Products I Like

Disclaimer: With the exception of EVER Skincare I have not received financial compensation for recommending any of these products nor have I received free samples from any of these companies. These are all products which I have purchased on my own and have found that I like! Also, all items are gluten-free at the time I post them (I update this page approximately every 6 months), but I encourage you to confirm gluten-free status at the time of your purchase, as manufacturers can change ingredients and labels at any time. Last updated January 2017.

Baby Finger Foods:

Baby Mum Mums


These are riced-based baby cracker which are GF and a great substitute for the wheat-based “biter” biscuits.  Although I think that these crackers taste very bland, my youngest loved munching on these when she started on finger foods last year.  I have been able to find them almost everywhere and they are reasonably priced, about $3 for a box of 24.


Zing Bars


I discovered these bars in 2013, right before a long stretch of travel, and they have been a life saver. My two favorites are the dark chocolate hazelnut and peanut butter chocolate chip, which are both gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.  I have ordered them by the case on and plan to continue to do so.

Breakfast Bar:

KIND Breakfast Bars


I discovered these at Target in 2015. They are filling (2 bars in each packet), inexpensive, portable, and perfect for people like me who often forget to eat.

Body Wash:

Dove Body Wash


Yes, it has been hotly debated whether or not gluten is absorbed through the skin. After getting ill from a shampoo which contains hydrolyzed wheat protein as an ingredient, I have decided to not take any chances with beauty products.  Almost all of Dove’s body washes, shampoos, and conditioners are gluten free (and cheap and easy to find). I also like the Whole Foods 360 brand of body wash as well.


Against the Grain Gluten Free Baguettes


I am half Italian and I grew up eating “real” bread with a thick crust on the outside and a soft, chewy center. These baguettes are the closest thing that I have found.  I can eat almost a whole one by itself (I actually think I did finish a whole one during my 4th pregnancy), but they also make great garlic bread and bruschetta. Many non-Celiacs have been surprised to find out that this bread is gluten free.

Bread–Sandwich Bread:

Canyon Bakehouse


My family and I discovered Canyon Bakehouse’s 7-Grain bread in early 2014 and we will never turn back. It is by far the best GF sandwich bread that we’ve come across since my GF journey started in 2010, and many of our non-GF family and friends also enjoy it.  It is available at Target stores throughout the U.S.

Chips–tie between two:

Donkey Chips


If you are anywhere near Chicago try these chips. When we used to live in WI we would go through 2-3 bags per week (I ate at least one bag/week myself). I think they are the best tortilla chips I have ever tasted.

Way Better Snacks

I was obsessed with these chips after I was diagnosed with celiac, especially the sweet potato ones. They are all gluten-free and GMO, and I have never gotten sick from them. They are the perfect item to bring to a party as an appetizer and go especially well with homemade salsa or pico de gallo.

Cake Mix and Frosting: 

Cherrybrook Kitchen

As a family of 6, we have made many, many GF cakes through the years for birthdays and other celebrations. We’ve unanimously agreed that Cherrybrook Kitchen yellow and chocolate cake mixes are our favorite. They are GF as well as dairy-free, nut free, and egg free.  We use their ready-to-go vanilla frosting as well. I’ve been able to buy the mixes and frosting at my local grocery store and also online.

Chocolate Chips:

Enjoy Life


I love these chocolate chips and have been using them in my baking since going gluten free.  They are also free of dairy, soy, and nuts, so can be used when baking for others with food allergies.

Chocolate Bar:

Endangered Species


When I have a true chocolate craving, and chocolate chips aren’t enough, I eat this chocolate. It is gluten free and is made on dedicated equipment, so there is not a risk of cross contamination. It is really, really difficult to stop after just a piece or two (don’t say that I didn’t warn you!)

Cookies (for my kids):



I started buying Nana’s cookies at T.J.Maxx, and then online, in 2013. They are GF and non-GMO, and also free of eggs, dairy, soy, and refined sugar. They are individual wrapped, portable, inexpensive, and make a perfect snack for a toddler (or school-aged child) on the go. Interestingly enough, my kids called both of their grandmothers “Nana” so I think that these cookies are meant for us!

Cookies (for me):

Tate’s GF Chocolate Chip


Just try one and you will see…just please, please don’t buy the similarly packaged, non-GF ones by accident. I know a few people who have been glutened this way.

