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I enthused about Afterglow Cosmetics very recently, and they are very kindly donating a prize of TWO of their glorious gluten free lipsticks for one lucky winner. This is a great prize because the lipsticks are organic, as well as gluten free, and come in wonderful colours. The colours you could win are Adore, and Lovely (see picture, right).
Afterglow cosmetics are 100% gluten free because their founder’s mother and sister both have coeliac disease and must avoid all things containing gluten – including cosmetics. When setting up Afterglow Cosmetics, Kristin made sure that none of the ingredients used to formulate her line of cosmetics contained gluten. The vitamin E, for example, comes from organic cotton seed oil and organic olive oil, not from wheat, so you can use them without worrying.
And this is how you can win this great prize …
Let me know, either in a comment or in a post on your own site, where is the most unlikely place you’ve found gluten. For example, here in the UK, they put gluten in Smarties (a bit like chocolate M&Ms, only bigger). If they can make M&Ms without gluten, why do Smarties need it?
You never know, you pointing out gluten in some unlikely source might just save somebody else from some unpleasant glutening. I will collate the anwers in one blog post after the competition, just to be sure we’ve captured all your valuable nuggets of information.
The competition will close on 4 July 2008, when I will randomly choose one entrant. You can claim an entry by putting your tip about unlikely sources of gluten in a comment, or by writing a post about the competition or about Afterglow Cosmetics (including your tip as to the most unlikely place to find gluten), and linking to this post – so I know you’ve entered.
If I don’t know you’ve entered, you won’t be in the running to win!
The prize can be delivered to people in the UK, Europe. USA or Canada; if you’re the winner, I’ll contact you to ask for details of the delivery address, so that Afterglow can send the prize direct to you (so make sure your email address is available to me).
I’ve written a book summarising what we’ve learnt over 20 years of dealing with the gluten free diet, and it might be just what you’re looking for. It packs the lessons we’ve learned into what I hope is a helpful and straightforward guidebook. It’s available on Amazon, as a paperback or for your Kindle…
My most unlikely source of has to be in envelopes and stamps. Thank goodness there are ones now with peel and stick.
Dodie Tombs says
I never knew that lipsticks could contain wheat flour or gluten, so you learn something new every day.
See our gluten free web site http://www.glutenfree-crawley.org.uk, it has been opened by 42 countries and had thousands of pages downloaded, all for free.
Lets know what you think of it?.
Nancy Lapid says
I once ordered potato skins in a restaurant. (These are popular in the U.S. — are they also served in the U.K.?) I told the server to leave off all the possible toppings that could be added (for example, cheese sauces, vegetables, etc.) I thought, what could be bad about plain baked potato skins? It turns out the restaurant dusts the potato skins with flour to make them crispier. I was REALLY sick afterward. Just goes to show that you always have to ask how food is prepared, even for items that you’d think would be naturally gluten free.
Dodie Tombs says
Yes you can oder poatatoe skins in the UK, but I have never bothered, I prefer jacket potatoes filled with cheese, what you do have to be careful about is buying any form of frozen potatoes, chips or even baked, as they may have been dipped in flour to stop them sticking to gether, when freezing. But in the UK they must clearly state, however small the writing, that they contain wheat flour or they aer gluten free. Walkers crisps in the UK ar all gluten free
A place I never thought I’d find gluten was in washing up liquid…I never even considered looking at the ingredients until someone alerted me to it – I mean why would they even need gluten in there in the first place?! It’s great that they’re doing GF lipstick :D
For those that suffer from gluten-related rashes, like dermatitis herpetiformis, be careful of feminine products that may contain gluten. I’ve learned that the adhesive used on panty liners can contain gluten!
Andrea Grant says
Most unexpected place was in a packet of roasted almonds (Pittjes brand in Switzerland). The ingredients are: “almonds, vegetable oil, salt, aroma and flavor enhancer” but the allergy statement clearly states that it contains gluten (and not just the “may contain traces of”…). I also was very surprised by a bag of sprouts (think alfalfa) that had sprouted wheat in it. Both of those I managed to catch before buying. My worst “why am I so sick” experience was from baking powder–some brands here in Switzerland contain wheat flour, others use rice flour as anti-caking agents.
