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Gluten Free Lipstick Giveaway

I’m having so much fun giving products away this holiday season!  Here is your chance to win some amazing gluten free lipstick and lipgloss.

The folks at Red Apple Lipstick will be offering a tube of lipstick, lipgloss and a sample pack of goodies to one lucky winner.  Add a comment below and make sure you are following us on Facebook.  We’ll pick a winner next week!

Red Apple Lipstick is gluten-free, paraben-free and Vitamin E enriched.  It smells great, feels great, tastes great and doesn’t stick to your teeth. It glides on smooth and moisturizes all day and with every application.  And it won’t make you sick!

Think how many times a day you lick your lips and are ingesting your lipstick.  Yuck!  Good luck and I hope you win this great little prize for the holidays.

Our next giveaway:  Gluten Free Candy Canes! 

Congratulations to Jeanie for wining the package of goodies for her lips!



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88 Responses to “Gluten Free Lipstick Giveaway”

  1. Kim L says:

    gluten free lipsticks are so hard to find!! Thanks for the tip on this company!!

    • Jen Cafferty says:

      I found them on Facebook, believe it or not! I’m so happy I found them:)

    • Tricia says:

      I spoke to the Celiac Institute in Chicago. Currently Red Apple Lipsticks testing methods for gluten are by test strip kit on their website. This method of gluten testing is not backed by the Celiac Institute of Chicago. No test kits for gluten test strips are medically backed at this time and supported in the medical community.

      Just feel it’s fair to make consumers aware of this. You may inquire at the Celiac Institute yourself, they stand behind their claim.

      All gluten sources to be gluten free must be tested by an independent lab. Please ask business for this proof of documentation by posting their results from the lab work they had done to test for gluten presence.

      • Jen Cafferty says:

        Hi Tricia,
        Thanks for your comments. I will have Jay from Red Apple Lipstick respond to your comment. In the meantime, I’ve never heard of the Celiac Institute of Chicago. Can you please let me know where they are located and who they are? I am aware of University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Program in Chicago but am not aware of any Celiac Institute. Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. Jen

        • Tricia says:

          Thank you Jen for the correction-I did mean,the University of Chicago-Celiac Disease Medical Center.

          Dr. Stefano Guandalini, MD. The medical Director, he’s addressed the following statement below.

          “I think these kits may offer to the public false confidence about foods/items being gluten-free and should not be used. This is indeed my position and the position of our Celiac Disease Center.”

          You may check with the Celiac Intolerance Group, Cynthia Kupper, she shares the same viewpoint as do most lab professionals and medical community about these home test kits not being suitable. She’s the Executive Director of the Gluten Intolerance Group of NA if you wish to contact her.

          At present the medical community supports independent lab testing through accredited labs and proof through documentation of those results from the lab.

      • Jay Harper says:

        OH we totally agree! After you pointed out to us on facebook about Elisa’s policy on the test kits we changed our view of those tests. It’s unfortunate that Elisa mislead me in my initial contact with them by telling me that the test kits could be used on lipsticks. I am uncertain if they were just trying to sell us test kits or if they in fact believe that those test results would be fine, either way, they never pointed me to their FAQ page.

        Interesting that you bring up the University of Chicago-Celiac Disease Medical Center. I was talking to a colleague today who knows someone in this department and introduced me to a contact there for some guidance.

        We spent some time today discussing the debate specifically about the kits. Apparently there is a rather heated debate regarding consumer based gluten test kits for any product, including food (as Dr. Stefano Guandalini pointed out in his statement) , based on the poor results due to user handling or something of the sorts. The manufactures disagree so who can tell. The doctors are doctors and the manufactures are lab people. Both intelligent, but from opposite schools of thought I suppose. From what I understand, the manufacturers want to sell the kits but the foundations are not too sure that they are good for the consumers and could possibly provide false confidence. Curious to know how new consumer based test kits are to the market?? When I brought the issue up to Elisa, they didn’t exactly address the issue but simply restated the simple language on their FAQ page. We are certainly not trying to trick or fool the consumer and have stated on our website that the kits are not validated for anything other than food. But I do know that Elisa gave me some very specific guidelines on how to test, how to introduce gluten to the tests and so forth. We were simply checking cross contamination and testing environments.

        We are excited about this new knowledge and all of the new contacts we have made. We can’t wait to explore these relationships deeper.

        I am confident that RAL products are gluten free. The amazing team of cosmetic chemists who put this formula together are extraordinary. They are based in the United States and they have been producing cosmetic formulas of all sorts since 1976.

