5 Years Gluten Free- Encouragement For The Newbies in Coping with Celiac Disease Posted July 27, 2014 · Report to Admin Without taking this thread too far off course, I want to say this: You do not need to get gluten free makeup, shampoo and conditioner unless you have a wheat allergy on top of celiac. The only thing you need to scrutinize is lip stick and possibly any facial creams that may end up in your mouth that you will swallow. I have never seen a toothpaste with gluten in it, BTW Read this please http://glutenfreedietitian.com/articles/BLOGPersonalCareProductsBlog.11.pdf get the book Real Life with Celiac Disease by Melinda Dennis and Daniel Leffler and welcome to the celiac family!! You're going to be okay. Ha ha we have had many go rounds on this topic! For me, I wasn't getting better and my last holdout was my beauty products. If you have short hair, maybe you can get away with it, but long hair just gets it in your mouth. The hair brushes on your face, you push your hair back with your hand and somehow that gluten gets you. Well it does me. My hairdresser has celiac and is usually so careful about products. She used a new spray thingy on me the last appointment. I went home and had awful D and was so sick. Had not been glutened in ages. Sure enough, wheat in her new spray. She didnt read it carefully. I do not have a wheat allergy. When something sprays into the air, it is going to get on your lips and all you need is trace gluten to feel sick. When you shower if there is wheat in your hair products you will be surprised at how easily it gets in your mouth as it washes down your face. And it will stay on your hands. Gluten is sticky binding stuff. So... if you are still having symptoms after going gluten free, give the products thing a try. I saw many people on here who were adamant that they did not, needed not, would not change their beauty products, but they were constantly whining about lingering symptoms. I remember one guy in particular, he who will not be named, who was miserable, and complaining every single day about how nothing he did would make him feel better. But he would not, no never, get rid of his favorite wheat containing shampoo. Last I saw him, he was still sick and still loving his soft silky wheat filled hair. Most products won't claim gluten free but the wheat is clearly labeled. It's very easy to spot the word wheat on the label and run for the hills. Redken, Biolage, Enjoy all have many gluten free products. Again it will NOT say this on the label. You need to read. I've never seen gluten in any Bath and Body Works so far. Bare Minerals, Benefit and Tarte have many make up options. I use H2O Plus on my face and I've never seen gluten in anything in 15 years of using their stuff. I always double check though since they revamp their lines often. Be careful with "organic" and "natural" brands. Frequently they are wheat monsters. Suave is good for cheaper stuff. My husband also uses gluten free products. He washes his face and puts on his manly dude lotion. Then I kiss his cheek and whammo... big D, if there is wheat in there. Or he washes his hair with gluten shampoo and conditioner, then lays next to me on the pillow. His hair brushes past my face and there you go... big D again. Unless you are totally free of symptoms, feel amazing and are 100% certain you are doing great in your gut, you are playing with fire using products that contain gluten (just about always in the form of wheat this or that from what I've found.) I don't care what some guide says or a book says. They aren't you. They don't have to spend hours on the toilet with you or deal with the gut pain. Tread carefully with the products because it just might be the difference between better and great for you. Celiacs have been given bad advice from doctors and experts since the dawn of time, so do what you need to do in order to be well. It is worth an hour of your time in an Ulta reading labels or a couple of hours in the aisles at Walmart for your well being. As you can tell this is a passionate issue for me. I want my celiac friends to THRIVE!!!