This is Part 2 of a 2 part series. Check out Part 1- Contemporary, Gorgeous, Mineral Based Gluten Free Makeup

Thus far I’ve been really enjoying Mirabella’s products. The quality is very good, the colors are wonderful, the packaging is gorgeous, it pretty much is the perfect “indie gluten free makeup company”.

But would this positive experience last through the rest of the products?

In the last post I reviewed:

Mirabella Gluten Free Mascara, Liquid Eye liner, Pencil Eye Liner

Mirabella’s Lash Essential, Magic Marker and Eye Definer

In this post I will review:

Eye Definer

Smooth, creamy and blendable, this eye liner easily fits into any makeup kit. The twig color is rich and complex, with the barest hint of light reflection. It’s beautiful. Simply beautiful.

The liner blends extremely well, almost like a cream shadow. However it’s not super slippery, so it doesn’t smudge wildly on it’s own.

The other cool thing about Mirabella’s eye definers are all the colors they have. Bronze, navy, forest green, deep purple and of course your classic black and brown. If the Twig (brown) is any indication, I imagine all the color are as pretty in real life as they are on the site!

Mirabella's Gluten Free Lip Gloss

Mirabella’s Gluten Free Lip Gloss

Colour Luxe

‘Kay, I was totally not expecting this… But… I am SO in love with this gluten free lip gloss. I’m not a pink and sparkles gal- but this! It’s beautiful to look at, luscious feeling on my lips and has the most luxurious scent. Mmmmmmmm… Vanilla! I’m head over heels in love.

The only little quirk it has is that the shimmery bits try to settle in the creases of my lips. It’s not super noticeable though. A quick rub of my lips as the gloss dries to a shiny, non-tacky surface, and it disperses again. Hardly something to put a damper on my love for it.

Mirabella has a huge selection of lip products, everything from gluten free lipstick and gluten free lip gloss to gluten free lip pencils and sheer lipsticks. I’ve seen companies who do specialize in lip products with a smaller selection of products than Mirabella. And all their colors are just lovely. There’s something for any gal’s style.

Lash Essential Mascara

I’ve seldom run across a mascara as buildable as this one. It has a rubbery texture I’m not used to that is tacky for a little while after application. But when it finally dries it is super smooth to look at, no clumps or harshness. I think it’s partly because of this that it layers and layers and layers with ease.

Mostly, this gluten free mascara adds length. However it isn’t too shabby at volume either.

It’s a little messy though, because of the slow drying time and rubbery texture. I’ll get better at applying it, I’m sure, but for now I have to clean up after applying mascara every single time. I’m bad at applying mascara anyway (lol), but this is still even more difficult to use than I can recall dealing with before.


All in all, I loved Mirabella.

The quality, selection and colors make this company a fantastic addition to anyone’s makeup kit. They are a breath of fresh, modern and contemporary air in the landscape of gluten free makeup. Oh and don’t forget the gluten free lip gloss. Don’t miss out on that sweet vanilla lip gloss.

Check out Mirabella now!



Sometimes, through hard work and industrious digging, one can come up with a brilliant gluten free makeup company that is totally safe and totally underrated and nobody’s ever heard of them. Other times, one can dig and dig and dig and somehow, that gem of a company has been sitting right under your nose the entire time.

That’s how it was with Mirabella.

I kept hearing about them and hearing about them, but really knew nothing about them. There was nothing on their site about being gluten free. So it was only from random Twitter people tweeting brief comments about “gluten free makeup!” or “gluten free lipstick!” that I even heard of Mirabella possibly being gluten free.

Finally, I just decided to email them and find out once and for all if they were really gluten free.

And I’m so glad I did.


Last week I shared with you the unboxing of Mirabella’s gluten free makeup. I promised a full review and here it is! The first part, anyway. This will be a two part series. Stay tuned for Part 2 later this week!

