Quickie Post: List of gluten containing ingredients in cosmetic products

So I decided to be pro-active today after speaking to a lovely lady who has dedicated her life, and her blog to finding gluten free makeup and cosmetic products.  I don’t mean so called gluten free that the companies say – well yeah, we think it’s gluten free.  This chick goes mental on them, calling them out on their naivety and unwillingness to learn about gluten-intolerant-living.

You know what I’m talking about – those sketchy emails that leave you feeling as if you were just made fun of on your first day of high school?  The condoning ones that make you wonder what the person on the other side of the computer screen really is thinking? and wondering if it’s a patronizing “stop being so dramatic” thought and wanting to beat them

Well she goes one step further and asks the right questions – asks them about their facilities and their testing methods.

Inspired by this wonderful woman, I decided to make a list of gluten-containing ingredients that I may find in normal cosmetic products that I find at any grocery or pharmacy.

Man did I do it.  I just googled it and came up with a ridiculously extensive list in just a few minutes.  Then I tried typing it all into my iPhone notes so that I could carry it around with me.  I finally came up for air a few hours later and realized that maybe, just maybe I  should share what I found for you. (PS I also quickly looked up inredients that contain dairy and only came up with a few – but I may research that a bit more in the near future – see small list after gluten containing ingredients.  Also, see the list below that for brands that I KNOW aren’t gluten free because I’ve either tried it or have seen other ppl try it and complain about it).

Now I’m not a chemist, and do not claim that all of these are true…this is just the result of a preliminary and super-fast investigation….that left me going – do YOU know what crap you put on your face (see Twitter stream from the 31st May at 8:25-ish pm EST).

Anyways, here goes – take it slow people – some of them are hard to pronounce….

Gluten containing Ingredients

– AMP-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– AMP-Isostearoyl Wheat/Corn/Soy Amino Acids
– Aspergillus/Saccharomyces/Barley Ferment Extract Filtrate

