For specific ingredient allergies…


AD Skin Synergy Nourishing Night Treatment Q: I'm allergic to tea tree oil, nutmeg, mint, thyme, and allergens of limonene and turpentine were also found on my skin. Please recommend a head-to-toe cosmetic that I can use. I'll be 64 next month and have young looking skin. I've used most of your products and am presently using Ojon products and trying Elemis once again. Gatineau and L'Occitane, as well as Decleor, stings my face.

Alison: From what you've said, you seem to have petroleum allergies as well as specific ingredient allergies. I presume that as most of these allergies are so specific, you've been analysed by a doctor and had allergy testing. I wonder if your doctor has prescribed you anything specific, which you should be following.

I'd strongly advise reading the ingredient listing on each and every product. Those that don't contain a chemical base to them are going to be better for you. That would possibly be Liz Earle, Elemis or AD Skin Synergy

It's very difficult to recommend a specific range to you as you need to look at individual products from each range, definitely a plant-based range, instead. Your absolute staples are going to be, what I call, pure products – treating your skin like a sensitive skin type and using simple, pure products.

You should look at 100% natural products as they don't contain mineral oils and you should be able to understand their list of plant-based ingredients. You could try the AD Skin Synergy Nourishing Night Treatment and use this morning and night. Some of the Decleor balms may be ok for you – some may contain thyme so you need to read the ingredients lists for these. The Aromessence products do contain limonene so they won't be any good for you but the nightime treatment balms are 100% natural so they shouldn't have a petroleum base to them. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish may work for you too.

Remember that we do have a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try out some of these products to see how they work on your skin. You could also try getting in contact directly with brands like Liz Earle, Living Nature and Jurlique, as they may be able to give you ingredients lists for their products.


  1. Claire March 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    It would be a good idea for QVC to list the ingredients of products on their website as then customers would be able to see the ingredients and therefore be able to make an informed choice. This would benefit QVC as well as the customer as the returns policy might not have to be used.
    Being a member of a forum which discuss QVC I have noticed that other members also agree.
    Customers would benefit as they may not have to use the 30 day money back guarantee and therefore not risk their returns percentage increasing which in turn results in a letter from QVC telling them that their % is too high with the possiblity of their membership being revoked.

  2. Gaynor Elliott March 17, 2009 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    I would like to use a range of beauty products that are petrochemical free – do QVC do use such a range?

  3. April 27, 2009 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear ALison,
    Thank you so much for your advice. I am so sorry for the late reply as my computer was down. I had started using most of the Elemis products anyway which have transformed my face beautifully My GP now thinks I had photosensitivity caused by my blood pressure tablet.I shall be seeing my Dermatologist in June and hopefully he can have the results of another blood test. Unfortunately I had to restart my blood pressure tablet to keey the pressure down. Kind Regards … Shanti

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