        This is not a garage made, grass roots product. This is a well thought out, well structured operation with over 4 years of development behind it and we are here to stay.

        Our original intention over 4 years ago was not to make a “gluten free lipstick” but simply to make a world class “red lipstick”. After a couple of years of development and fooling around with chinese based suppliers (which was a nightmare by the way) we decided that there MUST be someway to achieve our goals right in here in the US of A. With that thought in mind, we began to seek out the top cosmetic chemists in the country. After some lengthy research, we concluded that only two companies had what we were looking for. The “right stuff” per se.

        The one we chose asked us some questions. Questions such as “Jay, do you want to use parabens?” This led to overall discussions of safety which led in turn to discussions of gluten as a part of the overall process. I made a judgement call and decided that I wanted nothing in our products that could be potentially harmful to anyone. To that end, no ingredient in our products are derived from a source of gluten. I had no idea of the ramifications of this decision nor a premonition that I was about to create the world’s best gluten free lipstick.

        In the works? Next we plan to offer a Gluten free lip liner and a gluten free lip balm as part of our ongoing expansion. These products should be out early 2012. So stay tuned and Merry Christmas!

        • Tricia says:

          Hello Jay:

          Perhaps you misunderstood? I’m not someone you’ve spoken with in the past.

          I don’t see any information on your FBsite about a discussion about allergy testing? Is there?

          My comment above was about your personal website. This is why I made the comment.

          You had the test kit posted on there I recall.

          Since you are aware of the test kits not being valid for testing gluten from your lipstick. Currently, how have you tested to know your product is gluten free?

          I do not believe the lab is bad. I’m a nurse and had the test kit in autumn. Yet I agree, if in the hands of someone who doesn’t read the instructions on how to test and what only to test it on. You can get inaccurate results.

          This is why products called waived testing for medical use are only limited to glucose monitors and urine strips. Ideally because the consumer can misunderstand it’s use or make a judgment call on someone’s health being ok when it really is not due to misunderstanding of use.

          A woman I work with emailed me the Dr’s statement yesterday after we were discussing it in the past. I remember when I got my kit it came with clear instructions and their lab instructions online where clear as well.

          They stated to not use it as valid testing for anything other then food/drink. Their statement They recommended you get lab tests for items of household cleaners, cosmetics, medications and hair products I believe for accurate results as they didn’t promise otherwise testing on anything else would be valid.

          I do not believe that the lab is a negative company. They are doing what is correct. It’s just a matter of the consumer using their head to think about the test itself yet also researching it’s use and it’s ability.

          If it was made to replace real lab testing. Why would that lab do that when they charge already hundreds of dollars to do private testing for gluten for commerical companies? It would not make sense, to say they want to make less money in their business.

          This is why it’s been sold to consumers as a screening device, not a commerical scanner for consumer products. The FDA makes labs test their food for allergens. They would never okay a test strip for affirming anything. No medical expert would agree.

          I think if you are to gain any knowledge of lab testing properly since you are creating your own product, you should always confirm this source with your personal chemists you have. And also have them call and investigate testing methods if they are not going to test it themselves. Business or marketing sales people are there to sell a product, that’s all. No one would have surgery performed from a vaccumm sales person, would they? So why would you believe a person at the lab selling these to tell you their company policy is different then how they stated it on their wesbite and instructions? They would be marketing it on their website if it was ok to test on cosmetics as, can be tested on Food, Drink and Cosmetics then. They never did. They aren’t wrong in this or misleading I feel.

          The labs statement you refer to is their legal clause. Just like your statement as you know since you wrote it, is where you tell customers on your site, “If you have gluten or allergies you should test the product on yourself before use.” You are legally telling people, your company removes legal responability from gluten reactions to your product.

          These are legal statements that remove companies from being held responsible if elisa gets a consumer who tests it on make up which it was not intended to, this is why they would require you remove claims that you do and also why they say they are not held legally responsible for results being accurate.

          To say their company is misleading for saying that, is reflecting the same for your mission statement as well on your site.

          Where is your proof of medical testing for your gluten testing? Where do you test? How do we know for sure?

          Some Celiacs react to skin irritation from gluten others do not. Skin testing isn’t a reliable test to distinguish presence of gluten. There are over 300 symptoms of Celiac Disease reaction to gluten. Dermatologic is only one form and only in small percentage but not all. It depends on which of the few genes that Celiac person carries on how severely or not they react. Internally or externally.

          • Jay Harper says:

            You are right on the ball! And thank you so much for your words of wisdom and advice.

            The whole team is on board and we are always moving towards the right direction.