As you saw in the video, the packaging starts out the Mirabella experience fantastically. Everything from the bright red box in the mail to the high quality containers for the gluten free makeup, everything is well designed and beautifully presented. But the positive experience doesn’t stop there!

Mirabella Gluten Free Makeup

Here’s what was in those pretty boxes:

Eye Colour

Unique shades, fantastic color payoff, beautiful soft sheen and good blending combine to make these some truly excellent eyeshadows.

I think the Bitter Honey is my fav. The coppery gold color brings a warmth to simple looks without drawing attention (I think I’ll share what I’ve been doing with it for a Gluten Free Makeup Monday sometime).  But then I think about the understated, blue-green sheen of the Aquamarine and how it brings a subtly mermaid-esque feel to the look, and I’m torn between favorites. Then I think about the vibrant, bold pink of the Pretty Edgy and how it rides the line of being violently colorful, but wearable, and I just give up on choose favorites.

End result? All the colors are fabulous and I can’t get enough of them. <3

Eye Colour Matte

With great staying power, gorgeous rich color and good blending, this is pretty much the perfect matte gluten free eyeshadow.

I’m in love with the Melancholy color. I’ve even started using it as a brow color. It’s gorgeous, with good color payoff, but it’s just that perfect brown shade that can be practically nude or built up if need be.

Pick 4 Colour Palette

Mirabella Gluten Free Eye Shadow PaletteI love the weight, feel and usage of this fantastic palette. It’s high quality, sturdy and compact. I’m kinda obsessed with it, actually… LOL! It’s just so handy! I’m looking forward to going on a trip so I can gleefully toss my palette in and feel like a gluten free makeup, space-saving, organizing Queen. Though actually, I already kinda feel like that now. Hehehe!

I’m so in love with this, it’s almost silly. But hey- don’t judge me for loving cool things! 😛 At $17, this is really an incredible deal. I’ve seen cheesier palettes for at least this much. This may be one of the nicest, most well made eyeshadow palettes I’ve ever used.

Magic Marker Eyeliner

I’m a huge fan of felt tip liquid eyeliners. It’s lovely for getting that sharp, clean, cat-eye look I’m so fond of, all with only one tool. Talk about efficient!

Mirabella’s felt tip is a wee bit chunky, but not so much that it’s much of an issue. The liquid is thin and may require a second coat, but partly because of that it also sets lightening fast. I didn’t actually give it a second coat at all, because in my normal “hunt down the places I missed the first time” run over it just naturally filled in the thin spots.

The only real downside to this eyeliner is that it is not waterproof. I wore it on a day that I was rather sniffly and sneezey, so had pretty watery eyes much of the day. While the top liner had no issues, I found that wiping the tears away from my eyes smudged and washed away some of the little cat-eye I had done. So this is definitely not an allergy day, sad movie, or wedding eyeliner. 😛 However for average use, I really don’t think it would be a problem.

Overall, I really like this eyeliner. It has a clean line, does not smudge unless coming directly in contact with water and then wiped away, and has a richly black, matte finish.

And that completes Part 1 of the Mirabella gluten free makeup review! Stay tuned for Part 2, in which I review the rest of the products and wrap everything up, coming in just a few days!


1st Video Gluten Free Makeup Un-Boxing – Mirabella

Sooo this is the first Gluten Free Makeup Gal video unboxing! I’ve never done one of these before, so this was very much an experiment. lol Let me know what y’all think! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Would you like to see more? A gluten free makeup video review, perhaps?

Why yes, I am aware that most of this video is out of focus… lol Sorry! My camera takes GREAT pictures, not so fluid with video. There’s no auto focus! I didn’t know that when I filmed this, but hey, at least it’ll be better next time. lol

Mirabella is one of those rare companies that are not all gluten free, but whose gluten free makeup products are actually safe. Their one gluten containing product is their Skin Tint Creme, which is their liquid foundation. That is manufactured in an entirely different facility than the rest of their products.

