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Vitamin E

7 Comments 20 March 2012

gluten free skin care vitamin E
E Gem Oil Drops Natural Vitamin E Derived From Soy

Remember my story about putting vitamin E oil on my dermatitis herpetiformis breakout?

Well, after learning that most vitamin E oil is derived from wheat germ, I had the hardest time finding anything to put on my face that didn’t contain vitamin E in it! I even learned that it isn’t always listed as “Vitamin E” either. A popular scientific code name for it on labels is “tocopherol“.

I’m grateful that in the last few years there have been a few products that have popped up that don’t contain vitamin E in them.

gluten free skin care soy derived vitamin e

Imagine how happy I was when a couple of years ago I discovered E Gem Oil derived from soy! Yay! I found it at Health Nuts in NYC.

If I ever get a cut or boo-boo that I don’t want to scar I put some of this on it. And since I have very dry skin, this is one of the oils I put on my face day and night instead of moisturizer.

I just know how hard it was for me to find this stuff, so I thought someone out there might be happy to find it too!

Oh, and I contacted J.R. Carlson Laboratories, the company that makes this, and asked for confirmation that it is gluten free. Here is the email they sent to me:

Hello Kelly,

We are very pleased that you enjoy our Vitamin E products so much.

We are also pleased to tell you that β€œall” our vitamins are gluten free as well.

Thank you for your inquiry,


J.R.Carlson Laboratorieis , Inc.
Customer Service Supervisor

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  1. 1
    Vicki says:

    Soy is a thyroid hormone-killer. No good!!

    I myself take Carlson’s Vitamin E Gems b/c it is very hypo allergic……but now I find out it is made of SOY!

    And I am already Hypo-thyroid! ONO. But thanks for the info. I thought the label said “No soy.”…….or I would not have bought it….

      Kelly says:

      Hi Vicki!

      Soy is a very controversial food! I try not to eat a lot of it, but I do enjoy some fermented soy now and then. So, I’m not that worried about using the soy derived e on my face. And I do switch it up a bit with other products that I’ll share soon.

      I’m sure as someone that is hypothyroid you should be extra careful about foods that can affect the thyroid.

      I found an interesting thread in the comments over at this soap blog (of all places) about transdermal penetration, or in other words…how things can penetrate the skin. Thought you or others might find it as interesting as I did

      Wishing you the best of health!

        Kelly says:

        PS Vicki…just wanting to make sure we are talking about the same thing…these are liquid drops…so maybe it sounds like you take capsules orally that are soy-free too. Double check your label. You may be OK.

  2. 2
    Lynne Lopes says:

    Kelly, thank you! I had no idea that Vit E oil was derived from wheat germ! I am not celiac, but I am gluten intolerant. My question is, when I take a Vit E supplement, do I have to worry about the Vit E inside being derived from wheat germ? I am new to this, as you can tell! Thanks so much again!

      Kelly says:

      Hi Lynne! Good question!

      Well, you should make sure that anything you ingest is gluten-free. Some people will only buy certified gluten-free products that are tested regularly to see if they contain any gluten. Others just check with manufacturers. Some just go by the ingredient list.

      And it isn’t always derived from wheat germ, but it is often derived from wheat germ.

      Hope this helps you and may you make the best decision for you!

  3. 3
    Kelly says:

    Lynne…one other thing…some people say that it is so highly refined by the time the oil is extracted from the wheat germ that there is no gluten left.

    Again…you have to decide. πŸ˜‰

  4. 4
    Heidi Sue says:

    The “processed pure” still reacts with my body. I found GF liquid, oral Vitamin E that I just use for topical needs.

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