Last Updated on January 10, 2022
Today, we’re going to be making a top gluten-free lotion list. We’ll be answering the burning question of whether you really need to use gluten-free lotion and what the top brands available are. There’s only a very small percentage of gluten-free lotions on the market, but from gluten-free hand lotion to gluten-free body lotion – we’ll be covering it all.
Do You Need to Use Gluten-Free Lotion?
Now, there’s no real need to buy gluten-free lotions if your sensitivity to gluten is mild or you do not have celiac disease. However, if you’re using lip balm or lotions around your mouth – be extra careful if you’re not using a gluten-free brand, as that can, of course, cause a reaction.
The amount of gluten in cosmetics is usually so minimal that it is very unlikely to cause a reaction. But it’s completely understandable to opt for gluten-free lotions if you’re more comfortable doing so.
It’s important to note that gluten can not be absorbed through the skin. However, if you have dermatitis herpetiformis (which is a common condition that goes alongside celiac disease), there is a chance it can cause issues if it gets inside open lesions – so it’s always best to be careful.
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Ingredients to Look Out For
There’s a range of ingredients you may want to look out for when buying lotions. The ingredients that are likely to contain gluten (although small amounts) are:
- Avena Sativa
- Sativa Flour
- Sativa Kernel Protein
- Disodium Wheatgermamido PEG-2 Sulfosuccinate
- Hordeum Vulgare Extract
- Wheat Gluten Hydrolyzed
- Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
- Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
- Oat Flour
- Phytosphingosine Extract
- Rye Flour
- Samino Peptide Complex
- Secale Cereale Extract
- Secale Cereale Seed Extract
- Triticum Vulgare Flour Lipids
- Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract
- Wheat Amino Acids
- Bran Wheat Extract
- Wheat Germ Extract
- Wheat Protein
Anything that contains any cereal grain names such as rye, barley, wheat, or oats, will contain gluten, so alongside the list above, look out for anything containing or derived from those cereal grains.
Why is Gluten Used in Lotions?
Gluten is used for a few reasons, but much like in foods – it’s a great thickener. And is also great for emollient, moisturizer, and exfoliator. It also has links to helping skim firmness and repairing hair follicles. Who knew that gluten was so diverse?!
Gluten-Free Lotion List
As mentioned earlier, gluten-free moisturizer is few and far between. But I’ve managed to source several gluten-free lotions. Let’s take a look at our favorites.
Green People Organic Lifestyle
Green People is one of the best gluten-free brands available. It’s a UK-based company, and all of its beauty products (including all lotions) are completely gluten-free. Not just gluten-free – but cruelty-free and organic too! They pride themselves on being completely transparent about their products and the ingredients they contain.
Their all-natural skincare products start at just £1.50 for their sample packs – so you can try before you commit to a bigger bottle. From eye creams to night creams to purifying face masks, they have so many options to choose from. And knowing that all of their products are gluten-free is very reassuring.
You can view their full skincare range here.
Green Leaf Naturals
Green Leaf Naturals pride themselves on being a plant-based brand. Their products are not just gluten-free, but paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, soy-free, and cruelty-free too. Meaning it’s suitable for a range of different lifestyles.
At $24.95 per pot, this lotion isn’t cheap – but it does come highly recommended and is widely available. The moisturizing products available are:
- Amazing Aloe Vera Eczema & Psoriasis Cream with Manuka Honey
- Amazing Aloe Vera Eczema & Psoriasis Cream with Manuka Honey (Fragrance-Free)
- Manuka Honey Moisturizing Cream
- Amazing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream
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Keys are great for a range of products, not just gluten-free lotions. But sunscreen and face cream too! Their FAQs confirm that all of their products are not only gluten-free but vegan, no soy, preservative-free, and non-GMO. They also state that no matter how small a percentage, an ingredient will always be listed, as they are very transparent.
Some of their products include:
- Luminous Facial Moisturizer
- Solar Rx Moisturizer (with sunscreen)
- Eye Butter Eye Cream
- Tortuga Super Emollient Cream
and so many more. You can find their full range here.
Ecco Bella offers a range of products, including lotions. Their FAQs confirm that there is no gluten or wheat protein in any of their products. And they reassure that their products are safe for the gluten-free lifestyle. They also offer gluten-free makeup if you’re in search of that.
Some of their products include:
- Plant-Based Restore Night Cream
- Organic Water-Free Vanilla Herbal Body Lotion
- Plant-Based Recharge Day Cream
These products are high-end and retail at just over $60.
Typing in gluten-free on the OM Botanical website brings up several products including:
- Young and Bright: All in 1 Anti Aging Moisturizer
- Skin Glow Daily Moisturizer
- Skin Soft Organic Moisturizer with UV Protection
Prices range from $22-$50, and the products are certified vegan and gluten-free too!
I hope this article has helped you to become more familiar with gluten-free lotions and helped to ease your mind at choosing moisturizing products. If you’re unsure of a brand, try testing a small patch of your body before using it properly for the first time. That way, you can assess if it causes any problems.
As long as you’re vigilant and keeping an eye out for any of the products above, it’s reasonably easy to find gluten-free lotions and lotions that do not contain any gluten. The most important thing is to find one that you’re comfortable using.
Do you know any other gluten-free lotions to add to our list? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below, and I can add them on!
Hi, my name’s Zoë. I’m 28 years old and live in London, UK. I work full time as a freelance writer and critic for West End theatre. Writing has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I spend most of my free time at the theatre, or at conventions. I’m married to the love of my life, and live in a small apartment with my fur baby, Lillie. I run two of my own blogs: No Safer Place and Stage to Page: both of which have won awards. I also have a YouTube channel where I talk about all things stagey.