Does Your Makeup Contain These Possibly Gluten-filled Ingredients?

You already know gluten could be lurking in your makeup. That’s why you’re here. But do you know how to find where that gluten is buried?

There are literally hundreds of ingredients that could contain wheat, barley, rye, or oats. Figuring out which ones are the danger ones is a tricky business. Some of them are obvious, like Wheat Germ Oil. Others much less obvious, like Triticum Vulgare. Some are definitely gluten-grain-derived, like Hydrolyzed Barley Protein. Others may or may not be gluten-grain-derived, like Vitamin E.

Just like in food, just because a product is made with "gluten free ingredients", doesn't mean it's safely gluten free. Cross contamination can happen even in makeup products.

That said, it can still be useful to have an idea which ingredients to keep an eye out for.

Whether because you're not incredibly sensitive to cross-contamination, or you just want to cut out the biggest sources of gluten, this list can help you get started.

Just for the record, I am not a chemist, nor do I formulate makeup products. This list is as accurate as possible, but there may still be errors and it almost certainly is not complete. Still, it's a good place to start and will hopefully be helpful!

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Want the danger ingredient list from the infographic in copyable form? Have at it, brave soul. It's freaky long & a pain to deal with. 😉

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  • Kimberly

    Why did apricot seed and adzuki bean powder make this list – curious!

  • AfterGlow Cosmetics

    That sure is an impressive list of ingredients to look out for and it’s a good reminder of how overwhelming “being careful” can be.

    I think the easiest solution for everyone still remains to chose gluten free certified products. It might be a good idea to add a list of some companies with gluten free products such as ours, AfterGlowCosmetics.

    Keep up the good blog!

    • I definitely agree! Which is why I’ve already created the Gluten Free Makeup List, which already includes your products on it. It has been a while since I reviewed you guys though, so it might be time to reconnect.

  • RWood

    Hey there, I was referred to your page about make up. In looking at this list I see you highlighted Maltodextrin. According to Dr. Peter Green, the Director of the Celiac Center at Columbia University, Maltodextrin is gluten free. The source of how it is made ( even wheat) doesn’t matter because it is such a highly processed ingredient that the protein is removed, rendering it gluten free. If wheat is used ” wheat” will appear on the label, even in this case Maltodextrin would be gluten free. This is from his revised 2016 book Celiac Disease, and some articles from the Mayo clinic. So now I am wondering what else on this list might not be accurate.

    • Hi there, thanks for the comment! This ingredient list was put together in 2014, and at the time gluten-derived maltodextrin was recommended to be avoided by most everyone in the Celiac world.

      That said, I have spoken to people who do react to gluten-grain-derived processed ingredients. Even ingredients people have claimed are “safe” for Celiacs. My website is mostly catered towards them. Although, we did not have the word of a Celiac doctor about maltodextrin to help us figure out if we should risk maltodextrin or not.

      This is fantastic info, thanks for sharing! I’m interested in reading Dr. Green’s revised book.

  • Alicia Hannah Naomi

    Does this list exist as a text-based list at all? It is SO HARD to cross reference this against ingredient listings as an image but I could do a text-search if it were text-based.