Final Gluten Free Makeup List Update of 2013

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The final update to the Gluten Free Makeup List is here, folks!

Pretty decent sized update this time around with no shattering bad news. I’ve been able to add 8 companies, most of which were requested by you, my dear readers. You asked me to look into them, I asked some questions and voilΓ ! As it turns out, they are safe and have been added to the list!

I also ended up having to switch from the old program I was using to Publisher in order to make this PDF. Guess I should have been using Publisher all along, but the other program was easier. So this list is rebuilt from the ground up and with a slightly different design. Do let me know if you like it!

Here’s the complete list of all the company changes made:




  • Calista Cosmetics

Before you freak out on this, there’s nothing wrong with Calista; they simply seem to have gone out of business. Their website is nowhere to be found and Googling them brings up nothing. If they come back, I’ll be happy to add them to the list again. But for now, no one wants dead links and that’s all that I can find.


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  • Tmp309

    What happened to NARS and what about Hourglass cosmetics?

  • Mimikkay


    • Clinique includes gluten all throughout their products. Gluten is not an issue to them, so everything they produce either contains it directly or is contaminated by it.

  • Eeebee

    What about Tarte?

    • Tarte formulates without gluten, but is processed in a gluten containing facility and has a risk of cross-contamination. I can’t recommend them, but if you’re not very sensitive it might be OK for you. πŸ™‚

  • Hey Melanie,

    E.L.F. used to claim that they were gluten free, however upon a little more research that is not at ALL the case. They may have updated their statement by this point, but E.L.F. can’t really afford to use gluten free ingredients at their prices, therefore it’s extremely unlikely that the products have become safe.

    As for bareMinerals, some of the products are claimed to be “gluten free”, but cross-contamination is an issue with all of them. Furthermore, it’s possible that they are using “gluten-less” gluten ingredients, however this I’m not sure of.

    Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

  • I have heard a lot of fantastic things about Juice Beauty. However I am not sure if they are monitoring the possible gluten in the oats they are using. I have contacted them over and over again trying to get answers, but on this issue they never get back to me. Not sure if they just don’t have answers, or what. I’m still trying though! Because they sound amazing!

    • Krysten Hager

      I asked about the source of their vitamin e and didn’t hear back either.

  • Oh my goodness- Sophyto is supposed to be on the list already! I thought it was? No idea how that happened, but yes Sophyto is actually one of my very favorite skin care companies. They are also now certified gluten free!

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  • kelly

    What about Bellaphoria? It is guten free and corn free.

  • Thank you so much, Sue! I do have lots of skin care on my list, so this is helpful for us too. I’m really glad to hear of your experience with them and will absolutely look into adding them to my list. Thanks!

  • Did a little digging, and thus far they have told me that they are free of gluten derived ingredients. This is one of the first things I’m looking for, so that’s very exciting. But they do not test, and I am not sure about cross contamination. Not testing isn’t a horrible issue or anything, but I need to look a little further to see if cross contamination is accounted for.

  • Hello Ali! I have no idea if they use gluten or not, but I’ll look into it. I haven’t had much luck getting answers from these companies that are not from English speaking countries. I wonder if it’s because it takes so much more to get info from the source through the language barrier? At any rate, I’ll see what I can turn up. πŸ™‚

    • Ali

      Thank you!

  • Unfortunately, all of these companies make no effort to ensure their products are gluten free. Nothing of theirs is safe. I have spoken with all of them and received similar answers from each and every one.

  • AmyD

    How about Too Faced, CoverFX, or Mary Kay? And also, I contacted Butter London, who said that their nail polishes are gluten free. πŸ™‚

    • Hey Amy,

      Too Faced has a policy of “free of gluten ingredients” and has no control over potential cross contamination with other products made in the same facilities. I know some people who can still use it without an issue, but I do not recommend it.

      CoverFX has been claiming gluten free lately, but will not respond to my questions. Either the emails keep getting lost, or they are ignoring me. No clue which.

      Mary Kay does not really understand gluten free, but when I did manage to get answers from someone within the company, I was told nothing of theirs was safe. Which, from what I gathered, is absolutely true.