Thankyou Lucy for your comment on my blog, Em is relieved that she now knows what keeps making her ill. But at the same time disgusted she has to keep on wheat until the biopsy. Another day lost at school as sausages, biscuits and sandwiches (school canteen ran out of salads and roast dinner) took their toll this morning. Brown sauce has wheat!(i think) Em would love the chance to win a wheat free lipstick adore colour please. Many thanks Jane & Em
Some illuminating ‘odd’ places already (panty liners?) – keep them coming! Thanks to everyone for joining in so far.
Jane – I don’t know how old Em is, but clearly of school age, and old enough to understand what is going on. That must make it very difficult for her (and you) – but she *must* keep eating gluten so that she gets a true result at the biopsy. How long must you wait? (I kept phoning the consultant’s secretary, hoping for a cancellation). The good thing is that the younger someone is at diagnosis, the quicker they are likely to recover to full health (and the less damage is likely to have been done). Please keep us informed …
Elizabeth Lonsberry says
I was diagnosed 3 weeks ago and have much to learn. So very glad I found your site while looking for information on every subject but especially about gluten free lipstick. I look awful, feel awful but know I will get better. Without my lipstick I really look awful. Do you know which brands are safe? Thanks in advance for any and all help.
Nancy Lapid says
Elisabeth — In the U.S., at least, Lancome lipsticks are gluten free. (There’s a brand in the U.S. called Clinique — perhaps they’re in the UK too — that markets itself as being hypoallergenic — so I was very surprised to find that their lipsticks do contain wheat.)
Elizabeth Lonsberry says
Thank you, Nancy. I am in the USA so I appreciate that Lancome will be a brand I can trust.
The most unlikely place I’ve found it was when a friend got sick on coffee. They had dusted the beans with flour to keep them from sticking together (she was in a humid place). Also, tea. I’ve found barley in tea & even the glue used in the tea bags.
Lynn DeJohn says
This is new to me (diagnosed August 8, 2008) so I am reading labels on EVERYTHING! And I am amazed at what wheat products are added to. Most recently, found it listed as an ingredient in long-lash mascara! Who would have thought?
Hi Lynn – glad you found us. Yes, you do have to wonder why it gets put in so many things, don’t you? At least with mascara, you’re unlikely to eat it (though people with a wheat allergy triggered by skin contact would have to be careful).
I’m glad someone mentioned the flour dusted coffee beans- that “dosed” me this week;
I’m going to give you a few;
1) Rolling papers; the glue in most is wheat paste. Rizla is a brand which carries some gluten free version. Does anyone know if “smoking” gluten will give you a reaction?? (if a willing friend will lick the glue for you?)
2) Some hi-end wines; (start crying now) Believe it or not- The slats in some Oak wine Vats are held together with Wheat Paste glue which can leave trace amounts in the wine.
3) Frozen Vegetables (US) Many are dusted w/ wheat flour so they don’t “stick” together.
4) Just in case some don’t know: Deep Fryers w/ cooking oil shared w/ wheat
5) OMG… I just learned that some toilet papers and paper towels contain gluten!
Does anyone else here ever feel like you’re the “boy in the bubble” ?
If I think of any more- I’ll repost. I’m looking for a classic 50’s red- does afterglow have something like that? I find the more “natural” products are also less vibrant. What’s a girl to do?
Hey astrogirl – glad you joined us. I’d never thought about rolling papers before… that wheat paste glue gets everywhere, doesn’t it?
Prescription drugs can contain gluten, need to check with your pharmacist
Hi Deborah! That’s very interesting – are you in the US? Or somewhere else? Thanks for alerting us to that.
Here in the UK all prescribable medicines are gluten free. Here’s a quote from Coeliac UK:
“The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the government agency which is responsible for ensuring that medicines are acceptably safe.
The MHRA have informed Coeliac UK that prescribable, licenced medicines which are listed in the BNF and MIMS (prescribing guides used by your doctor) are gluten-free.”
Of course, over-the-counter medicines (ones that you don’t need a prescription for) may not be gluten free, so do check the bottle, and – as Deborah says – you can always ask the pharmacist if you’re worried.
For me it was toothpaste!!! who would of thought!! im going on two years now with having celiac and i have to watch lotions and sprays and things as well so i learn more every day!!! Im 24 years old and I love girls nights out even though i cant go to clubs and bars like most girls my age but im loving these gluten free lip sticks!!!