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. A number of my products do not contain any allergens at all (so no linalool or limonene or any of the others): Super Fruit Face Oil Very Sensitive Organic Moisturiser OMG Sensitive Cucumber & Watermelon Eye Serum Camellia & Apricot Zero Waste Face Oil Bar Balancing Organic Toner Very Gentle Lip Balm NEW: Cosy Night In Bath/Body Oil 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. I can also list those oils if you would find that helpful. 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 LinaloolIf 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)