What is it?
Tolu Balsam is found in medications for treatments of cough, asthma, and skin rashes. It is also used in perfumery for its warm, mellow scent.

How can I avoid it?
Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer.Since some fragrances are also flavors, foods can, rarely, cause flare-ups of dermatitis in fragrance-sensitive individuals. 

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.

Direct contact with foods or products containing Fragrances may cause symptoms including burning, irritation and redness. Direct contact may occur on the skin, lips or mouth. It is possible, but rare, that ingestion of this substance could cause generalized symptoms such as itching or redness of the skin.

  • Medications
  • Cough syrup
  • Compound benzoin tincture
  • Folk medicine in wound healing
  • Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
  • Aftershave
  • Moisturizers
  • Make-ups
  • Sunscreens
  • Perfumes
  • Flavoring in baking

Other names for Tolu Balsam:
  • Tolu balsam clear
  • Tolu balsam extract
  • Tolu balsam oil
  • Myroxylon toluiferum

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Balsam of Peru
  • Benzylbenzoate
  • Other fragrances

How safe is it?

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