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I like to put essential oils/body oils on my skin after a show and sometimes on my face before bed. I noticed sometimes I wake up in the morning with a hive or two on my face. This never used to happen, but I'm wondering if it's possible for these oils to contain gluten? I've emailed Aura Acacia but they never got back to me. Has anyone else had this problem or talked to any manufacturers? It's only sometimes which is why it's weird to me. 

 

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If its really an "essential oil" shouldn't it be purely oil?

 

For a Celiac reaction, you need to eat gluten.  Maybe there is something in the oil you are allergic to?

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mmm, i was thinking it can sometimes get on things and inadvertently get into your mouth. i had to switch shampoos for that reason. I used to use Aveda, but it started giving me problems. 

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some  essential oils  needs to be  diluted  with  a  neutral oil  as  it  can be  to potent  on its  own

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I like to put essential oils/body oils on my skin after a show and sometimes on my face before bed. I noticed sometimes I wake up in the morning with a hive or two on my face. This never used to happen, but I'm wondering if it's possible for these oils to contain gluten? I've emailed Aura Acacia but they never got back to me. Has anyone else had this problem or talked to any manufacturers? It's only sometimes which is why it's weird to me. 

 

I've never had an issue with body oils. I usually use pure argan oil (i.e. Kahina Argan Oil) or a product that has a combination of pure oils (currently polishing off a sample of Vered Signature Scent Body Oil). But I've also never really had issues with gluten on my skin/had skin related issues while ingesting gluten. Perhaps it's an allergy and/or the essential oil is too potent for direct application (not sure if that's what you're doing or not). Alternatively, cross contamination.

 

mmm, i was thinking it can sometimes get on things and inadvertently get into your mouth. i had to switch shampoos for that reason. I used to use Aveda, but it started giving me problems. 

 

I would not trust any Aveda products to be gluten free. Even on their website they refuse to disclose a list of products that are gluten free. Apparently, when Aveda was sold to Estee Lauder it went downhill (read: at one point, more of their products may have been gluten free/more natural). The creator of Aveda, Horst Rechelbacher, actually created another line: Intelligent Nutrients. The Intelligent Nutrients line, as the company has assured me, is gluten free and manufactured in a gluten free facility. If you liked Aveda's Rosemary + Mint shampoo/conditioner, Intelligent Nutrient's Harmonic shampoo/conditioner smells almost identical :)

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thank you! that's good to know!

 

 

I've never had an issue with body oils. I usually use pure argan oil (i.e. Kahina Argan Oil) or a product that has a combination of pure oils (currently polishing off a sample of Vered Signature Scent Body Oil). But I've also never really had issues with gluten on my skin/had skin related issues while ingesting gluten. Perhaps it's an allergy and/or the essential oil is too potent for direct application (not sure if that's what you're doing or not). Alternatively, cross contamination.

 

 

I would not trust any Aveda products to be gluten free. Even on their website they refuse to disclose a list of products that are gluten free. Apparently, when Aveda was sold to Estee Lauder it went downhill (read: at one point, more of their products may have been gluten free/more natural). The creator of Aveda, Horst Rechelbacher, actually created another line: Intelligent Nutrients. The Intelligent Nutrients line, as the company has assured me, is gluten free and manufactured in a gluten free facility. If you liked Aveda's Rosemary + Mint shampoo/conditioner, Intelligent Nutrient's Harmonic shampoo/conditioner smells almost identical :)

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some  essential oils  needs to be  diluted  with  a  neutral oil  as  it  can be  to potent  on its  own

 

I dilute essential oils with almond oil before application. It's really weird, I've used aura cacia brand oils for years and years, but recently I've had a few hives pop up. It's the only thing I can correlate the reaction with. No idea. -shrug-

 

I've started using allafia unscented shea butter instead (it says gluten free on the label) and i'm pretty happy with it.  

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A friend of mine has recently turned me on to Young Living Essential Oils. The folks that promote them can come across as a bit preachy at times, but I have found them to be EXCELLENT. They're the only brand of oil that I know of that is safe to ingest. I've had no problems with that particular brand. 

 

If the oils you're using are a bit harsh (cinnamon, tea tree, or peppermint, for example,) they might burn your skin if you use them directly. Like mamaw said, you need to dilute them with a carrier oil, like coconut or olive oil. 

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Hi All,

 

Many months later, I found this article. 

 

http://www.glutenfreeveganmom.com/2011/04/12/gluten-free-health-and-beauty-products-master-list/

 

Aura Cacia - 

 

  • Aura Cacia: “These products do not contain gluten; we provide full ingredient disclosure on our products. However, we do process an oat and milk bath at this facility. While we do practice GMPs (Good Manufacturing Processes) to minimize the potential for cross-contamination, it is present in the facility” (email: 15 December 2011).
I hope this can be of some help to others. The list this woman made is very helpful. 
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Thanks for that information as I sometimes use Aura Cacia and prefer to switch knowing that.  That aside I use several Aura Cacia oils in a diffuser and have not reacted to them except ones that I now know I am allergic to that oil. (Peppermint namely).  What particular oil did you have a problem with?  Are you having any allergies to almonds or nuts?  My health practitioner told me that it is common to have almond allergies.

 

I recently placed two orders to Ananda Apothecary, Boulder, Colorado.  The products smell very potent and work well for my purposes diffusing them.  The price seems less than Young Living and I can get 60ml bottles (and larger).  Young Living bottles are so tiny and expensive.  I feel that either company makes an excellent product.

 

Dee

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