Chapstick confusion

Posted on: Sat, 03/29/2008 - 2:44am
Faith3's picture
Joined: 03/27/2008 - 08:48

I am so confused about certain ingredients that sound like peanut derivatives... when I look them up, there is no mention of peanuts. For example, arachidyl propionate, is an inactive ingredient in Chapstick. I have heard others say they do not use it for this reason. Last night I decided to throw out our kids Chapstick... but then I forgot. First thing this morning, my daughter informs me that she put it on (they have only used it once before this). I freaked out and gave her a bath and then came and looked up the ingredient online:

Arachidyl Propionate - A skin softener and humectant obtained from coal and limestone.

No mention of peanuts. There is a similar sounding ingredient in an Aveeno facial moisturizer, but someone has told me it's not peanuts. When I called the company, the CS Rep. said she found no mention of peanuts in her ingredients list... what's the deal?

Posted on: Sat, 03/29/2008 - 2:10pm
TJuliebeth's picture
Joined: 03/30/2005 - 09:00

I have never of chapstick containing peanuts...
it's very important that PA kids learn to NEVER share chapstick/lip gloss/lipstick, daughter had her 1st and only anaphalactic reaction this way.

Posted on: Mon, 03/31/2008 - 6:35am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

My DS uses chapstick all the time... I had not thought of it but I did check the label. good point about reminding someone not to use someone elses chapstick! I had not thought of that. I also use Aveeno everyday on DS so no worries for me there.

Posted on: Tue, 04/01/2008 - 2:35am
kandebuttahfly's picture
Joined: 12/27/2007 - 17:08

tjuliebeth - just out of curiosity, was it an ingredient in the chapstick, or did the person she shared with just eat like pbj or something?

Posted on: Tue, 04/01/2008 - 5:34pm
ahensley's picture
Joined: 08/23/2005 - 09:00

I just called Chapstick last week regarding this and he went through several of the different types of Chapsticks with me and he said there was no peanut derivative in them. I don't remember which ones I asked about specifically, just the ones we had at home. I have started letting DS use Chapstick again, but it does make me a little nervous, he has never had a problem with it though.

Posted on: Wed, 04/02/2008 - 1:34pm
TJuliebeth's picture
Joined: 03/30/2005 - 09:00

It was from cross contamination...someone else ate the peanut butter...

Posted on: Wed, 04/16/2008 - 11:53am
davidsmom03's picture
Joined: 03/08/2005 - 09:00

I have posted regarding this back in January, so I'll just transfer the quote.
Originally Posted By: davidsmom03My PA only son had a reaction the other day on something. He was diagnosed at 13 months, and never had another reaction until now. Swollen face, mostly lips and his left eye. And the only thing I can think of is the Strawberry Chapstick he put on himself, especially since his lips were so puffy.
Chapstick contains "arachidyl propinate" and I've looked high and low on this and still can't figure out, especially after running into a web document that said "Arachidyl proprionate or Arachadonic acid are essential fatty acids which [i]sometimes comes from peanuts[/i]." [url=""][/url] I haven't been able to find a different source that says the same thing.
Doing a search on "arachidyl" yields "arachidyl alcohol" on Google. The first search result (from Wikipedia) says other names for arachidyl alcohol are "Arachic alcohol, arachidic alcohol, arachidyl alcohol, eicosyl alcohol, icosan-1-ol, icosyl alcohol" Then there's [i]arachidic acid[/i], which Wikipedia says is a [i]saturated fatty acid found in peanut oil[/i]. It can be formed by the hydrogenation of arachidonic acid, and the reduction of arachidic acid yields arachidyl alcohol. (Arachidonic acid is the counterpart to the saturated arachidic acid.)
I've looked at the old posts on arachidyl propinate and Chapstick here as well. I don't know anything about chemistry or the medical field and there's a chance DS might have reacted to the dye in the Chapstick, but this roundabout confusion over these arachid- chemical words and his swollen face is enough to make me stop using Chapstick.
Just my 2 cents in case there's someone else looking for this info.
Here is the [url=""]original thread[/url].
All the things I've looked at suggest that the source of arachidyl whatever could be anything, vegetable (including peanuts, of course), or animal. So maybe whether you have an allergic reaction or not depends on what kind of batch the manufacturer receives?

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