Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coconut free soap fan mail from Melissa

Thank you again for your note, Melissa!  With her permission, I will share her email since it is pretty much how we all feel about slimy alternative soap (see below):

I wanted to thank you for your blog at coconutallergy.blogspot.com.  My husband has a coconut allergy, which seems to be somewhat uncommon as he’s not allergic to any other kind of nuts, only coconut.  His throat will swell if he eats whole coconut, he will get sick to his stomach if he eats movie theater popcorn that’s popped in coconut oil, his skin will break out on contact if he uses shampoos or other products that contain coconut oil.

I’ve gotten away from using most commercial or non-organic cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and soaps.  If my local health food store won’t carry it, I don’t want it on my skin.  My biggest stumbling block has been bar soap.  The vast majority contain coconut oil, because of its moisturizing properties and the thick, rich lather it creates.  My only alternative has been castille/olive oil soap, but my husband doesn’t like it because it’s ‘slimy’.

I’ve finally found a solution, and that’s soap made by One With Nature ( www.onewithnature.com ).  I use the lemon sage and love it!  It has an amazing scent and is husband approved.  Much better than the ‘slimy’ Kiss My Face olive oil soap I was using before.

Just to be sure before I purchased the soap, I contacted the company to be sure that they were coconut free.  They confirmed that the formula for all their soaps (except for ‘Coconut Lime’) did not contain coconut.  Most use palm oil, and some also contain argan oil, but no coconut.  You can see the response below.

Hope this helps!

~Melissa

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Good Morning Melissa, 

 

Our Bar soap products (4oz and 7oz size ) are both made in Jordan and then

shipped to the United States.  Our lotion, Hand Washes and Body Washes are

made in the United States with Dead Sea Salt brought in from Jordan.  The

same can be said for our Dead Sea mineral Bath Salts. 

 

We do have a line of our products that is called Coconut Lime.  As you are

aware, we recommend you to not use this line. 

 

We used to have a bar soap called Coconut Milk but this was discontinued 

 

All of our other bar soaps SHOULD be Coconut Free.  There SHOULD not be

cross-contamination.  But we do not guarantee the production line in the

warehouse. 

 

We recommend that you test a small area on your body to double check for any

allergies that some people have to natural fragrances. 

 

If there is a particular scent which you prefer, I can provide the

ingredients list to you. 

 

If you would like more in depth information on the ingredients used, One

With Nature utilizes the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients

(INCI) I have provided the link for your reference. 

 

 

http://www.makingcosmetics.com/articles/INCI-list.pdf

 

 

Thank you for your inquiry. 

 

Stacie Swarner

One With Nature

Director of Business Operations 

2 comments:

lacylava said...

I have also found Grandma's Pure Lye Soap made from lard, lye, and water. Only thing I can use for my hair (followed by ACV rinse) due to coconut and palm allergy. I found it at Campbell's and on ebay.

Sherri S. said...

Excellent info, but I have to point out one thing about palm oil. In the USA, coconut oil is also classified as a PALM oil. SO, in reality, coconut palm oil can be included under the "palm oil" umbrella. My daughter cannot eat Oreos, which have palm oil, because we suspect the palm oil has coconut in it. However, there are other foods that DO contain palm oil where she has not reacted... BUT on the whole, we avoid it as well. Another of our Palm Oil-Coconut Oil issues: Nutella made in CANADA (the North American/South American distributer) uses palm oil that DOES contain coconut whereas the European version, made in Italy, uses Veg Oil so we import it.