Having Celiac disease, you have to be on a constant lookout for gluten in foods. Food labels are always doubled checked for any variety of wheat, barely, and rye containing ingredients. Check out our post about label reading here. So besides food, one should also be aware of the gluten lurking in stuff we put in and around our bodies. Such as cosmetics and toiletries were these ingredients are often NOT as obvious or noted on the label like they are for foods.
For example, most vitamin E ingredients listed in products are in fact derived from wheat gluten and therefore NOT gluten free. Even though the label just lists “vitamin E”! It’s also important to note that Gluten can NOT be absorbed through the skin, but people may accidentally ingest a small amount from lotions on their hands or lip gloss on their lips etc. I know when I apply make-up in a rush, I have for sure gotten some extra foundation on my lips. If that’s not enough to convince you, just think how often you touch your face everyday. Besides that, who the hell wants any gluten around after all the badness it caused before?
A handful of companies do make gluten-free cosmetics. Consumers can also contact manufacturers directly to find out if a product does in fact contain any form or derivative of gluten. Luckily, most companies have been very responsive about answering any questions through email.
Here are my favorite gluten-free cosmetics:
Hourglass: It’s Expensive. VERY expensive, but man it’s the best makeup I’ve EVER used on my face so I make it work in my budget. This make up proves that sometimes quality is worth the investment. My face always looks clear, fresh and blemish free AND I don’t have to worry about getting any gluten in the process. LOVE IT! As always, double check labels of each of their individual products that they are indeed gluten free. I usually pick it up at Sephora. The VEIL primer, and the tinted moisturizer are magical and gluten free.
Now while everything they offer is not gluten free a lot of it is see below for a list that contains most of their gf products!
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers
Beeswax Lip Balm Tube
Beeswax Lip Balm Tin
Tinted Lip Balm
Nourishing Lip Balm With Mango Butter
Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
Honey Lip Balm
Lifeguard’s Choice Lip Balm
Res-Q Lip Balm SPF15
Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry
Sun Protecting Lip Balm SPF 8
Medicated Lip Balm
Super Glossy Lip Shine
Radiance Facial Cleanser (my favorite!)
Soap Bark, and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream,
Garden Carrot Complexion Soap,
Natural Acne Solutions, Purifying Gel Cleanser,
Garden Tomato Complexion Soap
cleansers that have avena sativa (oat) kernel oil and flour in it should be avoided!!
You can pick this up at most whole foods, it’s great product – and best of all it’s gluten free!! I’ve been using the Sheer tint neutral this past week, and like that its easy to apply with my clean fingers. I have fair skin so the color at first is a little dark until I rub it in properly. It does not cover like a true foundation, or like the Hourglass tinted moisturizer described above. Although, its half the price and works well with my on-the-go beauty regimen.
Shampoo & Conditioner
RUSK Sensory wellness products are indeed gluten free – says so on the bottle. It’s more pricey at $20 a 13.5 oz bottle. I’ve been using the products for the past few weeks and have to say I’m don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. While it does have a nice smell and the texture of it is very thick and chalking. If you are like me and have thick semi dry hair you will need a good amount of the conditioner to get your hair under control.
This stuff is actually getting harder to find. I’ve had to order online through amazon after purchasing the leave-in-conditioner at whole foods awhile back and really liking it. Bummer! It’s responsibly priced, does the job well, and its totally gluten free.
Saved the best for last. HUGO Naturals products can be easily picked up at stores like whole foods, without breaking the bank. It has a great variety to choose from for different hair types, and they also clearly label their ingredients. All of which are gluten free! For sure worth trying out for yourself.
Taking a cue from Celiac Diva’s list here. I decided to pick up a couple at Walgreens, and test them out. I know it’s a tough job but someone has to do it! So presenting Tresmee #3 and Ganier.
Extra Firm Control, non-aerosol Extra Firm Control, Mega Firm Control and #3,4,5, Natural Finishing non-aerosol spray and the Smooth Frizz Shield are all gluten free.
Website: Garneir Fructis
All the Garneir Fructis hairsprays are gluten free.
this post is a work in progress!!