Free™ products, athenaallergy.com is an incredible shopping stop!
Today is a great day to be buying truly nickel free products and we are here to help! Here are our newest products that would make terrific gifts --the Naturalist Belt Set combines the great look of full grain leather featuring a black belt with titanium buckle and a unique russet belt. Titanium is recommended by dermatologists worldwide to be a safe metal for those with nickel allergy, or even other metal allergies. The russet belt has texture and markings that differ on each belt made, so this buy will make a one-of-a-kind gift!
Our jewelry artist has added quite a few new products, En Vogue Hypoallergenic Earrings are a personal favorite! With gleaming silver surrounding a clear glass diamond-shaped bead, the look is ultra-modern yet quite versatile!
Visit the shop today and order soon, the free shipping offer expires December 24, 2014!
Free Shipping offer applies to orders over $50.00 and is only available to US Customers.
Need a little help delivering the perfect nickel free gift to a friend or family member? If you've been burned by the labels "hypoallergenic" and "nickel free" in the past, this information can help!
At Athena Allergy, Inc., we have long been a trusted source of products that we test and then guarantee, thus earning them the Certified Nickel Free™ and Certified Nickel Safe™ seals. Our Certified Nickel Free products are guaranteed to be completely free of nickel. This contrasts to some products that are labeled nickel free but may actually contain enough nickel to cause a severe reaction. As there are no standards for nickel content being regulated by the United States government , some manufacturers simply label their products as nickel free. More commonly, they may use a nickel free coating but once this top layer wears, even slightly, the nickel alloyed base metal will contact the skin and cause a reaction in those who are allergic. By testing our product lines, we can guarantee the presence of no nickel in our Certified Nickel Free wares. Certified Nickel Safe products are typically crafted with surgical grade stainless steel. The metal in our Certified Nickel Safe products may contain trace amounts of nickel but it is so tightly bound that we guarantee it will never release to cause nickel allergy symptoms.
With this new found knowledge, you can appreciate why the so-called 'nickel free' jewelry and belts you've purchased so carefully for your loved ones are now no longer worn. Athena Allergy wants you to be able to shop with confidence!
Our eleven year old company recently introduced a new website that allows ease of shopping and many new styles and designs of quality nickel free products! We understand your time is limited during this busy season, so we're going to make a few gift suggestions that we think are sure to please!
Our new nickel free carbon fiber belts are developing a strong following! If you're looking to give a unique gift to your nickel allergic guy, check out the CF 2.0 and The Specialist belts. Both black genuine leather straps are handcrafted in the USA and paired with tech-savvy carbon fiber buckles. A great look that comes with a lifetime guarantee, these belts are designed to never fail in any manner - no defects, no breakage, and no nickel!
For a more traditional look, dermatologists recommend titanium for those with nickel or other metal allergies. Giving the Mt. Pisgah Casual Titanium Belt in Russet lets you deliver a truly unique gift! Each handmade belt strap will have slightly different texture and natural markings so no two belts will be exactly alike, making this belt a one-of-a-kind gift for that very special someone! The Mt. Pisgah Titanium belt line also comes with a lifetime guarantee!
Our earring selection encompasses every style and taste- from traditional Certified Nickel Free sterling silver posts to glamorous Certified Nickel Safe dangles! With so many choices, it is difficult to make that final decision. Here are a couple of our favorites - the Starfish Sterling Posts have incredible detail and are a sunny way to dispel those winter doldrums! The Progressive Pearl Earrings have matching Glass Pearl Necklaces making a wonderful hypoallergenic gift set!
Perhaps a wedding is in the planning stage this holiday season. The titanium wedding bands at Athena Allergy are now offered at an amazing price. Having a wedding ring rash is not the way to begin a life of wedded bliss.
We know that online shopping can be a big part of the holiday fun, so visit AthenaAllergy.com today for top quality, nickel free products! Your gifts will never get shoved to the back of the closet again as your loved one will enjoy living nickel rash free!
Is it possible to avoid foods high in nickel at Thanksgiving, or even on a daily basis? The answer may be that you don't really need to worry!
Nickel truly is ubiquitous, so it is found in foods we consume each day. However, allergists agree that only a select few people stand to benefit from a low nickel diet. There appears to be a relationship between the ingestion of foods high in nickel and problems such as hives and eczema in this small population of individuals.