– Aspergillus/Saccharomyces/Barley Seed Ferment Extract
– Aspergillus/Saccharomyces/Barley Seed Ferment Filtrate Extract
– Aspergillus/Saccharomyces/Wheat Lees Ferment Filtrate
– Aspergillus/Soybean/Wheat Germ/ Camellia Sinesis Leaf/Job’s Tears Seed/Rice Germ/Sesame Seed Ferment
–  Avena Sativa (Oat)
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Protein
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Leaf Extract
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Peptide
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Protein Extract
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Starch
– Avena Sativa (Oat) Straw Extract
– Bacillus/Wheat Bran/Phaseolus Angularis Seed/Prunus Armeniaca Seed/Artemisia Annua
Extract/Xanthium Strumarium Fruit
Extract/Glycine Soja Seed Ferment Extract
– Barley (Hordeum Distichim) Extract
– Barley (Hordeum Distichum) Flour
– Barley (Hordeum Vulgare) Extract
– Barley (Hordeum Vulgare) Flour
– Barley (Hordeum Vulgare) Juice
– Barley (Hordeum Vulgare) Leaf Juice
– Barley (Hordeum Vulgare) Powder
– Barley (Hordeum Vulgare) Root Extract
– Barley (Hordeum Vulgare) Seed Extract
– Barley Extract
– Barley Juice
– Barley Leaf Juice
– Barley Seed Flour
– Cetearyl Wheat Bran Glycosides
– Cetearyl Wheat Straw Glycosides
– Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Corn Gluten Amono Acids
– Cyclodextrin
– Dextrin
– Dextrin Palmitate
– Disodium Wheat Germamido MEA-Sulfosuccinate
– Disodium Wheat Germamido PEG-2 Sulfosuccinate
– Disodium Wheatgermamphodiacetate
– Ethyl Wheat Germate
– Extract of Barley
– Extraxt of Barley Root
– Extract of Barley Seed
– Hordeum Distichin (Barley) Extract
– Hordeum Dostichin (Barley) Seed Flour
– Hordeum Vulgare Extract
– Hydrogenated Wheat Germ Oil
– Hydrogenated Wheat Getm Oil Unsaponifiables
– Hydrolyzed Barley Protein
– Hydrolyzed Malt Extract
– Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
– Hydrolyzed Oat Protein
– Hydrolyzed Oats
– Hydrolyzed Rye Phytoplacenta Extract
– Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Bran
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten Extract
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Plysiloxane
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG – Propyl Methylsilanediol
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG – Propyl Silanetriol
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol Copolymer
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/Dimetgicone PEG-7 Acetate
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/Dimetgicone PEG-7 Phosphate Copolymer
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/Dimetgicone PEG-20 Acetate Copolymer
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer
– Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
– Hydroxypropyltrimonium Corn/Wheat/Soy Amino Acids
– Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/Siloxysilicate
– Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
– Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Kluyveromyces/ Lactobacillus/ Lactococus/ Leuconostoc/ Saccharomyces/ Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Ferment Filtrate
– Lactobacillus/ Oat/ Rye/ Wheat Seed Extract Ferment
– Lactobacillus/ Rye Flour Ferment
– Lactobacillus/ Rye Flour Ferment Filtrate
– Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/ Siloxysilicate
– Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
– Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Amino Acids
– Malt Extract
– Maltodextrin
– Oat Fiber
– Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Pantoea Agglomerans/Wheat Flour Ferment Extract
– PG-Wheat Protein
– Polygonum G
Fagopytum (Buckwheat) Leaf Extract
– Potassium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Oat Protein
– Potassium Lauroyl Wheat Amino Acids
– Potassium Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Potassium Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Oat Protein
– Potassium Olivoyl/Lauroyl Wheat Amino Acids
– Potassium Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Oat Protein
– Potassium Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Potassium Undecylenoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Propyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Quaternium-79 Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Rye Extract
– Rye Flour
– Rye Seed Extract
– Rye Seed Flour
– Saccharomyces/ Barley Seed Ferment Extract
– Saccharomyces/ Barley Seed Ferment Filtrate
– Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract
– Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour
– Secale Cereale (Rye) Phytoplacenta Placenta Culture Extract Filtrate
– Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Wheat Sulfonate
– Sodium Capryloyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Sodium Capryloyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Glutamate
– Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Glutamate
– Sodium Cocoyl Oat Amino Acid
– Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acid
– Sodium Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Sodium Stearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Sodium Stearoyl Oat Protein
– Sodium Wheat Germanphoacetate
– Sodium/ TEA-Undecylenoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Soyamidoethyldimonium/ Trimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Soydimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Steardmnonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Streptococcus Zooepidermicus/ Wheat Peptide Ferment
– Tocopherol/ Wheat Polypeptides
– Tocopherol Acetate
– Trimethyksilyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol Crosspolymer
– Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Flour
– Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Germ
– Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Germ Oil
– Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Leaf Extract
– Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Peptide
– Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Seed Extract
– Triticum Turgidum Durum (Wheat) Seed Extract
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Lipids
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Extract
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil Unsaponifiables
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Protein
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten Extract
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Seed Extract
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Sprout Extract
– Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch
– Undecylenoyl Wheat Amino Acids
– Wheat Amino Acids
– Wheat Germ Acid
– Wheat Germ Glycerides
– Wheat Germ Oil PEG-40 Butyloctanol Esters
– Wheat Germ Oil PEG-8 Esters
– Wheat Germ Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters
– Wheat Germamide DEA
– Wheat Germamidopropylkonium Chloride
– Wheat Germamidopropylkonium Betaine
– Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride
– Wheat Germamidopropyl dime thylacine Lactate
– Wheat Germamidopropyl Epoxypropyldimonium Chloride
– Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate
– Wheat Germamidopropylamine Oxide
– Wheat Germamidopropyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Wheat Germamidopropyl Dimethylamine Hydrolyzed Collagen
– Wheat Germamidopropyl Dimethylamine Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
– Wheat Germ Glycerides
– Wheat Germ Oil
– Wheat Protein
– Wheat Protein Hydrolysate
– Yeast Extract
– Zea Mays (Corn) Gluten Protein
– Zinc Undecylenoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

