I'm happy to be part of a lively community of creative people in my new home town of Austin, Texas. One of my favorite groups of creatives is the food blogging community. I've met amazing folks who love to cook, can, and bake, and it is striking how many of them, for one reason or another, stick to gluten free diets. A friend of mine, who writes a great blog on living gluten free, recently posted an article on Twitter that immediately caught my interest: Gluten in Cosmetics: A Threat to People with Celiac Disease?
I have become pretty familiar with the challenge of finding gluten free foods and recipes, but for some reason, the idea of gluten in cosmetics had not crossed my mind. Now that it has, I see that it makes perfect sense for those suffering from celiac, or those choosing to keep gluten-free for other reasons, to seek out personal care products that are gluten free. After all, what goes on your body, goes in your body. Isn't that the whole reason this blog exists? Inspired, I began researching what ingredients are typically used in cosmetics that contain gluten. Although it is a very long list, most of these ingredients are not used in DIY skin care. In fact, there are very few ingredients or products carried at From Nature With Love that pose a risk.
DIY Skin Care Ingredients / Products That Contain Gluten
- Body Exfoliants Sampler
- Facial Exfoliants Sampler
- Geranium Rosehip Facial Cleanser Kit
- Oat CO2 Extract
- Oat Flour, Fine
- Oatmeal, Course
- Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Powder Base
- Oat Starch
- Organic Oat Flour, Fine
- Rainbow Sprinkle Bath Tub Cookie Kit
- Shea Butter Shampoo Base
- Skin Nourishing Blend Melt & Pour Soap Base
- Wheatgerm Oil
- White Chocolate Facial Kit
DIY Skin Care Ingredients that May Contain Gluten
- Coconut Milk Powder (Contains Maltodextrin)
- Oat Straw Powder
- Oat Straw Tops
- Powdered Oat Straw Extract
What About Fragrance Oils?
Synthetic Fragrance Oils (as well as Flavor Oils, and Floral Waters) are made up of thousands of different components, so it's important to ask your supplier about gluten content. Luckily, the Fragrance Oils at From Nature With Love are all gluten free! So are our Floral Waters and Flavor Oils.
A Word on Vitamin E
Vitamin E Oils and Vitamin E Antioxidants can sometimes be sourced from wheat, so be sure to ask your supplier about its source. We are working on verifying that the Vitamin E products carried at From Nature With Love are Gluten free, but so far, the only one that is certainly gluten free is our Vitamin E (T50). We'll keep you updated as the other products are confirmed.
Creating Gluten Free Cosmetics
We plan to publish several more articles in the Creating Gluten Free Cosmetics series, on topics such as ingredient alternatives and gluten free recipes. If there is a related topic that you are hoping to learn more about, or a specific recipe that you would like us to include, please let us know! As always, we welcome your inquiries and suggestions.
We Welcome Your Feedback and Questions
Not sure if a specific ingredient carried contains gluten? Please feel free to contact us with any ingredient questions you may have. If we don't have the information on hand, we'll do our best to find out for you. Have you found an ingredient on our site that contains gluten, but isn't listed here? Please let us know! We welcome your help and expertise.