The reason the Skin Tint Creme still has gluten in it is because it’s currently a well loved product and popular product. They just haven’t been willing to fiddle with the formulation yet. I’m hoping they will, because I’m just dying to see why it’s their best selling product… 😛 But I can understand why, for now, they are just making sure the rest of their products are safe. And it’s not like there isn’t enough to choose from already!

Mirabella’s Gluten Free Makeup Products Opened in Video:

Pick 4 Color Palette
Matte Eyeshadow
Magic Marker Eyeliner
Eye Definer
Colour Luxe
Lash Essential Mascara

Mirabella has a gorgeous selection of products! Pretty colors, pretty packaging and as it turns out, some really awesome quality. Since filming this video I’ve begun to really fall in love with them. And the product that has become my favorite is the LAST one I would have ever thought…

Check out Part 1 of the full Mirabella Review!


This is Part 3 of a 3 part review, for Lemongrass Spa’s gluten free makeup and skin care. Check out the first 2 reviews here-

  1. Gluten Free Skin Care that Makes you $$
  2. The Gentlest Gluten Free Skin Care Around

We are finally almost done with the Lemongrass Spa reviews! I am really loving this company’s products, vision and opportunities for women. They are truly fantastic and I’m super excited to share them with you.

Now, on to the gluten free makeup reviews!

I got to try:

Lemongrass Spa Gluten Free Makeup

Eye Shadows: Silver Sky + Dazzle

These shadows have some seriously beautiful color payoff. Their staying power is magnificent, even without an eyeshadow base. That said, the way these shadows seem to just melt into the skin and stay there does not lend to blending very well. It takes a fair amount of effort to get them blended.

However, with the gorgeous colors and fantastic staying power, there is very easily a place for these shadows in any gal’s makeup box.

Organic Mascara

Whenever you try a new mascara, you really don’t know what you’re going to get. Especially in the natural cosmetic world, it could be fantastic, it could be goopiness. Never know. I was really hoping this would be great and… It is.

This has gotta be my favorite Lemongrass Spa gluten free makeup product that I’ve tried.

Despite being pure black, this mascara has a very natural look about it. It lightly thickens and softly lengthens while maintaining a silky texture with ease. There’s no big dramatic “LOOK AT MY LASHES” action going on here. But there is some excellent, versatile, well lasting, non-flaking, “I could wear this everyday” action going on.


All in all, I am very pleased with Lemongrass Spa.

The quality of their products is excellent, their communication with their reps is excellent, their prices are fantastic (seriously, look it up!) and they have a wonderful variety. I have not a single complaint about them. On the contrary, I’m delighted to be able to recommend them to you, my readers. We need more companies like Lemongrass Spa in the cosmetic world!


This is Part 2 of a 3 part review. For the first portion of the review, check out Gluten Free Skin Care that Makes you $$.

Last Friday, I shared with you the company I’m so excited about, Lemongrass Spa. What I love about them is their variety, their care in their gluten free skin care product processing, their all natural approach and their opportunities for women to sell their products to make money on the side. I’m really excited to be able to share this company with you.

Last week I began reviewing their Travel Face Care Kit for Oily Skin. But I got sooo long winded, I had to split the reviews up into several posts! lol!

So here’s the rest of the Skin Care reviews:

Dead Sea Facial Polish

Lemongrass Spa Gluten Free Skin CareI love scrubs, of all kinds. It’s just one of those products that my face responds to really well. But sometimes, to get a good scrub you have to deal with it being a wee bit harsh. That’s just how it goes sometimes and I’m OK with that. But this scrub is so gentle. Leaves my face so soft and exfoliated, without the burn that often accompanies a scrub. I may or may not be addicted to it now.

THIS is my favorite of all the gluten free skin care products I got to try. It does it’s job gently and thoroughly and makes my face just glow. I’m delighted with it.

Tea Tree Face Cream

Y’all have heard me complain about heavy face creams time and time again. I just have way too much natural oil to deal with much more on my skin. However, sometimes, after a really strong scrubbing session with some product or other, or perhaps too much hot water on my face (bad idea y’all, bad idea!), I really do need a little something.

