Friday, November 30, 2007

Coconut-derived ingredients

This is a list that I compiled from several sources (not sure how reliable all my sources are, so don't come pummel me if you are a chemical engineer and I'm wrong). After finding all of this, I thought, no wonder 95% of soaps shampoos make me itchy and make my pores flare up.

These ingredients, commonly found in soaps and shampoos, come from coconut in some way, shape, or form:
1,2 Octanediol
2 Phenoxyethanol
Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate
Capryl Glycol
Caprylic Acid
Caprylic Glycol
Caprylic/Capric
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides
Caprylyl Glycol
Ceteareth-20
Cetearyl Alcohol
Cetearyl Glucoside
Ceteth-20 Phosphate
Cetyl Alcohol
Cetyl Esters
Cocamide MEA
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Cococaprylate/Caprate

Coco Glucoside
Cocomide DEA
Coconut diethanolamide (CDFA)
Cocos nucifera (another name for coconut oil)
Coconut Oil
Decyl Glucoside
Disodium Cocamphodiprop
Disodium cocoamphodiacetate
Emusifying Wax
Glyceryl Caprylate
Glyceryl cocoate

Hexyl Laurate
Isopropyl Myristate
Laureth-3
Lauric Acid
Lauryl Glucoside
Lauryl Alcohol
Lauramide DEA
Myristic Acid
Olefin Sulfonate
Organic Sodium Cocoate
PEG - 7 Glyceryl Cocoate
PEG -100
PEG – 100 Stearate
Phenoxyethanol
Polysorbate 20
Sodium Cocoate
Sodium Coco-Sulfate
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
Sucrose Stearate
Sodium Lauroamphoacetate
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinat
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Stearate
Sorbitan Stearate
Stearyl Alcohol
Stearalkonium chloride
Sucrose Cocoate
TEA-Laureth Sulfate

Vegetable Cetearyl Glucose
Vegetable Glycerine

78 comments:

Brenda said...

hi there, here is another couple for your list Sodium Lauroamphoacetate,
Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate. This site has been very interesting for me as my son has a coconut allergy and is sensitive to products containing coconut derivitives

Becky said...

Thanks, Brenda. I can't believe how many things there are that keep coming up. Anything with "Lauro" I steer clear of because it means coconut.

N.E.B said...

Thanks for your list! People think that just because these ingredients come from a "natural" source that they won't cause problems, but people suffer from food allergies too (even the most organic and natural ones).

Jocelyn Perez said...

wow, this list answers alot of questions, I get itchy with some shampoos or bath washes and kept thinking that since i didn't see teh words coconut, it had to be something else. I'm allergic to coconut, teh oil and any lotions. Now my face swells, throat closes and I break out into hives.=(

Osayin Holistics said...

Wow. Thank you for this list. I am creating new soaps/shampoos and other products for people with allergies..especially to coconut, and this is a good list to have on file for me. Anyone here with allergies I wouldnt mind making products for you that you are having a hard time finding. I am really dedicated to letting people with allergies have spa like experiences when it comes to natural skin care. If you don't mind, is it ok to quote you in my blog? Thanks
http://osayinholistics.etsy.com

Becky said...

Sure, let us know when your coconut free products are available. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

OMG is that a long list! My daughter has a severe peanut and tree nut allergy, which her allergist said includes coconut. Coconut oil is in everything! I wonder why it's not listed on products as an allergen?

Becky said...

I would ask your allergist to test more specifically. They should be able to test for each specific nut separately from coconut. If yours is the type who just uses the "nut mix", make sure you find a way to do them all individually so you have more options out there. I had one allergist that wouldn't do it, and one who did it routinely. But no, coconut and tree nuts are quite different.

Kim said...

I had not even considered coconut-derived ingredients... Rosemary always looks red in the bathtub and I'm sure it is b/c of SLS in the soap/shampoo. Thanks for your reply on the heavenlyhomemakers blog!

Joann said...

