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Aw, Nuts: Another Reason to Read the Label

If you have a nut allergy, you're probably already careful about the foods you eat. You might also avoid foods that are processed in plants that also handle peanuts, pecans and other nuts. But have you thought about what's in your makeup bag?

A couple of readers have e-mailed me recently, sharing horror stories about having allergic reactions to creams and lotions. The culprit, of course, was nut oil. Because so many nut oils have beneficial properties—for instance, argan oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties—they're frequently used in everything from hair oil to lip balm. Unfortunately, while they provide benefits to some people, they trigger allergies in others.

Those of you who have nut allergies probably already know to read the labels, but just in case, watch out for ingredients such as shea butter, almond oil, argan oil, and macadamia oil. Additionally, if you're giving gifts to someone who has a nut allergy, keep an eye on the ingredient list—and leave the nuts for roly-poly little squirrels.

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hobals hobals 5 years
P.S. Make up by INNOXA. It's Aussie & not tested on animals . It's also hypo allergenic and the only mascara I can use - they are good quality and decent prices. Hope this helps :-)
hobals hobals 5 years
Hi. Hazel Nut is a Nut . Witch hazel is not a nut - it's a plant :-)    I was BORN allergic to everything except Carnation milk & Oats - for 2 years . I grew out of a lot of allergies except all nuts & all fish ( these would kill me ) I carry an epi pen. I have discovered people are using ALMOND to make pastries & also in a lot of cream . The best thing I have found is to do a little test on your inside wrist skin- whatever it is, smear / wipe some here and you will SOON know. Don't do 2 things at the one time- you can use different areas - like left & right wrists ( the soft skin areas are the best places ) The upper inside arms - inside of the thigh etc. For some reason I can use shea butter but I cannot use any other type of nut. I want to use the new Argan oil-  Keritan hair treatment and this is how I found this site - I intend to do a little skin test and see - Problem with allergies- we grow out of them and / or we can get an allergy almost OVERNIGHT. My father NEVER had an allergy until he was almost 50. My mother awoke to his "noise"- when she turned the light on he was blue- his tongue the 15 times the usual size and he was gasping for air- He'd become allergic to Penicilian- the exact thing happened with Strawberries! This was weir- as he'd taken these tablets and eaten strawberries all his life- ALL OF A SUDDEN , they almost killed him ! WHY??? I have no idea why some things happen - some don't & others we grow out of - but, they are dangerous and I have found ( with a lifetime of fatal allergies, asthma & eczema ) the best thing is to take 1/8th of what you are suppose to- do a skin test and always have an anti inflammatory drug or an epi pen handy. Just last Sept- I took medication ( a 6th of what I was suppose to take) which almost ended my life - Thank you for letting me know about the Argan Oil- I shall do a little inside wrist - skin test BEFORE I purchase. ( I always go into salons- check the labels- and get wrist skin tests for tints / dye / spray tans / eye lash dye etc and I haven't had anyone deny me access to a small smear sample ) I'm lucky- as I've grown out of most problems :-) cheers :-)
anitap anitap 9 years
I am very very allergic to almonds, and have had a couple horrific experiences when estheticians used products with almond oil on my face (hello, emergency room)! I am always very careful to tell people of my allergy, but others are not always so careful. Beware!
igottrouble igottrouble 9 years
aw man yah this happened to me i was on A PLANE and i used some chapstick they gave to us from firstclass turns out... macadamea nut oil it was not good
Advah Advah 9 years
It's not really related, but that squirrel picture is super cute! I love squirrels! :P
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
i used to love burt's bees lip balm. until i met my boyfriend. he's allergic to tree nuts, which includes coconuts, which means the coconut oil in burt's bees can kill him. it makes chap stick a little hard to find.
BuffBabe6108 BuffBabe6108 9 years
Wow! I am glad I do not have allergies! This is just another thing to look for. Good to know, I never would have thought of makeup having peanut in them.
halo0073 halo0073 9 years
never would have thought of this
lemassabielle lemassabielle 9 years
Bella, thank you so much for reading my email and posting this story. I'm so glad that other people are going to be informed about this now :) god bless.
rickimc rickimc 9 years
Wow. I have a peanut allergy and I have yet to have a problem with any cosmetics or bath/body products (but peanuts are legumes, not nuts, so maybe their oil isn't good for anything but cooking). I have had to be careful with companies that use a peanut fragrance although most are synthetic and have absolutely no trace of actual peanuts.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow I never knew...
GothSugar GothSugar 9 years
Yes be very careful. I wouldn't want to see anyone die from spraying on some body spray..
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
I like my nuts haha!
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