For this group, there is good and bad news for holiday dining! The best news is that one day of indulging isn't likely to sidetrack any type of diet! So, go ahead and enjoy your holiday meals with loved ones. If your allergist is recommending a strict diet, you already know that meat and poultry are not considered a source of nickel in the diet, so you can treat yourself to the main course with no worries!
Typically, the following items are recommended for avoidance or moderation on the Low Nickel Diet: cocoa, chocolate, oatmeal, nuts, fresh and dried legumes, beer, red wine, onions, tomatoes, raw carrots, and most all canned foods. Canned foods may leech nickel from the can itself and should be avoided. The avoidance of tea and coffee may be recommended for a low nickel diet, but some studies suggest that one or two cups of these beverages on a daily basis should not cause a problem.
If an individual has allergic contact dermatitis to nickel with symptoms such as a red, itchy rash at the site of the metal contact, there may be no reason to avoid nickel in the diet. Often there is not a correlation between allergic contact dermatitis and systemic nickel allergy resulting from nickel ingestion. If there is concern about nickel in the diet exacerbating one's nickel allergy, a visit to the allergist is recommended.
Athena Allergy, Inc. is a company you can trust to get the products you need to live a life without nickel allergy symptoms. Established over eleven years ago, Athena Allergy owners introduced the first pre-mixed and pre-measured nickel test kit to allow easy and accurate nickel detection at home. Nickel Alert™, the dimethylglyoxime spot test for nickel, and Nickel Guard™ are the building blocks to a nickel free life. Test for nickel in metals with Nickel Alert, then protect the skin with the clinically proven nickel barrier, Nickel Guard™. For convenience, these products are sold together as Nickel Solution™, although they are also available for individual purchase.
Earlier this fall, Athena Allergy introduced a new website with customer information and navigation as their focus. A visit to this site provides answers to questions about nickel allergy symptoms and prevention. The "cure" for nickel allergy is to avoid nickel, so the products offered by Athena Allergy are tested in their laboratory to assure there is no nickel present to cause a reaction.
Incidences of nickel allergy symptoms from belt buckles seem to be increasing exponentially. In response, Athena Allergy offers an array of nickel free belt buckles with a focus on titanium buckles. Titanium is recommended by allergists for most any type of metal allergy. There is also a large selection of zinc belt buckles which are guaranteed safe for anyone who suffers from nickel allergy.
With the addition of a regional leather craftsman to the Athena Allergy family, there are many new styles of genuine leather nickel free belts that have been handmade in the USA. Most recent additions to the belt line include the Pilot Mountain Nickel Free Brown Belt. Made of genuine Latigo leather, which is most often used for bridles and other equestrian gear, this belt is made to last! By customer request, Athena Allergy has listed a handcrafted, nickel free gun belt. Made of heavy duty bridle leather and paired with a titanium buckle, AJ's Gun Belt is guaranteed for a lifetime!
The jewelry artist who crafts hypoallergenic earrings, bracelets, and necklaces for Athena Allergy has many new creations as well. With an eye on the coming holidays, the Hypoallergenic Seasonal Earrings offer autumn, winter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas designs.
A visit to the newly re-designed Athena Allergy site will offer something for every nickel allergic individual, and in reality, has something for everyone.
Nickel avoidance is the only way to resolve the symptoms of nickel allergy. The first step is always to locate the source. Test for nickel with Nickel Alert™ which is a dmg spot test, the industry standard for nickel detection. Athena Allergy introduced Nickel Alert as the first commercially available, pre-mixed nickel test, formulated in the USA.
Nickel Alert is a safe, easy, and extremely accurate nickel test. It is sensitive enough to detect the presence of free nickel at a level as low as 10 parts per million, a threshold below which only extremely sensitive individuals would react. Nickel Alert is safe to use on any metal without harm to the item being tested. Simply apply a few drops of the dimethyglyoxime liquid to a cotton swab. Rub the metal firmly for a few seconds. If a pink or red color develops on the swab, nickel has been detected.
The second step to nickel avoidance is to place a barrier between the metal that contains nickel and the skin. For many electronic devices, that could be as simple as a cell phone or tablet cover, which is probably recommended for that device anyway.
