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Peanut/treenut free soap? makeup? shampoo?

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By Kim canada on Tue, 03-26-02, 00:18

This is my first posting. I am a newly diagnosed PA/TNA individual. I am having a really hard time finding safe shampoos, soaps, makeup, etc. Is there anyone out there who knows of safe products I can use?
Thanks! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By nervousnelly on Tue, 03-26-02, 03:06

What is in shampoo, and soap? God this is really SCARY! My son is 18mo. and we found out about his PA 4 days ago. I didn't even think to look at soap and shampoo. I wonder what elce I havent thought of? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img]


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By momjd on Tue, 03-26-02, 04:04

There's an ongoing thread re: hidden places where peanuts are found that will give you some insight about shampoos, etc. The problem with products of this type in general is that they list "fragrance" as an ingredient with no further details. I was told by one cust. service rep. that a frangrance can have 300 individual ingredients, so eliminating peanut oil from that list is difficult. Also peanut and tree nut oils are good carriers so they are often used to distribute other ingredients in a product. Also, if you or your child have eczema, fragrances in general will irritate the skin.

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By momjd on Tue, 03-26-02, 04:17

See this Topic: Unusual or Unexpected Sources of Peanut

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By Corvallis Mom on Tue, 03-26-02, 21:10

Also be certain to look for this information in the Adults with PA forum, since your concerns (ie- what lipstick is safe to use) are not likely to be identical to those that parents of young kids are *most* curious about (ie- safe sunscreens and baby bath [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] )...maybe I am speaking out of turn here, but I don't plan to put my three year old in Cover Girl for a while yet! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

I *do* understand the inclination to practice very strict avoidance of pn and tn oils. I also think we should all keep in perspective the fact that if these ingredients are used in a topical product (and they may be- I agree with the statement above!) they are probably NOT present as a major component by percentage...(unless of course, they are in a standard ingredients statement. That being the case, we are really talking about very tiny quantities of a product which is probably *cross-contaminated* at low concentration (so little protein is present, if any).... this is hardly the same thing as smearing yourself with marzipan or peanut butter. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] Don't get me wrong here- we definitely avoid products which LIST a nut oil on the ingredients...Just as we avoid those that don't list any ingredients at all and certainly anything with a nut-type flavoring or fragrance.
We don't generally worry about fragrance components in topical stuff.... unless they clearly cause us trouble and then we avoid. (Eczema is a bigger problem than the PA so far with respect to topical things.)

Hope some of this helps!

Welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By cathlina on Wed, 03-27-02, 00:00

I am an PN adult and I use Johnson's baby wash for shampoo and Dial gold soap for body. I have also used Ivory soap.

The baby wash has very little fragrance.

Johnson's was making a fragrance free body wash and then took it off the market.

For Hand lotion, I use Lubiderm...they make a fragrance free, lanolin free (good..if you are allergic to wool) skin lotion for sensitive skin.

Watch out for White Rain...they changed the fragrance on it several months ago. I had used it for years with no problems. When I used the new fragrance one...my head itched. That's when I switched to the baby wash and it works well for me.

Also, I use Almay fragrance free deodorant.
I had used Secret for years and had not used it for the past two years. I picked up a bottle and within two days, I had big hives under my arms. I have found stories on the Internet where the exact same thing has happened to other people.

Also, if you are allergic to aspirin...look for the chemical "salicyate" on the label of shampoos and other hair products. Yep...this is aspirin...it is used as a "buffer" in these products. It is in Listerine, Pepto Bismol etc. etc.

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By williamsmummy on Wed, 03-27-02, 14:08

I have a list of latin names of nuts etc that may creep up in shampoos, soap , creams and cosmetics.

EXCELSA brazil nut
GADI IECUR cod liver oil
LAC. milk
OVUM egg
PISCUN IECUR mixed fish oil
PRUNUS ANARA bitter almond
PRUNUS DULCIS sweet almond

On the rare occasions that i buy make up , i do read the label to ensure that it is nut free etc, after all who wants to kiss your son and watch " bubble wrap" rise?!!!
bye sarah

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By Allie on Wed, 03-27-02, 23:18

I have to slightly disagree wiht the statement about 'salycilate' and 'aspirin'.