This cream does the trick.

It’s light, kinda fluffy, spreads well and does not leave my skin oily in the slightest. It’s quite frankly the perfect amount of moisturizing for my skin type.

Overall, my experience with the Lemongrass Spa gluten free skin care products has been excellent. I would add them as regular members to my little arsenal of skin care in a heartbeat.

Part 3 of this Lemongrass Spa review comes out tomorrow! Check back to find out what I thought of the gluten free makeup I got to try!


I heard about Lemongrass Spa just a few weeks ago, but right away I was very curious about them and their products. Why? Well, for one thing they have a fantastic selection. Gluten free makeup or gluten free skin care, they pretty much have it! But not only that, Lemongrass Spa is an all natural, gluten free skin care and makeup company that is based on a multi-level marketing system. Multi-level marketing is what Arbonne and other similarly built companies do to sell their products. I love that business model because of the opportunities they give to anyone wanting to work at home. What with the current highly questionable nature of Arbonne’s gluten free status, it’s nice to hear of a cosmetic related self employment opportunity that is more clear on just what exactly they do to keep their products gluten free.

Now, that said, Lemongrass Spa is gluten free except for two products. Both of these products contain oats that are not certified gluten free.

  • Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap
  • Almond Body Polish

Now before you freak (like I almost did), hear me out- I almost never approve companies like this. All gluten free except one or two products usually carries with it great danger of cross contamination. I can’t even begin to count how many “gluten free” skin care and makeup companies have told me they were “gluten free except-this-product” that I’ve not been able to add to my list because there were no precautions in place to ensure that those gluten products didn’t contaminate the ones that were “gluten free”. It’s just not worth it to me.

But Lemongrass Spa? Here’s what I was told they do to ensure that those two products do not contaminate the other products:

We avoid any and all cross contamination by using entirely different tools for our gluten free skin care and makeup product manufacturing. Even after sterilization, these tools are never mixed in the manufacturing process.

Now that sounds good. And because of this amount of care that they put into their processing, I feel comfortable personally using Lemongrass Spa products.

All this combined and I was really interested to check out their gluten free skin care and makeup products.

Jill, Lemongrass Spa’s National Sales Director, hooked me up with a great selection of stuff to try. In this Part 1 of a two part review, I’ll start to share with you my experience with the gluten free Skin Care portion of Lemongrass Spa.

For skin care, I was sent the Travel Face Care Kit for Oily/Blemished Skin Types, which includes:

  • Tea Tree Bar Soap
  • Cleansing Gel for Oily Skin
  • Hydrating Eye Creme
  • Dead Sea Facial Polish
  • Tea Tree Face Creme

On the whole, I really liked this set. I do have a fav product (of course, because I’m opinionated like that), but all of them worked quite well for me.

Lemongrass Spa Gluten Free Skin Care Travel Set for Oily Skin

Tea Tree Bar Soap

I’ve actually never used a bar facial soap. That hasn’t been a purposeful avoidance, it’s just never happened before. 😛 When I first pulled it out, I wondered if it would be able to lather enough to even get the right amount of soap on my face. But that was a baseless concern. It lathers up plenty to get enough soap to clean your skin very well. It leaves my face feeling fresh, clean and rejuvenated. Plus the bar itself dries out well and doesn’t get all sticky because you used it once. This could make a fantastic travel or every day face soap.

All in all, I’m happy to say that my first facial bar soap experience was a very good one!

Cleansing Gel for Oily Skin

With somewhat similar ingredients to the tea tree bar soap, this cleansing gel has similar fresh, rejuvenating properties. To me though, this cleanser seemed to do more soothing than the bar soap. The bar woke my skin up, the cleansing gel calmed it down.

This is a lovely cleanser, with no drying effect despite being for oily, acne prone skin. Felt good, left my skin feeling clean and soft.

