gluten-free lip stick

Gluten Free Lipsticks

For the most part, I’m a tomboy.  I wear gym clothes just about everyday.  As I sit here writing this, I’m wearing a pair of ratty old sweat pants and my husband’s frayed t-shirt.  I don’t like to wear make up to the grocery store, or anyplace else for that matter.

There is one exception though, where I do go girlie every now and then.  Lip gloss.  Maybe it’s because it’s moisturizing in the deathly dry climate in which I live, or it might be that I crave a quick splash of color.

I read somewhere a while back that the average woman “eats” 8 pounds of lipstick/lip gloss in her life.  If such a product contains gluten, and that woman (like me) has celiac disease, that’s a  lot of gluten to ingest in one’s lifetime, especially, if one is working diligently to eat strictly gluten free food.  But we didn’t know that lipstick was a “food” did we?  Well now we do.

In my research I came up with various results for gluten free lipsticks.  I contacted numerous companies; here’s what I found:

1. The first category could conclusively vouch that each and every lip product in their lines were 100% gluten free. Such companies include:

All of the above can be purchased online –just click the links.

2. The second group of cosmetic companies that I contacted regarding gluten free lipstick sent me long lists of ingredients for their lip products but did not have knowledge as to whether or not their lines were gluten free. These I stay away from.

3. The final group of companies were able to tell me that some of the lip products in their line were gluten free and that some contained gluten. I’ve decided not to bother with these products either. As much as I love a splash of color, this is just too much hassle.

As always, manufacturers can change the ingredients in their product compositions –so even with this list, be sure that whatever you purchase, whether food or make up, is gluten free!


    • Jamie silvers says

      Have you heard of Younique? They are a naturally-based cosmetics and skincare company and released a whole line of lipsticks in September which are long-lasting and gluten-free…I am loving them!!! to check it out!


  1. Donna says

    Red Apple Lipstick is totally gluten free and has wonderful lip gloss as well as lipstick. They also make Rallyebalm which is a great lip moisturizer. It is my favorite company!
    Also they now have fantastic mascara!

  2. says

    I love your website and find you to be into healthy, natural things in addition to being gluten free. I’m trying to find a lipstick that is gluten free AND gluten free. No luck yet! Just want you to know that the Nars lipstick you listed contains plastics!

  3. Lauren says

    Love your books and your site. I just saw this post and coincidentally just got off the phone with several cosmetic companies. Wanted to share their responses because these ingredients and processes can change frequently. These are companies that I had previously been told were gluten free. ALL of them responded that they have products that contain gluten and you must call to check individual products to find out which have gluten ingredients. They also ALL said that even gluten free products could be cross contaminated on machinery that had been exposed to gluten in large factories so no claims of being gluten free even if a product does not have gluten ingredients. The companies are: Nars, Laura Mercier, Chanel and Hourglass.

    In better news, I have used Red Apple lipsticks and they are certified gluten free.
    Hope this helps other folks. Thanks!

  4. says

    I was just at Sephora and asked for gluten-free lipstick. The clerk suggested Bite lipsticks. I looked online and on their website they are gluten free, 100% certified (all their materials are certified….do a search on their site “gluten-free).

    They have a beautiful selection of colors! I ended up buying the high pigment pencil in Chablis (I’m a winter.).

  5. Kayleen says

    I just came across this older post trying to find out if Shiseido lipstick was gluten free and noticed Nars was listed as being gluten free. From what I have been reading online Nars no longer makes that claim.

  6. says

    I’ve been gluten free for a year now and needed to buy gluten lipstick and gloss for my sister’s wedding that is coming up. I have learned through my research and trial and error that I am extremely sensitive. And I have found key words or phrases that I watch for but finding lipstick has been the bane of my existence. I trusted a website today and I’m paying for it now. As soon as I tried the lipstick I had a migraine and now I’m dealing with the other effects. My word/phrase that I watch for is: tocopheryl acetate. If I see either the phrase or tocopheryl I know I’m in trouble. The problem with lipstick is that the manufacturer prints the ingredients so small on their product that even a young person like me needs a magnifying glass to read the ingredients or the ingredients are hidden below their packaging and I have to buy the product before I find out that it isn’t gluten free.
    Today I made such a mistake. I trusted a brand instead of getting out a magnifying glass. Do not trust Bare Minerals, their lipstick is not gluten free. Do not trust Revlon their lipstick is also not gluten free. The wedding is just a few weeks away and I have no clue what I am going to do.

  7. Kelly says

    Not so sure about NARS – was about to buy their lipstick at Sephora and then saw this message on their site:

    Do NARS lipstick products contain gluten?