Yes, the chemical name for aspirin is salycilic acid or salycilate. These are used interchangeably by the parmaceutical companies. However, aspirin is one a large group of 'salycilates' that occur naturally in fruit and vegetable matter. Even in grass. Aspirin is derived itself from a plant - willow bark.

Some peple are allergic to salycilates. They have to avoid foods and products with high concentrations of salycilates in them - some people cannot even walk barefoot on cut grass, nor pick flowers. They have to avoid aloe vera, wheatgerm, apricot oil etc etc in all the products that are now being touted as containing 'natural products'. It is probably more advisable to find out the derivation of the salycilate in your shampoo rather than have a blanket ban on it. And of course it depends on what your reaction to aspirin is.


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By cathlina on Wed, 03-27-02, 23:57

I am allergic to aspirin. I had a reaction to a hair product that had salicycate in it.
Hives on my head.

I have been told by my allergist not to use any products with this on it.

Yes, there is naturally occurring salicycate in foods. All berries are high in it and I am allergic to them too.

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By nopeanuts on Thu, 03-28-02, 01:35

There is a thread somewhere on Johnson's products being possibly cross-contaminated. I just started using baby soap products from a company called Baby Spa. They are expensive, but have no nuts whatsoever. My son kept getting hives after bath, so I am willing to pay for nut-free soap! They have a web site at [url="http://www.babyspa.com"]www.babyspa.com[/url] but I don't think you can order online yet. They can be reached by phone at 877-422-2977.

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By MomLyttle on Sat, 03-30-02, 00:29

Hi Kim,
my daughter is also PA/TNA. I will only buy shampoo, soap, makeup, hairspry, mouse, conditioner, dish soap & (you know all of the other stuff that you use daily but don't consume ) to get to the point you can find these things with lables on them. It can although be tricky as there are some hidden words you should get to know. I believe somewhere on the boards histiry threads you can find out what these words are exactly.
I do know for sure that Oil Of Olay make-up does contain nut oils, look out for lines of shampoo that carry Nut scented(eg. Cherry/almond) chances are you will find nut oils in the rest of the line as well.
Am I correct you live in Canada, Me too!
Go to Shoppers Drug Mart for cosmetics they have a huge book there that contains the ingredients for any type of cosmetics they carry.
Good luck.

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By on Sat, 03-30-02, 02:38

Mom Lyttle, good to see you posting again! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Kim Canada, my son is only PA, but we also avoid TNA in cosmetics, etc. I use the St. Ives line of shampoo and conditioners and haven't had any problems with them. For soap, I've just stuck with regular brands such as Ivory, Jergens, Dove, and again, without a problem. I'm a bit more nervous about the glycerine fruit scented soaps.

The one thing that I've found that I'm cautious about is lip conditioner/balm like Blistex. One of the common ingredients now in a lot of them is something simply labeled as Shea Butter. It is, in fact, SheaNUT butter, and if avoiding tree nuts, it's a tree nut.

When our son was first diagnosed, we thought, okay, we have to label read food products. But no, it's label read every product you buy.

Now, as far as cosmetics, I can't really help because I don't wear any, but I'm sure you'll get some great advice.

Also, I really liked Mom Lyttle's suggestion that you try Shoppers Drug Mart if you are in Canada. I have recently posted here about an absolutely great brochure they have re food allergies and I would hope that in light of that they may be a bit more helpful when it comes to what you're purchasing.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


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By lisa from Australia on Tue, 04-16-02, 09:46

I have just thrown out a brand new (almost anyway) can of shaving cream. My husband thought he checked the lable but these things can be missed. I have found several other personal items here in Australia that have pn oil including Dove hand lotion and Vaseline intensive care lotion (yellow bottle) also shaving lotions (ladies as well). Luckily in Australia ingredient lists on these items must be comprehensive. I am glad I look on this web site more often now especially after seeing the one about hormone replacement therapy (see adults with pa) as I am an IVF patient and apparently one of the hrt drugs, which are similar to IVF drugs, uses pn oil in its preparations (ug).

