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Allergen Information

The In The Potter's Hand Team is committed to providing you and all of our customers with complete and accurate allergen information for every product we manufacture. 

We employ meticulous care with our production methods and offer full disclosure of all our ingredients; a rare occurrence in the skincare industry, where proprietary formulas and hidden ingredients are common.

Allergen Tracking of All Ingredients and Their Sources

Our company understands your need for accurate allergen information, as an essential element in choosing the best products for your skin and health. With this understanding as a guiding principle, we work with our suppliers, investigate ingredients and design formulas specifically to prevent the presence of undeclared or unintended ingredients and cross-contamination between products.

Full Disclosure of Ingredients, Additives and Preservatives

The ingredients are fully disclosed for all products, including the additives and preservatives found within the ingredients themselves. This policy gives you the necessary tools to find products that will help you cope and live comfortably.

“Isolation of Production” Prevents Cross-Contamination

The use of separate production areas and equipment, no shared production lines, along with hand production of individual batches, maintains tight control over the quality and allergen status. The quality assurance practices and policies that we follow ensure the quality and purity of every product we make. We are unaware of any other company providing this level of attention to allergen status or transparency in production methods. 

Our production team adheres to these essential practices and policies so that you can use In The Potter's Hand Products with the utmost confidence. 

The general allergen status is determined and maintained by researching ingredients and by consultation with our suppliers. All of the products are produced in a dedicated, gluten-free facility. The gluten-free status is verified by off-site, independent lab testing with a sensitivity of <3 ppm.

We are not aware of any other company providing this level of attention to allergen status or transparency in production methods.

Allergen List

There are two main types of alcohols used in skincare, hair and bath products. 

One category includes the aromatic, drying alcohols that we are all familiar with, the ones that evaporate quickly, leave a cooling sensation and often irritate the skin. Alcohol Ingredient names in this category include: isopropyl alcohol, rubbing alcohol, SD Alcohol, denatured Alcohol, ethanol, grain alcohol, vodka etc. This type of alcohol is not well tolerated on the skin by individuals that have sensitive skin, dry skin or any of a long list of skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea or dermatitis. 

When people see the word “alcohol” we tend to equate it with these drying alcohols, however there is another other type of alcohol that you will frequently find while reading ingredient lists – this is the category of the fatty alcohols. They are non-drying and non-irritating to skin. These waxy substances are well tolerated and beneficial as a conditioner and emollient. Fatty alcohols can be derived from petrochemical sources or naturally derived from plant oils or animal fats. 

Some of the more common alcohol Ingredient names in the fatty acid category include: Cetearyl alcohol, capric alcohol, cetyl alcohol, and stearyl, alcohol.

Our products do NOT contain typical, drying alcohol ingredients. The cetearyl alcohol in the lotion and the conditioner is derived from natural sources of coconut or palm.
Every one of our products is free of casein, other dairy products and any ingredient derived from dairy sources. Please note that the Shea Butter is not a dairy product and does not contain any casein or dairy derivatives. The term “butter” is a descriptive term referring to the texture of the oil.

Corn derivatives are hiding everywhere, in foods of course, but also in the ingredients used to create products for hair and skin.  These ingredients are so numerous and so ubiquitous that the search for corn free products becomes a huge struggle. Gluten-Free Savonnerie products do not contain any of these ingredients

We work closely with our suppliers to track allergens as we chose our ingredients; we also research and disclose the original sources used to manufacture the ingredients so that you can use Gluten-Free Savonnerie products with confidence.

Regarding Propylene Glycol used in the products:

The Propylene Glycol used in the Gluten-Free Savonnerie Shampoo, Conditioner and Moisturizer Lotion is synthetic (man made) from petroleum sources, not corn sources. 

If Propylene Glycol is of special concern, you may wish to read the ingredient listing on your food packaging carefully as propylene glycol is commonly used in the food industry.