    Many of our products do not contain ingredients derived from barley, oats, rye, spelt or wheat, which are commonly known sources of gluten. However, due to the wide range of raw materials and equipment used during the manufacturing of our products, we cannot confirm that our products are free from any traces of gluten. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding gluten, and the ingredients contained in our formulas, we recommend that you consult your physician.

    Did you get a definitive answer from them? Wondering why they wouldn’t be clear on their site?

  8. says

    This is an excellent post! I LOVE how you’ve chosen which companies to feature here. You’ve been quite thorough with your examination. Thank you.

    I’d like real quick to mention that Mineral Fusion does use ingredients from gluten grains. They have been “deglutenized”, but many Celiacs or gluten sensitive people still have issues with it. To be fair, last I knew it’s only in ONE of their hair products. Still, it is something to think about.

  9. Ashley Teague says

    Should add Red Apple Lipstick to that list of gluten free lipsticks! I wear their lipsticks and glosses everyday! Even when I don’t go out simply because they make my lips feel so moisturized. They are vegan and paraben free too!

  10. Sam says

    Red Apple Lipstick is the ONLY company that LAB CERTIFIES their products gluten free! There is ZERO chance of contamination! The storage facility is only accessed by 2 people, I hear. They are also paraben, allergen and soy free, vegan and cruelty free!

    Why weren’t they on your list? Their customer service is the best and their site is the most complete-showing photos of the products on a range of women!

    I’ve used Arbonne, Ecobella, Gabrielle, etc etc. and honestly, they’re all junk compared to RAL.

  11. Cathi Gross says

    Hi Elana: I just wanted to stop buy and say Hi. . .Hi :-) I’ve been following your blog for 2 1/2 years now. Thank you for all you hard work and wonderful recipes. They have been a big help. Anyway, just wanted to let you know about another really good Cosmetic Company that Does not use Gluten or Soy in or harmful chemicals in thier products called Ultra Pure Cosemtics. They also have really good service and helped me to find just the right colors and foundation for my face, just after I fount out that I had Celiac and needed to change all my cosmetics stuff, including lipstick and Lip gloss. Anyway, I thought you might want to add it to you list.

    Cathi Gross
    Ventura, CA

  12. Liesel Kautz says

    Have you tried All of their products are gluten free as well as being non toxic and vegan friendly plus a host of other great qualities. I have been using them since spring and truly love them. They have home care products as well as personal care with sunscreen and insect repellent to boot. My friend Meredith attended 2 parties I held (it’s a direct sales company run by an 18 year old young woman named Ava) and decided to become a consultant… so I have to plug her :) Meredith Hadley- you can search for her on the site if you’re at all interested.

  13. Mary Claire says

    Have you seen Red Apple Lipstick? I LOVE their certified gluten-free lipstick. And they have just started making eye shadow–gluten-free, too! You can find them on the web.

  14. Gretchen says

    Thank you, Elena. After over four years of carefully eating gluten free, my labs are still abnormal. Even though I wear very little makeup I should have dealt with cosmetics long ago, so no excuses now!

  15. Tiffany says

    I love arbonne but I wanted to note that not all of their products are gluten free. I had to return one of their moisturizers because it listed wheat on the bottle but had been on their gf list. This was about 2-3yrs ago, so they may have changed the formula but make sure you read the Ingredient list before using.

  16. Jen M. says

    I love so many Arbonne products, that said I only use coconut oil for makeup removal and moisurizer. Lipstick, eye shadow etc is all Arbonne. My strongest reaction to gluten comes from eye products and I would go nuts without this company.

  17. says

    I also use Afterglow cosmetics, and they are great products. The Mineral Fusion lipsticks and glosses are probably my 2nd favorite. Arbonne also has many nice products that are gluten free and they keep an up-to-date list of safe products on their website which is helpful, however it’s a direct sales company so not as convenient because you have to order through a rep.

  18. netty says

    Afterglow is also 100% gluten free. The creator has celiac. You can purchase their makeup online…’s good….I’ve used it in the past when I needed lipstick. :) I use their eye shadow now. :)

  19. Grace Wise says

    Check out Keeki Pure and Simple products!!! They are all gluten free as well as free if anything else yucky. They use all food grade ingredients too. They carry lotions, Chapstick, lips gloss, and even non toxic nail polish and polish remover. I use all their products daily and love them! The lotions also smell delicious!

