If you or someone in your family has food allergies you are used to reading every label that comes into your kitchen. It becomes second nature. Nothing goes into your mouth that you do not know what it is and where it came from.
But what about other labels?
I wrote last year about nut allergies and skin care and how I never realized how many products contained not only nut oil, but wheat and oats. Over the last year reading labels on lotion and soaps has also become second nature. We read every label for those products that comes into our home.
But one thing I never thought to read labels on is makeup. I never even considered makeup would be an issue.
Thankfully my daughter thought for me.
My daughter is a teenager and like most teenage girls she is wanting to venture into the world of makeup. We are starting slowly and are trying out one or two things. Last week I decided she could try mascara for the first time.
We headed to the makeup aisle at Target to check out what they had. I picked up a familiar brand that was just a basic mascara, I handed it to my daughter, and I was ready to go.
I did not read the label, I did not even think to read the label. Thankfully my daughter did.
She said to me, “Mom, I can’t use this it has almond oil in it. It says it right here.”
Thankfully my daughter remembered to read the label when I forgot.
I replied, “What! Almond oil in mascara. Really!”
Now I have nothing against almond oil. It is a natural product which is probably why it was in this product. My shock was more due to the fact that I never even thought to look for nut oil in makeup, let alone mascara.
My daughter breaks out in hives if she touches any lotion or soap with nut oil. I can only imagine what nut oil on her eye would have/could have done. I do not even want to think about it. It would have been awful.
After reading several labels we were able to easily find mascara without the nut oils in it, but it was a reminder that when you are dealing with food allergies, especially life threatening ones, you can never ever relax about reading labels. You never know what things will contain and you can not afford to make a mistake.
Yes, this weekend I had yet another reminder of what dealing with life threatening food allergies is all about.
Has anyone else had issues with makeup and odd ingredients in them?