Yikes! Sweet orange was in my old aftercare balm! n/t


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Posted by Lauren on October 18, 2002 at 00:36:33:

In reply to: Re: All citrus oils are phototoxic to some degree unless those particular constituents have been removed posted by Nick on October 18, 2002 at 00:21:01:

: Yes, bergamot is a doozy...
: i have also never experienced problems on myself with citrus oils,
: but i think Catherine has a nasty reaction... sweet orange is
: phototoxic too, or so i thought, which was why i stopped using it
in
: my paste on clients.
: ~Nick
:
:
: : Yes, you are right about some citrus oils... especially
bergamot!
: : Don't use bergamot, no matter what, unless you're in Alaska and
: : don't have much sun exposure. Personally I buy my bergamot with
: the
: : bergaptene removed so I minimize my liability. I have not had
any
: : trouble with sweet orange or grapefruit in terms of
: : photosensitivity, and they smell wonderful so people love them.
: : Thanks for your reply... this is the absolute best place to
: converse
: : with people who have *intelligent* things to say! :)
: : Stacey
: :
: :
: : : : What
: : : : : do you guys mean when you say "terp"-ing? Are you adding
: oils
: : : that
: : : : : are supposed to contain terpenes (or monoterpenes)?
: : : :
: : : : Yep.
: : : :
: : : : If that's the
: : : : : case, I have been reading that people use cardamom and
: cajeput
: : to
: : : : : terp their paste? Well, if you are interested, cardamom
only
: : : : : contains 6% terpenes and cajeput (member of the melaleuca
: : family)
: : : : : contains less than 10%. My friend, a fellow
aromatherapist,
: : and
: : : I
: : : : : have been using just plain ol' Indian-store Mumtaz henna
with
: : : oils
: : : : : that contain 85-95% terpenes and are getting fantastic
stains
: : : that
: : : : : last weeks (with very short light orange periods). In our
: : : : : aromatherapy manuals we have found that the oils that
contain
: : the
: : : : : highest terpenes are most citrus oils (especially pink
: : grapefruit
: : : : : and sweet orange) and the pines (mostly Siberian fir
needle)
: : (I
: : : : : would not recommend using the pines since many people
: : experience
: : : : : allergic reactions and most people get along well with the
: : citrus
: : : : : oils).
: : : :
: : : : The citrus oils have difficulties with being out in the
: : sunlight.
: : : I
: : : : believe the term is "phototoxic". I'm not sure exactly what
: : they
: : : do,
: : : : but once people start using words like "vomiting" and "rash",
I
: : : look
: : : : elsewhere.
: : : : The terp levels in cardamom, cajeput, ravensara, and certain
: : : : eucalyptuses, among others, are quite enough for our
purposes.
: : : : besides, I LOVE the smell of cardamom paste!
: : : :
: : : : My main recipe is to use lemon juice for the main
: : : : : constituent, then pink grapefruit, sweet orange or lime (2
or
: : 3
: : : : : different ones).
: : : :
: : : : I know that lemon oil and citronella are unfriendly when
: exposed
: : to
: : : : sunlight. I don't know the relative values of each of these
: : oils
: : : but
: : : : what's true for lemon is usually true for lime. I think
Orange
: : is
: : : : okay, but I wouldn't swear to it.
: : : : Lauren

 


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