Looking for GF toiletries

Melinda Dennis MS, RDN, LDN

Q: I am looking for body lotions and hair spray, shampoos, conditioners and mousse that are gluten free. Can you help me?

Answer


This question comes up a lot in clinic so it bears repeating here. I encourage you to read the Q & A for a review of cosmetics and the gluten-free diet to help clarify the confusion around potential exposure to gluten in cosmetics and body care products.

And then, if you are concerned, use the following tips from the January 2018 Q &A to check on your favorite brands, as you like. Keep in mind that a cosmetic or body care product does not necessarily need to be labeled gluten-free in order to be safe to use.

  • “Read the ingredients listed on cosmetics looking for the words “wheat,” “barley,” “malt,” “rye,” “oat,” “triticum vulgare,” “hordeum vulgare,” “secale cereale,” and “avena sativa.”
  • Look for off-packaging ingredient lists when the product packaging is too small to include this information on the label. This may be in the form of tear sheets located next to the product display case.
  • Contact cosmetic companies when ordering products by mail order and ask whether their products contain any derivatives of wheat, barley, rye, or oats.
  • Use cosmetics labeled gluten-free. An increasing number of manufacturers are labeling their products.”1

Reference:

  • Thompson T, Grace T. Gluten in cosmetics: is there a reason for concern? J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Sep;112(9):1316-23.

Note: This information is provided by NCA and Melinda Dennis, NCA's Senior Consulting Dietitian. This information is meant for educational purposes and is not intended to substitute for personalized medical advice or replace any medical advice provided directly to you by your health care provider. This information can be printed and used in consultation with your physician or dietitian. No liability is assumed by NCA, Ms. Dennis or her nutrition consulting service Delete the Wheat, LLC. by providing this information..

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About Melinda Dennis MS, RDN, LDN

Melinda Dennis, Senior Nutrition Consultant for NCA, is an expert celiac dietitian and and Nutrition Coordinator for the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 1990, she specializes in the nutritional treatment of patients with celiac disease and gluten-related disorders.

Melinda lectures internationally and has written extensively on the nutritional management of celiac disease including the award-winning book Real Life with Celiac Disease. Melinda was the original founder of NCA in 1993 and so it is only fitting that she comes back to us in this capacity. We are truly honored to have her on our team.