Friday, May 1, 2009

Arbonne Gluten Free Cosmetic List

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Good day to you! I just received a response to a letter I wrote yesterday. I had written a post a few years ago about Arbonne's gluten free list. It seemed they were a little more gray in their answer than I had preferred back then.

Today's letter looks more clear, and they did answer my specific question about the equipment they manufacture their products on. I was pleased to see something beyond just a form letter (though it looked like it at first). I have to say I'm more encouraged to say that Arbonne would be a good gluten free cosmetic choice. As always, it is up to you whether you choose to purchase cosmetics from a company that does not have a completely gluten free cosmetic facility.

Here is the reprint directly to you.

Arbonne's Gluten Free Cosmetics Product List

Dear Erika,

Gluten-FREE Products:
About Face Blusher
About Face Brow Wax
About Face Cream Concealer
About Face Eye Pencil
About Face Eye Shadow
About Face Line Defiance Liquid Foundation SPF 15
About Face Lip Pencil
About Face Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15
About Face Sheer Shine
About Face Translucent Pressed Powder
About Face Wipe Out Eye Makeup Remover
ABC Arbonne Baby Care Body Oil
ABC Arbonne Baby Care Herbal Diaper Rash Cream
Arbonne Clear Advantage Acne Lotion
Arbonne Clear Advantage Acne Wash
Arbonne Clear Advantage Refining Toner
Arbonne Clear Advantage Spot Treatment
Arbonne Clear Advantage Skin Support Supplement
Arbonne Smart Nutritional Hybrids Daily Nutritional Chews for Teens
Arbonne Smart Nutritional Hybrids Daily Power Punch for Kids
Arbonne Aromassentials Awaken Sea Salt Scrub, 16 oz.
Arbonne Bio-Nutria® Herbal Colon Cleanse
Arbonne Bio-Nutria Herbal Muscle Massage Gel
Arbonne Bio-Nutria Joint Formula
f.y.i. Arbonne? BodyBetter Body Cream
f.y.i. Arbonne EyeQ Cream Eye Shadow
Figure 8 Vanish Pre-Shower Cellulite Scrub
Figure 8 Vanish Water Relief Treatment Serum
Figure 8 Daily Detox Tea
Arbonne Bio-Nutria Get Well Soon Dietary Supplement
f.y.i. Arbonne GetEven Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
Figure 8 Go Easy! Protein Shake with INNER G-PLEX® ? Chocolate
Figure 8 Go Easy! Protein Shake with INNER G-PLEX ? Vanilla
Figure 8 Go Easy! Protein Shake with INNER G-PLEX ? Chai Latte
Figure 8 Going, Going, Gone! Dietary Supplement
Arbonne Bio-Nutria Heart Formula
Arbonne Bio-Nutria Herbal Lip Ointment
Arbonne Bio-Nutria Herbal Vapor Rub
Arbonne Bio-Nutria Herbal Vapor Soak
f.y.i. Arbonne ItShines Lip Gloss
Arbonne Bio-Nutria Leg Vein Formula
BefoRE Sun Lip Saver SPF 30
Arbonne Bio-Nutria Lip Service Dietary Supplement
BefoRE Sun No Sun Intended Bronzing Powder
Figure 8 NRGGO3! Fizzing Beverage Tablet
NutriMenC RE9 REsurface Shave Gel
NutriMinC RE9 REgain Illuminating Enzyme Peel
NutriMinC RE9 REtaliate Wrinkle Filler
Figure 8 On the Go! Weight Loss Chews, Peanut Butter
Figure 8 On the Go! Weight Loss Chews, Berry Burst
Figure 8 On the Go! Weight Loss Chews, Chocolate
Figure 8 On the Go! Weight Loss Chews, Creamy Caramel
f.y.i. Arbonne PersonalSpace Spray Fragrance
Revelâge Intensive Pro-Brightening Night Serum
Revelâge Age Spot Brightening Day Cream with SPF 30
Revelâge Concentrated Age Spot Minimizer
Revelâge Age Spot Brightening Hand Therapy with SPF 30
SeaSource Detox Spa 5-in-1 Essential Massage Oil
SeaSource Detox Spa Foaming Sea Salt Scrub
SeaSource Detox Spa Detoxifying Rescue Wash
SeaSource Detox Spa Purifying Sea Soak
SeaSource Detox Spa Renewing Body Gelée
SeaSource Detox Spa Re-Mineralizing Body Lotion 24H
SeaSource Detox Spa Sea Mud Face and Body Mask
SeaSource Detox Spa Fortifying Hair Mask
f.y.i. Arbonne SugarSlush Body Scrub
About Face Translucent Loose Powder
Arbonne Aromassentials Unwind Bath Salts
Arbonne Aromassentials Unwind Massage Oil
Virtual Illusion Lash Enhancer
Virtual Illusion Makeup Primer
FC5 Exfoliating New Cell Scrub
FC5 Hydrating Eye Crème
FC5 Moisturizing Night Crème
FC5 Nourishing Daily Shampoo
FC5 Nurturing Day Lotion with SPF 20
FC5 Oil-Absorbing Day Lotion with SPF 20
FC5 Purifying Cleanser + Toner
FC5 Skin Conditioning Oil
FC5 Ultra-Hydrating Hand Crème

