ARACHIS HYPOGAEA aka Peanut


The other day at work, I was putting on some lotion and my coworker asked me what I was using.  She said she liked how it smelled.  I told her it was lotion by Avon, called Almond and Milk.  I offered her some, but she explained that she could not use it because her son, Tyler, has a tree nut allergy.  She then told me there are lots of things that she cannot use because of Tyler’s allergy, including lotions, body washes, shampoos, and even laundry detergent.  Yep you heard right, laundry detergent.  Specifically she referred to Seventh Generation laundry detergent.  She said that several contain almond oil as in ingredient, and Tyler reacts to it.  So, before I blogged about this to all of you, I checked it out for myself.  I went to Seventh Generation’s website, and randomly clicked on Natural 4X Laundry Detergent Geranium Blossoms and Vanilla.  I really didn’t expect to find any almond oil.  However, there it was in the ingredients!  Listed in the ingredients it says, “(prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil”.  Here is the link to check it out yourself.

It always amazes me where allergies can lurk.  I previously posted about where peanuts can be hidden.  For those of you who have peanut allergies, there is a great list of common things that may contain.  You can see my previous post here.  I had no idea that Arachis Hypogaea was the scientific name for peanuts and Arachis Oil is actually peanut oil!

Always be sure to read ingredients, whether it is in food or other products.  You never know where hidden dangers may be lurking.

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About Annie

I have a daughter with a severe peanut allergy. She was diagnosed when she was 2. She is 11 now. I have lived the battles of having a child with food allergies, and feel education and awareness makes all the difference.

Posted on March 22, 2013, in Food Allergy Awareness, Peanut Allergy, Reading Labels and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Seriously my jaw just dropped. We used some “clear” 7th generation a while back and at the same time one of my son’s “almond allergic” developed a rash. I bet they use the same lines for both products. Sigh! That is crazy! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Heather McHale

    UGH this happened to my friend…she asked me for natural lotion for her son, the dr told her to use Cetaphil products only but it was getting worse. I told her to check the ingredients, it must me something in there? Macadamia Nut Oil!! He is allergic to some nuts and peanuts and a bunch of other stuff. I told her make sure she tells the dr about his crappy advice!

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