Corn Bread Mix:

GF Jules


I connected with Jules via social media a while back and she’s dedicated her life to creating some of the best GF flour and baking mixes out there. We tried her cornbread mix in Jan 2016 and loved it. You can order her products online at


Milton’s GF Cheddar Cheese Crackers


I like all of the flavors of Milton’s GF crackers, but the cheese ones are my favorite.  I would eat them even if I did not have to be gluten-free (which, as you all know, really says something).

Frozen Pizza:

American Flatbread


I just discovered these in my local Market Basket grocery store in Feb 2016. They cook up very quickly and I love the consistency of the’s thin and chewy but not soggy.  Prior to this I have despised just about every GF frozen pizza I have tried.

Gluten Free Flour Blend:

William Sonoma’s Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour


I have been using this flour for about a year and absolutely love it. I have successfully substituted it for wheat flour in cookies, muffins, bread, etc. It does not have the “weird” taste that many other gluten free flour blends have. It is not cheap, the last time I ordered online it was $19.95 for a 3 lb. bag, but it is worth it to me to be able to make great tasting baked goods which do not make me sick!

Hand Sanitizer:



If you need to use a hand sanitizer, it is best to stick with boring old Purell, because it is gluten free. And, if you are like me, you will inevitably have hand sanitizer residue on your hands at some point while you are eating.  Yes, I have gotten glutened from hand sanitizer which contained “wheat amino acids” as an ingredient, and I do not want it to happen to you!

Ice Cream:

Talenti Gelato

After about two years of feeling sorry for myself about not being able to eat most desserts, one of my coworkers, Bridget, suggested that I try Talenti Gelato.  Since trying my first bite a few months ago I have been unable to turn back.  Many of the flavors are gluten free and the ingredients are about as “natural” as you can get for a frozen dessert. My favorite flavors are Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. If you and/or your GF loved ones can tolerate dairy and lactose, I highly recommend having a pint (or two) regularly!


Red Apple Lipstick


Up until recently my favorite lipstick was Nars “La Dolce Vita,” but since discovering Red Apple Lipstick in 2013 I will never use Nars again. All of their lipsticks are GF and paraben-free, and since using Red Apple exclusively since last winter my facial acne and chapped lips have improved significantly. My favorite shade is “Audrey.”  I have also had success using Cover Girl cosmetics since going GF. The best resource I’ve found for gluten free makeup is a website/blog called  Although gluten is technically not absorbed through the skin, I believe that it is best to avoid it in all body and skincare products, especially those around the mouth.

Multivitamin–tie between two:

Megafoods Women’s Once Daily


This is a great, relatively inexpensive multivitamin which is gluten free, soy free, and dairy free. I have purchased it at both Whole Foods and online at  I take one tablet a day, along with Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and a probiotic, and I am good to go.

Rainbow Light Women’s One Vitamin:


I tried these a few months ago when I couldn’t find the above-mentioned brand at Whole Foods and I’ve been happy with it (plus it is actually a smidge cheaper).

Pancake/Waffle Mix:

XO Baking Co. Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix


We tried this pancake mix for the first time on Christmas morning and all loved it. It is made in a totally GF facility, is soy free, and non-GMO. They were the best pancakes that I’ve had in 3+ years since starting this crazy diet! Although I have not seen this mix locally, my friend found it at a Home Goods in the Chicago area for a great price, and, per the company’s website, they are also available at Whole Foods and on I hope that you enjoy your pancakes as much as we did!

Pizza Crust Mix-tie between two:

1. At the Table Together Gluten Free 5 Minute Pizza Dough Mix


This pizza dough mix is another awesome find from my local T.J. Maxx (Home Goods). We have been experimenting with GF pizza dough for 3+ years now and this is one of the best. It is also super easy. The only extra ingredients are 1 cup of club soda and 6 tbsp. of olive oil.  We’ve had the best success with cooking it for abut 4-5 minutes longer than the directions recommend for the last step.

2. Chebe Pizza Crust Mix


My family and I cannot get enough of this pizza crust mix, or of the all-purpose bread mix (which we use to make small rolls).  It’s tapioca flour based and very, very easy to make. My extended family members, who are still eating gluten, have all been fans as well when they’ve come to visit us.  I cannot think of a single person who has not liked our Chebe pizza.