            No products containing gluten are used in the manufacturing process.

            We are currently taking bids from independent labs specializing in this testing. We are open to all suggestions.

          • Tricia says:

            Your company was not aware how to properly test for gluten before.

            How do you know currently your products do not contain gluten?

            As you have not run tests on the sources; despite they may not be sources of wheat germ and known gluten. They still may have have cross residue from other sources.

            Your chemists that helped designed your product should be able to guide you to a proper lab for testing.

            You could use Elisa Technologies Laboratory, it has been around since 1991 for commerical testing and are trusted and licensed.

            Otherwise you may contact any commerical testing laboratory in the United States. They are located every where.

            Allergen testing is a basic and regularly run test for companies compliant with selling products to consumer.

            Labs will be able to test your product and have results in 2 days turn around time. They are that quick.

          • Jay Harper says:

            BIA Diagnotics in house tests are 0 ppm

        • pamela says:

          I have just ordered Diamond Sands lipgloss. As a student of interior design, I’ve learned much about green living and have decided to incorporate green into as many aspects of my life as possible. Thanks Pamela

  2. cheryl says:

    Would love to win this giveaway

  3. Tracy Ritter says:

    I didnt realize that some lipstick is not gluten free! I definitely want to check this brand out. Thank You!

  4. Carey Petty says:

    Love that there are so many options for people who need gluten free products!
    Keep up the good work!

  5. Kim L says:

    i folow you on facebook

  6. Kim Whaley says:

    This is a great idea. No more worries!!

  7. Kim L says:

    I found out in may that I have celic, it has been ECXTREMELY difficult to find out what lipstick does NOT contain gluten…so many do BUT it is hard to find out what the ingredient is…..very challenging on top of everything else we celiacs have to worry about. thank you for making it easy!

  8. Kila Kitu Garrett says:

    I am so new to all of this! What a wonderful find! I never thought about lipstick but I definitely look forward to trying these products!!

  9. Rhonda says:

    What a great Christmas gift! Would fit perfectly in MY stocking! ;>)

    • Jen Cafferty says:

      I agree! The perfect stocking stuffer. I think the company is also coming out with lip liner. I’m hoping they’ll come to the next GF Expo and we can try their liner, gloss and lip stick and see our favorite colors! Plus, I LOVE their program where you can send in your old tube for a discount!!

      • Jay Harper says:

        I totally agree. This is a wonderful stocking stuffer! And yes, please visit our page about our lipstick exchange program. It’s very easy to find in the big green buttons at the top of

        You would be SHOCKED at the number of old lipsticks we receive in the mail each day from ladies trading in.

        Saving one pair of lips at a time!

  10. Pauline C says:

    I would love to try this lipstick! I have one and it is very dry and hard to use! This sounds wonderful!!!

    • Jay Harper says:

      Oh Pauline – you poor thing…my wife says lipsticks like that are the worst!! I can’t wait to hear your feedback after trying Red Apple – it’s moisturizing and smooth. It will be a nice relief – do a lipstick exchange – we would love to throw that dry/hard one away for you! :)

  11. Regina says:

    Never thought about lipstick containing gluten. Thank YOU!! : )

  12. Jenne Griffin says:

    I need this really badly.

  13. All of Arbonne’s cosmetics, personal care products, protein shakes and supplements are Gluten Free. You can order securely online and have the products at your door in about 4-5 working days.

    • Jen Cafferty says:

      Hi Diana,

      Last I heard, there was some controversy about Arbonne. Do you know the source of their Vitamin E? That would help a lot and I’ll check into the other issues that I heard about. I think it had something to do with the supplements. Do you know anything about this? Maybe you could get our readers some information about the how Arbonne tests for gluten contamination in the products and then they can start buying Arbonne if it is truly safe. Thanks so much! Jen

  14. Susan Allred says:

    Wow, this sounds really great. Would love to win so I can try gluten free lipstick.

  15. Karen Maier says:

    So now I am wondering if my makeup has gluten in it. Is it easy to find out. Would love to win this lipstick to try it.

  16. Christy says:

    i can never seem to figure out how to tell if lipstick is gluten free. i would love to try this brand. thanks!

  17. Annie says:

    I’ve only recently become aware of the need for gluten free cosmetics. I was wondering why socializing always seemed to bring on symptoms, even when I knew the food to be safe. It’s my makeup, not a food or drink!

