Nut and seed-free face creams and products for eczema sufferers

We recently received an email from a site visitor who was looking for face products for her nut and seed-allergic daughter, now in her twenties, who had suffered from bad eczema as a child. As she says, her daughter's allergies rule out a lot of ingredients – ironically particularly present in hi-quality organic products. So we asked Micki Rose of the Pure Health Clinic for suggestions...

As you know, finding ready-made ranges without any nut or seed oils in them is a bit tough and I can’t find a range that is free of all your offending ingredients (nut oils, seed oils, avocado, apricot by-products).

However, there are some individual things from NHR Organic Oils and Materia Aromatica (both excellent organic companies) that I think you could combine to make a lovely customised range. These are my ideas, please make sure you check them out carefully with each manufacturer before use.

Cleansing and toning

Essential Waters: these can be used as cleansers, toners and moisturisers all in one. Smell gorgeous. There are several types depending on what you need/want and NHR make some lovely ones. All are made from water and essential oils with nothing else added


Geranium water – £10.95 for 100ml
Refreshing and uplifting. Geranium helps to soothe and balance emotions. Especially good for combination skin
Aroma: Sweet and floral. With Organic Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens) from Egypt


For moisturising, there are a few options.

1. First, you can buy a base cream (50ml-500ml quantities available) based on calendula from Materia Aromatica and then add any essential oils of your choice to customise it. Here are the ingredients:

Calendula, vegetable emulsifying wax, grapefruit seed extract, water

They also do one based on jojoba:
Jojoba, vegetable emulsifying wax, grapefruit seed extract, water

You could then add one of their essential oil blends to it – they will help you with quantities, or you can keep it at it is, or add single essential oils. Click here for some of their blends.

2. You could make your own cream. Here is the recipe from my factsheet:

For a simple moisturising cream, mix 20g beeswax with 60g mixture or single oil (eg carrot, rosehip, calendula etc), 20g hydrosol or distilled water and 2g soya lecithin.
Melt these ingredients in a bain marie until liquid and then whisk hard.
Replace the hot water with cold in the bain marie and continue to whisk, ensuring that when the water warms up, you replace it with cold.
Whisk until creamy.
Add a small amount of aloe vera gel and 4-6 drops of essential oils of your choice.
Then add a small amount of grapefruit seed extract or colloidal silver to preserve it and store, preferably in a cold place.
This base can then be used for any type of cream such as hand cream etc.

3. You could use a simple facial oil, like rosehip, carrot, calendula, olive or evening primrose or a combination of those, which are really effective skin nourishers. You can get oils direct from NHR or Materia Aromatica again.


For example, Evening Primrose Oil is really good for eczema and sensitive skin in my experience – see this one from NHR, which is pure EPO:
Used for centuries for its therapeutic and nurturing properties, many natural cosmetics now include Evening Primrose oil as one of their key ingredients.A plentiful supply of Vitamin E and Omega 6 help optimise healthy skin regeneration and balance sebum production. An invaluable beauty oil.

£11.02 for 100ml


I hope that helps. I'm sorry I couldn’t find a total range for you – as you say they all contain something but, to be honest, we used to advise the essential waters and facial oils anyway for our skincare patients and sell them in our dispensary. They were very popular, look great on your dressing table and are far superior to much more expensive products. Definitely not a second choice way to go!

You can find NHR at 0845 310 8066 and Materia Aromatica at 01548 831 671.
They may even make up some actual creams for you if you ask them; they used to produce a lovely range. Both companies, I’m sure, will be happy to advise further on specific products and needs and, as I said, please check everything out carefully before use as your daughter is so sensitive.

Finally, if you need any further help, you could download my Non-Toxic Toiletries Factsheet (cost £5) from my site which describes the different properties of the various oils etc, which should give you some ideas.

August 2010

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