      Thanks for the tip about Butter London! That’s great news! πŸ™‚

  • Natasha

    What about Andalou Naturals? Have you tried any of their products? They claim to be Verified gluten free.:)

    • Hey Natasha,

      I just was looking into Andalou Naturals and found that they are the version of gluten free that has “gluten-less wheat” ingredients in their products. Therefore I will not add them to my list, but if you’re not super sensitive, it might be worth trying them out yourself. πŸ™‚ They look like an otherwise neat company.

      • Natasha

        WOW! I am shocked. It seems that I can tolerate some of their products, just not all of them. So that kinda makes sense now. Can you tell me where you found that info? thanks! πŸ™‚

        • Oh dear, well that would indeed make sense then! I have readers who do just fine with “gluten-less wheat”, but others absolutely do not. So it does happen for sure, despite what the FDA wants to tell us.

          Well I first heard about their gluten free thing when they sent me some products to review without talking to me first. Which I didn’t mind, but I was holding stuff in my hands I knew nothing about. So I read their brochure, was intrigued but still wary (as always, haha), then checked out their site. And I found my answer here: Hydrolyzed barley protein AND hydrolyzed wheat protein. Those are both quite common “gluten-less gluten grain” ingredients, so while I was disappointed, I wasn’t really surprised. Technically the FDA allows it, so it’s not a lie, legally, to claim it being gluten free. It just hasn’t been proven to actually be safe for gluten sensitives. And since I have so many readers who DO react to it without question, I do not allow it on my list.

          • Natasha

            Thanks for all the info! I thought that I was “safe” since I was using their products. I will know better next time. I am however looking at the ingredients of the andalou products that I own. They don’t contain hydrolyzed wheat protein or hydrolyzed barley protein. (Well they don’t SAY that they do.) I’m wondering if those would be safe then..? Ahh. Just when I thought I had this whole gluten thing figured out! πŸ™‚

          • You’re welcome!

            There’s still the possibility of cross contamination between the “gluten-less gluten grain” containing products and the ones that do not contain them. Technically it should be a minute bit of the product that contains minute bits of gluten, but that could still be the issue.
            Or if there is tocopheryl or some other form of vitamin e, with their current stance on what “gluten free” means, they are probably using gluten-derived vitamin e too. Thus again, you may have straight “gluten-less gluten” in your products.
            Oooor perhaps there is something else entirely that you are reacting to? Celiacs and gluten sensitive can find themselves hyper-sensitive to all kinds of things, so it’s a possibility. I personally just developed a horrible allergy to avocados, so now I react to that too in makeup and skin care. Even though it’s completely natural and super-duper good for you.
            In short, it’s pretty much impossible to know for sure what’s going to work for you. If you’re reacting to their products, I highly recommend getting away from them and keeping on a strictly, completely safe gluten free skin care regime. If after you’re using products that are for SURE gluten free and you still have problems, then it may be something other than gluten entirely that’s bothering you.

            But, that’s just my advice. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide what works for you and what does not. πŸ™‚ Hope this helps!

  • You are most welcome! Glad to be of help! πŸ™‚

    Ah- thanks for the info! That’s a very thorough response from them, which is always a good thing.

    My problem with this approach is that there is debate on whether or not we have tests that can detect everything that a gluten sensitive person would react to in fermented wheat or barley. It was a huge deal in the gluten free beer world a few years back. In fact, they were far ahead of the entire rest of the US regulations. The TTB outlawed them entirely due to concerns that sensitive celiacs could still react to it (I wrote an article about that here- ). As far as I know, the notion that “gluten-less wheat” is harmless is purely theoretical. I know of no studies that PROVE this is enough to be safe for Celiacs.
    Are we going to be satisfied with “you should be alright” when we’re talking about our health? Of course, that’s up to the individual. Not everyone is exceptionally sensitive and this may be completely healthy for them. In which case, go for it! But I cannot recommend it to just anyone in good conscience and this is why I am against it as a general rule.
    *climbs down off soapbox* Ahaha, anyway. πŸ˜› Thanks for sharing that, Natasha! They really did take the time to write out a thorough reply, so thanks to them for that.

    Also, if anyone reading this has done well with Andalou’s products, I’d love to hear about it! Does this actually work for some people?

  • Tracey

    A friend of mine has approached me about selling Avon. I can’t find a consistent gluten free list from the company. Do you have a list of GF Avon products? Are there any?