  20. Carolina says

    Thanks so much for this post, Elana–this is a really important issue for celiacs, those with sensitivities, etc. There is nothing more frustrating than getting glutened by something like a lipstick (or shampoo or supplement) when we’re doing everything in our power to be well and stay well. I’ve learned about some great new lines here–am especially excited to try Red Apple; I just placed an order with them.


  21. says

    I’m an ARBONNE Independent Consultant and I know that ARBONNE’s health and wellness products (nutrition, skin care and cosmetics) are certified Vegan and not formulated with gluten, as well as mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors or flavors. The products are life-changing! I’ve adopted a mostly gluten-free diet since February and have never felt better! Our protein shakes are 2nd to NONE and gluten, dairy and soy free.

  22. Pamela says

    I just received my first order of lipstick/gloss from the other day and they are FABULOUS!

    Guaranteed gluten-free lipstick, gloss, liner and eyeshadows. The colors are beautiful and “build-able” I was SO impressed I went online and ordered more! Check it out!

  23. christine says

    Carmine is made from insects, so it’s not vegan and it can trigger allergic reactions. One I’ve heard about is people with shellfish allergy. Apparently Carmine red can trigger it in some sensitive individuals.

    One of my biggest beefs with cosmetics is PRICE! I can’t afford and/or prefer not to spend money that could be used for more important purposes on feeding my vanity. it goes against my spiritual beliefs and sustainable earth conscious life.

    Doesn’t anybody else find it ridiculous to pay $40, $50, $60, even $100+ on one product?

  24. Lisa D says

    I would like to add Red Apple Lipstick to your gluten free list. All of their products are certified gluten free, paraben free, vegan, 100% organic, and are not tested on animals. They carry a full line of lipsticks and lip glosses as well as eye shadows, powders, mineral makeups, and a whole bunch of other cool GF cosmetic stuff that is impossible to find retail.

  25. Jillian says

    Hi All,
    Here’s another great option Ecco Bella! and the reference link:

    “Made in a simple, healthy formula of vegetable waxes, oils and mineral pigments that go on creamy and don’t feather. Like a lip balm, Ecco Bella FlowerColor lipsticks moisturize without flaking or chapping. Gluten-free, FD&C dye free, petroleum-free, preservative-free, fragrance-free. All are vegan except Pink Rose, Mauve Rose, Claret Rose, Tuscany Rose and Napa Grape. Size: 0.13 oz.

    Ingredients: Castor oil, isopropyl palmitate (from palm oil), candelilla wax, 100iu Vitamin E, calendula oil*, chamomile oil*, jojoba oil*, flower wax-coated iron oxides. Pink and purple colors may contain carmine. *Certified organic. “

  26. Bonni says

    Alima Pure is gluten free as well. I’ve had great luck with their products not affecting allergies or making me itch. It really is surprising the ingredients in some of the things we use.

  27. Ashley Teague says

    I couldn’t help but notice you didn’t have Red Apple Lipstick on your list! They have lipsticks, lipglosses and eyeshadows that are all gluten, paraben, lead, soy, and allergen free. Plus they are vegan! I currently own their lipstick in Red! Lipgloss in Metropolis and eyeshadow palette in Earth Luck. They have new stuff being released tomorrow too! Check them out! If you sign up to get their emails they have coupon codes and special promotions. Also, on their facebook page they have fun contests often. They really interact with us consumers which I think is fab!

  28. says

    This may seem like a “fluff” post but it’s important because personal products get overlooked.

    Mineral Fusion works really well for me and I’ve used several products successfully for a long while.

    A few years ago I put a beautiful Gabriel lipstick down because wheat germ was listed in the ingredients – I’m looking forward to checking them out at Whole Foods soon.

    I also avoid artificial colors (like FDC approved food dyes) and artificial preservatives – things I don’t want in our food or on my face – so you’ve just doubled my options.

  29. MAIRBUNNY says


  30. Andrea says

    Thanks so much for researching that! After looking at the Gabriel cosmetics I like them already. They also list corn in their allergen list, which is always so hard for me to figure out. :)

  31. christine says

    BTW- the EU has banned over 1,700 ingredients the US still allows in cosmetics, personal care and household cleaning items.

    • Maria says

      I really love Gabriel mascara, too. My eyes are very sensitive and it took many tries to find an all-natural mascara that didn’t bother my eyes. They either smelled just as toxic as the drugstore brands (and gave me a headache) or they flaked into my eyeballs. But Gabriel seems to make very pure stuff that doesn’t do any of that, and lasts a long time to boot. I’m so glad I found it at my local gf store.

    • Carrie says

      Arbonne is not completely gluten free. They have a PDF product list of things that are gluten free. But some of their products, for example fc5 body cleanser and fc5 shampoo have hydrolyzed wheat protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol in them.