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By Chicago on Fri, 04-19-02, 22:05

Just to disagree with Cindy's post regarding the shea nut - according to FAAN it is not a treenut. It is a pit for a soft fruit (like an avocado pit) and it is not considered necessary for PA or TNA folks to avoid it.

But certainly reading the labels of cosmetics is a "to do"!

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By on Fri, 04-19-02, 23:28

Chicago, I think it's probably just my "comfort zone" but after doing the research Linda-Jo and I did last year when her child ate a candy that was labeled as containing sheanut oil, I've decided not to use the product. I know that our threads were running under Main Discussion and I do believe they provided enough information to indicate that some of us could consider a sheanut to be a tree nut whether FAAN or other people don't. I'll try to re-raise it later if I have the chance. I do know that if you do a search, it is under Main Discussion and both Linda-Jo and I pulled information off websites to validate our posting our concerns here.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


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By JOSEJK03 on Sat, 03-05-11, 17:38

Hi to who ever is looking for pean,wheat and sunflower free. I have 8 styling products and 6 shampoo's and conditioners coming out on the next month. If you are interested in purchasing please call me. I am in Minnesota. I have been a hairstylist for 27 years and I have several clients such as yourself allergic to these things to. Shampoos and conditioners also are paragon and sulfate free. My name is Jodi 612-599-1214. Hope to hear from all of you. This is a private line and you will never find it in a department store or walmart,target,etc.
Also a male and female dog shampoo again free of these ingredients. For your animal and for yourself if you use it on your dog.
Thank you for your time.

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By ReeRee on Thu, 07-24-14, 05:36

In response to Chicago's post, my son has a PN/TN allergy and cannot use any product with shea. According to our allergist, it is considered a tree nut. Before he was diagnosed, we used soap that had shea and he broke out in hives all over his back. I would be very reluctant to try shea if anyone has a child with TN allergies.

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By jendicott2003 on Sun, 11-09-14, 00:18

Pheasant Creek Farms in Oregon makes a goat milk soap and they also have a tree-nut free goat milk soap. They have different scents too. You can check out their website at www.pheasantcreekfarms.com. If they don't have the scent you want or if you want a soap with an exfoliant in it you can email them and request them to make you a batch of soap with the scent and exfoliant in it that you want.

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By Hdohan on Tue, 11-11-14, 20:40

My daughter has peanut, treenut, coconut and sesame seed allergies and eczema. I became a consultant with Beautycounter because they have the strictest standards in the entire industry. We voluntarily restrict over 1,500 ingredients that are not safe. The US only bans 11 (eleven). In Europe they ban over 1,300. There is ZERO regulation in the personal care industry in the US. My kids use the Kids collection, which has no nuts in the shampoo, conditioner and body wash. You can check ALL ingredients on my website. Complete transparency. Www.SafeAndSassy.Beautycounter.com.
If you want to check your products at home or in the grocery store for safety, download either or both apps: "Skin Deep" by the EWG, or "Think Dirty" by Lily Tse. For safety, you want ALL your products that you put on your body to be a 3 or lower. All our products are a 2 or lower. It only takes 26 seconds for whatever you put on your skin, to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Even if you don't purchase from me, definitely download the apps. They are EXTREMELY helpful.
Oh, and ANYTHING with the word "Fragrance" in it, THROW IT OUT! By law, companies are allowed to put ANYTHING they want under the name fragrance and it is completely legal.
The statistic that scared me the most, is that this generation of children is predicted to be sicker and die younger than my generation....that scares me to death and breaks my heart. The government is NOT looking out for you. We are our own advocates for our kids. Read, read, read every label. Even in the personal care industry. Good luck to all the Mamas and Daddies out there. We need all the help we can get.

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