Florajen 3


If you’ve been following my page, you know that I am a big fan of taking probiotics, especially if you have any digestive issues, including Celiac Disease. Florajen 3 is my favorite one. It is gluten free, high potency, contains 3 different bacterial strains, and costs less than $20/month. I have been able to purchase it over-the-counter from my local pharmacy.

Protein Powder:

Life Time Life’s Basics Plant Protein Vanilla Flavor


I am a long distance runner, so I often need to increase my caloric intake when I am training for a race.  This protein powder is gluten, soy, egg, and dairy free and I have never gotten sick from it.  I blend it with almond milk and fresh or frozen berries. I will sometimes add a banana and/or yogurt to the mix for an easy breakfast.

Scone Mix:

Sticky Finger’s Bakeries Gluten-Free Scones


I first tried these mixes in 2015 and they are super easy to make and taste great. I’ve enjoyed every flavor that I have tried.

Shampoo and Conditioner: I used to recommend Garnier Fructis because all of their shampoos and conditioners used to be GF but this changed sometime in the last year or two. Right now I am using L’Oreal EverPure Shampoo and Conditioner (both GF) because my hair is highlighted, but it’s not cheap.  Jane Anderson, from just updated her GF Shampoo and Conditioner list in Jan. 2016, so you can check out her page for suggestions.

Skincare products: I love the products from EVER Skincare so much that I became a specialist. All products are gluten-free, botanically-derived, and actually work. Please check out this page for more information.


Snack (not cookie, cracker, or chip):

180 Almond Pops


I’ve picked these up at both Costco and Homegoods and they are addictive. I usually have to hide them from my kids.


Tom’s of Maine Whole Care

tom's of maine

Like it or not, you will accidentally ingest toothpaste from time to time.  All of the Tom’s of Maine toothpastes are gluten free.

49 thoughts on “Products I Like

  1. michelle ajamian

    You might also try Shagbark Seed & Mill corn crackers and tortilla chips. The tortill achips are made with masa, the ancient method that makes the B vitamins and minerals in corn bio available and which is not typically used to make tortilla chips. They are only available in Ohio now since the company is working to build a regional scale mill that sources crop and does all processing within a region rather than far flung locations that use more petro to ship all over. That said, Shagbark is exploring how marketing the snack line more widely can help other regions see the merit of building their own infrastructure. That will mean better crops from farms nearby, better soil with sustainable growing methods, and a better regional economy that keeps dollars local.
    And, I think they are the best tortilla chips ever. At least that’s what I am told. As a co-owner of Shagbark Seed & Mil, you would think I know all about other chips, but since I am not a big snack eater, I rely on the hundreds of customers who have told us our chips are the best.

    Thanks for your blog,


    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you for your suggestion. I am originally from Northeast Ohio, so will try your product on one of my trips home and give you feedback. Is the corn you are using non GMO? I ask because there are a lot of us with Celiac Disease who eat organic and try to avoid GMO foods as much as possible.
      Thanks for reading and all the best with the expansion of your company.

  2. Julie Keller

    Hi, Jess,

    The ‘Food Should Taste Good’ product line of tortilla chip/crackers are certified gluten free and are really yummy! If you don’t have them up north, I’ll figure out a way to sent them to you!


    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Julie,
      I am pretty sure that I had 3 single serving bags as my dinner at an airport while traveling a few years ago (back when I was new to being GF and didn’t realize how important it is to plan GF meals ahead of time while on the go). I have not seen them up here in our neck of the woods…which means that we’ll have to share a bag the next time we’re in town to visit!
      Thanks for reading! And remember that the next IBS/anemic/depressed woman you meet may actually be an undiagnosed Celiac! Miss you!

  3. Meghan

    Daiya products are incredible too! They make tapioca based cheese products that taste better than I remember cheese tasting. They just started making pizza and cream cheeses as well in dedicated, gluten-free facilities.

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Meghan,
      Thanks so much for the suggestion. I have cut back drastically on dairy, and have heard about Daiya products, so it’s definitely time to try them. I have also really been missing cheese!

  4. Diana Thompson

    If you are using Dove soap products it is because you have not tried my homemade soap yet. Too bad it is not for sale. It gets you truly clean as well as not breaking you out in a rash. I put in there coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil and lye to turn it to soap. I don’t go anywhere without it anymore! I will give you a class how to make it.

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Diana,
      I would love to learn how to make your soap! Can you post a video or a link with your soap recipe? I have been taking baby steps to get chemicals out of my home and am just transitioning to homemade laundry detergent.

