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I emailed Chanel to get their latest update regarding gluten free products. I specifically asked about their lip liners, lipsticks, glosses, and a foundation product (the name is mentioned in her response). It seems to be okay with the standard blanket statement of possible cross contamination. What do you guys think? Safe to use? Chanel's response is below:

Hello,

Thank you for your e-mail regarding gluten in Chanel lipsticks and glossimers.

I am pleased to inform you that all Chanel lipsticks, lip liners, and glossimers as well as the Vitalumiere Aqua foundations do not contain ingredients derived from barley, oats, rye, spelt or wheat, which are known sources of gluten. However, due to the wide range of raw materials used in our manufacturing facility, we cannot confirm that our products are free from any traces of gluten.

If you have specific questions or concerns regarding gluten, we recommend that you consult your physician.

Thank you for your continued interest in Chanel.

Warm Regards,

Sophie

Chanel Customer Care

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Looks like the standard "No ingredients but we don't test for it" response.  With something like makeup, it seems fine.

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all Chanel lipsticks, lip liners, and glossimers as well as the Vitalumiere Aqua foundations do not contain ingredients derived from barley, oats, rye, spelt or wheat, which are known sources of gluten.

 

 

well, they know their sources of gluten list....works for me! 

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Ok-then along the same like--Jergen's Lotion says the same thing--their products don't contain gluten but they can't guarantee their suppliers are the same...so ok to use or not?

 

INGREDIENTS: WATER, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PETROLATUM, STEARIC ACID, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, DIMETHICONE, LAURETH-3, CETEARETH-20, DMDM HYDANTOIN, ALLANTOIN, METHYLPARABEN, ARGININE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PROPYLPARABEN, CARBOMER, FRAGRANCE, PANTHENOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, LECITHIN, ALCOHOL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHEROL.

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Ok-then along the same like--Jergen's Lotion says the same thing--their products don't contain gluten but they can't guarantee their suppliers are the same...so ok to use or not?

 

INGREDIENTS: WATER, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PETROLATUM, STEARIC ACID, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, DIMETHICONE, LAURETH-3, CETEARETH-20, DMDM HYDANTOIN, ALLANTOIN, METHYLPARABEN, ARGININE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PROPYLPARABEN, CARBOMER, FRAGRANCE, PANTHENOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, LECITHIN, ALCOHOL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHEROL.

 

When it comes to cosmetics, I just read the label and if there are no gluten ingredients that is sufficient.  Non-food companies are rarely going to give a gluten-free guarantee, so the answer you got from jergens is usually the best you are going to get unless you want to pay for the guarantee that comes with some certain brands, but in reality it isn't necessary.  Unless you are putting that lotion into your mouth (Ever see that show my strange addiction?) the inability to rule out trace amounts is not a big deal.  

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The thing is with this topic is that I asked Chanel specifically about lipstick and lip liners - products that would go on the lips, some of which would naturally be consumed as you lick your lips, eat, ect.

I've used products from other companies who have said that the products themselves are gluten free, but for legal reasons they have to give the warning about cross contamination. With the products I use, the company reps have told me that they are very careful about CC and take it very seriously, so I feel safe. Sometimes the blanket CC is just what they have to say.

I'm going to try to get more info from Chanel, but in the meantime - what do you all think about this in terms of lip products?

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I'm going to try to get more info from Chanel, but in the meantime - what do you all think about this in terms of lip products?

 

I think Chanel gave you a pretty thorough answer.  Shared facility, no gluten ingredients used.  They don't want to call anything gluten-free since they are not set up for that.  I do think lip products need the most investigation, and to me, the answer they provided (no gluten but also a cover your bum statement) is good enough to mean it is safe for use.  Some people who are super sensitive may not feel comfortable with that, and that is why gluten-free lipstick is a profitable endeavor for the red apple people.  Honestly, I don't know the price difference between Chanel and some of the certified gluten-free cosmetic makers, but if I am going to spend a lot of money on a product, I will buy the one that caters to my needs the most.  So, if I buy a $6 jar of pasta sauce, I am going to buy the one labeled gluten-free over the one with just no gluten ingredients that I had to write the manufacturer for.  That doesn't mean one is necessarily more gluten-free than the other, but I want to reward the efforts of the proactive company with my purchasing dollars.

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Ok-then along the same like--Jergen's Lotion says the same thing--their products don't contain gluten but they can't guarantee their suppliers are the same...so ok to use or not?

 

INGREDIENTS: WATER, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PETROLATUM, STEARIC ACID, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, DIMETHICONE, LAURETH-3, CETEARETH-20, DMDM HYDANTOIN, ALLANTOIN, METHYLPARABEN, ARGININE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PROPYLPARABEN, CARBOMER, FRAGRANCE, PANTHENOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, LECITHIN, ALCOHOL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHEROL.

Jergens is a very safe product.  I have been using it for years as it is the BEST moisturizer out there for hands and body.  Never had a problem and I am a very sensitive Celiac.

 

Ditto for the Chanel foundation.  I have used it and it's a really nice foundation. I do not screen make-up because I do not have a topical allergy to wheat and I do not eat make-up.  Well....except lipstick, of course!  That is always screened, for obvious reasons.

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Thank you all for your thoughts! I have a few of the products already from my pre-diagnosis days. If I were buying new things I would pick a brand that promotes itself as gluten free, but since I have them I think I'm going to go ahead and use my Chanel products. 

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