  32. christine says

    Not Only do I require GF but grain, legume, animal product, salicylate and petro-chem free make-up. Bare Minerals is NOT SAFE! While they claim to have many GF products, it’s next to impossible track it down in specific products. The laws in the US allow companies to hide many ingredients since they’re NOT REQUIRED to list them on their labeling. Beware of Kaolin if you’re reactive to salicylates (aspirin) and many essential oils that can contain solvents, pesticide/herbicide residues and can aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma. I’ve been in lterntive health care and the spa industry for 30 years. I’ve spent most of that time ferreting allergens, petro-chemicals and eating “gluten lite”, almost 5 years gluten-free and 16 months grain/legume free. Make-up was NOT a priority budget-wise while revamping my entire household (including fabrics, building materials, cleaners, laundry, soaps, shampoo, feminine hygiene, etc) so I’ve gone bare for a long time. When EWG, Environmental Working Group, came out with their safe cosmetics tool a few years ago I tracked down SunCat Cosmetics. I have yet to try them. Their products meet my criteria and are EU approved. I plan to make a purchase very soon. I’ve been experimenting with making my own products including hair styling products from truly food based pantry items. At 52, my skin is healthier since I’ve barely put anything on it the last 5-6 years than it did when I spent hundreds and fussed with complex routines.

    • Amy says

      I also use Mychelle (the moisturizers) I didn’t know that they have cosmetics! Thanks for posting this! And thanks Elana for all this great info! Amy

  33. Jane Sloven says

    I love Shiseido lipstick, available at department stores. It doesn’t dry out my lips like some other lipsticks do.

    I have called Shiseido, and they confirm that their lipsticks are gluten-free.

  34. says

    Besides the gluten, I am allergic to bees wax. I have been using this lip gloss for years with no problem – Eco Lips Bee Free Here are their ingredients: Ingredients: *Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, *Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Cocoa Butter, *Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, *Organic Essential Oil of Lemon, *Organic Essential Oil of Lime, *Organic Rosemary Extract, *Organic Calendula Extract. *= Certified Organic Ingredients GLUTEN FREE

  35. says

    This is such an important post. I’ve been using the Buxom lip-glosses made by Bare Minerals which have been gluten free. I had to learn about lip gloss and makeup the hard way. There’s a company out there called Red Apple Lipstick that you can look up on the web dedicated to making gluten free makeup. I haven’t tried it yet because I’m waiting for my other stuff to run out.

  36. Karen says

    Wow! I really had no idea how prevalent gluten is in cosmetics. And shampoos? What am I looking for?
    Elana, I sure would appreciate seeing the list of companies you contacted in each category. I’d like to follow-up with some that are in my bathroom cabinet that you might not have contacted.
    Thank you SO MUCH for this post!

  37. Jennifer Erickson says Just one more to look into. Online only, but appears to be a great company. I have yet to try them. Thank you for your post. I will be much more aware of this,for myself and certainly for my GF daughter who is just starting into some makeup.

    • Concetta says

      They go to most of the GF expos as well.

      I have to say, I’ve rotated around a bunch of the brands since finding out I was gluten allergic/celiac.

      Red Apple by far has been the best one I’ve used – they sucked me in with a good deal a couple months back and now I’m hooked LOL.

  38. Em says

    I am really glad you wrote this post. I just had a reaction that I assume has to do with using a brand of lip balm that I neglected to check before using. Lip products make me nervous and it is nice to know what companies are completely gluten free. Thank you.

  39. carla says

    I use a lot of Tropical Traditions skin care products. Their lip balm and lotions are not only gluten free, but completely natural (Like you could eat them!) Of course I also use their coconut oil for moisturizing too. Great company, and great products!

    • says

      I absolutely agree with you on Tropical Traditions. I’ve loved everything I’ve purchased and use their products to make my own body balm for times when their moisturizer just isn’t enough for dry weather here.

  40. Alynxia says

    I’m still trying to find a nice affordable natural lipstick/gloss that is both gluten-free AND palm/coconut-free (coconut products give me hives, as well as anything that comes off a palm tree – bananas, etc.)

    I’ve pretty much given up on most make up and only use eyeliner, cocoa powder (eyeshadow/blush) and a little olive oil on my lips.

  41. Karen says

    I have really come to love Silk Naturals over the years. Their products are each individually listed gluten-free (or not), making it so easy to navigate the product line. I haven’t come across any of their lip products that contain gluten, they are made of all natural, quality and often organic ingredients and have a stunning array of colors. No-I don’t work for the company, just adore them! I have found I also have to be very careful with hair products-an alarming number of them contain gluten and how often do I touch my hair and then possibly my mouth or simply have my hair blow in my mouth? Too much worry for me!

