What is it?
Geranium Oil, Bourbon is a fragrance widely used in soaps, detergents ,and personal care products.
How can I avoid it?
You should avoid contact with this substance. Avoidance requires reading labels, package inserts, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and
occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer.
The avoidance of fragrances and flavoring agents such as Geranium Oil, Bourbon 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 Geraniol.
• Perfumes/Colognes/After-shaves/Toilet water
• Skin care products/Cosmetics
- Hair sprays, gels, tonics, and lotions
- Hair colorants/“Permanents-relaxers”
- Shaving products
- Sunscreens and self-tanners
• Medications, topical, prescription, and over the counter such as
- Creams, ointments, solutions
- Foot and other powders
• 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, gums, beverages, various, as a flavoring or spice
• Oral care products as a flavoring
- Cough mixtures
- Throat tablets and lozenges
Other names for Geraniol:
Pelargonium graveolens stem leaf oil rose geranium
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances: