Cuticle oil for those with nut allergies


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Jun 16, 2004
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Have bought solar oil on everyone's recommendation and am using it quite happily.

Problem: one of my friends has a son with such a severe nut allergy that products with nut oil in cause an allergic reaction eg suncreams can. He can also be affected if he touches a table for instance where someone else ate peanut butter sandwiches.

Any recommendations for other oils - she has quite hard cuticles and skin around nails which are also flaky.
hi there
i posted this exact same question some months ago...i have a client whose daughter only needs to be in the same room as one solitary peanut and goes into a anaphylatic (spelt wrong!) shock. I was concerned that if i used solar oil on the mum's nails, she would perhaps prepare food etc for her daugher and make her ill, if not finish her off.

Geeg posted a response which i haven't searched for but it is out there somewhere...i have used solar oil on this client and continue to do so with absolutely no side effects at all. However, i know Odyssey (ONS) do a fruit based cuticle oil which contains nothing nut related at all if you decide to err on the side of caution. I am quite sure there are plenty of other non-nut oils out there (though def not as good as solar oil :lol: !)

hope this helps
I have a few clients with severe nut allergies , for those I use Peach oil, Starflower oil, evening oil of primrose, grapeseed oil or avocado oil.............
As long as it is nut free it is fine................
Starflower oil and Evening oil of primrose come in little capsules, I prick it with a little pin and find that 1 capsule will treat all 10 fingers............
To grapeseed oil I add on drop of lavender per 10ml.......smells yummy and aid healing, Lavender is being used on burns victims after their skin starts to rebuild...........I Never use Lavender neat, but use a carrier oil with this..............
Thank you both very much for some really practical tips. I'm going to err on the side of caution on this one. I think my friend would appreciate it.
This problem was posted on the message baord, and the answer was...drum roll please... almonds are afruit not a nut, and therfore you should be safe recommending solar oil to use on mum. (there have been no reported cases of allergies with solar oil that I have been able to find)
I read and replied to that thread at the beauty Tech...........
We had this posted before on here to get it right the last time I wrote to the allergy foundation here in the UK............ They specialise in advice and guidlines for allergy sufferers......................
If an allergy is very severe it is best in my oppinion to choose an alternative.........because if something does happen, who would get the blame..........we would!
So here is the email I received:

Date: 02/04/2003 10:47:13 GMT Standard Time
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Hello Ruth & Faye

Thank you for your enquiry.

Refined oils are not usually a problem for people with nut allergies as the nut protein is broken down in the refining process but this is not a 100% guarantee. Unfortunately, many of the oils used in the cosmetic industry are not refined oils.

For anyone who has a severe nut allergy, it can only take 1 molecule of the allergen to trigger the reaction. You will also need to bear in mind that traces of oil could remain on surfaces within the treatment room so thorough cleaning measures would need to be in place to avoid cross contamination.

As well as almond oil, there might be other nut oils which might need to be avoided. One to watch out for is Arachis (peanut) oil. Please also note that some people can be allergic to peaches, avocados and grapes, too, although the nut allergies tend to be more severe reactions.

Probably your best course of action is to find out from your clients whether they have any allergies and the severity of their reaction and be guided by them. Couple this with very good hygiene policies to avoid possible cross contamination.


Karen Whatrup

Deputy Information Manager

Allergy UK

Office: 020 8303 8525

Helpline: 020 8303 8583

[email protected]

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