  5. Elizabeth

    Thanks for the info. After suffering w/ severe allergies and eczema this fall my trip to the dr. yesterday was really interesting. I do eat a gluten free diet but my dr. suggested I avoid all products w/ gluten. I had no idea it was so pervasive in products! I was afraid this change to GF products was going to be ridiculously expensive but you have given me lots of ideas for products I can pick up at my grocery store!

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Elizabeth,
      I hope that your journey on the GF diet goes well. It gets much easier with time. I am long overdue to update this page, as I’ve found a ton more products that I adore, but I am still using Dove, Tom’s of Maine, and Nars. Good luck and let me know if you come across any good finds!
      Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Jenni

    Wonderful! I do have one question about the “cup 4 cup” gluten free flour… We have it here in Canada as well however I noticed thar corn starch is there first ingredient. If sulfites are a problem is this still an ok/safe product? How do you react?
    Thanks! Your website has been so helpful :)

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Jenni,
      Great question. At the height of my sulfite sensitivity and MCAS issues I was unable to eat anything made from this flour, but I continued to use it to bake for my family. Since starting on my treatment for MCAS (which I am pretty sure we talked about via email if you are the same Jenni I am thinking of), I have been able to eat baked goods made with it twice without a reaction. I have kept it on my products page because I think that most people with celiac disease should do fine with it and my GF (but non celiac) kids and husband all like it.
      When I was at the height of my sulfite and MCAS issues I switched to 100% almond flour for the cookies, scones, etc. that I made for myself.

      1. Jenni

        Thanks so much! Very good to know :) I do have one other question in terms of products… In the height of your Sulfite issues were you able to tolerate coconut oil? I’ve read so many opposing opinions on coconut products. Are they safe for sulfite intolerance? I read that coconut is high sulfite and yet its also antihistamine? Thanks so much for all your help!
        (And yes I’m the same Jenni :) )

  7. Angie

    Hi Jess
    Thank you for your blog. I’m realizing that I’ve learned so much more about Celiac Disease reading blogs like yours. I’m celebrating 1 year of being GF–my recent physical and check up shows that my levels are down to 7 from 19—wondering why I’m not lower, below the “4” threshold.
    Is it possible that I’m still getting some gluten? Or should I expect that it might just be taking longer than the one year mark? Thank you for your help!
    Thank you

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Angie, It can definitely take a while for the antibody levels to go down, but after one year I would expect them to have normalized. Are you still having any symptoms? The experts usually recommend that all of us meet with a celiac-certified nutritionist if we have any concerns about gluten cross-contamination. I’ve found gluten in really surprising places through the years (cooking spray, fish food, thyroid medication, etc). I think the most important thing you can do right now if talk to your doctor and a nutritionist.
      I hope this helps.

      1. Amy

        Hi, you mentioned your thyroid medication had gluten, my question is could my generic bupropion have gluten. Since my pharmacy switch generic brands, I’ve felt really itchy all over & feel bad like I do if I get glutened. I have tried to email Actavis about this but have not had any response.

        1. Jess Post author

          Hi Amy,
          I believe it’s possible, or you may have intolerance to one of the other ingredients. There is a website called Gluten Free Drugs that can be very helpful in these cases too, the pharmacist who runs it updates it regularly and it’s the first place that I usually stop for information on gluten in medications. Then I usually call the drug manufacturer, as, like you, I have had unanswered emails.
          I hope that you are able to figure it out.

  8. Angie

    I do have some symptoms..more so now than I did before my diagnosis…diarrhea, belly bloat, exhaustion. I’ve been taking synthroid 25 mcg six days per week for the Hashimoto’s..pharmacist told me it was GF…could that be a problem? I’m very careful vitamins are all GF…I have not switched out any personal care products..could that be an issue? Thank you for your help.

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Angie,
      I would call the manufacturer of your Synthroid to confirm that it’s GF, and I’d also consider checking to make sure that your shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and lipstick and lip gloss are GF too. I got ill early on my celiac journey from a shampoo that contained hydrolyzed wheat protein as an ingredient. I also got ill from Bath and Body Works pocketbook hand sanitizer that contained wheat amino acids. I was traveling and using a lot of it on my hands, and then ate, without ever thinking that my hand sanitizer could contain gluten (I found out the hard way that it did).
      All the best to you in figuring things out. I hope you start to feel better soon.

