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Old 10-22-2008, 07:08 PM   #1
 
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Does anyone with Celiac Disease or a wheat sensitivity have any problems with hair/body products containing wheat germ oil? I have Celiac, but I don't know if the germ contains gluten, and if that would trigger a reaction if it were to absorb into my blood stream. Anyone with this type of sensitivity had any reaction to it?
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:43 AM   #2
 
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I don't have Celiac but I've worked with several students had CD or were on a GFCF diet. As best I understand it, wheatgerm has gluten, but some cosmetic companies (Dr. Hauschka, for example) claim to remove the gluten during processing.
http://glutenfreecosmeticcounter.blo...en-gluten.html
http://dfwceliac.org/html/skin___body_care.php
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:45 AM   #3
 
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Hi I thought I had celiac, Then found out the Dr. was wrong. I think Redken fresh curls might be a good shampoo and conditioner. On the safe side I would stay away from products with wheat germ. I went to a seminar on celiac. I am not a DR. But you might want to try that product. I had a hard time finding products without wheat. Good luck that is a tough one.

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Old 11-03-2008, 08:47 PM   #4
 
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I can't use anything with wheat germ oil in it. I don't know if everyone absorbs like I do but I get brain fog from it. Not to mention that a few months ago it started blistering my scalp.
I hang down to scrunch my hair and I will get what looks like an insta pimple but it's definitely wheat related.

No vit e in any hair products for me and nothing that is barley or wheat.

I didn't think much of it when I first went wheat free, after all it's on my skin right? but then you know they make those cremes for hormones and it's a tiny dab that gets absorbed so I suppose knowing that,,,,,, it makes sense
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I can't use anything with wheat germ oil in it. I don't know if everyone absorbs like I do but I get brain fog from it. Not to mention that a few months ago it started blistering my scalp.
I hang down to scrunch my hair and I will get what looks like an insta pimple but it's definitely wheat related.

No vit e in any hair products for me and nothing that is barley or wheat.

I didn't think much of it when I first went wheat free, after all it's on my skin right? but then you know they make those cremes for hormones and it's a tiny dab that gets absorbed so I suppose knowing that,,,,,, it makes sense
Thanks for the input. Is vit. e a separate thing for you, or is it wheat/gluten related? I hadn't heard that vit. e would cause problems for people with Celiac.

I have products that are gluten-free (wheat, barley, and rye) but the reason I asked about this is because I ordered some KBB hair milk before realizing it had wheat germ oil in it. Haven't received it in the mail yet, but it looks like it will be going on the swap board when it arrives. I was also bummed that a lot of Donna Marie products contain wheat protein, but it looks like she is coming out with another curl cream that is wheat-free.

Thanks again, ladies, for the input.
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:55 AM   #6
 
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Vitamin E can be synthetic or derived from plant sources, including wheat germ oil.
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When buying a supplement you often see "d-alpha-tocopherol" on the list of ingredients - that means that the Vitamin E is from natural sources, whereas "dl-alpha-tocopherol" will indicate that it is from synthetic origin. As such the origin of the vitamin does not influence the efficiency thereof.


Vitamin E is found in nuts, oils, vegetables, sunflower seeds, whole grains, spinach, oils, seeds, wheat oils, asparagus, avocado, beef, seafood, apples, carrots, celery etc .
Unless the product lists the plant of origin, you may want to ask the manufacturer.

BTW, I would be willing to buy your KBB.
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Sorry, I dont' think I elaborated enough on the vit e. It's definitely the Celiac that gives me the problem with it for the reasons curlymaybe stated. it's not always but often derived from wheat germ oil.

I get blistering on my scalp from the KBB. I had to take it out of my rotation. I didn't see it had anything in there I couldn't have before I used it argh!

Now this all being said some celiacs say they don't have a problem with dermal contact. I might be one that absorbs things through my skin more than others? I have no idea
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I just got diagnosed with Celiac this summer, so I don't know yet how I'll react to dermal contact. I had no idea about the vitamin e.

Curlymaybe, I'll let you know how it goes with the KBB milk, you'll have first dibs if it does go on the swap board
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I'm allergic to a lot of cosmetic ingredients and I know what a challenging process this is. It's really hard to find things that work without aggravating any allergies or conditions. Good luck and I hope you find a gf HG. (Have you tried the Desert Essence Organic line? It's vegan and gluten free if I remember correctly.)
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:15 AM   #10
 
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I heard burts bees is gluten free too.
http://www.gfsoap.com/shampoos.html

This is where I"m getting my next hair products. I'm so tired of that itching and blistering and the brain fog that comes with it.

You're right curlymaybe it's challenging!
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Got my KBB stuff on Tuesday (finally!) and did a patch test on my arm with the hair milk. 24 hours later, no noticeable reaction on my skin or internally, so I went ahead and used it as my rinse-out condish. I'll monitor myself closely for any reactions, but for now it looks like I may not be dermally sensitive to gluten. (sorry, curlymaybe)
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Don't apologize; I am happy to hear that you didn't have a reaction.
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Sweet! ANY hair product I don't get dermal reaction from is a keeper lol I'm happy for you
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My son has a wheat intolerance that causes eczema to break out on his arms and legs and I wasn't sure whether he would be able to use wheat germ oil or not.

I make natural hand made products for the body and hair and was getting ready to formulate an eczema soap bar and had read many places that wheat germ oil was fantastic for eczema. I wasn't sure about it topically, but after coming across this thread through google, I have changed my mind and will be using other soothing oils for eczema to formulate my bar.

So glad I found you guys! Thanks for the info!

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Old 12-09-2008, 10:01 AM   #15
 
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Welcome, urbannaturals! I'm happy that you found this us. I have eczema too and I understand how hard it is to find a product that works without causing irritation. Shea butter soaps and creams have worked very well for me. I also take evening primose supplements and add it to my body creams. Avocado and camellia oils are great too.
BTW, your soaps look beautiful.
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