Kudos to the Gluten-Free Optimist for her investigative reporting! As long as I can remember, my mother has used Vaseline products to moisturize her hands. It never occured to me to wonder what ingredients went into such a ubiquitous household product. According to customer service representatives the Optimist spoke with over the telephone, all Vaseline products except for Total Moisture Lotion are gluten-free, including (according their website) Vaseline Lip Therapy. Unless you get itchy, burning rashes (dermatitis herpetiformis) from skin products with gluten, the only way that the gluten in these products can affect you is if you accidentally ingest them. For example, if you rub your hands with lotion and then later while making food you lick your fingers, you’ve ingested a little bit of whatever was in your lotion. I like to squeeze lotion from bottles onto the back of one of my hands and use the back of my other hand to rub it in, thereby leaving my palms lotion-free. Just to be safe, though, it’s best to only use products that are gluten-free, and now you can add Vaseline to the list.
To do your own investigative reporting, call Vaseline at 1-800-457-7084 Monday to Friday, 8.30AM – 6.00PM EST.