    • Karen says

      I recently looked in to their new Legendary line, and thought I saw gluten in the ingredients. I could be wrong, but you may want to double check!

  42. Sara says

    Just wanted to let you know that Arbonne cosmetics are all gluten free as well, actually all of Arbonne products are gluten free. They have great cosmetics and beauty products.

  43. Stacey says

    I use Rejuva Minerals ( From what I can tell the majority of their products are gluten free. I have not tried the lip gloss yet ~ though that’s next on my list to get. This is from their website:

    Why buy Rejuva Minerals? All products are manufactured by a team of professional chemists, and…

    USA Made in an FDA Registered and cGMP Facility
    Mica & Titanium Dioxide Free Products
    Free From Toxic Ingredients
    Free From Nanoparticles and GMO’s
    Gluten Free Foundations – Clinically Tested
    Vegan Friendly Products
    Complete Ingredient Disclosure
    All Products Rated Low Toxicity by the Environmental Working Group – Skin Deep
    Earned the title “Champion” from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics makeup without titanium or titanium dioxide, Rejuva Minerals is your one stop shop! Rejuva Minerals also offers mica free makeup!

  44. says

    I’d have to agree with that. The very idea of wearing all of that heavy greasy stuff just… O.o I just can’t do it. But the air is so dry where I live that a good chap stick is imperative. But finding one without all of the allergens, AND without lanolin? Wow…
    I was making my own for the longest time. Haven’t needed it lately, since I’m in a climate that doesn’t dry me out as much. But would be nice to know, just in case. Being on the road, I sometimes need that quick fix.
    Thanks for this.

  45. says

    Hey there nice post!!I would 100% agree with all of your comments.As a trainer/nutritionist-practitioner of alternative medicine and owner of a natural products company u r spot on!!Yes our Lymphatic system has to detoxify all of those chemicals as well as our livers.The same thing goes for all of the perfumes and nasty sprays like febreeze that women use.I too have classes and teach about natural products using aromatherapy since I was 12.
    I would be happy to send you some free productsI am addicted to my lipbalm that I make and my creams and deodorants and sleeping potions!!
    Thx for all u do I love your site and turn my clients onto it!!!
    Blessings to all of u

  46. says

    This is so timely, thank you! I’ve been GF for a couple years – and a huge fan of yours, of course. Just had tests done and though I’m very careful, my numbers are still high. I had no idea about the lipstick! And the shampoo, lotion, etc. I’m not big on makeup, thankfully…

    Thank you, Elanaspantry, for this!

    • Katie Marquez says

      What helps me is the mantra, “whatever you put ON your body, you put IN your body”. Which ends up making me choose not to put things on my body which most people consider perfectly innocuous, but when it comes to allergies (or creepy chemicals) if I can’t eat it, I can’t wear it.

      • says

        I hope that also includes DRYER SHEETS…(and any perfumed laundry product.)

        They pollute the air, cause allergies, respiratory problems, alzheimer’s AND the carcinogens…umm excuse me – the anti-wrinkling/fragrance properites – are released with heat (your dryer – AND your body when you wear the clothes!).

        Think of it like a smoking cessation or hormone patch; it works the same way: dryer sheet ingredients are released on your clothes and, when worn, make a beeline through your bloodstream….

        Google it, and prove me wrong. I am on a mission to get these things destroyed. If I can get just one person to stop using them and pass this knowledge on to one more…..

        I am extremely curious to see if dryer sheets contribute to our youth ADD & ADHD population!

  47. Cathy says

    I have always wanted to wear lipstick. However, whenever I tried over the years, my lips would be very itchy and even swell a little. I am all for the full lip look, but…
    It was only years later that I found out shellfish shells were part of many lipsticks and I am very allergic to it.
    I sure do love all your recipes and observations. I am always giving your book as a present to the adventurous souls who are trying to go gluten free. Thanks for all you do.

    • Vikki says

      I’ve had the same reaction on the rare occasion that i’ve tried wearing lipstick and am also very allergic to shellfish. I had no idea that could be the cause – Thank you so much for your post!

  48. Irina says

    Have you tried Bear Essentials? They claim to be completely mineral based and I love their products, but haven’t done the exhaustive research.

  49. says

    I had to chuckle Elana. There is some poor woman out there that has to eat my share of lipstick/gloss because I could count the times I’ve worn lipstick/gloss on one hand ;>)

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