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Gluten free lip balm roundup

March 22nd, 2010

I contacted each of these companies about their products being gluten free. There seemed to be two categories of answers, the safe “We can’t guarantee our products are safe since we don’t inspect suppliers” and the “Yes our products are gluten free, in the sense that we do not add any “known” wheat, etc. to our products” I think this list is a good start, but please be cautious with any product. Of course, you can safely use Vaseline or petroleum jelly instead.

Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner (Available on Amazon)

Customer Service reports (3-19-2010):

Thank you for contacting, makers of Aveeno® It is always important to hear from our consumers, and we appreciate the time you have taken to contact us.

The following products have been tested and do not contain detectable levels of gluten:

Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner SPF 15

For the remainder of Aveeno products:

Glutens are naturally-occurring proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats, but are not found in corn. The primary source of starch in our formulations is corn. Relatively small amounts of other materials used in our formulations may contain starch from other sources (e.g. potato, rice).

We are not aware of published reports associating the use of our products with a worsening of symptoms in patients with celiac disease.

Carmex Original Lip Balm Carmex (available on Amazon)

The Carmex website reports (3-17-2010):

Does Carmex contain gluten?
Nope, not even a speck. There is no gluten in any of our ingredients. We do not use flour in our manufacturing process, so there’s no chance of any trace of it on our conveyor belts.

Chapstick Classic Lip Balm
ChapStick
(available on Amazon)

Customer Service reports (3-17-2010):

No gluten is added to their products, but none of their products are certified gluten-free.

Blistex Lip Balm Medicated Blistex (available on Amazon)

Customer Service reports (3-16-2010):

Thank you for your interest in Blistex products and wanting to know if they are gluten free. We are pleased to inform you that all of our Blistex lip care products are gluten free meaning that they are free from wheat, rye, barley, and oats.

Lip Smackers Jello Lip Balm Bonne Bell / Lip Smackers (available on Amazon)

Customer Service provided a full list of gluten free and products that contain gluten (3-15-2010):

2009 Gluten free products and products containing gluten (.pdf file)

Burt's Bees Lip Balm Burt’s Bees (available on Amazon)

Customer Service reports (3-15-2010):

While we can identify products in which we do not use raw materials containing gluten, we cannot certify that our vendors did not process these ingredients on equipment where contamination could occur. For the most accurate source of information, please refer to the list of ingredients on our website or on the product.

Doing a brief search online, I could not find any reports of problems with their products, and it actually seems to be a favorite of some people with celiac disease

Eco Lips Lip Balm

EcoLips (available on Amazon)

Customer Service reports (3-15-2010):

Absolutely…all of our products are Gluten free!

Merry Hempsters Organic Lip Balm The Merry Hempsters (available on Amazon)

Customer Service reports (3-15-2010):

I am happy to tell you that all of our products are Gluten free.

Nivea Lip Care Nivea (available on Amazon)

Customer Service reports (3-16-2010):

Thank you for contacting us as to whether or not our products have gluten derived ingredients. We understand how important this information is for you.

At Beiersdorf, we strive to offer our consumers the best products possible, and therefore we may reformulate them when improvement is possible. The information we give you today regarding our ingredients may not be true if we reformulate a product next year.

If you have concerns about Gluten and its derivatives, we recommend avoiding all products with ingredients derived from wheat, rye, barley and oats. The ingredient names are:

TRITICUM VULGARE (wheat bran)
SECALE CEREALE (rye seed extract)
HORDEUM VULGARE (barley)
AVENA SATIVA (oat bran)

Although our products may not contain the above ingredients, it is always possible that one of our raw materials may contain traces of gluten because its presence is not excluded by our raw material specifications.

Other alternatives I found while searching

Gluten Free Savonnerie Lip Balm Gluten-Free Savonnerie (available on their website)

Besides gluten free soap also sells lip balm.

Badger Balm Sunscreen Lip Balm Badger Balm (available on Amazon)

Their website reports (3-17-2010):

Badger products contain no peanuts, peanut oils, wheat or gluten, and should be safe for people with allergies…

Please note I have not tested, nor do I endorse any of these products.

If you have any others to add please let me know in the comments.

UPDATE: 3-26-2010

Neutrogena

Customer service reports (3-26-2010)

Our line of products is quite extensive, and we do not have a specific list of gluten free products.  If you would like to contact us again with the name of a specific product for which you need ingredient information, we would be happy to assist you. You may contact us through our website, or by calling our Information Center toll-free at 1-800-582-4048 Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM EST.


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  1. March 27th, 2010 at 22:14 | #1

    Smart post! Well done. I love my Burt’s Bees and never took the time to confirm it as gluten free. Thanks!

  2. March 29th, 2010 at 14:45 | #2

    Very nice blog. Post like your are great because they raise everyone’s awareness level. My addition is a third category of gluten-free products; those made in a dedicated gluten-free facility and tested for gluten. I know this occurs because our company manufactures three different gluten-free lip balms that fall into this category. We make Dakota Free, Millennial Essential and Gluten-Free Savonnerie products. Every product is gluten-free with full disclosure of all ingredients. We track allergen too. If you have questions, you can call us at #701-539-2256

  3. April 23rd, 2010 at 07:14 | #3

    Hi I just wanted to say thank you for doing this research. I’ve posted it to our GFGuerrilla’s facebook page as we’re looking for GF Heroes.http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gluten-Free-Guerrillas/109855859033409?filter=1

    Keep up the good blogging!

