This part of my life began when my very sick partner was diagnosed with Celiac. Even the slightest exposure to gluten can make him very ill for several days, so I have pursued gluten-free options with thorough aggression. In the U.S. a recent surge of gluten awareness means we have more choices than ever, but it still means hunting and analyzing and tracking down parent companies. After several years now of doing so, I want to share my tricks and tips with others who are still struggling.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Gluten-Free Featured Product: Tom's of Maine Soap


A regular postings of gluten-free products that I use myself and are available in my local grocery store.  You can check your local store for these items, order them online, or ask your store to stock them. I do not have any relationship with the companies in question, nor do I receive any form of compensation for these reviews. Gluten-Free status is based on information from the manufacturer, the current Cecelia's Marketplace shopping guide and personal experience, and may change if the company changes formulation or manufacturing processes.
Tom's of Maine Bar Soap

One thing that slips through the cracks when most people avoid gluten is skin-care products.  Gluten can be used as an emollient in lotions, soaps, shampoos, shaving creams, etc.  Any of these can enter the mouth or be left on the hands after use, putting you at risk.  

Tom's of Maine bar soaps are gluten-free, and reasonably priced compared to small-market gluten-free natural soaps.  They're also generally available in the health and beauty section of both grocery and big box stores like Target.  There is an unscented sensitive skin version, as well as various others (I like the citrus energizing scent). 

The soap is gluten-free per the Tom's of Maine website.  Note that this applies to the bar soap only; the liquid hand soap and body wash contain wheat. 

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