I was giving a lecture the other evening and one of the attendees asked about lotions. Personal care products can be challenging when going gluten free. I remember the many mistakes that I made, and how the D-Man paid the price for my mistakes, welts and rashes were commonplace. In the United States, the labeling of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products is the responsibility of the FDA. Unfortunately, these products do not have to adhere to the same labeling standards as the foods we eat; even though we are applying them to the largest organ of our body…our skin. It can be confusing sorting through personal care products since gluten has many different names. While it might be a no brainer if you see Wheat Starch listed as an ingredient, would you know that STEARYLDIMONIUMHYDROXYPROPYLwas a wheat derived product? When we began our gluten free diet Tocopherols, or Mixed Tocopherols caused the greatest confusion. I would use one product successfully, yet another product would cause a reaction. I began to research this ingredient which is typically labeled as Vitamin E. I found that tocopherols are frequently derived from Wheat and Oats; but could also be obtained from the nuts and oils of Peanuts, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Sunflowers, and Olive Oil. I also found that most manufacturers did not list the source of orgin for their “Vitamin E”. My advice is to contact the manufacturer if you have questions about the ingredients listed on the label, either through their websites or via their toll free numbers. I have compiled the following list, and while it is by no means complete, it does provide examples of some of the most commonly used gluten ingredients in personal care products:
Ingredients Derived from Wheat : Tocopherols, Mixed Tocopherols, Fermented Grain Extract, Amp-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Starch, PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Amino Acids Hydroxypropyltrimonium, Steardimonium Hydroxypropyl Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Triticum Vulgare, Bran Extract, PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Triticum Lipids, Germamidopropyldimonium Hydroxypropyl, Cyclodextrin, Dextrin Palmitate, and Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl.
Ingredients derived from Wheat Germ Oil: Wheat Germ Glycerides, Disodium Wheat Germamido PEG-2 Sulfosuccinat Vitamin E, Germ Oil, Triticum Vulgare, Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract, Wheat Germ Glycerides, Wheat Germ Extract.
Ingredients derived from Oats that are likely cross-contaminated: Avena Sativa, Bran, Protein, or Extracts.
Ingredients derived from Barley: Barley Extract, Samino Peptide Complex, Hordeum Vulgare Phytosphingosine extract, Lipids.
The following is a list of some of the personal care products which are free of gluten, again, it is always important to read your labels and when in doubt, call the manufacturer. Companies change suppliers frequently, so a product that was gluten free when you purchased it a month ago may not be gluten free today.
Gluten Free Savionnere – Soaps, Shampoos, Conditioners, Lotions and Oils. All are free are free of Corn, Dairy, Gluten, Egg, Peanuts, Fish/Shellfish, Soy, Latex, Perfume and Synthetic Fragrance, Dyes, Colorants. Products are also Paraben-Free, Phthalate-Free.
Mrs. Meyers Products - All products are Gluten Free and Peanut Free
Tropical Traditions – Pump Soaps, Bar Soaps, Lotions, Lip Balms all free of gluten and many are fragrance free as well.
Aubrey Organics – Gluten and Corn allergy sufferers will find a long list of safe products.
100% Pure – Soaps, Shampoos, Conditioners, Fruit Pigmented Makeup, and Skin Care. (Note: Mascara is not Gluten Free).
Giovanni Cosmetics – Hair and Body Care Products that are reasonably priced. The company can not guarantee their products are gluten free, but these products are a personal favorite in our home. Without sounding obvious it would be beneficial to avoid their Golden Wheat Product Line which does contain wheat.
W.S. Badger Company – All items are gluten free except for the Beauty Bar which contains Oats.
Obermeyer Naturals - Gluten Free Lotions and Soaps, Facial Care and Shower Gels.
Afterglow Cosmetics - All items are gluten free.
Joelle Cosmetics - All items are gluten free. The Tocopherols in their products are derived from Olive Oil.
Arbonne Skin Care and Cosmetics - Please check with a representative to confirm product is GF.
Burts Bees – Many of their products are gluten free, check their website for information.
Dove – Dove bar soap, shampoo and conditioners are free of gluten.
Neutrogena – Neutrogena Naturals products are gluten free.
Eco-Bella Cosmetics – Hair Care, Cosmetics, Body Care products are GF and Vegan.
Bare Escentuals – Mineral Makeup, and Skin Care, products. Please check to ensure GF. Most items are GF, however, ingredients and suppliers change from time to time.
Gluten Free/Flouride Free Toothpaste – Logona Cosmetics has several formulas that are GF, Weleda makes products for Children and Adults, Real Purity Natural Toothpaste, Jason Kids Only Toothpaste, Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste and Coral White.
This post is dedicated to the men and women who attended my lecture; stay the course, be beautiful, and gluten free!