    • You know, I’ve had a very similar experience with Avon. So unfortunately, at this point in time I have no idea what they claim. However, their inconsistencies would indicate that they know little or nothing about gluten free and they most certainly do not have any policies in place to ensure the gluten-free-ness of their products. I have no idea if any of the products actually do not contain straight gluten, but it is highly unlikely that any of them will be free from cross contamination. Frankly though, even if you can handle cross-contaminated products (and some people can!), I’d be a little nervous about those inconsistent gluten free lists. It’d really stink to get straight-up glutened because the list was outdated, or plain old incorrect, or something.

      The thing about these multi-level marketing companies is that it can be a royal pain to get accurate information. And it’s not just Avon, or Arbonne. It’s rare for me to come across one of these companies that has clear gluten policies that are well communicated to everyone. Even more difficult is finding someone to talk to in the company who can get me the info I want. I could find a consultant to help me, but when they want to relay the info for me, the telephone game syndrome keeps coming to mind. I really need to speak straight to someone in the company to get accurate info.
      So perhaps, if you’re interested in selling Avon, you could get a foot in the door and snag the ear of someone in the company who knows what’s up? It may not be worth it, but it’s a thought. πŸ™‚ I also do know of a few multi-level marketing companies who do have good and clear gluten policies. So I can refer you to some of those if you like.

  • Natalie

    I just found your blog and looks amazing so far. I use physicians formula makeup and I am wondering if you know if their products are all gluten free? I am under the impression that some of them are, and i would love to know because I am celiac and I use these produdts.

    • Hey Natalie!

      Well, that’s a good question. Unfortunately, I do not know what Physician’s Formula’s stance on gluten is. I know they claim all their new (as in 2013) products are gluten free, but whether this means using “gluten-less gluten grain” ingredients or not, I have no idea. All my attempts at contacting them have been ignored or lost. Who knows which. πŸ˜‰
      I would guess that they are using wheat-based tocopheryl because it is the cheapest and can be considered “gluten free” by FDA standards as long as it tests under 20 ppm gluten. I have readers for whom this is not good enough and will still get sick from it. But then I hav others who use it and are just fine. Because of this unpredictability in tolerance level, I cannot recommend any company who uses wheat derived tocopheryl. However, I’m currently only making an educated guess on whether or not PF uses wheat derived tocopheryl. I don’t know for sure one way or another.

      If you do not have particularly serious topical sensitivities, then for the most part I would think that Physician’s Formula might be ok for you, even with the wheat based tocopheryl. If it’s working for you and you are comfortable with the idea of miniscule amounts of gluten on your face, might as well keep using them. BUT I would strongly recommend staying away from their lip products. *Gluten cannot penetrate the skin*, but if it’s straight on your lips where it can be ingested with ease, then it’s a problem. Until we get confirmation that PF does not use wheat based tocopheryl, I recommend being better safe than sorry.

      Hope this helps!

  • Mandy

    I am interested in a multi-level marketing company with clear gluten policies. I am a current Avon rep and I can’t get any clear info from them about gluten in the products.

  • Becki Chamberlin

    I’m also a representative with Avon and have relatives with gluten allergies, so understand the concern. However, if you go to (or your representative’s website) and pull up a product, each one has an ingredients list. Understandably our company as a whole is not gluten free and therefore does not publish a list. However, from what I understand there are differing degrees of allergy – with a specific ingredients possibly being the cause. We recommend that customers be directed to the ingredient list – to be sure for themselves – instead of one of us possibly mis-reading an ingredient and causing a reaction. Hope this helps!

    • Thanks for the tips, Becki! You’re absolutely right that everyone’s level of sensitivity is different. Cross contamination isn’t an issue for everyone, for sure.

      But even without cross contamination being a problem, there are many ingredients that may or may not contain gluten. For instance, tocopherol and tocopheryl acetate are very common ingredients that may be derived from gluten, but may also be derived from rice or soy. So in many cases, we’ll still need to talk to someone to tell us what the ingredients are derived from. Especially since in the case of a company that isn’t overly concerned about gluten, those sources could change from batch to batch. Not that there’s anything wrong with a company not focusing on gluten. It’s a real niche market!

      With that said, thank you so much for clarifying Avon’s gluten statement. They didn’t used to be so easy to get an answer from, so I personally appreciate it. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing!