The formulation process of any cosmetic product is time consuming, rigorous and more often than not filled with more failures than successes. That is, until we finish on our final piece.
While the end product can be something divinely nourishing, it could also hold the potential to risk yours or your child’s safety and health.
Is your child at risk of serious harm?
While majority of big name companies use exquisite testing protocols, a lot of what's on the market may not. In fact, some countries have little to no regulations when it comes to formulations, ingredients and quality control or testing. This potentially opens up the market for an array of unsafe products. Just look at the Chinese baby formula crisis.
The thing with most oils in cosmetics, including nut oils, is that they are highly refined. The process of refinement can vary but essentially the outcome is to remove a lot of solids. When it comes to nut oils however, there are risks that some proteins may remain in the oil. With allergies, particularly peanut and almond induced anaphylaxis, its the protein that is the allergen. There is evidence that suggests a previously non-allergic person who uses these oils on broken skin can create a sensitization in their body which opens them up to a potential future allergy.
When I was formulating Oh Flossy products one of my main focus points was to have a low allergen product. This meant avoiding potentially high allergen ingredients like Almond, Hazelnut and Macadamia nut oils. The potential financial savings to cut down on my overheads were not worth the risk. You can read our Ingredient Listing and their functions here.
We opted for Shea Nut Oil in our Olive You Lipbalms as it has no known allergen risks. In-fact Anaphylaxis UK say this about Refined Shea Nut Oil;
”Scientific investigations have found that refined shea nut butter does not pose any known or likely allergy risk to consumers, including those with peanut or tree nut allergies.”
So what do we do from here and how do we protect our children from potentially dangerous play makeup products?
Its simple really - check the labels. Know your allergen or risk of allergic sensitization. These can sometimes be written in Latin on the ingredient listing. If the product you’re looking at buying for you or your child contains a high allergen nut oil then it would be safer to avoid it completely.
Prunus Amygdalus Amara (Bitter Almond)
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond)
Juglans Regia (Walnut)
Arachis Hypogeae (Peanut)
Corylus Avellana Seed Oil (Hazelnut)
Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia)
As a mum who has a children with severe allergies, eczema, asthma and having a severe peanut allergy myself that developed from sensitization at 18, when creating Oh Flossy my priority was and will always be to keep your child safe as I would my own.