Dairy Containing Ingredients

– Lactose
– Lactalbumin
– Whey
– Recaldent (toothpaste & whitening products)

Products/Brands that are NOT gluten free

Aveeno (OATS)





Estee Lauder


Dr. Dennis

Urban Decay

Burt’s Bees



  • JJ

    Most of the articles about GF cosmetics from Dermatologists aren’t up-to-date and we aren’t scientists, how do we know what the ppm’s for each Gluten ingredient is??!! Eg. Nailpolish chips off into your food, you absorbed into your body, that considers “Toxic+Gluten”. I was looking at Hempz Tanning lotion w/Natural bronzer & DHA ( Gluten Free) but on the ingredient list: Oat Kernel Oil >> Isn’t that a Gluten item?
    Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E) will this considered not GF if it is Organic? or Cold Pressed? I’m very confused.

    • http://www.bewilderedbug.com/ Serena M

      Hi JJ,
      There is still an argument regarding whether or not gluten in topical products is a problem or not. As I have said before – going gluten free is so personal. Many do not worry about cosmetics and toiletries but many do because they have to due to dh and other skin maladies. Personally I react to gluten toiletry and cosmetic products so o choose to pay attention to what is in these products and I always try before I buy….one because of my many allergies but also, as you say, I don’t believe there is anyone controlling the ppm of gluten in toiletries nor cosmetics – and there is no hard and fast “20ppm or less” rule for these products. At the same time, if coeliacs react to gluten, then I say 20ppm is still too much. It’s all personal.
      I know that was not a definitive answer, but if you are trying to avoid gluten in toiletries etc, I would go first to the Gluten Free Make Up Gal’s list of products and see how those go for you. Otherwise, I think educated trial and error is all we can do….
      I know it is confusing, trust me there are many days when I want to throw my hands in the air and collapse In the middle of the high street throwing a tantrum. On those days I just walk away and go back for what I need after my inner hissy fit diva has calmed down somewhat.

  • Kathy

    So, I just looked at your ingredient list and compared it to my Revlon lipstick. There is only one ingredient in my lipstick that is on your list. Tocopheryl Acetate. I don’t have Celiac, but my endrocrinologist thinks gluten may be causing my joint pain. My question is, how much gluten can be in my lipstick with that one ingredient, and how much gluten can cause a reaction in my body? I know, it can’t really be answered generically…

    • http://www.bewilderedbug.com/ Serena M

      Hi Kathy,

      There is a whole argument about if gluten in cosmetics is even a problem, but to me it makes sense. Why? Because at some point, all the cosmetics we use does get into our systems, whether it be breathing the powders we use or eating the lipstick off of our lips. In the end gluten intolerance, coeliac and other gluten avoidance is a very personal thing.
      In your case, I would say it depends on the severity of your reactions and how much lipstick you wear (and/or consume). In my non-medical opinion, and if you are worried about it being your lipstick, I would stop using it for a bit, gauge how you are feeling and then try it again a few weeks later and see how you feel. Then determine if to change brands.
      I do not believe Revlon has made any attempt to go gluten free with their products, but my main focus is usually on food products for this blog. I do know the gluten free makeup gal has a list of tested gluten free brands that you can get sent to you from her site, though. That list includes a company called Red Apple Cosmetics (I think it is called?) who has some lovely colours for lipsticks.
      GF makeup gal is US based though, so this mainly helpful as a North American reference, but many of those brands ship worldwide as well.
      I hope this was helpful – I know I did not say “yes do this” or “no do that”. But I have to stress with gluten free living – whether it is by choice or forced on you, in the end how gluten free you become is a choice. If you believe your lipstick is not doing you harm, then don’t worry about it. If you think it is, then get rid of it. I am sorry I could not give you a more definitive answer. And please do remember I only advise based on my experience and limited knowledge – I am not medical in any way.

