I don’t know about you but my kids’ lips are chapped this winter and they frequently have to don the lip balm to smooth out those rough edges. But what’s safe to use for someone who’s gluten free? We know many lipsticks have gluten in them and lipstick/cosmetics companies don’t share information about their ingredients.* So what about lip balm?
Just the other day I read a post on The Savvy Celiac Facebook page from a reader questioning whether ChapStick was gluten free. ChapStick had been my go-to for lip balm for my gluten-free daughter, Emma, until I found a Lip Smacker labeled gluten-free at Target– which now I can’t find. Ugh.
So I went searching….to get answers to my gluten-free lip balm question….
Lip Balm Gluten Free Status
My list starts with the two products I believe have been the most progressive about their gluten-free status. They are putting the words “gluten free” right on the packaging!
EOS : Maybe funky shaped…but you won’t forget it.. The company has other products, like lotions that don’t say gluten free. But lip balms say gluten free loud and proud on the package (see photo below)! It is Emma’s new favorite.
Lip Smacker 100% Natural: Website isn’t as proactive as their packaging was last fall when I purchased one for $1.87 at Target. The package said Gluten Free right on it! Now we cannot find it at our local SuperTarget.
Carmex: They list their gluten free status right on their website. On the FAQ it asks, “Does Carmex Contain Gluten?” The answer – ”Nope, not even a speck. There is no gluten in any of our ingredients…”
ChapStick: A ChapStick rep on Facebook told me there is no gluten in Chapstick. Great! However when you see the FAQ it says Chapstick lip balm doesn’t contain barley, rye and oats. Anyone see the missing ingredient here?? Which I can see might make some gluten free folks uncomfortable.
Blistex: ”All of our Blistex products are gluten free,” a company spokesperson replied to my inquiry. That’s good news!
Burts Bees: Asks you to contact them directly about what’s gluten free in their product line.
Badger Company: Lip Care information from the company FAQ: “…the facility that fills our lip balms also uses wheat amnio acids and wheat protein, so there is the possibility of cross-contamination. Our facility is not certified as ‘gluten free’, but uses no wheat or gluten containing ingredients.”
I contacted CO Bigelow– which can be purchased at Bath & Body Works, and Nivea for a comment on the gluten free status of their lip balms, and I have not received a response. If I get one I will update this.