Plain baking soda works great for laundry soap just add a cup in your laundry, you can get big containers of it at some hardware stores and some janitorial supply stores

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this list. I am terribly allergic to coconut and am struggling to figure out what I can use in the way of soap and shampoo. Is there anything people are using right now?

Anni said...

It's surprising to see so many have this allergy. I just developed this allergy within the past few years (as an adult). It seems to be getting worse and worse. I really appreciate this article. I never would've thought there would be coconut in so many things... I read some articles that stated how Palm is related to coconut...Do you agree? Tnx again Anni

Becky said...

Yes, palm is in the same family as coconut, but only some people are allergic to both. . . the same way only a few people are allergic to peanuts and other legumes like beans.

irishman said...

hows things?? im just gone 24 and i live in da west of ireland and im havin serious trouble wit my allergies.. im anphilactic i have serious allegeries to penuts, shell fish and da worst is coconut i had a bad reaction wen i was 8 to eatin coconut and drinkn da milk and bout 2 years ago i nearly died i got in a car wit a coconut air freshner and it nearly killed me tankfully i got to a doctor at half 12 at night he said a half hour later and i was brown bread (dead).. da services round here are actually terrible and everything i cum across has coconut in it and i cant get any help wit it. ye have all da stuff i need in america but they dont ship to ireland.. can ye please help me out wit names of a saop, shampoo and toothpaste that i cud use please and tanks i tink yer my only hope and sorry bout my spellin i left school at 12.. if ye cud even email me @ tuamforlife@yahoo.com it wud b very helpfull tanks again

Jen said...

Carnauba wax - in fruit snacks, candies, makeups, etc. is another palm/coconut product --- which we learned from my daughter's severe reactions and after we learned about coconut and palms at the Garfield Conservatory.
And to answer Anni - yes, some people are very allergic to both palm and coconut and all derivatives. My daughter is one of them.

Collette said...

I think this is the best blog ever, so happy I found it.

Anonymous said...

wow, that list kinda scares me, i knew to steer clear of anything listed as starting in coco, but this is crazy. I am also allergic to dairy and tree nuts and peanuts; are there any scientific names lists for any of those that I should watch for on ingredient lists?

Holly said...

So I am going to be honest here, I felt such dispair, physical dispair, as I researched for hours today to find something, anything that I could use to get relief from the hives and incessant itching. If it's not a tree nut, it's something else. I live daily with rashes because I have yet to find something that I can use that doesn't aggravate something.

I am allergic to tree nuts, fish and dust/mold/cats/dogs/trees/air it seems. Apparently vinegar is not good for those with mold allergies...Who knew?

So here I sit hitting wall after wall wanting clean/managable hair (tried no-poo, not for me) and itch free, ezcema free skin. I dream about it sometimes. Being allergy free.

H Smith said...

Might want to add decyl glucoside to the list. It is also derived from coconut.

Anonymous said...

Be aware of Magnisuim Stearate. it can be made from either an animal or plant source. if it is a plant source it is often palm oil. I took Reactine to help with my allergies but then realized that magnisium stearate is a filler in Reactine and it is made from palm oil. Allergic to the allergy pill! be aware of other fillers in medications as well.

Brita water filters use coconut husks to make their activated charcoal. This caused a reaction for me.

good luck, it is nice to know I am not alone in this coconut/palm filled world.

C

Anonymous said...

I found a laundry detergent that appears to not have any coconut ingredients in it. It is called Allens Naturally Liquid Laundry Detergent and I found it on a website of someone who is chemically sensitive. The ingredients in it are
Water, Alkylarylethoxylate, Triethanolamine, Linear Alkylaryl Sulfonate, and Sodium Chloride. Does anyone know if any of these ingredients are derived from coconut? I looked them up online but nothing came up about coconut.

Stephy said...

Not all vegetable glycerines are coconut-derived (some are palm), but if it doesn't specify, it's best to avoid. I tried finding an Etsy seller who made a liquid shampoo without coconut, but when I asked about it on the forums, I got five different comments about what lovely suds coconut makes, and how you really can't have soap without coconut. And then I turned around and found goat's milk soap at the grocery store without it. I'm about to try washing my hair with that, or else making my own.

