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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

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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Cosmetic Safety Database

March 6th, 2010

skin-deep website

After the chapstick incident yesterday, which years from now will lovingly be referred to as the lip smacker incident of 2010, I remembered a website my next door neighbor, an environmentalist, has been crazy about. It is called Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database created by the Environmental Working Group. This database includes information on make-up, skin care, hair products, nail care, baby products and sunscreen.

The Lip Smacker Tropical Punch not only contains ingredients linked to allergies, but also ingredients that are neurotoxins, developmental and reproductive toxins. Check it out. Needless to say I will not be using that product in the future.

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Lip Smacker

March 5th, 2010

Lip Smacker It was the tropical punch, and it delivered a knock-out blow to my lips. I do not use chapstick very often and I rarely wear makeup, so I have given no thought to gluten being contained in these products.

My thoughtlessness had severe consequences today when I reached into my desk drawer and grabbed a lip smacker to moisten my dry lips. I instantly started coughing and my lips were tingling. I ran to wash the product off of my lips, but it was too late. I came home with a headache and decided to lay down. I woke up with a swollen tongue, numb lips, and facial muscles so stiff that I thought I had a bad case of lock jaw. Over a period of a few hours the stiffness has crept back into my arms and legs. I am well on my way to a full Fibromyalgia flare because of a little wheat germ oil in this flavored chapstick.

I am wondering if anyone out there has had a similar reaction. I cannot get over how sensitive I was to the product and how quickly I reacted to it.  Am I definitely reacting to the wheat? They are so cute, but I think I will be finding some Burt’s Bees or using Vasoline the next time my lips are dry.

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