When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease, I knew that I would learn to eat differently, but I did not know my entire lifestyle would change. Eating differently is by far the biggest challenge involved in having celiac disease, but finding gluten-free soaps, shampoos, body lotion, moisturizer, lip balm, and cosmetics is no small feat. The good news is that once you figure it out, things mostly return to normal and you don’t have to think about it as much. Of course, product formulas do change over time, but once you find a gluten free product that you like, it’s just a matter of checking in with the company when you’re ready buy refills rather than contacting everyone under the sun. On this blog I will share with you some of the best gluten free products and companies I’ve found.
AVEDA checks all of their products periodically to determine their allergen content, and they will provide customers with a list of gluten-free products as well as gluten-containing products. I use AVEDA Color Conserve shampoo and conditioner, both of which are gluten-free. AVEDA Lip Saver lip balm contains SPF 15, and it doesn’t have a strong smell or scent, which I love. Gluten-free styling products are exceedingly difficulty to find, and AVEDA has two that I really like. I use AVEDA Light Elements Smoothing Fluid on my hair, both wet and dry, to make my hair smooth, soft, and shiny. I use AVEDA Phomollient to give my stick-straight locks some volume by working it into my wet hair near the roots. I sometimes also use Light Elements Defining Whip, which gives my styled hair a soft, moveable hold. My husband steals this stuff for his hair too, which is a bonus because it smells terrific. AVEDA Hand Relief is also gluten free, and I use it on my cuticles, hands, and feet every night for a deep moisturizing treatment. My husband thinks that it smells like Fruit Loops, but I don’t really agree. AVEDA has several other shampoos and conditioners as well as makeup products that are gluten free.
You can generally only find AVEDA products in AVEDA salons and stores, but they’re everywhere, so check out their website aveda.com if you’re having trouble finding them. I’m always trying new things, so keep checking back if you like these product recommendations. Also, please remember that product ingredients change over time, so just because these products are gluten free today, doesn’t mean that they will continue to be. It’s always a good idea to give these companies a call to check for yourself. Happy shopping!