Updated August 2019
Navigating food allergies for yourself or a family member can be scary, daunting and fraught with misinformation. I don't make this kind of statement lightly since I know all about it. My eldest son, Nikolas was diagnosed with a tree nut allergy over 17 years ago when he was in elementary school.
I was several years into Caroline's Dream production and my first thought was how many gallons of sweet almond oil had touched my hands, kitchen counters and my son during those years!
Luckily, our allergist was quick to explain that the protein in raw nuts is what was triggering my son's skin reaction and that the heat produced during the process of expeller pressing almonds (mechanically grinding and compressing), effectively neutralizes the allergen protein from the resulting oil that I use in my products. what a relief to be able to separate that his chewing an almond produces a reaction but the oil I was using was safe for him to touch.
My business continued to grow along with my son (that's him above). I never took any extra precautions using Sweet Almond oil as an ingredient and he enjoys using my products. His favorites are Calendula cream and the deodorant.
In high school, he found that he could eat small amounts of tree nuts without resulting in a reaction. He doesn't worry about eating nuts anymore.
Every family is different and I respect all the parents out there making the best choices they can for their loved ones. If you have specific product ingredient concerns, please ask, I love answering questions!