Soy & Wheat Derivatives

Where brands use purified soy and wheat derived ingredients, SCA will endorse products with the Allergy Certified logo that do not contain gluten. The proteins called Gliadin and Glutenin, when combined in water form gluten. Gluten is a protein that is responsible for allergies to soy and other wheat derived grains. Includes any ingredient that is derived from: soy, wheat, rye, barley or oats including but not limited to: hydrolised wheat protein, wheat germ oil, oat meal. Where a product has been clinically tested & found to be safe for sensitive-allergy prone skin, SCA will endorse the product based on clinical findings confirming suitability for the skin.

Allergens Requiring Bold Text Labelling.

Current cosmetic labelling law does not require product labels to highlight allergens in bold text (this only applies to food labels). Brands that license SCA's Allergy certified seal, pledge to always provide Safety Advice to consumers; by highlighting potential allergens in bold text, followed by stating the appropriate safety advice such as: 'this product contains potential allergens' or 'allergens are highlighted in bold' and 'always patch test before use' and 'discontinue use if irritation ocurs'. These terms protect both the manufactuerer and consumers alike. Consumers with allergies should always read the product label, and manufacturers should always provide appropriate safety advice to consumers, provided on each product and point of sale. Due to a lack of evidence, the following potential allergens are optional for brands to provide allergy and safety advice: LanolinCoconut SurfactantsAnimal TallowCocamidopropyl BetaineAHA AcidsPropylene glycolEthylene glycolPropylene glycolHydrochloric acidAcetoneTetrachloroethyleneTrisodium NTA, Adverse Reactions To Essential Oils.


Other names include: Triticum Vulgare (wheat), Hordeum Vulgare (barley), Avena Sativa (oatmeal). The 2015 Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel concluded that their studies indicate that soy, and hydrolised cosmetic ingredients, are unlikely to cause skin irritation or allergy.


Wheat derivatives are used in skin care products like creams to lotions, face and body oils, balms and salves. They are also used in hair products and conditioning agents. "Cosmetics containing hydrolysed wheat proteins (HWP) can induce rare but severe allergic reactions." - NCBI


  • Cosmetics & Gluten Sensitivity: "They are highly processed and purified, and it is extremely unlikely that any trace of gluten would get through the manufacturing process and end up on a users skin. Even if it were to do so there’d be very little chance of it getting across the skin. So I’d have to say that logically people with a known sensitivity to gluten can use products with wheat derivatives in them without fear. But us humans aren’t that logical and I can understand why they might not want to take the chance", he also advises to especially exercise caution with children that have allergies - Wheat Alergies by Cosmetic Scientist

  • "Can Gluten Be Absorbed Through Skin? According to the Mayo Clinic, gluten can’t be absorbed through the skin. Since the gluten proteins are very large, it’s virtually impossible for it to be absorbed. The main issue arises when it’s accidentally swallowed or ingested. That’s why it’s so important to use gluten free products are your mouth such as lipstick and lip balm." - Adam Bryan,



"If you’ve patch tested positive for propolis, common cross reactants include balsam of peru, fragrances, cinnamon alcohol, cinnamic acid, and vanillin. Avoid carnauba wax, beeswax (it could be contaminated with propolis) and colophonium, too. And look out for other ingredients that can be problematic in propolis like benzyl cinnamate, methyl cinnamate, and benzyl salicylate." - VMV Hypoalergenics

Amina Kitching