The company, Green Beaver, makes natural toiletries. I use their Frosty Mint toothpaste, which I really like. They do use almond oil in some of their products, which is important information for my allergic readers.
I’m pleased to see that their Winter Lip Balm no longer has almond oil in it. Previously, it disclosed the following ingredients: Ricinus communis (Castor oil), Cera alba (White beeswax), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower oil), Olea europaea (Olive oil), Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond oil ), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
Source: http://evolvingwellness.com/posts/959/review-green-beaver-apres-ski-100-natural-winter-lip-balm/Accessed 2 July 2012
Although they do use shea (which is a tree nut), I feel it’s safe for my tree nut allergic son. A study conducted by several physicians was submitted to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology as a letter to the editor, which you can read by clicking here. The letter states that there are no reports of ingestion or contact-related reactions to shea butter in individuals with nut allergy. The doctors determined that shea nut and shea butter contain extremely low levels of water/salt soluble protein and as a result there would be minimal availability of protein in commercial shea butter products.
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