Hydrating Eye Creme

Y’all already know that I’m pretty new to the eye creme world. I’d always thought they were for ladies who were either staving off wrinkles or fighting them already. What I didn’t know is how powerful eye creme can be for soothing purposes. And for that, I love this eye creme.

I felt definite firmness around my eyes from the cream, but it’s the puff fighting properties that I like best. It feels so good and relaxing to rub over weary eyes. Not only that, it really seems to help reduce puffiness. Since I’ve been a bit under the weather lately, I’ve been dealing with a great deal of that. This creme really seems to help and I keep reaching for it again and again.


And that’s all for Part 1! My very favorite Lemongrass Spa gluten free skin care product is coming up next in Part 2. I will finish the skin care reviews and move on to the makeup I got to try. And one of those makeup products is destined to become a true favorite of mine… Can you guess which one?

Check back for Part 2 of the Lemongrass Spa review, to be published this upcoming Monday!


Top 5 Gluten Free Makeup Moments of 2012

Well folks, as 2013 has officially begun, I look back on 2012 and realize just how BIG a year it was for Gluten Free Makeup Gal. How big? Well…

2012 was the first full year Gluten Free Makeup Gal has been online.

It’s kinda hard to believe! So much happened last year, it’s nuts. But awesome.

Here’s the run-down of all the best of 2012!




#5 The Government proved me right


Gluten Ingredients no longer Allowed in Gluten Free BeerIn March I wrote a post about the danger of Mineral Fusion’s use of “gluten-less” gluten. It got quite the stir at the time. Most of those who read it were as shocked and unhappy as I was. But some seemed to think I was overreacting, or being paranoid, or something like that. These folks just were not as upset as I was that Mineral Fusion was calling their products gluten free, even though they used ingredients that had the gluten “taken out of them”.

A few months later, the first actual American ruling on the subject of gluten free outlawed ingredients derived from gluten grains in labeled gluten free beer. Just beer for now, but the implications! The STEP that is for our government to say that! I told y’all so. I totally told y’all so. Mineral Fusion, I really hope you took notice.

#4 Gluten Free Makeup Monday was born


The 1st Gluten Free Makeup MondayIn June, I began the bi-weekly series Gluten Free Makeup Monday. This has proven to be super popular! Plus it’s a lot of fun. What gal doesn’t love makeup tutorials? And what gluten free gal makeup loving gal hasn’t read one and thought “Drat! I can’t use that product!” Well Gluten Free Makeup Monday eliminates that moment of frustration.

Bonus news: I actually JUST upgraded my camera too. Gluten Free Makeup Monday will be better than ever!

 #3 The Gluten Free Makeup List was released to the public


gluten_free_makeup_list_5previewIn January of this year, I released the first Gluten Free Makeup List. This is pretty much my baby right here. I’m always adding to it, nurturing it, growing it. It’s a resource I’m very proud of. This is the compilation of the MEAT of all my research.

What gluten free cosmetics, skin care and hair care really are gluten free.

Over 2.4 thousand people have downloaded the gluten free makeup list and continue to download every update!

#2 I was interviewed for an article in US News and World Report


US_News_and_world_report_gluten_free_cosmetics_InterviewIn September, my first big media interview was published in US News and World Report. It was an awesome article! Accurately and fairly talking to both sides of the gluten free makeup debate. Answering questions such as “Is it necessary? Why? What would be the benefits? Are there even any real benefits or is it only for peace of mind?” I highly recommend you go check it out. Really excellent article and I’m so proud to have been a part of it!

And the #1 Gluten Free Makeup Moment of 2012… I became an Associate Editor of Simply Gluten Free Magazine and began to write a regular column for it.


The 1st Simply Gluten Free MagazineThis is the biggest moment of 2012 for Gluten Free Makeup Gal. As far as I know, this is the FIRST regular gluten free makeup related column in any magazine ON THE PLANET. Yeah, it’s historical. And awesome.

