I was drawn to check out Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products when I came across a Facebook post stating that they’re non toxic and they now even have baby products. I appreciate a good personal care product line that’s free of harmful chemicals, but a persistent problem I’ve discovered is that such product lines often include food allergens, so I had to check these products out from an allergen perspective.
Many of the Ava Anderson products contain shea, which is a tree nut. Many products also contain sweet almond oil, which should not be rubbed on your skin if you’re allergic to tree nuts. More information regarding anaphylaxis from substances rubbed on the skin was released recently, which bolsters my position that if you’re allergic to a substance, you should not rub its oil on your skin or consume it any other way. In this product line, I also found a fair number of food ingredients that are less common allergens.
The body butter ingredient list is: lavendula hydrosol (organic lavender water), barbadensis Leaf Juice (organic aloe vera), theobroma cacao (organic cocoa seed butter), butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter), prunus amygdalus dulci (organic sweet almond), persea gratissima (organic avocado oil), xanthum gum, salix nigr (organic black willow bark) extract, citrus sinensis (organic sweet orange), pelargonium graveolen (organic geranium rose), lavendula angustifolia (organic lavender), cananga odoratang (organic ylang ylang essential oil).
The body bar soap is made with: Ingredients: olea europaea (organic olive oil), elaeis guineensis (organic palm kernel oil), cocos nucifera (organic coconut), ricinus communis (organic castor oil), organic goat’s milk, allantoin, oat protein, calendula petals.
The Ava Anderson baby massage and body lotion ingredients are: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, organic coconut oil, organic apricot kernel oil, organic olive oil, organic sweet almond oil, organic shea butter, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, pomegranate extract and cranberry fruit extract.
The deep conditioning treatment contains: aloe barbadensis leaf juice (organic aloe), behenrimonium methosulfate (vegetable source), cocos nucifera oil, (organic coconut oil), elaeis guineensis kernel oil (organic palm oil), vegetable glycerin, prunus amygdaus Dulcis (organic sweet almond oil), olea europaea fruit oil (organic olive oil), butyrosermm parkii (organic shea butter, brassica oleracea italica seed oil (broccoli seed oil), dl panthenol (vitamin B5), yucca schidigera (mohave yucca), equisetum arvense (horsetail extract) urtica diolea (nettle), Melissa officinalis (organic lemon balm), menthe piperita (peppermint), geogard ultra.
The Ava Anderson eye cream contains: rosa centifolia amascena (organic Bulgarian rose oil), aloe barbedensis (organic aloe leaf juice), rosa rubiginosa (organic rose hip oil), oenothera biennis (organic evening primrose oil), butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter), calendula (organic marigold essential oil), prunus armeniaca ( organic apricot kernel oil), azadirachta indic. (organic neem extract), xanthum gum, vegetable glycerin, helichrysum italicum (organic everlasting flower essential oil), lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender essential oil), vetiveria zizanioid (organic vetiver essential oil). The product page includes this reference to almond oil, but it’s unclear if it is still in the product: Natural expeller pressed oil from raw almond kernels are exceptionally rich in fatty acids.
The hand and body lotion contains: organic aloe vera gel, behentrimonium methosulfate, organic coconut oil, organic apricot kernel oil, organic olive oil, organic sweet almond oil, organic shea butter, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, allantoin, geogard ultra, potassium polysorbate, organic sweet orange essential oil, organic citrus lemon essential oil, organic pomegranate oil.
The Ava Anderson non toxic lip balm is made from : Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Stevia Rebaudiana (Stevia) Leaf Extract.
The lip balm product page contains this warning: There is one known health warning about shea butter: People who have nut allergies and latex allergies may be sensitive to shea butter. Always do a small test patch before fully using, if you have allergies. This is the only reference to allergies that I found on the site. I’m surprised that nothing was said about almond oil to warn nut allergic consumers that it’s present in the product line.
Source: http://www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/default.aspx Accessed March 5, 2012.
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