Gluten in Beauty Products

Gluten in Beauty Products

As if we don’t have enough to worry about having celiac disease and trying to figure out which foods are safe for us to eat… now we have to worry about our beauty products too?!  Yeah, this was my reaction when I found out that gluten is in many beauty products. Oh, and to top it off… rarely does it say “gluten”.

I’ve put together a list of ingredients often found in cosmetics, skincare and hair care products that contain gluten.

  • Avena Sativa (oats)
  • Beta Glucan (often from wheat)
  • Colloidal Oatmeal
  • Dextrin Palmitate (starch, possibly gluten based)
  • Hordeum Vulgare (barley)
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (may contain wheat)
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
  • Malt Extract (usually barley)
  • Secale Cereale (rye)
  • Stearyl Dimonium Hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
  • Triticum Vulgare (wheat)
  • Vegetable Protein (may contain wheat, barley, rye, and/or oats)
  • Vitamin E (often derived from wheat)
  • Wheat-Germ Oil

Yikes! That’s a lot of ingredients! I will be posting some of my favorite cosmetics and hair care products in the future.

Make sure you check out some of my favorite skincare products!


  • What products are you using and loving!
  • What products have you been disappointed with?


  1. Annette Garrison says:

    Hi, i use doterra shampoo and conditioner and also verage skin care line. I went to essential oils when i fohnd out I was gluten/wheat/dairy allergic. Life is better! I also recently found the new Spa Body butter works great on gluten rashes! I am also alergic to scents, so I can now use essential oils to naturally scent clothes perfumes. Ewg is a great site to check out a product you might be using too. Thanks for the info, it was very helpful!

  2. Christina says:

    Love everything Arbonne! Gluten free nutrition, skincare and makeup- all vegan too. Thanks for posting this list. Just made the change to GF due to autoimmune recently.

    • msmodify says:

      I’ve heard great things about Arbonne and have tried a few items and was happy with them! Welcome to the gluten free community! 🙂

  3. Patricia Connor says:

    I have been Celiac for over 10 years now…found it to be a bit of a struggle at first. But have come accross alot of useful products from reading other posts. Thanks for posting this information always good to read others comments and usage of products that are available and out there. I have found and have been using products from Monat hair and skin products. Gluten free & chemical free, all natural….excellant products. Heres the website if anyone is interested.

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