It is very possible that products are manufactured on the same equipment that other products that contain milk and wheat are; however, our manufacturers follow very strict standard operating procedures in regarding to the cleansing and sanitation of the equipment in between batches of product. We are not aware of any occurrences where someone had sensitivity as a result of the contamination of manufacturing equipment.

Thank you
Customer Service

We look forward to hearing your feedback on the service we provide to you!


Anonymous said...

I just got an Arbonne catalog and was disappointed to see that all of the SeaSource products (on the Gluten free list) have vitamin E in them. I plan on calling the company to find out whether it knows the source. In addition, the FC5 shampoo says right in the catalog that it contains "wheat protein" so how can that be gluten free!

Erika said...

Anonymous -

Well, that is disappointing. I know that vitamin E can come from so many sources, and it's always wise to check.

Confusing about the wheat protein thing in the shampoo! I'm not sure what you could say to a person to convince them it's gluten free. I think someone needs to check their ingredients or provide one heck of a non-contamination statement about how that even makes sense! Thanks for your comments, and update me if you get any information.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad someone mentioned already about the vitamin E! cuz it is NOT gluten-free in their products.
I was a Arbonne Consultant & was excited to learn their products were gluten-free. How great right? I suppose it was only in the sense that I was able to try several of their products and can safely say ARBONNE DOES NOT OFFER GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS!!!! cross-contamination is a huge problem - I was flat out told that they didn't care, that it was up to the consumer to worry about that & if they were concerned about it then they would never find anything! seriously! and when i asked about the vitamin E and the wheat protein I was told that wheat is not related to gluten... crazy!
since then, I am no longer a consultant for Arbonne - I was hugely disappointed in their customer service & refused to be a part of it.
Please, if you have a problem with gluten in your cosmetics, don't try Arbonne!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe all this negative response! You find a product out there that does any better with no vitamin E, gluten, parabens etc. Do you know what's in the products out there from Biotherm, Oil of Olay, Cover girl, Aveda and the list goes on. Do you also know what they get away with and what they don't tell the public! It would shock you. So grow up and state facts and do your research. I'd like to see something positive written on these sights for a change. Arbonne has worked for many people including those who have had some serious skin conditions due to the stress, polution, toxins we are feeding and putting on our bodies by all these other cosmetics companies out there. Why do you think you have allegins in the first place. So take a look at yourselves, and start thinking positively, the world would be in a better place. Grow up!

Anonymous said...

I am an Arbonne consultant and have access to the ingredients in the products. I just had a blood test for Celiac, a diease in which the body is not able to tolerate gluten. If I have Celiac, I will be interested in finding gluten free products, and some of the Arbonne products will be out of the question for me.

I'm not sure why the person who wrote on the
25th is so defensive. If someone has Celiac, it is far more than an allergy. In people with Celiac, gluten actually destroys the villi (sp?) in the intestines. The only treatment for Celiac is complete avoidance of gluten. Those who have been diagnosed with Celiac need to check labels and look into possibe cross contamination. For someone with Celiac, it is not just a health kick or immaturity that drives them to scrutinize labels.

My question is, what is the concern with the source of vitamin E? Is the concern that it may come from a grain that has gluten? I'm just learning about avoiding gluten.

Unknown said...

Arbonne has just "Re-Vamped" the entire line of cosmetics and the very popular RE9. The list you have provided contains products we no longer offer, more advanced products have taken their place. I would encourage you to check into this matter again so as not to provide out dated information.
All the best!

Erika K said...


Thanks so much for giving me the update. I will check into that and post new information.


Marian said...

I am an Arbonne consultant and I am very involved with the National Celiac Sprue Association as well as many Celiac and Gluten Free support groups. Arbonne is welcomed with open arms in the Celiac community. Arbonne has revamped their entire skincare and cosmetic line and there is very little that is not Gluten Free. I have received confirmation from Arbonne that the source of the Vitamin E used in the new products comes from soy. What I especially love about Arbonne is that they provide the ingredient list for every product. I can say from talking to the masses at these conventions that there are many cosmetic companies that will not provide the ingredient list.