Anonymous said...

Where would we all be had you not undertaken this blog? To pass on some info to those who suffer from multiple allergies; was it brought on suddenly. Do you also suffer from a thyroid autoimmune disease such as Graves' disease or hashimotos ? Have your allergist perform the autoimmune blood serum test, you may be suffering from chronic idiopathic urticaria . Treatment is available that can ease your suffering. My coconut allergy is waning due to treatment of ciu. Thank you Becky ,

Becky said...

I don't have anything affecting my thyroid, and it has been tested recently. But, I think allergies, especially multiple allergies could actually be considered an autoimmune condition. But, I have been tested for those, too, and don't have any. I do think that that is good information and hopefully people will explore all treatment options if they are suffering from relentless allergies. So glad you're getting help.

Joy Wilder said...

Hi! Thanks so much for your help! Is this list for topical products AND food products OR just topical products. Also, I am trying to find a butter that my daughter can eat. Earth's Balance make's a butter-alternative, but it has palm oil (NOT coconut oil). I can't tell from your blog and from Wiki if you're allergic to ingested palm oil like you would be ingested coconut or coconut oil. Can you please help?! Thanks!

Becky said...

Joy- these chemicals are mostly topical products, but they are also found in foods like toothpaste, medicines, etc. I assume your daughter can't have dairy and you need a butter alternative? I don't have any reaction to the earth's balance ones that contain palm oil, but when I have vegan friends over, I will use the one that has mostly grapeseed oil.

Unknown said...

Hi Becky
What an interesting blog. I have recently found out the I am intolerant of Isopropryl Myristate a coconut derivative. The kinesiologist/nutrition who has tested me asked me to check what shampoo, body lotion etc that I have been using. I have checked everything. I am also lactose intolerant and have been using coconut milk (brand name Koko)for my cereal which I buy in England. I also note that a soap I have been given has sodium cocoate. I wonder what the connection is between isopropryl myristate and sodium cocoate, are they the same or just derived from coconut. I have yet to be tested for the food substance (coconut milk) and have only been tested for the chemical reaction. I would be interested in your thoughts. Many thanks Anne

Becky said...

Unknown,
Allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities are all different things. When a Kinesiologist tests you for things, it is far different from having an allergist test you, so if you are currently tolerating coconut milk, you probably don't have any reaction to the coconut part of those chemicals. Think of these many chemical variations of coconut like the many variations chemists can make with plastic. You have everything from saran wrap to a chair, and even silly putty: all related to plastic, but containing other things and vastly different. Even chemists don't really care to take the time to explain the reasons all of these ingredients that are derived from coconut do what they do, but you can google them on wikipedia and make some guesses.

Unknown said...

Thank you Becky for your answer, my kinesiologist who also does allergy testing is going to test me next week with the coconut milk to see if it a food reaction as well as a chemical reaction. At the moment I have stopped having the coconut milk just in case it is causing a problem.
Anne

Joanna said...

I have a son who is severely allergic to all things coconut. He is even allergic to the Tamiflu drug because one of the ingredients is a derivative of coconut. He recently had a severe reaction where we had to administer his epi-pen and call an ambulance. The only thing I could trace that he ate was a gumball containing Carnauba wax. Do you know if that's related to coconut? I've researched online but found very little. Thanks in advance :)

Becky said...

Joanna- It's probably not just related to coconut. I know people who are allergic to waxes, gums, food colorings, etc. I would find an allergist who can test him for these things -- chances are he might not have known he is allergic to multiple things. I know very few people with food allergies who are only allergic to one food.

bella said...

Thank you for this blog!! I am so glad to have found it. I realised in November that I was allergic to Cetyl/Stearyl alcohol, which seems to have been triggered by the birth of baby #3. However even after eliminating those ingredients I'm still getting itchy bumps + eczema and am now wondering if its a general coconut allergy (I also get an itchy throat when I eat coconut.) Sounds like its time I had an allergy test?! Many thanks for the list of ingredients to avoid. I tend to make my own skin products now, so that at least I know what is in them. But i had not considered products such as shampoo or soap. Hmmmm......

