What does 'hypoallergenic' actually mean?
In 1978, the FDA proposed a regulation that would set standards for the term "hypoallergenic." Their proposal was reasonable: prove that a "hypoallergenic" product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than one that doesn't make the claim. The goal was to clear up any confusion for consumers.
Unfortunately, the regulation was challenged in Federal court by Big Makeup (makers of "hypoallergenic" cosmetics) where it was quickly struck down.
This means to this day, there is no regulation specifically defining or governing the use of the term "hypoallergenic" or similar claims. The term means whatever a company wants it to mean.
So, what does hypoallergenic mean to this company?
Is Eucalyptus Lyocell hypoallergenic?
Our eucalyptus mattress is hypoallergenic, if that means anything to you.
Big Dictionary defines hypoallergenic as "relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction." Obviously, that's not super concrete or comforting for those with severe allergies, but here's what we at Sheets & Giggles do know.
So even though it’s just a made-up marketing term to sell more things, this is why we feel comfortable describing our eucalyptus bedding as hypoallergenic. Does that make us hypoallergenic-crites? No. Maybe.
There's no such thing as nonallergenic
Lastly, any product, whether it's sunscreen, crackers, or t-shirts could cause an allergic reaction. As a consumer, your best bet is to read the ingredient list and check the label. If you know you're allergic to a certain ingredient, don't put it on your face/in your mouth/on your body.
Unfortunately, that's the best we can do because Big Makeup won't allow us to define it.
The good news is our sheets, duvet covers, throw blankets, and pillowcases are 100% eucalyptus so the ingredient list is pretty straightforward. :)
Our heavy throw blanket in leaf green at open mic night.