With an eye on the food allergy community as a unique group of consumers since 2008, we're on a quest to find and share ways to continue enjoying the good things in life allergen-free.


13 August 2013

Food Allergy Tweens & Teens: Hair Care and Skin Care

 
I recently made a visit to Whole Foods to buy my son more shampoo and body wash that is labeled as peanut and nut free. I never really can tell what is in shampoos, conditioners and soaps, and other non-food products. I've learned to recognize words for nuts and peanuts but I never really feel a product is peanut-free or nut-free unless the company is willing to actually make that claim on the label. He had been using Episencial and California Baby Sensitive Skin products. The bottles we have make those reassuring free from claims. I couldn't find the same claim this time on Episencial although I see it is still listed on the website as nut-free. I also found two other brands with similar claims, and will give them a try in the future. Just purchasing two bottles of California Baby was costly enough--$13.99 a pop!
 
The thing is, I found these nut free and peanut free products in the infant or baby section. My baby is now on the verge of turning 10. I am hoping there are some peanut-free and nut-free non-food products, such as shampoo and body wash that are marketed towards adults because tweens aren't keen on using "baby" products. It's hard enough being "different", sitting at the allergy lunch table or carrying Epipens and an inhaler everywhere. If you can recommend a "grown-up" skin care or hair care product that is peanut-free or nut-free and/or free of other top 8 (or more!) allergens, please share! Oh, and while we're on this subject, how about free-from deodorants?  Time goes by so quickly...
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