  9. Angie

    Thank you so much for your suggestions..I did call the drug manufacturer of Synthroid..they cannot say for certain that the drug is gluten free. They are currently working on some studies to see if they can re-formulate. I am in such disbelief– 1. My doctor actually prescribed this med.. —2. The pharmacy dispensed it– even though my profile states that I have CD.. I even questioned the pharmacist when I picked up the RX..he is going to report this incident.
    So I read that the generic version is GF… My doc called it in–when I went to pick it up the pharmacist explained that Levothyroxine may or may not be GF–depending on the manufacturer..pharmacies use different ones..they will call me tomorrow to say. To make matters worse– I checked all my vitamins and discovered that my calcium (doctor recommended) has fermented wheat as an ingredient..OMG!! I never checked before because I was trusting my MD..
    Huge lesson learned..we really have to be an advocate for our own health. I feel so let down through all of this. One year GF or so I thought..I now am starting over..including avoiding gluten in my personal care products. .I thank you Jess—for connections like this–for others who are on this CD journey. It’s not easy but it is doable.

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Angie,
      I just spoke with a friend who is having the same problem with Synthroid (name brand). It was previously GF. She was recently prescribed it, started taking it, and felt like she was being glutened. She called Abvie (the division of Abbott Labs that manufacturers it) and was told that they can no longer confirm GF status as it is made on shared lines with meds that contain gluten.
      I am going to do my own research but wanted to let you know that I just found this out. I take generic levothyroxine made by Lannett without any issues, I did previously have gluten reactions to levothyroxine made by Mylan.

    2. Erica S.

      Angie and Dr. Jess

      I experienced the same issues with Synthroid by Abbott I believe. Could not get a straight answer on the GF status for years. I eventually switched to Tirosint which is a gel cap levothyroxine. I do not tolerate the starches used as binders in medicatikn so I try to stick with capsules or gel caps. This is from Akrimax Pharmaceuticals website. They manufacture Tirosint.

      “Tirosint is the first and only T4 in liquid gel cap form. This pure formulation consists only of T4, glycerin, gelatin, and water. Unlike some tablet formulations, Tirosint is free of dyes, gluten, lactose, sugar, and alcohol. Ask your doctor if Tirosint could be right for you.
      Tirosint is available in 10 dosage strengths housed in blister packs to protect Tirosint from light and moisture. Blister packs are also clearly marked for daily dosing.
      Tirosint is unique and has no generic substitute. If your doctor prescibes it, check your prescription before leaving the pharmacy to be sure you are getting the Tirosint your doctor asked for.”

  10. Erica S.

    I’m sorry. I meant to mention that the reason I kept asking about the GF status of the Abbott Synthroid was because I was still having symptoms after being GF for over two years and having my Deamidated peptide test (IgG) come back positive (about 29 I think). I had been over 100 at diagnosis so it was going down but I felt so fatigued. Most other symptoms had resolved but something just was not quite right. Switching to the Tirosint definitely helped but I do have to repeat my blood work soon.

    1. Jess Post author

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with Synthroid.
      I am going to do some research to confirm whether or not it’s made on shared lines and I’ll report back.
      The generic levothyroxine that I got glutened from a few years ago was made by Mylan.
      This is all interesting to me as so many of us have both thyroid and gluten issues.

  11. Wes Penny

    Firstly, I enjoy reading your website. I love how its so down to earth and easy to read and understand. Thank you for that.

    Since being diagnosed with dermatitis herpetiformis a couple years ago, I`ve had to obviously change much about my lifestyle. One of the issues I really struggled with was finding a good quality shampoo and body wash specifically for men. My search is over and I now use a product called Surface Hair Health Art and I feel its such a great product that it was worth sharing if anyone else is looking. They have a full range of products for men including an all in one body wash and shampoo, shaving cream, and hair styling wax. Its a Canadian made product but is marketed in the US as well. If you cant find a salon in your area that carries their product you can order it direct from the company which is what I do. It isnt cheap but it is a very good product.
    Thanks again for all the info you generously make available.