Anonymous said...

Arbonne's list is a problem as of Aug 23, 2010. The list does list things that contain Gluten, still as Gluten Free.

I'm a consultant too and there are some serious labeling issues. For now, be very careful. They have several things in here that are on the list as an avoid. They still have oat in plenty of the products. I did not realize Vitamin E could be grain derived. Thank you!

I think that might be why I'm getting sick again. The foundation contains a few suspect ingredients, etc. Oat is in the baby care products, the liquid foundation, the FC5 body mositure. Malt Diatase is in the vitamins. Wheat is in the original RE9 night cream and body cream. HOWEVER, they only say these are FORMULATED without Gluten, they make NO claims on their labeling they are gluten free and in fact, the product database says they are manufactured on machinery that has had wheat.


Anonymous said...

@Marian, how is Arbonne Embraced in the Celiac community? I just spent the day going through the list of ingredients on certian things b/c I'm still showing some symptoms and have been so careful with my diet. They have a lot of gluten in the products and they use it on shared equipment.

Here's what I found straight from their product list on the site as of 8/23/10. You can compare this with the letter that is posted on the List of the blog. There are things they claim care Gluten Free that are not!

Avena Sativa Kernel Extract(common name: Oat)

is found in the following products:
- Arbonne Baby Care Body Lotion
- Arbonne Baby Care Hair and Body Wash
- Arbonne Baby Care Sunscreen SPF 30
- Arbonne Cosmetics Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15
- FC5 Invigorating Body Cleanser
- NutriMinC RE9 REgain Illuminating Enzyme Peel
- RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream

Malt Diastase is found in the following products:

(malt is usully from barley)
- Arbonne Smart Nutritional Hybrids for Men
- Arbonne Smart Nutritional Hybrids for Women
- Arbonne Smart Nutritional Hybrids™ Digestive

Enzyme Capsule

Avena Sativa Kernal Meal(common name: Oat) is

found in the following products:
- FC5 Conditioning Body Moisture

Cetearyl Wheat Straw Glycosides is found in the

following products:
- FC5 Hydrating Cleanser + Freshener
- RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream

Wheat(scientific name: Triticum Vulgare Bran

Extract) is found in the following products:
- PhytoProlief
- Prolief

Wheat(scientific name: Triticum Vulgare Germ

Extract) is found in the following products:
- NutriMinC® RE9 REversing Gelée, Transforming


Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol is

found in the following products:
- Arbonne Intelligence Thermal Fusion Hair &

Scalp Revitalizer
- FC5 Invigorating Body Cleanser
- FC5 Nourishing Daily Shampoo
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein is found in the following

- Arbonne Aromassentials Unwind Bath and

Shower Gel
- f.y.i. Wash&Wear Body Wash
- f.y.i. Wash&Wear Vivacious
- Figure 8 Vanish™ Contouring Cellulite Cream
- SKY for Men Body Wash

Advanced Night Cream

Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine is found in the

following products: (possibly barlely + salicic acid)
- Arbonne Cosmetics Lip Liner

Wheat(scientific name: Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil)

is found in the following products:
- NutriMinC® RE9 REcover, Night Crème
- NutriMinC® RE9 REfinish, Hydrating Body Lotion

Questionable if containing gluten:
Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline is found in the following

- Arbonne Cosmetics Lipstick
according to one source, Palmitoyl proline: It is a

natural form of the amino acid Proline extracted

from the process of wheat protein.

Looking into the following for the source of the

amino acid: Palmitoyl proline (looks like the

Palmitoyl might be wheat derived) and
Lauroyl Proline (again, might be wheat derived)
Arbonne products seem to contain these in even

more altertered forms such as above.

If Palmitoyl is wheat derived, the list is huge for

products that contain this.

Unknown said...

Holy Cow, thank you for this usefull information. I just recently found out I have celiacs disease and I am in the process of changing all my skin care and body care line. I have a friend that sells Arbonne and was planning on buying whatever I wanted without the worry about what I am putting on or in my body.I am so glad I researched this more and will have to wait on purchasing these products until I hear and see otherwise. Thank you, anaymous

Erika K said...

To those who have left updated information about the Arbonne Gluten Free List, thank you so much! I know everyone appreciates fresh info. I wish this weren't always so controversial.

Please continue to share anything new that you discover about products and labeling. Sounds like some extra caution is a good idea for a while.