Gluten Free Personal Care Products

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-contaminatedAvena 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!

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19 responses to Gluten Free Personal Care Products

  1. Kathryn Blair

    Re: Bare Escentuals… ONLY the Bare Minerals powder products are Gluten Free. The lip products AND all the skin care has gluten (usually wheat) in it! Just to let you know. :-)

  2. Laura

    Thank you Kathryn, you are correct. Many of their products are gluten free, however it is imperative to always read labels. I spoke with a representative that said they are developing more products that will be gluten free….including lipsticks :)

  3. SLC

    Thanks for posting this, Laura. I truly enjoyed your lecture the other night at FOA.

  4. Mgan

    Thanks so much! This list has helped me out!

  5. Laura

    I am glad you found the information helpful Mgan, hopefully you will find others that are helpful as well. Stay tuned, more to come.

  6. Lori Pasley

    Just ran across your blog Living Gluten and Grain Free. I am an Arbonne representative and have been doing research on gluten and skincare as I will be discussing gluten and skincare to a local celiac support group. I wanted to tell you that most all of our products are gluten free, not certified, but none the less gluten free. We are also free of parabens, pthalates, chemical fragrances, dyes, mineral oil, and animal products.
    There are oats in the following products (out of 400 products total):
    – Arbonne Baby Care Body Lotion
    – Arbonne Baby Care Hair and Body Wash
    – Arbonne Baby Care Sunscreen SPF 30
    – Arbonne Cosmetics Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15
    – FC5 Invigorating Body Cleanser
    – RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream
    – FC5 Conditioning Body Moisture
    Got to get back to my gluten/skincare research!
    TO check out products online or request samples:
    Lori Pasley

  7. Hi there!
    Thank you for posting this! I actually just screen-captured the “Ingredients Derived from..” section..haha they really get crafty with how to label and hide gluten.
    I noticed that you had Burts Bees listed, but I called the company yesterday in regards to their shampoo and such and the representative said that Burts Bees can no longer claim to be gluten free since it’s manufactured in a shared facility dealing with gluten (and specifically said they can’t control if some gluten grain makes it’s way into a product or not by chance). So, do what you will with this info, just thought I should share :).

    • Laura

      Celiac Girl, they are certainly ingenious when it comes to labeling….especially personal care products. Stay tuned, I found a company that I really like and will be posting a blog about it very soon.

  8. Megan

    Burts Bees does make products that do no contain Gluten BUT for those who are very sensitive to gluten I was told that thier products could not be “certified” gluten free because they do not know how all of their products are manufactured and could have a possibility of cross contamination….just be careful :)

    • Laura

      Megan, thank you for your comment. Many of Burts Bees products are gluten free, but like so many companies they can not guarantee cross contamination. Until industry regulations are tighter, it is always best to read labels when purchasing any product.

  9. natasha

    I have spoken to the people at lush and lots of there products have no gluten in them … thank u for the list above was a really good place to start x

    • Laura

      Natasha, Many of their products do not contain wheat, barley or rye, however many contain oats and corn. It is simply a matter of buyer beware. Enjoy the products and read your labels carefully!

      • natasha

        Are all the dove soaps and shampoos gluten free x

        • Laura

          Not all Dove products are gluten free, however, the original (white) bar soap is. When the article was posted the Shampoo and Conditioner were also free of gluten. Always check your labels and search for ingredients such as “Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein”. A safer bet for those who are extremely sensitive would be an old fashioned Castile or Coconut Soap such as “Kirks Original Coco Castile Soap”. Hope that information helps.

  10. I was recently diagnosed with wheat/gluten allergies after numerous trips to the hospital for allergic reactions to a variety of this from food to antibiotics….I feel so very overwhelmed with all of the information and websites…It like going through a maze…sort of a bad dream. Everything from cleaning products to personal care products to cross contamination…I feel like I am going crazy. I don’t really know what I should or shouldn’t eat or buy…Often I don’t eat for fear of having a reaction…Help!

    • Darlene

      Hey Kimberly , I myself had stopped eating at one point , and lost unhealthy amount of wieght becuz I was getting very sick and thought I was being poisioned , and I guess I actually was by a unknown culprit (gluten). It can be overwhelming to figure this out , but at the same time ….Im SO Thankful to finally see answers and Hope to a very long struggle , I felt I was going to be put away for just being ”crazy” because Ive also experince intense panic attacks and low iron , magesium , many health struggles , etc. I want u to know your Not alone , and U will get through this new journey ….sometimes the bigger the battle ,the Greater the Victory :)

  11. Margaret

    Gluten free cosmetics and hair care products are essential for me since I have the skin form of celiac disease. Not only is my digestive system affected by gluten, but my skin is too. I have found that Mineral Fusion make up products are perfect. All natural and gluten free, they are also much less expensive than other brands. They are labeled as gluten free and they truly do a good job!

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