A corn allergy sufferer has to watch out for more than just foods; anything that comes into contact with our bodies can cause a reaction. Here are some of the name-brand bath products that I use that I have never reacted to:
- Zum Bar Goat's Milk Soap (Frankincense & Myrrh only)
- Colgate Shaving Cream for sensitive skin
- Softsoap Antibacterial Hand Soap
- Secret Platinum Protection Antiperspirant & Deodorant
- L'Oreal alcohol-free gel
- Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry toothpaste
- Johnson & Johnson or CVS store brand powder (plain old talc)
- Castor oil (applied to wet skin)
- Chapstick and Vaseline for lip care
I've removed L'Oreal shampoo and conditioner from the list of safe products. Seems they've changed their ingredients, and they appear to be unsafe now. I heard from Charlotte that the Savonnerie shampoo and conditioner at www.gfsoap.com is safe. I've ordered some, and I'll keep you posted! Fellow corn allergy sufferer Mary has told me that she has not had any reaction to Jason's Sea Fresh Toothpaste.
Lately, I've been experimenting with soaps, lotions and "body butters" found at TJ Maxx. They are rather inexpensive, often made in England, and have not yet caused me to have a reaction. Usually, the only questionable ingredient is glycerin, but to date I've not had a problem with any of the ones I've used. Since the brands and availability vary (TJ Maxx is a "closeout" store), I'm not listing them, but if you have the time and inclination to try them, it might be worth it.
I have never come across a safe sunscreen or hairspray. Generally, I avoid Vitamin E and C in products, unless I can be sure it's not from corn. Glycerin is another problem ingredient, and even citric acid. Once in a while, I'll even see corn oil in a product.
Although I have never tried it, I have heard that Tom's of Maine shampoo is okay. I have also heard others say that Dr. Bronners soap is okay, as well as Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil bar soap. I don't wear makeup either, but I've heard that makeup from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics might be okay, as well as Bare Escentuals by Bare Makeup. A fellow corn allergy sufferer has told me that KY jelly is safe, but NOT the generic brands.