Anonymous said...

Hi. Can you, or anyone else, recommend a coconut-free soap for hands and body? I've searched online for days and nobody has mentioned anything specific. Even Johnson's baby products are full of it, from what I can tell. Thanks.

sancia said...

Severly allergic to coconut and found a shampoo from a company at www.countryrosesoaps.com that make all natural shampoo, soaps, deoderant without coconut or lauryl sulphates. It works Amazing. they are from BC and ship to canada and the states. I use to use the vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda on my hair until I found this. I also wash my clothes in vinegar and lemon juice and it works great.

Anonymous said...

My daughter was diagnosed with a peanut allergy at two, but something else was wrong. At three, I figured out it was ALOE. Still she breaks out. You can't keep everyone from using aloe and then not touching (hugging, tapping, high fives) her. My mil decided coconut oil would cure my daughter's eczema. Two days later (as the first head to toe reaction wasn't definitive enough for her) she conceded daughter has a coconut allergy.
I've embarked on making my own lotion for her as everything has aloe or coconut. Now I see all these chemicals. You and your blog are going to be my new best friends. Thank you for all your hard work (even if it was self serving); you didn't have to share but you did! Thank you!
-Dawn

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to be sensitive to some of the ingredients on the list, and not others?

Becky said...

Some of these ingredients can also be made from other things (they are not exclusive to coconut). Also, everyone's sensitivity level is different and it may depend on whether it is the first ingredient in the product or the last.

Harley Ivey said...

I "find" new food products that almost kill me all the time. like a Mexican style pizza or products change ingredients but not their packaging. I have had issues since my appendix surgery at 16yrs old. allergies popped up to cat's, dog's, coconut, and adhesive to name a few.

Until yesterday when I found your
blog I thought I was allergic to another unidentified something. That was in bath washes and laundry soaps. Now I know that my dandruff shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste, deodorant, lotion, and laundry soap are the cause. This was lending to my "bad" days the cumulative effects of my entire morning routine.

I feel so defeated after trying
so hard to be careful. I will change all my product. then see if my random migraines and other problems go away. Using your list I found Glyceryl dilaurate by typing it into a cosmetics site it says its from Lauric Acid.

Gabrielle Mappone said...

I am so glad to find I am NOT the only one with a coconut allergy. My doctor's think I am crazy.

Thank you for this list. It explains why I have been having so many issues lately. I have tried to go a healthier route, but they all seem to attempt to 'poison' me.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! For the longest time I couldn't figure out why I was always itchy after showering, washing my hands, or using various cleansing products. I also never really liked any foods/beverages with coconut in them either. Then, one day I tried to use coconut oil as a moisturizer (apparently it was amazing for my friend, so I thought I'd give it a try) and forgot to do a wrist-test. I had used it before bed and when I woke up I had the worst eczema I had ever had in my life. My dermatologist didn't actually test me, but she said my immediate reaction was pretty conclusive. Since then I have thrown out all shampoos with ingredients beginning with "coco" (and I never had anything with SLS because I had guessed before that possibly it was SLS making me itchy) but I've still been having problems with shampoos. I am so glad that I have found this, because now I know what to steer clear of. However, I currently have no shampoo in my house and I have been washing my hair with olive-oil soap and it is horrible, so I am wondering if anybody knows of products that are completely coconut-free?

From reading all these comments it would seem that there are many people with the same problem as me, so it is pretty shocking that basically no shampoos, conditioners, body washes, etc. are derived from anything but coconut!

Kassy Patrick said...

This list is not very accurate. Many of the items on this list are actually very toxic and not derived from coconut oil. First r example sodium Lauryl sulfate is not from coconut oil. Many believe they are allergic to coconut oil because of this when it is in fact other toxic chemicals. My sister thought she was allergic and turns out when she used plain coconut oil, she didn't get a reaction.

Becky said...

