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What is Linalool?

Linalool is a natural chemical: it naturally occurs within lots of different essential oils (over 200 in total) but as some people are allergic to it, it is often confused with a non-natural ingredients so I’m here to clear up any confusion.

So what exactly is linalool?

Wikipedia says, “is a naturally occurring terpene alcohol chemical found in many flowers and spice plants with many commercial applications, the majority of which are based on its pleasant scent (floral, with a touch of spiciness).”

Many people mistakenly think this is a man-made chemical added to skincare and beauty products – this isn’t true, linalool is a totally natural part of many plants. But if you do have skin problems following using products which contains it, you should look out for it in label ingredients.

So which essential oils contain Linalool?

Lavender contains it, so does geranium and many other flowery essential oils, and most of the citrus oils (mandarin, lemon, bergamot, sweet orange etc).lavender blend

In some cases, linalool can aggravate eczema and sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, it’s so important to learn a bit about reading product labels, not just so you can avoid chemical irritants (preservatives, perfumes etc) but so you can avoid anything that might cause your skin problems.


As a manufacturer of natural, organic beauty products, I have to legally declare all ‘naturally occurring allergens’ on the back labels of my products, so you can rest assured that if you do have an issue with it, you can avoid it by looking at my ingredient list. Clear labelling is a legal requirement if you want to sell products in the EU, and so if you come across a products that is labelled in correctly or does not contain any ingredients listing, avoid it like the plague!!

My Very Sensitive Face Oil and Moisturiser  and OMG Sensitive and Cucumber & Watermelon Eye Serum don’t contain any essential oils at all, so they are linalool free. These are perfect for people with lots of allergies as they are so gentle and pure.

Essential Oils that do not contain Linalool

If you still love essential oils but need to avoid linalool, the following essential oils don’t contain it:

  • benzoin
  • cedarwood
  • eucalyptus
  • frankincense
  • sweet fennel
  • myrhh
  • patchouli
  • sandalwood
  • tea tree
  • valerian
  • vetiver

So there are quite a few there for you to have a play with if linalool makes your skin unhappy. Frankincense and patchouli are two of my favourite oils: they are amazingly therapeutic and have endless skin benefits so you can definitely still get the marvellous benefits of some oils and be linalool-free.

If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Hope this was helpful.

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