Gluten Gluten Everywhere

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Throughout my Celiac Disease journey, I’ve realized that I have to think about more than just the food I am eating. I came to the conclusion that products such as lotions, hair products, makeup, soaps, hand sanitizer, lip balm, etc. all had the possibility of being digested or upsetting my skin. I know there are opposing views on this, but having gluten on my skin, near my eyes and mouth, is not something I am comfortable with.

Most recently, I went through the journey of finding gluten-free lipstick in particular. I’m not a big makeup girl and I definitely don’t wear lipstick often, but one day I thought, I’d like some red lipstick. So I picked up some CoverGirl lipstick and didn’t think more about it. Why would there be gluten in lipstick? I was so wrong!

After doing some research online, I came up with inconclusive, conflicting information. Which made me wonder, what are these companies hiding?

I contacted several of the larger cosmetic companies to find that not one of the companies I spoke with had a comprehensive gluten-free list. Two companies replied by saying that trace amounts of gluten in makeup will not make me react – which is true to an extent. But with a product such as lipstick, I’m not willing to take that chance.

After purchasing two lipsticks I never got to open, I discovered Red Apple Lipstick. I immediately fell in love with this company for multiple reasons:

  • All of their products are 100% gluten-free as well as paraben free, lead free, soy free and free of animal parts (that’s the world we live in)
  • Quality ingredients
  • Safe storage and testing procedures

I also experienced follow-up customer service that made me feel great about choosing this company.

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This is Ravishing  by Red Apple Lipstick.

What are your favorite GF cosmetics?

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