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Do You Have Allergies?

Do you have allergies? Read along with us for replacement suggestions. Allergies are the worst. We feel your pain. If you’re allergic to nuts, nut oils or have sensitivities to synthetic fragrances, we have some replacement suggestions for you. Of course, our first recommendation is to see your doctor and get tested for specific allergic reactions, but this blog post will be a great place to start.Do fragrances irritate your sensitive skin? If so, try using an all natural essential oil instead. Think Lavender, Orange,  Bergamot, Cedar, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, or Patchouli. Many natural grocery stores like Whole Foods or Co-Ops carry these essential oils (you can also purchase them online at Bramble Berry Soapmaking Supplies).If you’re allergic to essential oils, you’re better off just leaving the product unscented. You will grow to love the natural scent of fresh oils like us.Are you allergic to nut oils like Almond Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Peanut Oil, or Walnut Oil? If you’re making lotions, balms, or scrubs you can replace these liquid oils with nut-free fixed oils like Olive Oil (right from your pantry), Meadowfoam, Jojoba, Fractionated Coconut, Sunflower Oil and Apricot Kernel.What about Coconut Oil? Is it a nut? The FDA recognizes the coconut as a “tree nut.” However, the ACAAI classifies coconut as a fruit. While allergies have been recorded, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely consume coconut. If you’re not sure, don’t risk it. See your doctor and get tested for specific allergies. Better safe than sorry, right?