Recently, I bought live clean healthy balance shampoo and conditioner at Shoppers Drug Mart. While double checking the ingredient list of the products for any nut oils, I had a nasty surprise: The shampoo contains nut oil! As Jacob has life-threatening tree nut allergies, the last thing I want is to do is contaminate myself and our shower stall with nut oil.
I didn’t catch the allergen in question at first glance, and the way it’s displayed in the ingredient list is potentially misleading, so I wanted to ensure that I share a warning here. The ingredient is listed as: “Aleurites moluccanus, seed oil.” What caught my attention is that the common name of the ingredient was not included in brackets after the Latin name, and the comma was in a strange place.
It turns out that Aleurites moluccanus seeds are also know as candlenuts, Indian walnuts, kemiri, or kukui nuts. Ripe nuts are pounded into a paste and used as soap, shampoo, or moisturizing oil.
The FAQ page on the live clean site does not provide this information, despite an entry related to nut oils. Instead it says:
“Do Live Clean products contain nuts or nut oils?
It is possible that like shea, this is a less allergenic tree nut, but that testing has not occurred. This means that it is NOT an acceptable risk in my household, and I returned the shampoo for a refund. I hope this information helps you make decisions that are safe for your household.
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Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleurites_moluccanus and http://live-clean.com/content/faq%27s both accessed 15 June 2015
Image credit: “Candle nuts (kemiri)” by ChildofMidnight at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Candle_nuts_(kemiri).jpg#/media/File:Candle_nuts_(kemiri).jpg