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 linalool, “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 (or synthetic) 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 or a reaction after using products which contains it, you should look out for it in label ingredients.
Which essential oils contain it?
Lavender contains it, so does geranium, chamomile, rose and many other flowery essential oils, and most of the citrus oils (mandarin, lemon, bergamot, sweet orange, lime, neroli etc). There’s too many to list, so it’s easier to say what doesn’t contain it (see below).
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 synthetic irritants (preservatives, perfumes, sulphates 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!
You can read more about naturally occurring allergens here in this blog.
Products that don’t contain Linalool
A number of my products do not contain any allergens at all (so no linalool or limonene or any of the others):
All these are available to purchase on my website, just click on them and see more on the shop page. These are perfect for people with lots of skincare allergies because they are so gentle and pure, as are all LJ products, but these are extra-careful.
I can also make pretty much all of my products linalool free, as the essential oils are the last thing to be added, so it’s easy for me to pour out the products before adding the essential oils. Do contact me if you like the look of my products, but need everything to be free from linalool or free from all essential oils.
Limonene is another allergen that lots of people need to avoid. Read more about limonene on this blog.
I should add that all my products are completely free from “fragrance” or “perfume”. These are words used to describe synthetic ingredients that are added to products, and they are bad for you, particularly if you have very sensitive skin.
Essential Oils that do not contain Linalool
If you still love essential oils but need to avoid linalool, the following don’t contain it (there are some more obscure oils that don’t contain it but here’s some you might have heard of):
- sweet fennel
- sandalwood amyris
- tea tree
- valerian (smells really terrible)
So there are quite a few 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 marvelous benefits of some oils and be linalool-free.
Linalool tends to be associated with flowery and pleasant-smelling oils. The oils listed above are definitely more “planty” and herbal smelling. If you are interested in me making a linalool-free product for you, I can do this, but it probably won’t smell like the aromatherapy products you already know, as those will all contain the more flowery oils.
If you have an interest in making your own linalool-free products then you should consider booking onto one of our Natural Beauty Workshops. where I will teach you to make some very simple, but effective organic skincare products. This would be a great way for you to understand more about linalool and how to easily avoid it. Or check out my other blogs where I give instructions on how to make simple products at home, here’s a link to my sugar body scrub recipe.
SUMMER 2021 update: I have also started running a one-to-one Linaool-free Workshop here in Cheshire, so if you’d like to book in, contact me for more details. We will talk about essential oils that can be used safely, taking into account your skin allergies, and how look after your skin and make a couple of products for you to take home.
If you are not within travelling distance of Cheshire, I can put together a “make your own” bundle with everything you need for making four natural skincare products at home, with essential oils that do not contain linalool (or limonene) and all the ingredients and packaging, plus my recipe book. This is £49.50 (inc P&P) and made up on order. Just get in touch.
If you are struggling with your skin because of allergies and intolerances, I really advise you take a bit of time to understand what’s happening to your skin and your body as a whole. You may find my Eczema Survival Kit helpful, as it contains a ton of information to help you to heal your skin, inside and out. However, please note that the scratchy balm and bath oil do contain linalool.
Hope this was helpful.