A Coconut and Palm Oil Allergy is considered rare.
They can take two forms: a food allergy or a contact allergy. A tree nut allergy isn’t necessarily related to a coconut allergy. Chances are higher of developing an allergy to touching things that contain coconut oil than developing an allergy to eating things with coconut oil in them. In both cases, your body is reacting to certain proteins it thinks are harmful. Your immune system responds by releasing an antibody called immunoglobulin E, and it tries to fight off the “dangerous” Coconut or Palm invaders.
When it comes to a food allergy to coconut oil, your likely symptoms are itching, hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, trouble breathing and swelling in your lips and tongue. A contact allergy to coconut oil — which is often found in moisturisers, shampoo and other cosmetics — can result in an itchy rash or blisters that develop within a day or two of touching the allergen.
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We have had quite a number of customers come to us for soap because they have coconut allergies.
Coconut Oil is fantastic as an ingredient in soap, but anyone allergic to it, will not agree. IT is lucky we have a number of soaps that are COCONUT OIL FREE and all of our soap is PALM OIL FREE. I need to mention that all of our soap is suitable for Vegetarians, and most for vegans.
Coconut oil is like the holy grail of beauty products. This household staple has multiple uses — it makes a great skin moisturiser, hair conditioner and mouthwash. But in very rare cases, there are individuals who may develop contact dermatitis as a result of using hand creams, shampoos or liquid soap that contain coconut oil.
While some people may experience allergic reactions after using coconut oil, it isn’t their only hope for improving the overall condition and health of their skin and hair.
Olive oil has moisturising properties and contains antioxidants (like vitamins E and K, polyphenols and fatty acids) to help soothe and protect the skin, says Schweiger. “One of the antioxidants is called squalene and it works well to hydrate the skin, lips, cuticles and hair,” he adds.
There is a Facebook page with information helping people with a Coconut or Palm Allergy.
‘If you’re new to this page, (or need a review) here’s the basics of managing your coco/palm allergy or intolerance: Eat only REAL foods with REAL ingredients like real butter, whole milk, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, steak, chicken, meats from the meat dept. AVOID PROCESSED FOOD~(which is a good habit in general). SOAPS, TOOTHPASTE and LOTIONS: These items at the store are loaded with coco/palm.’
So if you need to avoid Palm oil, all our soap is good to go.
If it is Coconut Oil that you want to avoid then here is a list with links to the soap in our shop.