Gluten-Free Beauty: My Shocking Revelation

Since I don’t have Celiac’s Disease, I haven’t paid too much attention to my beauty products and their level of gluten. Truthfully, I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of sifting through reports of which companies use wheat gluten, etc….until I realized I just might have to, from now on.

I had coffee with a friend of mine yesterday and she was explaining to me how her friend (a Celiac’s sufferer) accidentally bought makeup products with gluten in them.  More specifically, she bought Urban Decay’s Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer, which is the only Urban Decay primer that has wheat gluten in it.

As she said this, my focus shifted quickly to me: “Wait! That’s the eyeshadow primer that I use!




I contacted the company and found out that Urban Decay’s anti-aging eyeshadow primer has ingredients with gluten in it.

I’ve been experiencing stinging and irritation on my eyelids every time I use it, but didn’t think it was a big deal. It makes sense now, and I’ve discontinued using it.

I went to my local Ulta store, explaining what happened. Without my receipt or the original packaging, Ulta exchanged it for a normal tube of Urban Decay eyeshadow primer. (Kudos to Ulta and their superior customer service!)


This experience has made me think: should makeup companies post if items have gluten in them? We make a point to advertise when items are now paraben-free (of which I’m a huge supporter as well), but with the growing number of people who have Celiac’s disease/gluten allergies/gluten intolerances, shouldn’t these be advertised too?


As I dig deeper into healthier living, this will be a subject I’ll be re-visiting!

Are you gluten-free? Did you know about Urban Decay’s use of gluten ingredients? I’d love to hear your comments and experiences! Feel free to comment or e-mail me.


In peace & health,

Amanda (& the Fit Family)

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