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Wes,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving the suggestion. I obviously haven’t personally had to shop for GF products for men, but I am sure that others will see this and check it out.
      Thanks also for reading my blog,

  12. Sharon Hoyt

    Just diagnosed with CD and hypothyroidism. Thank you for the great information! As far as skin care, do you have any recomendations? Also looking for the homemade shampoo mentioned in an earlier post.
    Rancher/Grassfed, naturally

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Sharon,
      I wish that I could help you, but I am not sure that I can. I am currently using Murad skin care products, which are GF, but I have no other recommendations. I am posting your comment in hope that others will read it and make suggestions. I do know that Angie Alt, from Alt-ternative Autoimmune has previously posted about homemade shampoo, so you may be able to find a recipe on her page.

  13. Kate Marlow

    I was wondering if you ever found out anything about the gf status of synthroid. I have was diagnosed with CD in April and have Hashimoto’s. Since diagnosis my antibodies have been slow to come down. I am extremely careful and have gone nearly grain free (and am considering just eliminating it all together). Just curious what you found. Thanks so much for your great blog and all of the information!

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Kate,
      No, I have not had a chance to personally contact AbbVie to ask about Synthroid.
      I do know that many Celiacs have changed to generic versions as on the website it states that Synthroid is no longer guaranteed to be GF.
      If/when I have a chance to contact AbbVie (which your comment is reminding me to do) I will dedicate an entire blog post to the issue.
      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment.

  14. Erica

    Hi Jess

    I hope you don’t mind if I give a recommendation on a synthroid alternative. I have been taking synthroid since I was 18 and realized by default that it was one of the last things I was still reacting to. I was on the .88 Abbott version. Now, I do not know what it was that was making me sick but I was sensitive to *something* in it; a dye, a starch, something.

    Tirosint is a new brand name of synthroid made by another company. It is a gel cap. No dyes no starches. I have had great success with it. I think I may have written about this before but I’m not sure. So if it is a duplicate I’m sorry!

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Erica,
      No apologies necessary. I have a friend who recently started using Tirosint and she has been very happy with it so far as well.
      Thanks for your recommendation!

  15. Wendy S.

    I just wanted to say thanks for such a wonderfully informative website. It’s been difficult navigating through all of the information out there and I’ve found so many useful products in one place on this site. This really made my day and I’ll be sure to check back often.

    1. Jess Post author

      You’re welcome Wendy. Please feel free to leave a comment with any GF products that you come across and would like to recommend.

  16. lorraine

    dose anyone know of a gluten free laundry detergent ??? also need it to be coconut oil free and tree nut free if anyone can help that be great thanks

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Lorraine,
      I have not come across any laundry detergents that contain gluten.
      If you need to avoid multiple ingredients, I do know of some moms who have started to make their own laundry detergent in large batches. I’d be more than happy to find you a recipe if you’d like.

  17. Dorothy Reimer

    Being new to the celiac scene, I found your site and all the comments very helpful. I live in British Columbia so many of the products are not available in our local stores, so I will check on line.

    I do not have any of the intestinal symptoms and was considered very healthy until 2 1/2 years ago. Being over 65 with a broken wrist from a fall at my aerobics class, my GP ran a bone density test which showed that I tested high risk osteo. An orthopod osteo specialist recommended that I be tested for CD. Because my blood test number registered >250, I was told to become paranoid GF. I was retested this week after 4 months of trying to be gluten free and my number was 120. I am more than delighted but want that number down to 3 or 4 as I have had more broken bones. Apparently the gluten prevents my body from absorbing nutrients like calcium and Vit D!!!!

    Reading food labels has become routine but it’s the cosmetics, hair care products, vitamins and medications that are of major concern. I loved my Bath and Body Works, my Mary Kay and the Avon Skin so Soft. I have been trying to do the research on line, but still don’t know if I can trust them. So I was delighted to read your list of GF products.

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Dorothy,
      It’s really nice to meet you. I actually just responded to your comment on my latest post, “New Year and New Celiac Info). The fact that you’ve already dropped to 120 is fabulous.
      One other great source for GF products is the Gluten-Free Watchdog which is run by Tricia Thompson. I have also gotten a lot of product ideas and inspiration from Gluten-Free Living magazine.
      Please feel free to comment and ask questions at any time as you navigate the GF waters. It gets much, much easier with time!

  18. Ebony

    Actually dove does not guarantee their products are gluten free and they also will not tell you what’s in the fragrance they say it’s proprietary. They also said that they do not add gluten to their products directly when people say that that means the raw ingredients or fragrances/perfumes they purchase from vendors may or may not be contaminated with gluten.

