The reason that limonene, linalool and geraniol appear on the ingredients list on many Green People organic beauty products is because they are naturally present in the essential oils used to scent the products.
Labelling of limonene linalool and geraniol
Under changes to cosmetics labelling regulations first introduced in 2004, manufacturers must include in the ingredients list any of 26 potential allergens if they are present in the finished product at levels in excess of 0.001% for rinse-off products and 0.01% for leave-on products.
This change was intended to force manufacturers using these ingredients as isolated chemicals from hiding them under the blanket term of 'Parfum' or 'Fragrance'. In their isolated form they can cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals.
The same compounds occurring naturally in essential oils do not have the same allergenic activity, but the legislation does not take this into account, and therefore if they are present in the essential oils then they have to be declared on the label.
Green People: natural scents from essential oils
At Green People we do not use any isolated fragrance ingredients in any of our products and in every case where a product is scented we only use pure essential oils or plant extracts.
It is the naturally occurring forms of Linalool, Citronellol, Citral and Limonene which are present in our products and these are only there because we put the essential oils in – we never add extra of these chemicals, either in synthetic or natural form.
Here is a selection of our beautiful organic skin care products:
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