Kassy- yes, of course many of these ingredients can cause sensitivities that are not related to coconut, but they are, in fact, often derived from coconut or they would not be on this list. This is why I suggest that people consult with an allergist instead of trying to diagnose themselves using naive self-invented theories.

Responseblogger said...

I became allergic to Decyl glucoside - derived from coconut wax and corn sugars , manufactured by dow chemical , it's in every single organic children's baby wash and shampoo- I am initially allergic to Methylisothiazolinine- it may have began my sensitization if skin which then made me allergic to the Decyl glucoside- but not even the smartest top dermatology at UCSF knows how things work like this . I am currently afraid that the Decyl glycosude allergy could mean all coconut products are unsafe.

Audrey said...

Great blog. Becky is so right. Don't jump to conclusions until you've been tested and seen a dermatologist or specialist. This is REALLY important. I went through the testing this past December and it was very insightful. I am deadly allergic to tree nuts, but have no problem eating coconut or using coconut oil on my skin or in food. I can drink coconut water and coconut milk. However, I did test positive for all surfactants, including lauryl glucoside and oleamidopropyl dimethylamine, methylisothiazolinone (biocide/preservative), dimethylaminopropylamine and cocamidopropyl betaine, and many others on the posted list of coconut-derived ingredients. I am experimenting with several products (with no coconut-derived ingredients) to use as a shampoo at this time. It's an ongoing battle.

Gina Chance said...

I've been helping my sister find a hair shampoo conditioner that she can use she is allergic to coconut and her biggest problems are with soap/shampoos/conditioners. Do you know anything about the So Cozy products? I can't find an ingredient list and it claims to be nut free, gluten free, wheat free.

Becky said...

Gina, sorry I don't know about the So Cosy products. I would have to contact them directly.

Deirdre Saoirse Moen said...

For a long time, I only knew about my shampoo allergy, and it didn't seem serious enough to pay an allergist out of pocket for. After all, I'd found a workaround. Now I realize that coconut's in practically everything, so I'm going to see if my HMO will refer me for more concise testing. I wrote up my own story here.

Cathy Clifford said...

I'm so glad to find your blog. If you could setup the search for it to come up when you type in "coconut allergies" more people will find you.
I'm also allergic to coconut and appreciate all the work you have put into this site for all of us. Thank you! Cathy Clifford

Shannon Walker said...

So does anyone know any shampoos or body washes WITHOUT these ingredients?

Sharon Shoemaker said...

I have found another shampoo and cream rinse that has not coconut in them. Instead of using Cream of Cocoa shampoo bar which is hard on my hear and more and more difficult to find, I'm using Sunfood's Natural Plant Based SHampoo and Natural Plant Based Conditioner. I want to try their body wash.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, I've just found your blog and am glad to hear that I'm not alone in this struggle. Several of you asked about hair products. I am currently using Morrocco Method products and love them. There is a 'detox' period with them that can be on the long side, but it is worth it. They are made with oils, clays, essential oils, herbs and a few other natural ingredients.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all the information. I am allergic to coconut amonst several other things. It has been very difficult the last 6 years. I suddenly became allergic after a surgery that didn't go as planned. After it was over my first allergy that I noticed was peanuts, then cashews, then coconut. It kept growing after that. I have found through research that my problems stem from my latex allergy. I thought that might be of interest to you and others. I am on a tight buget, but would like to make my own soaps, etc. Do you know of a recipe that doesn't include coconut? Also what do you use to wash your dishes? I have alternatives for everything but that. - Desperately Seeking Dish Detergent or alternative.

Jacquelin LaClair said...

I have found va-soaps.com. Richelle is making a specialty body bar shampoo, soap, and shave all in one for me that is coconut and Palm and Palm kernel oils free now. I will let you know how it works out. I tried Chagrin Valley one soap Olive and Shea caused my skin to break out. I ordered a castile soap from them so we will wait and see.

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Anonymous said...

I have also realized I have a reaction to topical coconut derivatives. I have sensitive rash and irritation prone skin and everything that you grab to soothe these conditions appears to have coconut! I realized mine from capric trygliceride. It almost burns me after a few days of use I get extreme dry bumpy skin it is so strange. Does anyone have a suggestion on a skin care line that is coconut free? Thank you

Avery Wheeler said...