There is some equipment that would be difficult to protect either through a cover or through barrier protection products such as Nickel Guard™. Nickel Guard is a protective lacquer that may be brushed onto metal and has been clinically proven to provide effective barrier protection even for sensitive skin, without the use of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. While Nickel Guard is an excellent way to protect the skin from nickel in smaller, non-movable items such as earrings and eyeglass frames, it is not recommended for movable parts. If it is not feasible to protect the skin from the metal in electronic devices, replacing those items would be recommended to avoid the severe reactions that may result from continued use. Whenever possible, contact the manufacturer to determine materials that are used or test the metal in the device prior to purchase to assure there is no nickel.
Earlier this year, Fitbit recalled one of its fitness monitors, the Force wristband, after customers complained about skin irritation. Recognizing that the nickel found in a metal part of the band could be the source of the health concerns, Fitbit voluntarily recalled the product. Additionally, this company was quick to respond with offers of refunds or replacements to customers who had been afflicted.
Perhaps the incidences of nickel allergy are becoming more of an American problem. In a seemingly successful attempt to curtail burgeoning nickel allergy cases, The European Union enacted the Nickel Directive. In effect for a number of years, this regulation limits the use of nickel in metals intended to come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin. Nickel is often used as it is very durable, lustrous, and inexpensive. It alloys well with other metals giving them these seemingly desirable properties. Dermatologist reports indicate a reduction in numbers of nickel allergy cases in Europe since these regulations went into effect.
Nickel allergy is a very real concern with debilitating symptoms. These symptoms will disappear over a period of several days once the contact with nickel has ceased. However, discerning the presence of nickel then protecting the body from that nickel is not always an easy process. It is validating for nickel allergy sufferers to finally be heard by the medical community and to know that some companies are responding by taking these health concerns seriously.
For anyone who has experienced the uncomfortable symptoms of nickel allergy, it is also helpful to know there are organizations that exist to supply products such as nickel free belts and nickel free jewelry, along with nickel test kits to alleviate their suffering.When possible, test all metals for nickel. Avoid metals that contain nickel, either through barrier protection or by replacing those items with those that are guaranteed to be nickel free either through testing or through trustworthy sites such as Athena Allergy or NoNickel.com. These companies batch test their products then offer them with a money back guarantee that they will never test positive for nickel.
*Manufacturers use materials for their products from a myriad of sources. Detecting nickel in one iPhone 5 (as we did in our office) does not mean all iPhone 5s will contain nickel. Testing should be an individual process. We plan to continue testing our electronics, but the first two products tested revealed a negative nickel test for an iPad 3 along with the positive nickel test of the iPhone 5.
It's no coincidence that just as you're ready to enjoy all the fun that summer has to offer, your nickel allergy rashes start to sideline your activities. As the temperatures rise, so do incidences of nickel allergy rash. The reason is simple - perspiration allows the nickel salts found in many metals to more easily transfer to the skin.
The relentless itch of nickel allergy rash puts the fizzle in summer sizzle and we don't have to tell you that red abdominal rashes during swimsuit season are a fashion flub! Nickel allergy symptoms generally present as a rash on the skin at the place of nickel contact. These rashes may be moderately to severely itchy and may worsen to include blisters, or patches of dry skin that may resemble a burn as well as have a burning sensation.
There are several ways to avoid the summer itch of nickel allergy year round. The best way to assure that there will be no nickel rash is to purchase items that have been tested and are guaranteed to be nickel free. NoNickel and parent company Athena Allergy offer a wide assortment of Certified Nickel Free™ products that are guaranteed to be free of nickel for the life of the product. Our companies are proud to offer many handcrafted nickel free belts and hypoallergenic earrings made in the USA. In addition, there are titanium products that come with a lifetime guarantee against defects, breakage, and nickel content. Titanium belts, buckles, and rings are the best choice for anyone with multiple metal allergies as titanium has extremely low allergenicity and incidences of allergy to titanium are extremely rare.
Great summer belt choices include our fun and fanciful genuine leather belts, the nickel free Wildflower and Woodlands Genuine Leather Belts. These handcrafted belts have a tan background with colorful images added for a whimsical touch and are now on sale at great prices.
