26 Reasons These Fruits May Cause Allergies
What's The Deal?These fruits (and many other fruits – and many vegetables) contain components that must by law be declared on the ingredients labels of cosmetics in Europe – because these very same ingredients also happen to be components of some essential oils.
Take that innocent looking strawberry – it contains eugenol and benzyl acetate which you will also find present in ylang ylang and clove essential oil.
Lemons contain limonene – also to be found in lemon as well as orange essential oil.
The apricot is a veritable bomb of possible allergens: it has linalool, methyleugenol, terpineol and phenylethanol. These same ingredients are also found in the essential oils of lavender and rose.
The apples contain phenylethanol and terpineol – also present in rose and lavender essential oil.
Connecting The Dots
It's perfectly legal (and acceptable) to sell fruit without labelling or warnings. Think of it. Have you ever seen a fruit stand offering allergen-free apples?
Because apparantly these ingredients are safe as long as they are in food. And apparantly when they make their way into cosmetics, they must be declared on the ingredients label as possible allergens.
In short, we can eat them without worry, but not put them on our skin for fear of possible allergic reactions.
Shall we pause for a moment so that little tidbit of information can sink in?
I need another moment
Nope, sorry, I'm still gobsmacked.
The Food and Fragrance ConnectionApart from being present in many fruits and vegetables, the essential oil constituents mentioned above are typically also found as part of the fragrance in cosmetics products. And we all know that fragrance equals allergies, right? I mean, studies have shown that these ingredients are accumulating in our bodies – all due to the fragrances in cosmetics ... right?
What Does a Leading Essential Oils Expert Say About ThatRobert Tisserand explains in a recent blog post:
"As far as the fragrant compounds are concerned, they are naturally found in some common foods (see Table), so that could be one reason that they are found in our bodies. Limonene and pinene are ubiquitous simply because so many trees produce them. If you have pine furniture, it will give off limonene and pinene vapors. If you have paint thinned with turpentine, same deal, because turpentine is made from pine trees. If you live near trees…basically, if you’re breathing, you are inhaling limonene and pinene."
The 26 ReasonsBelow are the 26 ingredients that must by law be declared on the label of cosmetics in Europe. These 26 ingredients may also be present in the fruit and/or vegetables you eat every day – but don't worry – apparantly, they don't 'count' if they are in food.
- Amyl Cinnamal
- Benzyl Alcohol (read a post about this ingredient on this blog)
- Cinnamyl Alcohol
- Amylcinnamyl Alcohol
- Benzyl Salicylate
- Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
- Anisyl Alcohol
- Benzyl Cinnamate
- Farnesol (read a post about this ingredient on this blog)
- Butylphenyl Methylpropional
- Benzyl Benzoate
- Hexyl Cinnama
- Methyl heptin carbonate
- Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
- Evernia Prunastri (Oakmoss extract)
- Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss extract)
Have a safe and allergen-free day.
Ref: Essential Oil and Fruit Comparison information from Robert Tisserands table graphic in this Post.
Point well made! As to when I last ate lemon skins... I have a fab Russian lemon tart recipe than actually uses several whole lemons, so it actually isn't all that long ago I ate a healthy portion of lemon skins! :)