    • Jen Cafferty says:

      Annie – how amazing you figured that out!! Good for you. I bet that happens to a lot of people and they never figure out what the problem is from. They probably just assume that they are eating something that was contaminated. Thanks for sharing! Jen

  18. Meghan says:

    I would love these! I’ve pretty much given up on wearing lipstick, and I used to love it

  19. Lynn Sepkowski says:

    GF Lipstick + Apple flavor= A very happy Me!!! Thank you for making a great product while ensuring it is GF!!!

  20. Rachael says:

    Sounds great! I’m now a fan on Facebook, too.

  21. Rachael says:

    Sounds great! I also now “liked” you on Facebook.

  22. Barbara says:

    I’m a newly diagnosed Celiac and yay! another lipstick brand to check out!

    • Jen Cafferty says:

      Could you respond to this comment and help the other folks by letting them know what other brands you have found to be gluten free? Personally, I haven’t ever been concerned about my lipstick, but I know a lot of my readers need gluten free lipstick. Could you tell us what you have found? Thanks! Jen

  23. Noeli says:

    I’d like to try it…. never thought of this…

  24. Amber says:

    I would love to wear a new color!

  25. Terri says:

    I would love a safe lipstick that I can wear and love new colors. People are just amazed when I say there is gluten in lipsticks, “Its not like you eat it.” So I tell them “But its on your lips, close to your mouth and gets on your food when eating or drinking so yes you can ingest it.”

  26. Susan Allred says:

    This lipstick sures sounds yummy. Can’t wait to try it !

  27. Yvonne says:

    Very interesting in trying a gluten free lipstick

  28. Colette says:

    i had no idea i even had to think about lipstick!! (which thankfully i rarely wear) but on the very few date nights my husband & i get away from our boys i do like it. i’ll have to start paying attention. thanks for posting this.

    • Jay Harper says:

      Ya know, there is a lot of debate over whether or not gluten free cosmetics is important. Some folks in the world feel that you cannot pull gluten through your skin at all, some beg to differ. The way I feel about is this. Our product, mineral based, is CERTAINLY a better alternative and a better choice than any poorly made lipstick. The way lipsticks are made is scary. Most of them, especially the cheap brands, are FULL of preservatives to help them last through a nuclear war while they sit on boats from china, to warehouses, to drug store shelves. These preservatives alone are linked to breast cancer as they keep finding the chemical compounds in tumors. Pretty scary. Gluten by itself, even for those without a sensitivity, is thought to be bad for you. I hope you give our products a try. It really is a great product.

      • Mr. Harper, My daughter found out she has celiac disease six months ago. We are looking for a support group or any group with other people with celiac disease. I would like to win your lipsticks for her. She is willing to try anything gluten free. Thank you Brenda Howell

  29. Alena M says:

    Sounds awesome! Would love to try this

  30. molly says:

    This sounds sooooooooo wonderful. My daughter with special needs loves putting on lip gloss everyday, because her lips are so dry. and I could use the lip stick. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the info. Glad there is more items coming out with gluten free.
    Thanks again,

  31. Linda Stoddard says:

    Thanks so much for adding me in for the yummilicious lipstick giveaway! And happy holidays to you and your family! Linda

  32. Jay Harper says:

    To let everyone know, we are also running a 20% off special through Christmas. The details of the coupon code can be found on our Facebook page at

    Something else you might be interested in is our Lipstick Exchange program. You can find the details of that on our website.

    And thank you Jen for the thoughtful comments and the giveaway. I really appreciate it!

    Jay Harper
    CEO – Red Apple Lipstick

  33. Von says:

    My sisters’ have a couple of these wonderful lipsticks and glosses, looking to add some to my collection!!

  34. Gail says:

    I need a pretty red lipstick for the holidays!

    • Valerie Bright says:

      I just wanted to write a few words about RAL. I have been using their lipstick and glosses for about a month now and I could not be happier.

      First of all, the colors are beautiful! I have Plum Sexy Crazy and Secrets. I also have Dancing Princess and Wonderland lip glosses. They are so easy to wear, feel great, and look amazing! I am very picky about my lipstick. My husband get SO annoyed with me if he is out shopping with me because I will be in the make-up aisle forever, carefully scrutinizing every color, every promise on the package. I am never happy when I bring it home. The color always looks different than under the store’s fluorescent lighting. Then I am stuck. In the past I have given up and just wore chapstick and forgo any color. How boring.

      Then I happened upon RAL’s facebook page. I was intrigued. The colors were smashing, and the promise of being able to exchange the lipstick for any reason, even if the color is wrong! Wow. I had to try.