  • Lou-Lou Lock

    Thank you, I have CD & I’m still getting gulten in my system so now I have to find make up & shampoo & toothpaste that are gluten free.

    • http://www.bewilderedbug.com/ Serena M

      Lou Lou, it is difficult but so worth it. Where are you located? Perhaps I can help you find some products that may work for you?

    • Lou-Lou Lock

      Thank you for your help, I live in Salem, Oregon.

      • http://www.bewilderedbug.com/ Serena M

        Hi Lou-Lou – ah good, the US. Safest bet is to buy online. Two great brands I used to use when I was in Canada (the brands are US based) are Suki skincare and Ecco Bella. Google them. Also Dr Haushka is worldwide I believe and you should be able to get that one in Natural food/Health stores. And I believe for makeup – Red Apple cosmetics (I think it’s called?). Also – Google “glutenfree makeup gal”. She is based in the US and releases a monthly up-to-date list on (tested) gluten free products and cosmetics available in the US. Good luck, and if I can be of any further assistance please let me know!

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  • Katelin Tiernan

    Thank you so much for this post! Though I am sitting here depressed with a table full of now worthless expensive toiletries and cosmetics, haha. I hugely appreciate the research and this list! Hopefully my never ending face rash will now go away! Yay! (you can find my blog with some gluten related items at myhellolovely.com – I will definitely be mentioning you in upcoming posts!)

    • http://www.bewilderedbug.com/ Serena M

      Lol I know what you mean! I completely thought the same when I made it. I just compiled a whole lotta different lists online. In the end though? I am still searching for perfect products. It is not easy … Not cheap!

      • Katelin Tiernan

        I’ve taken to trying to make my own! I tried my own shampoo last night (http://www.myhellolovely.com/2014/04/27/diy-natural-shampoo/) and am actually pretty pleased. Made my own makeup today too!

        • http://www.bewilderedbug.com/ Serena M

          I have considered that – my cousin makes lotions and hair products too but I really am not the type of person to do that stuff…at least not at the moment. I will take a look at your blog to see what you did though! Thanks!

  • Michelle

    Just learned two days ago that I have Celiacs and am so completely overwhelmed right now. I have to say that
    your list ROCKS. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.bewilderedbug.com/ Serena M

      Hey Michelle,

      Thanks so much – if you need help otherwise, let me know!
      Also, wrt cosmetics etc, I would advise you to check out Gluten Free MakeUp Gal for her “safe” list and great makeup/cosmetic tips for gluten free ladies! If you need any more advice pls feel free to email me at bewilderedbug(AT)gmailDOT com with some sort of reference to Gluten free advice in the subject. Good luck – it truly is the beginning that is the hardest. It gets much easier later on.
      Sent from my iPad

  • Dolores Brister

    Wow!  What’s a wonderfully extensive list!  Thanks for sharing!!  Here’s my latest adventure in the land of GF, it’s my picture tutorial for making GF Bisquick:  http://www.dealsfrommsdo.com/apps/blog/show/14780594-gluten-free-gf-biscuit-mix-bisquick-

    What’s your opinion on oats?  safe or not safe?  I’ve read differing opinons.

    • BewilderedBug

      Hi Dolores,

      Your gf biscuit mix looks interesting – can you use dairy free margarine instead of bitter flavoured Crisco? I personally am react to oats, which is one reason I cannot use Aveeno products. Wrt the gluten free community, oats (and corn in some cases) are iffy – the reason being that they are often grown and/or processed close to gluten containing crops meaning that the chance for cross-contamination into these grains are extremely high. There are ‘guaranteed’ gluten free oats that you can purchase (e.g. From Bob’s Red Mill or products from Martin’s Marvellous Naturals products) but they still react with me so I avoid them completely. I hope that helped answer your question a of you want more info on it please feel free to contact me 😉