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« on: November 15, 2014 06:57:34 AM »

My 11-year-old daughter wants a soap-making kit for Christmas this year, but she has celiac disease. My concern is with ingredients that may be made with wheat/gluten (corn is fine). Oatmeal is usually problematic.

I looked through lots of soap base product ingredients on Amazon, and the description of glycerin products often says "(of vegetable origin)", which is too generic for me. I need to know if the vegetable used is wheat, oats, rye, or barley.

Can you help me figure this out? How do I know if the soap base they're selling is gluten-free?
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2014 11:18:15 AM »

Glycerin is normally made from oils such as coconut or palm. So-called glycerin soap bases don't really have that much glycerin in them, it's a bit of a misnomer. All soap is made from a chemical reaction between lye and fats, and pre-made soap bases are processed specially to be easy to re-melt down. I don't think your daughter would have any problem using them, but I suppose you could contact the manufacturer of a specific base to ease your mind. Also, I'm just curious, with Celiac does gluten just coming into contact with a person's skin cause problems?
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2014 05:10:08 PM »

I'm just curious, with Celiac does gluten just coming into contact with a person's skin cause problems?

Thanks for the response to my question. You asked if gluten coming in contact with a person's skin causes problems for celiacs. The answer is, usually no. But my daughter is only 11. A lot of what she touches ends up in her mouth. That's just the nature of kids.

She's also a nail-biter, so lotions and soaps often end up in her mouth. They get under the nails. And she's a super-sensitive celiac too, so it doesn't take much to make her really sick.

Another concern is the washing of the face. When you wash your mouth/lips with soap, you can get gluten inside the mouth. We are very careful about lip balms, lipsticks, and other make-up products that may come in contact with the lips/mouth.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2014 06:46:07 PM »

Oh interesting! Thanks for letting me know, sadly celiac seems pretty prevalent these days. It sounds like you're doing an awesome job of watching out for your daughter!
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2015 02:19:19 PM »

SFIC makes melt and pour bases that are now gluten free. As of September 2014, instead of soy protein they contain oat protein. Here's a link to their site: http://www.sficcorp.com
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i've heard good things about essentials by catalina, but haven't used it myself.








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