Try Lush brand products! They make so many great ones without coconuts!

Anonymous said...

I would like to suggest a correction to one of the comments - they state that lauro means coconut. In fact lauro, lauryl etc. refers to a part of the molecule in question - it is a hydrocarbon chain with 12 carbons. It does not mean coconut. Many of the listed items may be derived from coconuts but some may also be made synthetically.

Christal Giffin said...

I too have found bright earths soap nut shampoo and conditioner. I love them and feel so clean and not itchy. Also uncle harrys products and hemp organics for my lips.

Christal Giffin said...

I too have found bright earths soap nut shampoo and conditioner. I love them and feel so clean and not itchy. Also uncle harrys products and hemp organics for my lips.

ggbb1Mary Jane Kish said...

Hi Becky. I stumbled on your site by happy accident and boy am I glad. I have been battling an "unknown" allergy for a year now. Head to toe hives all the time. I always suspected I was allergic to SLS in laundry soap but have not had it confirmed yet. Today I had a coconut cookie and broke out immediately. I googled coconut allergy and found your site. My mind was BLOWN. SLS is from coconut. I never knew. I went through your list and compared it to my bathroom products. Literally everything has it. This explains so much. After reading all your comments I saw that allergy medication could have it too. And lo and behold I'm taking that medication too. Psyched to see some relief in sight hopefully. Fingers crossed. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

I've spent so many hours trying to find coconut-free makeup & skincare and have found several brands that carry coconut-free products (a few carry quite a bit and a few carry only some coconut free products). Just check the labels, but you will be surprised how many items you find that you like! So happy I did all this research my skin is finally getting better :)

-Silk Naturals (my personal favorite-AMAZING skincare too)
-Vapour Organics (trying out this concealer)
-BeautyCounter (trying out their lip gloss & others)
-Cleure (want to try their lip pencils & others)
-Zuzu Luxe (trying out their brow pencil)

Also, Clean Kids Naturally makes good coconut-free hair care products and body wash/hand wash

I hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

Following up on the comment I just left as "Anonymous"....to the blogger....thank you so much for creating this blog site! So helpful and you were the one that got me going on my coconut-free product endeavors :)

Alisa Neal said...

holy crap, thank you so much for this list. i am learning so much ab out an allergy I've had for 20+ years. i just figured out what to avoid when i was younger and have generally stuck with that plan. never really delved that much further into it. but now i have a better idea of some of the things that the evil coconut is part of. thanks so much for this!!!!

Anonymous said...

I tested positive for Cocamidopropyl Betaine which can be found in shampoos, conditioner, soaps, toothpaste, and in cosmetics. I am not allergic to coconut but I do stay away from any coconut derivatives when it comes to skincare. I use the Vanicream line which I love! You can order thru Amazon and some of their products you can find at walgreens and cvs. This line is free of frangrance, dyes, lanolin, parabans, formaldehyde. I also highly recommend the Skin Safe App.

Unknown said...

Hi can you make a soap that is coconut everything free for my daughter who is allergic to it?

Unknown said...

I am literally sick to my stomach ... My 7 year old is allergic to tree nuts, peanuts, mango & coconut. I cannot find a soap, shampoo, laundry soap or dish washing liquid that is safe. Please advisers

Anonymous said...

For people looking for a very pure, simple soap, I love Kiss My Face's olive oil soap. It only has three ingredients: olive oil, water, and salt. I use it for my hands and body daily, but I have also used it on for my face too. I'm assuming it could work for shampoo, too. Good luck!

Donna Rose said...

Going to try the Kiss My Face, thank you. I thiught I had rosacea, turned out to be my soap. I didn't realize the list was so long. What about shampoo? I am starting to loose my hair and scalp itches all the time.

Donna Rose said...

I am also allergic to kiwi, so be cautious of that. I am afraid to use anything else.

Christine Rothweiler said...