  4. Rebecca
    April 23rd, 2010 at 10:11 | #4

    Brilliant, thanks. Ive copied them down for when I next need some.

  5. Myra
    May 10th, 2010 at 18:26 | #5

    I am a newly diagnosed celiac and type 1 diabetic, and so appreciate the information in this blog.

  6. August 21st, 2010 at 17:41 | #6

    I of course have to have gluten free cosmetics, but I also care if it contains any petroleum products, and lots of lip balms and lip sticks do, so does a lot of moisturizer.

    Burt’s Bees used to say they were gluten free, then Clorox bought the company and I think some big lawyer said they had to put that disclaimer on it. I still love Burt’s Bees, it’s made right here in Durham, NC, but I hate that it isn’t locally owned any more.

    The other thing I’m big on, is if it is tested on animals.
    Many Neutrogena products are gluten free, but I won’t use them because they test on animals.

    I don’t understand Aveeno’s answer. I just went to their site and looked up the lip balm it says “This unique lip treatment provides essential long-lasting moisturization to help condition and protect dry, chapped lips. With an exclusive combination of natural oatmeal and natural skin conditioners…
    Avenno advertises that oats are in all their products, so it is not gluten free. (I doubt they use certified GF oats, and even then some Celiac’s don’t tolerate oats at all)

  7. August 21st, 2010 at 18:23 | #7

    Wendy, Do you use makeup? I have been unable to find something that will work for me. Just curious what you use.

    I tried Burt’s Bees new lip gloss on Friday, and now I have sores on my mouth. One of the ingredients is Tocopherol. I wonder if it comes from a glutinous grain. Ugh.

    I don’t understand what a lot of companies say to me. They can’t just give a straight honest answer because they are afraid of being sued, so they respond how some lawyer tells them to while still trying to sell their product. Big corporations frustrate me.

  8. Sandra
    November 22nd, 2010 at 12:03 | #8

    Add to that list all Kiss My Face lip balms!

  9. November 22nd, 2010 at 19:42 | #9

    Sandra,
    Do you know what the source is for the Tocopherol in the Kiss My Face lip balms? I know that some of the Kiss My Face products are gluten free, but I get nervous when anything says it has Tocopherol in it. I’ll contact the company directly and update the posting.

    Thanks!

    Kelly

  10. Krysten H
    November 30th, 2010 at 00:53 | #10

    I wish more stores would carry the Gluten-free Savonnerie lip balm & shampoos. I love their stuff. Do you know of a good hand moisturizer? I moved from a humid climate to a dry one this week & my hands are like sandpaper now.

  11. November 30th, 2010 at 16:17 | #11

    Great news, Kiss My Face has confirmed that the Tocopherol present in their lip balms is soy derived. That means it is safe for people that are gluten sensitive!

  12. Deedee
    December 12th, 2010 at 12:27 | #12

    A really good moisturized is California Baby Super Sensitive. If you have a Target near you they have it and you can buy it at Whole foods and online. Soft Lips is a nice product for dry lips that is gluten free, it does have vitamin E, but it does have petroleum.

  13. Krysten
    January 14th, 2011 at 01:45 | #13

    Peacekeeper Cause-metics has gluten-free lipsticks and balms. I tried their lipstick and really liked it.

  14. Mary-Lynne
    April 24th, 2011 at 14:15 | #14

    Blistex uses wheat germ. You can’t really trust the manufacturers to know what they are talking about or to tell the truth. Some will and some won’t.

  15. Kat Warren
    November 11th, 2012 at 13:56 | #15

    @Dannette
    Burt’s bees cannot and will not confirm that their lip products are gluten free. I asked a key account manager for their company and she said that they cannot say that their products (lip) are gluten free.

  16. Amanda
    December 5th, 2012 at 11:00 | #16

    I was always under the assumption that Vaseline was Gluten Free. However, I called Unilever this morning to confirm that and she told me that none of their lotions or other products were considered to be gluten free. I specifically asked about the Vaseline and she said no stop using it. I am so sad…I need to look into this further.

  17. December 5th, 2012 at 11:10 | #17

    I think the customer service reps are trained to respond to any allergy type question, with a “don’t use it” to avoid any potential lawsuits, just in case there is a contamination issue.

  18. Mary
    December 16th, 2012 at 12:33 | #18

    ZuZu, Mineral Fusion, and My Chelle make up and skin products are all gluten free and labeled as such. I have found the products at Whole Foods, Sprouts and Natural Grocers. I have used them for over 6 months and had no problems. They are quality products with beautiful application and moisturizing qualities as I have very dry skin. I hope this helps. The products are more expensive than typical brands found in Wal Mart and Target, but I no longer have to worry about reactions.

  19. Wendy
    March 18th, 2013 at 22:47 | #19

    @Christine
    Where can we buy this? I’m from North Dakota in Bismarck

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