“Gluten-free soap? Why is that even a thing?! These celiac people are off their rocker; all soap is gluten-free, isn’t it?” Well, you might be surprised to learn that gluten is actually a commonly used ingredient in skin care products. While a reaction to gluten is typically triggered by eating products containing gluten, there are people who are especially sensitive and can react to topical products. As someone with an egg allergy, I can personally attest that using topical products containing egg absolutely affect me. Additionally, it can be transferred by hands to mouth and food, or come in contact with an open wound.
If you’ve ever read the ingredients on your cosmetic products, some commonly-used ingredients you may spot that contain gluten include:
- Hydrolyzed wheat protein
- Oatmeal and cornmeal (unless they’re certified gluten-free)
- AMP-isostearoyl hydrolzyed wheat protein
- hydrolyzed wheat protein (HWP)
- hydrolyzed wheat gluten
- triticum lipids
- triticum vulgare
- wheat bran extract
- wheat germ extract or oil
- wheat germ glyceride
- wheat starch
- barley extract
- hordeum vulgare extract
- malt extract
- sodium lauryl oat amino acid
- amino peptide complex
- phytophingosine extract
- beta glucan
- avena sativa extract
- Anything else that lists wheat, gluten, triticum (Latin for wheat), barley, malt, hordeum vulgare (Latin for barley), rye, secale cereal (Latin for rye), oats, or avena sativa (Latin for oats).
- And a whole host of other things (see https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2017/02/02/hidden-sources-gluten/ for a detailed list)
In short, if you (or someone you know) are a particularly sensitive individual, read ingredients carefully and look for products labeled as gluten-free. All our soaps, teas, shampoo bars, bath soaks, and other products are gluten-free – including those made with oats (we use Bob’s Red Mill certified gluten-free oats). We also generally avoid using animal products and common allergens, such as sweet almond oil, lanolin, artificial colors, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petroleum byproducts, detergents, and fragrance. Due to popular demand, a small number of our products do contain goats milk, honey, beeswax, or artificial fragrance, but these are carefully labeled.
If you have any questions or uncommon sensitivities, get in touch and we’ll work with you to create a product that meets your unique needs!