2015 Holiday Gift Guide - Allergy-Friendly Beauty
If you or someone you plan to gift to has a major allergy it can be hard to find fabulous beauty gifts during the holidays. While you can look through ingredient lists and see that products are void of certain allergens such as gluten or nuts, it doesn't mean cross-contamination isn't still a possiblity. For that reason, it's always important to check directly with brands regarding specific products prior to use, but we've done some research over the years and found that some of the following products/brands tend to do well with those that suffer with Celiac disease and some work well for those with nut allergies.
Again, please use these as general suggestions and check (or have the recipient double-check) prior to use.
1. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils (some nut-free)
I have seen Shu Uemura's cleansing oils recommended for nut-allergy sufferers many times as they, unlike some other cleansing oils, do not use nut oils in some of them. Definitely double-check regarding cross-contamination and updated ingredients, but I know some nut-free peeps that swear by them!
Price - $31-67 retail (150-450 ml)
Where to Buy - ShuUemura-usa.com
2. E.L.F. Cosmetics (gluten-free ingredients)
Again, double-check with E.L.F. prior to use, but they have been open about the fact that they don't use gluten in their products with the exception of a mascara I believe. Keep in mind, while they don't use gluten, they can't guarantee that the machinery used during manufacturing isn't contaminated. That being said, E.L.F. has been recommended by a number of gluten-free individuals and organizations as working for many of those with Celiac disease.
Price - varies (very budget-friendly)
Where to Buy - elfcosmetics.com, also available at a number of big box stores such as Walmart, Target, etc.
3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (gluten-free ingredients)
We absolutely adore Hourglass and their Ambient Lighting Powder is to die for (we've featured them many times), but they also have the added benefit of not using gluten in their products (along with a lack of parabens, fragrance, talc, nanoparticles and they're cruelty-free). That being said, double-check to make sure cross-contamination isn't an issue. If this can work for you definitely snatch some up or gift them--they're beautiful!
Price - $45 retail
4. Green Envee Nut-Free Skincare
This brand is new to us, but it does have a dedicated nut-free skincare line, which could be fabulous for nut-allergy sufferers! It looks as if they offer everything from lip enhancers to face masks, so check them out.
Price - varies
Where to Buy - greenenvee.com
5. Red Apple Lipstick (gluten-free products, some nut-free)
Red Apple Lipstick has been on our radar for some time and we've reviewed their lipsticks and glosses quite a few times over the years. The lipsticks perform very well and they have the added benefit of being a gluten-free company that also offers some nut-free lipsticks to boot!
If you search "red apple lipstick" on our site you'll see all of our past reviews, but here are some of our favorite reds!
Price - $23.50 retail per lipstick
I hope this helps anyone looking for allergy-friendly beauty products for the holidays! Don't forget to check back as we roll out additional pieces of our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.
Note: We have received press samples from some of the brands mentioned above in the past. All opinions are our own.