Simply Gluten Free Magazine may be the new kid on the block for gluten free magazines, but it has exploded beyond our wildest expectations. Y’all have responded with powerful enthusiasm and for that, we thank you. Thus far it has been an exciting experience and I look forward to continuing to share it with you for years to come.

2012 was truly an incredible year for Gluten Free Makeup Gal.


I want to send a huge “Thank you” to all my fantastic readers! Those who have been with me from the start and those who have just arrived. You keep me grounded, encourage me and make this community a better place. Together we can make the gluten free makeup journey an easier road to travel.

I have soooo much planned for 2013 and I’m super excited to share it with you. Stay tuned!


Vibrant Slate – Gluten Free Makeup Monday

Focusing on fun but wearable looks with entirely Gluten Free Makeup.

This super simple look came about because I really liked how this natural, pinkish shadow and the slate shadow looked together. I was fiddling around with them, trying to figure out how to use both at once. Something about the slate and neutral sandstone is really lovely together. Both are from Lemongrass Spa, a gluten free makeup and skincare company I have just discovered. Thus far I seriously enjoying them. Expect a review of them later this week!

The two colors together bring an organic, neutral and flattering look for any eye color or skin tone. I spiced it up with bright pink lip gloss and flushed cheeks to keep the gray from dampening the look. If you have a lot of natural color to your skin and eyes (like me), you could get away with less color in the lips and cheeks. However, I still really like the balancing effect adding the pop of pink gives.

By the way, the gloss is also a new product I just got in and y’all are gonna love and I mean seriously love it. Review for that as well is also coming up!

But for now, enjoy the look!

Gluten Free Makeup Monday

Start out with your favorite concealer and foundation.

  1. With Lemongrass Spa’s Dazzle, a lovely pinkish, frosty nude, pat all over your lid. It’s hard to see in the pictures, because it is such a nude color. But it’s there!
  2. Take the Silver Sky with your finger and dab it into your crease. Blend. This shadow is highly pigmented and once it hits the lid, doesn’t like to move. It has some seriously powerful staying power because of this, just don’t be discouraged if it takes a bit more effort to blend. As you can see in the next picture, I ended up blending it even further after I took the one for this step.
  3. With the foundation you used for your face, blend under your brow. Use this step to finalize the blending and shaping of the gray shadow.
  4. With Silver Sky, line all around your eye. I’m not usually a fan of liner all around the eye, but I really liked it with this gray color. It was naturally intense, if that even makes sense. … Oh look, I rhymed! 😛
    See how sharp and clean those lines are? It stayed that way for an astonishing long time. Typically, when you use powder to line your eyes, you can expect quite a bit of smudging. It can look lovely, you just plan ahead for it. This shadow held it’s shape surprisingly well. So if you prefer a smokier look, take this step to blend it yourself.

Finish off the eyes with black mascara.

For the face:

  1. Apply pink blush to your cheekbones.
  2. Apply bright pink gloss to your lips.

And you’re done with your gluten free makeup look!

Had a lot of fun with this look. I know it’s simple, but I just really like these colors together. It would be almost naked without the gray shadow as the liner. Or you could really smoke it up by using lots of gray shadow in the crease and working it up closer to the brows. Just play with it. They are lovely together.

Gluten Free Cosmetic Products Used:

RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up
Everyday Minerals Jojoba Base, Sand
Everyday Minerals Semi Matte Base, Sandy Medium
Mirabella Eye Colour Matte , Melancholy
Everyday Minerals Blush, Ambrosia

Lemongrass Spa Sheer Minerals eyeshadow, Dazzle
Lemongrass Spa Sheer Minerals eyeshadow, Silver Sky
Lemongrass Spa Sheer Minerals Organic Mascara

Mirabella Colour Luxe Flicker

Hope you’ve enjoyed this gluten free makeup look! If you have a look you’d like to see translated into gluten free makeup, let me know in the comments!


Just got my copy of Simply Gluten Free Magazine in the mail the other day! 😀

Still can’t get over seeing my name and face in print. It’s crazy, y’all. But awesome.