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Ebony,
      Thank you for stopping by my page. None of Dove products contain wheat or gluten in their ingredient lists. If by chance the fragrances are gluten contaminated during processing, I would have to imagine that we’d be talking about extremely, extremely small amounts of gluten, probably less than 1ppm, and, as we know, gluten is not absorbed through the skin anyway.
      That being said, I can see why some would not want to take the risk.

  19. Lynn

    The Garnier Fructis shampoo I just bought after reading this, has wheat protein in it. :( They have changed their product line and I just contacted them about it. Waiting for a reply from them. Unfortunatly I didn’t read it until I had the kids napping. I did see a brand at target for 4.99 a bottle that said their line is gluten free right on the bottle. I really missed Garnier, it’s been 10 years. I decided to look up shampoos because my current brand was bought out and now contaminated.

    1. Lynn

      2 of my 3 kids are celiac, I have seizures when exposed and all three react on our skin. They get chicken bumps and I get acid like feeling on my body.

    2. Jess Post author

      Hi Lynn,
      Thank you so, so much for the heads up about Garnier. I haven’t bought it since the start of the year (have been using a shampoo and conditioner for highlighted hair instead). Were you able to return it to Target? I accidentally bought a product once from there what contained wheat protein (same situation where the ingredients had changed) and they let me return it and refunded my money. I am so sorry this happened to you and I just wrote about this in my post earlier tonight.

      1. Theresa Espy

        So glad I read everyone’s posts about Garnier. My curly hair misses it soo much. I was about to go buy a bottle because I read in an older post somewhere that it was GF. This saved my skin and tummy from a lot of drama. 😉

  20. Sarah

    Hi Jess!

    I’m trying to decide what vitamins to purchase this year. I generally just go with a multi vitamin, but I noticed you also take vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. As a 24 year old female with celiac disease, would you recommend I take B12 and D everyday as well? If yes, is your reasoning related to the celiac diagnosis, or is that combination (multivitamin + B12 + D daily) something you would recommend to anyone?

    Many MANY thanks! :)


  21. Emma

    Did anyone get sucidual thoughts when using a wheat protein shampoo.. I got one and when I started using it, I didn’t know it was the shampoo.. It took me a long time to figure it out..

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Emma,
      I have not heard of anyone having this experience, but there is a strong link between celiac disease and depression. For some, getting “glutened” can lead to depressive symptoms. Does this happen when you are glutened, or just when you were exposed via the shampoo?

      1. arnie

        Hello Jess, well all I can say is count yourself lucky as it relates to celiac disease. My wife of 33 years just died 2 weeks ago from complications of celiac and the ensuing aspirating pneumonia. In 2007 at the age of 57, she was diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s when it was clear to me that this was a medical misdiagnosis. I did no know what it was but a super fit women with no family history, suddenly finds herself forgetful and losing 10 kilos of muscle at the time of her misdiagnosis is a big problem. In a panic I took her to 48 practitioners before I figured out she had celiac. By that time she had lost 32 pounds of muscle ( she was a runner and weight trainer). I took her off all grains in 2007 but she continued to decline. By 2009 she was completely psychotic and in Nov. 2011, she woke up brain damaged. Despite countless protocols she continued to go down hill. I knew she had celiac, leaky gut, a defect in cytochrome P450 but nothing helped. She wore diapers, balance was very compromised, could walk with assistance and lost her abiltiy to speak in Nov. 2011. The missing link was a malfunctioning migrating motor complex, all of the above are not uncommon with celiac patients but she had the perfect storm. The toxins produced by the SIBO/motor complex defect now went deeper into her brain and compromised her swallowing. She could no longer be fed so in hospice care she was starved to death – 18 days with no food 8 days no water. It was senseless and horrifying. I would also add that the Celiac Center at Columbia Presbyterian hospital was useless. She was told after she was damaged, that she needed a psychiatric eval. I only discovered Dr. Pimentel 5 weeks ago. She could have been saved.

  22. Spiffy

    Please be aware that Tom’s toothpastes contains carrageenan. Carrageenan is what they give rats in the lab to induce arthritis. I called the company and they said it was considered food grade. The problem is that when it hits your stomach acid it quickly degrades. This is a concern for me. And both of the vitamins above have folic acid which may not be a problem for those who do not have MTHFR mutations. However, this is also debatable. Methyl folate is the ideal form. The next best form would be a natural folate which is very difficult to find. But there are a lot of new Choices you have shown me tonight. I cannot wait to try them out!

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