Welcome to Day 10 of my 12 Days of Allergy-Friendly Favorites! (If you missed the last seven days, check them out here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9.) Throughout these 12 days I am sharing some of my favorite products and companies with you. Some of these make wonderful gifts to someone with food allergies (or a parent,) and show that you really care about them and their food allergies. Please note I was not paid to write about any of these companies and all opinions are my own.
(While this is a guide to help you with gift ideas, please always do your own research and to use this article as an aid when choosing what foods, products, and companies are safe for you, your (food allergy) family, and friends with food allergies. The author makes no claims regarding the presence of food allergens and disclaims all liability in connection with the use of this article and site.)
Ingredients derived from food are often added to creams, cosmetics, hair care products, and other personal care items. Many items may contain nut oils and others may contain common allergens such as dairy, gluten, and corn. And Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) does not cover these non-food items. As with all food, be sure to read labels and call the manufacturer if it is not clear from their packaging. Many of these products may use “hidden” names.
Examples of nut ingredients include:
- Almond, bitter – Prunus amara
- Almond, sweet (and almond oil) – Prunus dulcis
- Brazil nut – Bertholletia excelsa
- Cashew – Anacardium occidentale
- Hazelnut – Corylus rostrata/americana/avellana
- Macadamia nut – Macadamia ternifolia
- Peanut – Arachis hypogaea
- Pistachio – Pistacia vera
- Walnut – Juglans regia/nigra
Peanut oil may be listed as “arachis oil” or “arachidyl behenate”.
Below I am sharing some of our favorite personal care products. As with food products saying these are safe for “everyone” isn’t possible, but hopefully this gives you and your family a good starting point for finding safe brands and products.
- California Baby – With a wide range of natural, organic, and sensitive skin care products California is a favorite in our family. California Baby products are free of common allergens such as milk/casein, egg, peanut, walnut, cashew, almond and pecans, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. Certified organic colloidal oatmeal (contains gluten) is used in their Therapeutic Relief Eczema products but all other California Baby products are gluten free. California Baby products do contain coconut derived ingredients. See their complete product line here.
- Dr Bronners – With soaps, cleaners, shaving gels, lotions and more Dr. Bronner’s isr enowned for their quality, versatility and eco-friendliness. All of their products are gluten-free, and they do not contain any common allergens. If you have a corn allergy you should know that some of their products do contain xanthan gum and citric acid derived from non-GMO corn. Shop their line of products here.
- Kiss Freely – Kiss Freely has a collection of body butters, lip sticks, eyeshadow, mineral makeup, and more. Started by a Mom of a food allergy child who kissed her daughter wearing ‘regular’ lipstick causing hives, she set out to produce her own allergy-friendly make-up line (way to go Jennifer!) All products are free from the top 8 major allergens plus sesame, shea butter, peas, coconut, avocado, sunflower, corn, beeswax, animal products, parabens, petroleum and phthalates. Shop their collection here.
- Toms of Maine – Toms of Maine products include dental care items, baby care, lip care, deodorants, and more. They do not use any peanuts in their products, any synthetic flavors, fragrances or any artificial preservatives. All of their products are also gluten-free. Toms of Maine product line is growing fast, check out their line-up of products here.
- Vanicream – Vanicream skin cream is used by many for eczema and they also have other products in their line-up, including cleaners and suncreens. Their primary purpose is to make products for people with sensitive skin. They do not use ingredients known to be made from common nut sources (e.g., peanuts and tree nuts such as almonds, cashews, or walnuts,) but some shampoo or cleanser ingredients may be made from coconuts. They do not contain dairy and their products are tested for the presence of gluten. Their products are also free of common chemical irritants such as: dyes, fragrance, masking fragrance, lanolin, parabens, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde releasers.
Have you tried any of these products? Leave a comment with some of your favorite allergy-friendly personal care products!
Don’t forget to come back each day to check out more of my allergy-friendly favorites (tomorrow I will be sharing my favorite snacks!) And on Day 13 (December 13th,) join me for a big giveaway of some of the products I have featured here. One lucky winner will win a bundle of products worth over $750!
This site is not intended to provide medical advice. The suggestions here are not intended as dietary advice or as a substitute for consulting a dietician, physician, or other medical professional. It is the reader’s sole responsibility to determine which foods are appropriate and safe for his or her family to consume. Always consult your doctor. The author makes no claims regarding the presence of food allergens and disclaims all liability in connection with the use of this site.