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Posted on: Tue, 12/10/2002 - 9:14pm
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Hi Dana,
Have you thought about making your own soap? It seems pretty simple. Craft stores like A.C. Moore or Michael's carry the basic ingredients and fun molds. It might even be a neat project for you and your child.
Andrea

Posted on: Sat, 01/25/2003 - 2:57am
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Dana...I am still using Baby Magic w/ my son but I too am trying to find a safe soap. My son is not allergic to tree nuts but our Dr. told us that PA should be considered and all nut allergy.

Posted on: Sat, 01/25/2003 - 3:49am
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I have been using the Neutrogena Bath & Shower Gel, Fragrance Free, to wash my hair for two months without any problems. It can be used as a skin cleanser,too.

Posted on: Fri, 02/28/2003 - 11:11am
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I'm in the same boat trying to find coconut free soap. I did not realize I'd been subjecting my coconut allergic teen to this allergen so often. I don't know how I missed it - I didn't realize if there was a twelve syllable ingredient [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] that had "coc" somewhere in it that it was most likely coconut. No wonder his exzema is so bad. I'm feeling huge guilt. I did find an olive oil soap called "Kiss my Face" ([url]http://www.kissmyface.com[/url]).
I have NO idea what to do about laundry detergent. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 02/28/2003 - 12:02pm
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Dana
Jana R's reply got me thinking and I did some checking in my bathroom drawers and on the internet. It looks like Olive oil soap may be an answer for you. There seem to be many brands available, several of which are made only of saponified olive oil, with no other ingredients. The bars aren't always expensive either, I have a few bars of Greek olive oil soaps that I have picked up cheaply at Greek stores or discount stores.
Here are a couple of web sites to check out, one for a "fancy" soapmaker (but it explains the saponification process pretty well), the other for a traditional greek soap. I don't know if they will appear as clickable links or not, I'm not great at that.
[url="http://consultclarity.com/tikvah/soap/bar.html"]http://consultclarity.com/tikvah/soap/bar.html[/url]
[url="http://www.greekolivewarehouse.com/soap.html"]http://www.greekolivewarehouse.com/soap.html[/url]
Good luck finding a safe soap,
Sarah

Posted on: Sat, 03/01/2003 - 3:46am
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Jana R
I did some more checking this morning and it looks like finding a detergent free from coconut-derived products (I saw your listing in another thread - wow!) is almost impossible (hard even to find ingredient listings).
I did find a site that gave a recipe for making your own, which I realize is a lot of work, but could be a last resort. You use soap flakes in the recipe (which you would have to grate from olive oil soap in your case), plus Borax (a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen and water), Washing soda (sodium carbonate, in the same family as baking soda but much more caustic), and water. Here is the site:
[url="http://www.greenhomeliving.com/001/soitriedit.html"]http://www.greenhomeliving.com/001/soitriedit.html[/url]
Sarah

Posted on: Sat, 03/01/2003 - 5:08am
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Sarah, thank you so much for your reply. I don't think making my own detergent will be that difficult - I had been looking into it and it wasn't until late last night that I found out what Borax was and decided we could use that. I still hadn't found out what washing soda was but it sounds like from your post that it's safe, too. So thank you so much for your help!!!!

Posted on: Sat, 03/01/2003 - 11:20am
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You could contact Heritage products and ask if their Olive Oil shampoo is safe. I use the unscented version, but I'm not allergic to coconut and I don't react to peanut on my skin
[url="http://www.caycecures.com/2003/page11.html"]http://www.caycecures.com/2003/page11.html[/url]
[url="http://www.caycecures.com/"]http://www.caycecures.com/[/url]
And when my husband and I realized we were buying Cayce products, we laughed long and hard. When he's feeling silly, he informs people that I use super spooky shampoo formulas based on wacky psychic's trances.
On checking the catalog I have, I see that the shampoo comes in three sents--almond, citrus, and lavender. I have no clue how well the clean between batches, but lavender gives me instant migraines and I've been safe thus far. That's really not sufficient info, so you'd want to make sure.
You do *not* want to use the conditioner I use. Granny's Soft n Silky creme rinse, unscented. There are three or four ingredients, including water. The other two or three are *all* derived from coconut. It is peanut, soy, corn, and wheat free, though. I buy it from NEEDS, for anyone else who's interested.
ygg

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 5:17am
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Hi krasota - Thanks for your help! Cayce sounds like an interesting character!

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 10:12am
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We use Johnson's Mosurizing Baby Bath for the kids (6 and 2 1/2) - it smells nice and is very good.
Rita

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