August 27, 2009

My Lipgloss Is Cool, My Lipgloss Be Poppin'! Bonne Bell Gluten Free Product List

Here's a little known fact about me: I'm addicted to Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper Lipsmacker. Like obsessively addicted. I usually buy a few at a time and stash them in several purses, at work, in random places around my house...you name it.


A few months ago I read Jillian Michael's Master Your Metabolism and got schooled on the toxins in our environment and how they can mess up the body's hormones. I like to think I live a fairly green lifestyle. I recycle, use my reusable shopping bags, try to frequent the local farmer's market and eat organic when I can, BUT I never really paid much attention to household cleaners and even beauty products.



Despite being celiac I've never had a problem with cosmetics or toiletries. I never check my toothpaste for gluten, nor have I ever worried about lipsticks or lotions. After ten years I've never had a problem with any of that, although I know some celiacs do.



After reading Jillian's book, it made me more aware (read: somewhat scared and definitely concerned) and I am making better strides at trying to go organic, use natural products, and even possibly be checking for hidden gluten in my make-up. I bought some Yes To Carrots lip gloss and balm, and although I like their products a lot, they don't compare to my DP lipsmacker...which I still haven't given up.



I know Bonne Bell does not test on animals, but I wasn't sure how natural their products were. I visited their website and while the ingredients were listed, it didn't say anything about being gluten free. So I decided to ask. Here's the response I received:




2009 GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS & PRODUCTS CONTAINING GLUTEN

Dear Betsy:

Thank you for your recent inquiry to Bonne Bell. We are always glad to hear from our customers, and we want to help you in any way possible.

The following Bonne Bell, Inc. products can be used by people afflicted with Celiac
disease. They do not contain any gluten containting grains: wheat, barley, rye, oats, amaranth, teff, millet, spelt, and quinoa.


  • 10-0-6 Lotions
  • All Colognes
  • Lip Lites
  • Lip Enticements
  • Lip Fashion
  • Sponge-On Sparklers
  • Shower 2000
  • Lip Lix
  • Lip Gear Lip Crayons
  • Eye Shades
  • No Shine Oil Control Makeup
  • Lip Shades with SPF 15
  • Lip Sheers
  • Nail Lacquers
  • Cosmic Cheeks
  • Lash Tints
  • Glimmer Gels
  • Roll-On Lip Smacker Shiners and Shimmers
  • Roll-On Glitter Gloss
  • Lip Gear (Matte only)
  • Lip Shox
  • Eye D’Votio
  • Splash N Shine
  • Honey Kiss
  • Glitz N Glo
  • Liquid Lines
  • Pressed Powders
  • Lip Burst
  • Lip Frosting
  • Lip Shake
  • Colorglaze
  • Face and Body Sparkle
  • Sheer Shimmer Swirls
  • Lip Smoothies
  • Liquid Lip Smackers
  • All Skittles Flavors
  • Eye Pencils
  • Lip Rush
  • Sponge on Glitter Gloss
  • Jewell Lip Smackers
  • Lip Sours
  • Lip D’Votions
  • All Clic It Colors
  • Glimmer Lights
  • Liquid Star Shine
  • Shimmer Stix
  • All Starburst Flavors
  • Lip Definer
  • Lip Shiners
  • Make Your Own Gloss Kits
  • Sweet and Sour Candies
  • Shiny Stixs
  • Candy Gloss
  • All Vita Gloss
  • Blushing Gels
  • Loose Powders
  • Concealer Stick
  • Smooth Shades
  • ALL JELLO LIP SMACKERS

********THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS DO CONTAIN GLUTEN***********

  • Original Lip Smackers
  • Sun Smackers (Including Clip N Go)
  • Megastar Lip Smackers
  • Kool Aid Lip Smackers
  • F’lip Styles
  • F’lip Glosses
  • Lip Lites Glossy Tints Balms
  • Starburst Tropical & Baja Flavored Lip Smacker Lip Balms
  • M&M Lip Smacker Balms (New Formula with Castor Oil)
  • Dasani Balms
  • Pinky Lip Smackers Balms
  • Skittles Lip Balms (New Formula with Castor Oil)
  • DPSU Lip Smackers
  • Starburst Jelly Beans Lip Balms
  • Color Kiss Lip Balms
  • Lip Smackers w/SPF

We do recommend that celiac patients steer clear of all Strawberry flavored products because vinegar is used for the tart taste.

We are always interested in trying to please our customers. We hope that you
will continue to enjoy all of our products and again thank you for contacting
us.

Tina Brouse

The Bonne Bell Company



This is good information to have, although I'm not sure which category my Dr. Pepper smacker falls under. It's listed on the website as Dr. Pepper and Friends. I know it's been around for ages, but the original flavors have just three balms. I emailed her back and am still awaiting a reply. I just heard back. Tina says, "Yes, Dr. Pepper is one of the original ones." Blast! My favorite lippie has gluten!

Also amaranth, teff, and quinoa are gluten free, as is castor oil.

I'm not sure if I'm ready to give up my favorite gloss just yet. I haven't had a problem with it thus far, but I would like to go more organic. I've only tried a few other "natural" glosses and haven't fallen in love with any of them just yet. I do like the subtle tint of color too. Anyone have any suggestions? What's your favorite natural, organic, or gluten free gloss?

2 comments:

Five Small Meals said...

This just shows how ignorant I am about Celiac Disease -- I had no idea there was gluten in ANY cosmetics. I mean, it makes sense, when you think about it, I just never did.

You're my "fun and interesting fact of the day" for today. Thanks!

frann said...

You might not notice any effects, but as celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder, NOT an allergy, the merest hint flips the switch that has your body attacking itself. So you do need to give up your fave lipgloss, I'm afraid.

I came here from a tweet about body products. The basic rule is - if it gets on your hands, it will probably get in your mouth, so it should be gluten free. And anything that comes in contact with wet areas can be absorbed directly in any case.