The White Silver Square Belt is a popular genuine leather nickel free golf belt, but is also great for any warmer weather wear! Nickel allergy rashes should never hamper your swing! The new Silver Square Titanium Belt Set features smaller, very lightweight titanium buckles adorning handcrafted full grain leather straps - their lighter feel is perfect for hot summer days.. These two items are also featured in the summer sale - so the timing is right for a new, nickel free look!
Nickel allergy symptoms are definitely not confined to the abdomen. Most women with nickel allergy have suffered with itchy earlobes due to the nickel content in cute summer earrings. The good news is you don't have to give up trendy earrings just because you have nickel allergy! Athena Allergy and NoNickel have dozens of handcrafted dangle earrings along with sterling silver hoops and posts. All these earrings are guaranteed to never cause a nickel allergy reaction. Half the fun is in making the selection, there are so many from which to choose! Take a look at the Seasonal Hypoallergenic Earrings for a small sampling of what's hot for summer!
Another excellent way to avoid nickel is to test metal items, then when practical use a barrier protectant. Nickel Solution™ is THE solution for summer nickel rashes! This kit contains Nickel Alert™, a dmg spot test that accurately, safely, and quickly tests any metal for nickel. Nickel Guard™ is also contained in the Nickel Solution kit and is a lacquer that provides proven protection from nickel in metal. Nickel Guard can be safely brushed onto non-movable metal items for lasting protection.
The best plan of defense is to act before the symptoms begin. Once a nickel rash has erupted, it can take days or weeks to heal even after the offending metal has been removed. Don't let the itch of nickel allergy ruin your summer plans when you can opt for trendsetting nickel free fashion from The Nickel Allergy Experts.
A surprising number of men are reporting nickel allergy symptoms; we are unsure whether this is related to better education about the condition, or increased exposure to nickel which causes sensitization. Some occupations involve ongoing nickel contact which may lead to nickel allergy. Numbers may also be rising due to the growing popularity of piercings among men, as piercings can readily introduce nickel into the body through the piercing gun or the nickel content in body jewelry.
We get to hear a lot of stories from men who are trying to cope with those uncomfortable nickel allergy symptoms - abdominal rash and itching, swollen skin, red blisters and more! From tucking in shirts to try to avoid belt buckle contact, to using duct tape over jean rivets, they are learning that these solutions just aren't working. The reason is particularly evident in summer as perspiration will allow the nickel salts to readily contact the skin, through all kinds of material. Some men are so sensitive that even on the coldest of days, their skin will react to nickel contact.
Men are accustomed to either delaying treatment or trying to resolve health issues on their own, but this one problem that can be so easily remedied! If you have a dad or family member who has been suffering in silence with the dreaded itchy belly syndrome, it's time to buy him a nickel free belt and see what a difference it makes in his life.
Our belt craftsman has been hard at work this year, creating lots of new belts in a variety of leathers. Many of these belts have titanium buckles, so if dad has multiple metal allergies, titanium will most likely be the perfect answer for no more rashy abdomen.
Our ever-popular Silver Square Belts have just increased in number with the addition of the Silver Square Titanium Belt Set! This set would make an amazing gift for any dad, but will be long appreciated and often worn by that dad with nickel allergy! The belt straps are handcrafted of genuine full grain leather for timeless appeal and comfort! The titanium buckle is the answer for almost anyone with any type of metal allergy as allergy to titanium is extremely rare. In addition, this belt set now comes with a lifetime guarantee! While we can't guarantee that dad will always be the same size, we can guarantee that this belt set will last for as long as he wears it! We will replace the belt if there are ever any defects or breakage, making this belt set a practical choice! With one black leather strap and one brown leather strap, both belts in classic styles, this set may end the search for additional nickel free belts for dad! You will win the brownie points this year!
For the golfer dad, make sure his outings are in nickel free style with the Silver Square White Belt! For the artistic dad who likes to mix things up a bit, how about the Swashbuckler Belt with the skull and crossbones design? If your father is the suave sophisticate, his nickel free selection might be the Genuine Leather Titanium/Carbon Fiber Belt! Athena Allergy/NoNickel has so many new designs along with the perennial favorites, there are sure to be one or more hypoallergenic belts that will make dad's day!
Father's Day is June 15th, so if you need your belt quickly, NoNickel now offers expedited shipping!