I use black african soap now. And it has changed my life. It is a bar soap and my skin is clearing and I have lost what i consider to now be water weight in my in my skin- as I never realized I was puffy from the coconut exposure.

Barb said...

I had a bad experience lately. I bought a black forest cake for my husbands birthday. I was sick for 4 days. Many stores are now using coconut water to make their icings or are putting it into the recipes to help sweeten them up. Be cautious.

Anonymous said...

Skin Safe is a great app. You can scan items and it lets you know list of ingredients and if its safe for you depending on your chemical allergies. I cant believe how many people have so many allergies. I am allergic to to so many things its scary. God help me I would not want to find myself in a hospital as I am allergic to formaldahyde, Mci/MI wich is in everything, coconut derivatives even clothing gives me a rash! There are some shampoos and conditioners that dont contain coconut in it its listd on the skin safe app

Unknown said...

I appreciate this list so much! I am a Posh consultant, I love that our products are naturally based, but I always ask my customers if they have allergies. And now I have a customer who is allergic to coconut. Posh thankfully lists all the ingredients in the catalog for each product, however I didn't realize some of the ingredients listed were derived from coconut. Thank you for this list, it will help me to provide my customers with the best products, without worrying about them having a reaction. 😊

Anonymous said...

One of the reason that so many people are allergic to coconut it is because it is the number one food on the list of latex allergies. It is connected to latex.

pamela simpson said...

Interesting to see all of us have so many similar symptoms! For years I was so itchy and blamed it on stress never thinking I would be allergic to anything. Then after a skin test with my products they all had Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Got a note from the doc saying it was a foaming ingredient so all these products (I thought) were out but it's so hard to get shampoo! Hand liquid soap I prefer to a bar as my rings get all stuck with soap but even the bar of soap can have coconut in it! My problem at the moment is on my face and eyes again. Discovered I was using Elemis cleansing balm as no foaming ingredient to find out from this list it's got coconut in it and I think that's what has been drying my skin. So annoying as I love the smell. Stopped using it but my skin isn't clearing up! So now looking into all products I use! Taking me ages! I use Epern cream/ointment on my face (from the doc) and shower with double bass gel. Not looked into these yet but assuming they are ok. Shampoo is Paul Mitchell kids shampoo(!) it's fine But now not sure as it's got betaine in it-any ideas?! Use bare minerals nearly every day. Just the original foundation as the others have extra filling ingredients.

Also interesring to find someone allergic to aloe! I've used it for years as my parents distributors but couldn't understand when my skin was bad I would put the jelly on and 2secs later I would be in so much pain, heat and itchy even more so I've avoided it ever since. Shame as it's got so many benefits!

Not sure I'm actually allergic internally with coconut-I hope not as I love it but defo allergic to it on my skin. I think this is what faired my last lot up. Similar to above post, went to bed and woke up with eczema I never had the night before!

Anyway thanks for the very useful site!!

Anonymous said...

Great site, I've picked up some excellent references for coconut-free products here. It's truly amazing how many products have coconut or coconut-derived ingredients. My allergy developed about 7-8 years ago. Symptom is angioedema, and very annoying but certainly not life threatening in my case. It's a systemic reaction and occurs 12-18 hours after my exposure. Yes - it's that regular in terms of reaction time. Then I need to "replay my life" to determine what caused it! Anyway, I need to be a detective and as an example it's important to NOT take the waiter/waitress' word for whether there is any coconut in dishes at a restaurant! Make them check with the chef! For example- don't eat the ice cream if they did not make it in the restaurant because most commercial ice creams are made with coconut oil these days. There are some exceptions but most restaurants don't have ingredients for "purchased" foods like ice cream and cookies/cakes. I'm sure all your readers know these things but great to share random thoughts here.

I am on the verge of making my own deodorant if I cannot find a commercial one that is coconut-free. Any suggestions?

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Add Cetyl betaine to the list.

Kelly Hatcher said...

Thanks so much for this list. My allergy is coconut specific but sometimes I wondered what else.NOW . thanks to this list, I'm doing much better.