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People who are sensitive to latex may be sensitive to avocado oil.   Cocoa butter : A rich oil with a distinctive aroma, cocoa butter is solid at room temperature and has a heavy texture, so it's often blended with other oils or used only for small areas. Grapeseed oil : In some respects, grapeseed oil makes a great massage oil. It has little-to-no odor and a smooth, silky texture without being greasy.

However, grapeseed oil is said to be one of the worst oils for staining sheets. Kukui nut oil : This light, thin, non-greasy oil is native to Hawaii. Kukui nut oil is typically used on all skin types, including oily skin and sun-damaged skin. Olive oil : Most people are familiar with olive oil as cooking oil, but it is occasionally used for massage. It is a heavy oil with a greasy or sticky texture and distinct aroma that many associate with cooking, so it's usually not used on its own for massage. A study compared topical olive oil with sunflower oil and found that olive oil had no effect on epidermal barrier function, whereas topical sunflower oil resulted in significant improvement in the skin barrier—making it an effective moisturizer. Sesame oil : In Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India), sesame oil is used for nourishing and detoxifying and for ailments associated with the "vata" constitutional type, such as anxiety, poor circulation, constipation, bloating, and excessive dryness. It is used in a daily ayurvedic self-massage called abhyanga.

Sesame oil is a rather thick oil that may leave skin feeling oily, so it can be blended with lighter massage oils. Shea butter : Extracted from the seeds of a tree native to Africa, shea butter is a solid at room temperature. Like cocoa butter, shea butter is heavy and can leave an oily feeling on the skin, so it's usually not used on its own for massage. It may be combined with other oils or used for very small areas. Shea contains a natural latex, so people with latex allergies should do a patch test before using it. Wheat germ oil : Wheat germ oil is too thick to use on its own as a massage oil, but it can be blended with lighter oils.   Massage gels, creams, and lotions : Instead of oil, massage therapists often use specially-formulated professional massage gels, creams, and lotions. If you're giving a massage, it's a good idea to check to make sure there are no allergies. If you're receiving a massage and have allergies to nuts or other substances, don't be afraid to call ahead to ask about the ingredients in the massage oil and to notify the therapist that you have an allergy. There should be no question about getting massage therapy that you're too shy or reluctant to ask. Learn more About EWG VERIFIED™ CVS Stress Relief Massage Oil (2016 formulation) Data Availability: LIMITED. EWG scientists reviewed the CVS Stress Relief Massage Oil (2016 formulation) product label collected on July 02, 2016 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for CVS Stress Relief Massage Oil (2016 formulation) is 1. Cancer: Ingredients linked to cancer in government, industry or academic studies or assessments. Developmental and reproductive toxicity: Ingredients linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity, a broad class of health effects that range from infertility and reproductive organ cancers to birth defects and developmental delays in children. Allergies and immunotoxicity: Ingredients linked to harm to the immune system, a class of health problems that manifest as allergic reactions or an impaired capacity to fight disease and repair damaged tissue in the body. Use restrictions: Ingredients restricted or prohibited for use in cosmetics, according to industry safety guidelines, government requirements or guidance from the U.S., EU, Japan or Canada. Enhanced skin absorption Ecotoxicology Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) Neurotoxicity Use restrictions Learn more About Ingredient Concerns. • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low) • Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE) • Cancer (low) • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate) • Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE) • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low) • Endocrine disruption (moderate) • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low) • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low) • Enhanced skin absorption • Use restrictions (low) • Neurotoxicity (low) • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low) • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low) • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low) Product's Animal Testing Policies. Some cosmetics companies have taken People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Leaping Bunny animal-testing pledges. For consumers who are concerned about companies’ policies on animal testing, Skin Deep reports this information. Leading international certifiers PETA and Leaping Bunny have no information concerning this company’s use of animal testing. Ingredients from packaging: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate. Directions from packaging: After a shower or bath, massage into wet skin.

For extra moisturizing benefits, add to warm bath water. To create the ultimate bath experience, use with CVS/pharmacy Stress Relief Mineral Bath Salts and CVS/pharmacy Stress Relief Bubble Bath.

If you have a history of high blood pressure, or are pregnant, please consult a physician before using. EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings below indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. ABOUT EWG VERIFIED™ Beyond providing Skin Deep® as an educational tool for consumers, EWG offers its EWG VERIFIED™ mark as a quick and easily identifiable way of conveying personal care products that meet EWG's strict health criteria.


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