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Finding A New Moisturizer That Is Gluten Free
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Because I'm new here, I would Iike to ask if it's ok to post the name of a gluten free brand and product I would like to recommend? Please let me know so I can add a comment with the details.

After going gluten-free, I was sad to throw away all the lotions and moisturizers I had been addicted to for years. But all those nasty ingredients, ugh, I couldn't quite believe what I'd been slapping on my skin once I started to educate myself.

After much trial and lots of error, I accidentally found the perfect gluten free face lotion, which is actually a baby lotion. It's light, hypoallergenic, fragrance free (although it has a pleasant fruity smell) and doesn't leave any residue on my combination/oily skin. It's actually way nicer than the fancy expensive brand I used for years, and probably 10 times cheaper. With all the things I had to give up, and the huge life changes a Celiac DX bring, it's really nice to find something, however little, that has turned out better than it was before!

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Welcome WhoKnew!

There is no problem in recommending a specific product - as long as you are not promoting your own business or product.

It is actually helpful to post information regarding a specific product known to be gluten free - as well as warning of specific products containing gluten.

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I believe vanicream is gluten free. From their website faq:

Do your products contain gluten?

We have tested all of our products, and none of them have shown the presence of gluten with our testing methods.

http://vanicream.com/main/faq.cfm

I would suggest to use the light version for more of a lotion-y feel and the regular for more of a facemask one.

This is the only lotion i can use due to fregrences and whatnot. They also have a line of sunscrean.

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Thanks for letting me know it's ok to post the product specifics.

The brand is "Desert Essence" and the amazing facial moisturizer discovery is their "My Sweetie Pie Baby Lotion".

100% vegan, wheat and gluten free. Also fragrance free and hypoallergenic.

This is a link to the manufacturer website for informational purposes only, but I was able to find it much cheaper for around $5 elsewhere, please PM me and I will gladly share. https://www.desertessence.com/store/my-sweetie-pie-baby-lotion

I originally purchased as a body lotion, but after trying some on my face discovered it is better than the expensive fancy-pants brand I used for years (with all it's lovely chemicals and poisons).

I love this stuff so much I emailed Desert Essence to suggest that they could repackage, rebrand and market as a quality Gluten Free face lotion and moisturizer. I feel that area is sadly lacking. Sure there seem to be plenty around, but none that feel good on my skin all day, and don't cause pimples or skin issues eventually.

So if you see a Desert Essence moisturizer appear, I may have invented it, hehe. I should probably make clear I'm not affiliated with Desert Essence in any way, nor do I own a company selling Gluten Free stuff. Etc.

I'm now on the lookout for good Gluten Free makeup, cleanser for oily skin, and shampoo for oily hair. Any suggestions appreciated.

Welcome WhoKnew!

There is no problem in recommending a specific product - as long as you are not promoting your own business or product.

It is actually helpful to post information regarding a specific product known to be gluten free - as well as warning of specific products containing gluten.

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I use their line of shampoo and conditioner. I've yet to see anything other than that though.

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Great to know, thanks! I will check out their shampoos and conditioners now.

I use their line of shampoo and conditioner. I've yet to see anything other than that though.

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Cerave products are gluten-free.

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Thanks for the tip, I will check that out.

Cute doggy!

Cerave products are gluten-free.

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I use a lot of Andalou products -- lotions, shampoo/conditioner, face cleanser, etc. I've bought them at my local organic market plus online at their website and on Vitacost (they go on sale there occasionally and I stock up.)

For lipstick I have to recommend Red Apple Lipstick -- love love love the product and they're really dedicated to the Celiac community. They have a lipstick exchange where you can send in your old lipstick and they'll replace it with one of theirs!

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Thanks for the recommendations. I use Vitacost for vitamin D, so I will try some Andalou stuff next time I order.

Love the lipstick exchange, checking that out now!

I use a lot of Andalou products -- lotions, shampoo/conditioner, face cleanser, etc. I've bought them at my local organic market plus online at their website and on Vitacost (they go on sale there occasionally and I stock up.)

For lipstick I have to recommend Red Apple Lipstick -- love love love the product and they're really dedicated to the Celiac community. They have a lipstick exchange where you can send in your old lipstick and they'll replace it with one of theirs!

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Received a reply from CoverGirl about whether their products contain Gluten. It's a long email, and it seems to me the answer is actually yes, but they say no, because apparently the physicians they consulted said trace amounts wouldn't be a problem!

The replies I am receiving from manufacturers are hilarious. I got another from a haircare company this morning that said basically...our product contains no gluten, but it does contain wheat. This is from a huge company! I should start a new thread just for manufacturer replies about gluten in products. Has anyone done this?

Here is covergirl...

Thanks for contacting CoverGirl,

We know Celiac is a serious disease, so we want to give you clear information regarding the use of our beauty care products. If wheat and/or gluten aren't directly added to a product by us, these ingredients won't be listed on our packages. Like many companies, we often purchase the scents for fragranced products from outside suppliers, and the components of these substances are proprietary information belonging to those companies. Therefore it's possible that a very small amount (generally parts per million) of gluten may be present.

We sought advice from physicians; they told us it would be very unlikely a person with Celiac disease would have a reaction from a trace amount of gluten coming into contact with his skin or hair. This is because wheat, rye, barley and/or gluten generally cause symptoms when they're ingested. Since our beauty care products are designed to be used externally on the skin, their use shouldn't be an issue for someone with this disease.

Since gluten sensitivity can vary among people, it would be best if you consulted with your physician about the use of all types of consumable goods, if you haven't already. You might even consider using one of our fragrance free products that doesn't list gluten or wheat extracts on the label.

Thanks again for getting in touch with us. I hope this response has been helpful to you. For more information about Celiac, you may want to check out

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Hello,

That is funny! Since I have dermatitis BAD, I am about to send out similar letters to companies. As if you have never heard of celiac.com! "Generally parts per million" made me laugh. That is a unit of measurement, not a numerical value! "Generally cause symptoms only when they're ingested" ... Ha! Wouldn't that be nice!

Emily

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I use their line of shampoo and conditioner. I've yet to see anything other than that though.

I have tried those too. Unfortunately, the apple drives out my curly dry hair. I am going to try the coconut.

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vanicream, its gluten free. No dyes or fragrences. Safe to use all over body.

The only lotion i can use and i love it. There are two main types, the heavy original cream and the light lotion. I prefer the lotion over the cream.

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