Anyone out there know of a Bergamont scented cream ? Sol G
Alex,AJS said:I have read at least one post (although I can't remember where) that implied Bergamot was phototoxic. Does anyone else have any information on this?
Tosolg, I think that The Shaving Gallery do a Bergamot and Bay shaving cream.
Thanks for the clarification because I made the same mistake in another B&B post. If you really like bergamot, you can buy the essential oil and put a few drops in your lavender creams because they do mix well.AJS said:I hope this has cleared up any confusion my mixing up the terms photoactive (which the oils themselves are) with the term phototoxicity ( which is what happens when the oils cause the skin to be more prone to UV damage.)
Alex,AJS said:Having spoken to my former university roomate who is a chemistry student I can offer the following explanation. Certain essential oils such as bergamot, bitter orange and lime contain an oil called bergaptene which is the main causative agent in the photoactivity of the essential oils. The oils themselves are not phototoxic, but when exposed to uv they cause what is known as photosensitization where the skin is more susceptible to the damaging effects of UV light. When the oils are extracted with direct expression and without distillation they are at their most photoactive, anyone using certain citrus oils for aromatherapy massage are advisd to avoid exposure to sunbeds for at least 12 hours.
The citrus oils in question are only particularly dangerous when used in an undiluted form, in low concentrations they do not pose any threat. Also Bergamot FCF, is an essential oil of bergamot without bergaptene.
I hope this has cleared up any confusion my mixing up the terms photoactive (which the oils themselves are) with the term phototoxicity ( which is what happens when the oils cause the skin to be more prone to UV damage.)
As for the bergamot and bay shave cream, I was reluctant to purchase it before because of what I have read; however now I have a firmer grasp on the situation I do not think that the amount of bergamot in a shave cream would pose any great threat.
Sorry for the confusion.