This is the Simply Gluten Free Magazine Health and Wellness issue. As per the usual, all the articles are excellent and relevant. One of them I particularly love because it’s just so unique is about yoga poses to help with digestion. What an idea! I’ve never done yoga before, but seems to me like this would be a great thing to try any day you’re feeling glutened or ill.

Also as usual we have mouthwatering recipes. Simple main dishes to nutritious breakfasts to get you up and running for the day. And y’all- there’s a whole article about chocolate ganache. CUE CHOCOLATE SWOON!!! Gah, mustmakemustmakemustmake…

Of course, no food related magazine is complete without pictures. But I can’t believe the pictures in here are taken by the authors. These are pro quality pictures! And SO. BEAUTIFUL. Did I say that last issue? I think I did. Well the quality of the pictures in this issue live up to the standards of the last. They’re gorgeous this time around too and I wuvs ’em. <3

This issue we have another beauty article as well! Homemade masks for all different types of skin! I’m so trying these out. Masks = awesome.

We have helpful tips for Gluten Free Moms, Allergen Free Travelers, Paleo Lifestyle, Vegans, Dairy Free- almost anyone with any kind of allergy or diet choice can find something in Simply Gluten Free Magazine.

It’s not just a gluten free magazine. It’s a healthy lifestyle magazine, with focus on allergen free.

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Simply Gluten Free Magazine is just fantastic. I am honored to be a part of it. It hit the stands last week! Pick up a copy at:

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Arbonne is not Gluten Free after all

Yep folks. This is the company I took off my list.  Arbonne has not told us the truth about their “gluten free” products.

This whole saga began when an eagle eyed reader contacted me via my contact page:

“Did you realize that several products on Arbonne’s gluten free makeup list have wheat protein as one of the main ingredients?” She sent me the names of the products.

“… Oh my gosh.” She was right.

First off, the history of why I approved them in the first place:

When I first contacted Arbonne, they gave me their list of gluten free products, but had trouble answering my further questions. Frustrated with them, I gave up for a month or two. I eventually tried again and then finally started getting some answers. Only the products on their gluten free list were safe, and those they told me were tested for gluten in order to ensure the purity and lack of cross contamination from their gluten products.

OK, that fits the criteria. I read a few of the ingredient lists and though was surprised at the extreme length of the lists for a single product, I saw nothing of concern. I added them to the list.

Now, to clarify, I don’t usually go through companies lists of products and read all the ingredients. Why? Because gluten can hide in dozens of ingredients, not all of which are always derived from gluten.
Case in point: Tocopheryl acetate. This an extremely common ingredient that is basically vitamin E. Sometimes it’s derived from rice, sometimes from wheat. You can’t tell by reading the ingredients. You have to talk to the company to find out.

So in most cases, reading the ingredients does nothing to help determine if a product is safe or not. But in this case, it most certainly would have.

Because sure enough, upon hunting down the ingredients of the FC5 line, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein stared back up at me from the ingredient list.

So why would Arbonne say that their products are gluten free when they have wheat in them?

In this case, it is exactly the same idea as Mineral Fusion’s gluten free claim. Arbonne subscribes to the theory that removing gluten from wheat protein in the lab can make the wheat safe for gluten sensitive people. The problem with that?

We have one ruling alone in the US about gluten free labeling. It was done by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), of all people. It was a ruling on gluten free beer. The result?

TTB will not allow products made from ingredients that contain gluten to be labeled as “gluten-free.”

Kinda says a lot, doesn’t it? I wrote a whole post on that HERE, if you want to read more of what TTB said.

In short, Arbonne claims that their products are gluten free due to a process so dangerous that the US government has outlawed it for gluten free beer.

If Arbonne has such questionable beliefs on their idea of “gluten free”, how do we know that anything on their gluten free list is safe? Do they actually even use a reliable “test”, if they even test at all?

Because of these doubts, Arbonne has been struck from the Gluten Free Makeup List.