How safe is it?

What is it?

Almond Oil is a flavoring and fragrance used in personal care products and in foods as a spice or flavoring.

How do I avoid it?

Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer. The avoidance of fragrances and flavoring agents such as Almond oil can be difficult, since so many everyday products contain these substances. One should use only fragrance-free cosmetic and household products. “Unscented” products may contain low levels of a fragrance to cover up an undesirable odor and also should be avoided. Products labeled as “hypoallergenic” do not assure that the product is truly free of fragrance.Since fragrances are complex mixtures of many ingredients, an individual may tolerate one fragrance but not another. A trial-and-error method of avoiding a fragrance allergen in a product can be performed by applying the product to the forearm in the same small area twice a day for a week. If no dermatitis develops, the product may likely be used safely.Since some fragrances are also flavors, foods can, rarely, cause flare-ups of dermatitis in fragrance-sensitive individuals. Particularly if you have oral or lip allergies as discussed with your health care provider, you should avoid foods prepared with almonds or Almond Oil. 

Uses:

  • Perfumes / Colognes / After-shaves / Toilet water 
  • Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
  • Antiperspirants / Deodorants 
  • Hair sprays, gels, tonics and lotions
  • Hair Colorants / “Permanents-Relaxers”
  • Soaps / Cleansers
  • Shampoos / Conditioners
  • MoisturizersmMake-ups
  • Nail Polish / Nail Polish Remover
  • Powders / SpraysmSunscreens
  • Medications, topical, prescription and over the counter such as
  • Anesthetics
  • Antiseptics
  • Creams, Ointments, Solutions
  • Foot And Other Powders
  • Nasal Decongestants
  • Herbal remedies, including Traditional Chinese Medications
  • Wound Dressings
  • Household products
  • Air Fresheners / Aromatherapy / Potpourri 
  • Cleaning Products / Soaps / Detergents (A preferred household cleaner is dilute white vinegar.)
  • Furniture polish
  • Laundry care (detergent, softeners)?
  • Foods, candies, gum, beverages, various, as a flavoring or spice
  • Oral Care Products as a flavoring
  • Cough mixtures
  • Toothpaste / Mouthwash
  • Throat tablets and lozenges
  • Metal working fluids
  • Paints
  • Tobacco

Other names for almond oil:

  • Bitter almond oil
  • Expressed almond oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Prunus Amygdalus dulcis

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