BEWARE - Fall Scents & Spices in Your Skin Care

Did you know?

 Some of our favorite fall scents can actuall caue problems for your skin...

Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove all have special usage rates for use in skin care products.  And not just for scents, also as additives.  And it might not bother you at first.   Though non-toxic, these essential oils are skin irritants and potentially skin sensitizers.

Cinnamon is not to be used with pregnant women or children under the age of six years. Also, do not use Cinnamon Leaf if you are on blood thinning medications. Since this oil often causes skin irritation, it is not recommend using Cinnamon Leaf essential oil in lotion or other leave-on products. 

Clove Oil is a well known irritant and skin sensitizer. It should never be used on theskin directly & has lower usage rates than even cinnamon.  Please don't use Clove Oil if you are on blood thinners.  Since this oil often causes skin irritation, we do not recommend using lotion or other leave-on products that contain Clove Leaf essential oil.

Nutmeg oil if used in large amounts, can cause toxic symptoms such as nausea and tachycardia. Avoid use during pregnancy.

Now - these are Essential Oils, there are fragrance oils that are in use as well that are suitable for everyone.  While they are not necessarily natural - they are generally safer for everyone to use.

The way to tell the difference - if the products are labeled - the essential oils look like this:

cinnmomum zeylanicum (cinnamon leaf) oil = cinnamon essential oil

eugenia caryophyllus (clove) flower oil = clove essential oil

myristica fragrans (nutmeg) oil = nutmeg essential oil

If someone is using Fragrance oil - the label will just say fragrance...

If the products are not labeled - ask, but be hesitant in purchasing if the ingredients are not labeled.

So Please remember, that while we like our candles to be very strong fragrances, if you come across a VERY strong scented soap with these ingredients, and i fyou are not buying from a producer that has the knowledge and training to know the difference (and actually cares) you should NOT USE it.

Notice I didn't say don't buy it - you can purchase and put out to make your bathroom smell wonderful, but it can also be problematic for your skin.

As always - be educated, and ask questions.  And if anyone has other questions, concerns with anything they are seeing, or buying, or about ingredients, please just contact us - we can help!!


Becky & Nic

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