      Let me also say a word about RAL being gluten, paraben, and allergen free. Until now, I never gave a thought about that stuff. I have no allergies (other than the usual pollen and dust) and as far as I know do not have an intolerance to gluten. I never even heard of the word ‘paraben’ until now. RAL has inspired me to read up on these terms. Scary! The crap we put in our food and cosmetics… no wonder we are all sick all the time. Parabens are especially scary to me. This preservative has been found in breast cancer- my grandmother passed away from breast cancer. Of course major companies and lobbyists are going to say that there is no proof parabens cause breast cancer; that is bad for business. Parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors! And not just as a fluke or a one-off! They have been found many times over many studies. That is enough for me to pause and start checking labels. Having a product that is free from parabens and gluten is a huge plus.

      Back to Red Apple Lipstick. I appreciate the fact they have free shipping. I appreciate the fact they give discounts. I appreciate the fact they have an exchange (this is the offer I used to get my current RAL products). Their customer service is top notch.

      RAL has excellent, beautiful lipsticks and you cannot beat their customer service- something that is hard to find these days.

  35. Miss Jane says:

    I am looking for gluten free products to replace some of my current cosmetics. Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win.


    • Jen Cafferty says:

      Hi Jane,

      We have chosen you as the winner of the gluten-free lipstick. Please let me know what color lipstick and lip gloss you would like to receive. I will also need a mailing address and your email. You can send me an email at jen(at)gfreelife(dot)com


  36. Marci F. says:

    So glad I found you on Facebook, can’t wait to try your products – now to just pick a color!

  37. angie sutphin says:

    oh, goodness! gf lipstick! awesome!!! i wanna win this!!!

  38. angie sutphin says:

    i also liked you on fb! happy christmas!

  39. I would love to win this, Jen! Wow! I never thought about gluten being in ou lipstick! Thanks for the info too!

  40. I all ready “like” you on FB. I just posted about the give a way on FB.

  41. Just received by first Red Apple Lipstick. Love it.

    • Jay Harper says:

      Rosemarie!! I’m so glad you love your new stick! Red! is an awesome color on any skin tone…but…you didn’t use a 20% off coupon!! Details are on our facebook welcome tab – great stocking stuffer ;)

  42. Debbie says:

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks!

  43. Diane says:

    I would love to win a gluten free lipstick. I never thought about my lipstick having gluten in it.

  44. Kara says:

    Great information. I’ll have to try their products!

  45. Catybakes says:

    My daughter and I just recently figured out that our lip balms and other lip products were making us ill. I’ve been researching gluten free lip sticks and glosses online for the past two weeks. Talk about great timing!

  46. Gwen Ray says:

    How amazing! Another source for gluten free products!

  47. Sharon says:

    What girl doesn’t love lipstick!!!! Yipee!

  48. Sue Rusch says:

    My daughter asks all the time about lip gloss, but we have never been really sure what was safe for her to use. Thanks for the info. on Red Apple!

  49. SHILO KNOLL says:

    I would love to win this for my daughter. She has lost all of her hair and would love some Gluten Free lip gloss.

  50. Penny says:

    I need a new lipstick! :)

  51. Paulette says:

    Just got my lipstick and lip gloss in the mail and am very pleased. The lip gloss was great for my daughter as well. Very happy to find an affordable lipstick where we don’t have to worry about chemicals or gluten!

  52. Cheri says:

    Wow, did not know they even made gluten-free lipstick!

  53. Jeanie says:

    Yes, I am amazed as well, I have been Gluten-Free only a little while so this would really be a nice boost for the ole self esteem. Thanks for the offer any way.

    • Jen Cafferty says:

      Hi Jeanie,
      You are the winner of the lipstick, lip gloss and sample pack. Congratulations! Please email me your full name at address so we can send you your prize pack. Send the information to
      jen (at) gfreelife (dot) com

    • Jay Harper says:

      Congratulations Jeanie!

      Excited to send your your “winnings”. Please let jen know also what color of lipstick and color of lipgloss you would like and also let Jen know it’s ok to release your email address to us so our website can send you the tracking number.

      Jay Harper

  54. Erin says:

    Love the Red Apple Lipstick colors. I have been GF for years, and I didn’t even know my lipstick had gluten in it. Thanks!

  55. Christine says:

    I think I would love this. I tried other brands and they just didn’t work. I am hoping to receive this, I am down to almost none in the way of cosmetics, this would be a good start for me. I love the colors and have been looking for a red lipstick that wasn’t too dark. Thank you for making this lipstick.

  56. Christine says:

    I had just received my red apple lipstick, and was amazed at the color and the feel of it. This lipstick made me want to toss out all my other lipsticks and wear only one. Thanks again for this great product.

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