Regarding Glycerin used in the products:

The Glycerin used in the Gluten-Free Savonnerie Conditioner and Moisturizing Lotion is made from palm, not corn sources. 

All of our products are free of any colorants or dyes.

Synthetic dyes and colorant chemicals are made from coal tar, a petroleum product; they often trigger contact dermatitis and are suspects in a variety of other health problems. Based on their dubious history in the research, we leave them out of our formulas and view them as entirely unnecessary ingredients. 

People tend avoid dyes and colorants for many different reasons including: 

  •  Allergies
  •  Contact Dermatitis or other skin troubles
  •  As part the Feingold program for Autism or ADHD
  •  Avoidance due to following health regiments for cancer prevention or treatment

Artificial dyes and colorant chemicals are also under scientific investigation for the possibility that they produce anxiety, headaches and hyperactivity.

You can use all of our products confident that they are dye and colorant free.

All of our products products are free of fish derived ingredients and shellfish derived ingredients.

We work closely with our suppliers to track allergens as we chose our ingredients; we also research and disclose the original sources used to manufacture the ingredients so that you can use our products with confidence.

Perfume, cologne, fragrance oils, essential oils, herbal scent, and masking fragrance are all names used to identify fragrances that permeate daily life. People generally enjoy them so the market has responded by adding them to almost everything. It makes sense to choose a scent that appeals to us, in the hope that it will appeal to those around us; or it makes sense until you find out that you have a problem with fragrance.

The reality is that perfumes and synthetic fragrance oils are a major cause of dermatitis, skin allergy or skin irritation, and the problem is growing. They can be composed of a wide variety of synthetic chemicals, including solvents and alcohols, herbal and other plant derived materials or even animal derived ingredients. The problem is compounded by the fact that there can be over a hundred different ingredients in some perfumes and the formulas are normally proprietary so you can never know exactly what they contain. 

Fragrances can aggravate other health problems, contribute to depression and are a common cause of headaches. They may become a serious threat to people with chemical sensitivities, asthma or reactive airway disease. These examples are a sampling of why so many people find fragrances offensive and why some need to avoid them altogether. 

You have found the right company if you need truly gluten-free skincare and bath products.

  • All of our products are free of gluten, gluten containing grains and their derivatives.
  • The products are handcrafted in a dedicated, gluten-free facility
  • Their gluten-free status is verified by off-site independent lab testing, with a sensitivity of < 3 ppm

In The Potter's Hand is the trusted and preferred source for gluten-free hair care, bath and skincare products, with a strong commitment to providing you and all of our customers with the highest quality, gluten-free products available.

All of our products are free of latex containing ingredients from natural rubber.

We make every effort to keep latex proteins out of our facility by choosing product packing and ingredient containers without rubber, using latex free gloves for all production and cleaning applications and buying equipment for product production without rubber washers or parts. This effort extends to our office and non-production areas as well, with the use of latex free computer mouse pads and latex free rubber bands in the office and latex-free gloves and supplies for cleaning.

All of our products are free of Paraben.

We work closely with our suppliers to track allergens as we chose our ingredients; we also research and disclose the original sources used to manufacture the ingredients so that you can use our products with confidence.

All of our products are free of peanuts and peanut related ingredients.

We work closely with our suppliers to track allergens as we chose our ingredients; we also research and disclose the original sources used to manufacture the ingredients so that you can use our products with confidence.

All of our products are free of dyes, colorants, fragrances or added salicylate chemicals, however we do not claim that our products are salicylate-free as many plant and natural ingredients contain salicylates in the structure of the plant.

The salicylate level in our products is negligible. The products are used successfully by many who avoid salicylates and our products are compliant with Feingold Association standards.

The GFS Moisturizing Lotion and Soaps have the highest salicylate content; the Shampoo, Dazzle Tooth Powder and Pit Stop Deodorant & Body Powder have the lowest salicylate content. 

Most of our products are soy free.  Those that are not marked soy free contain vitamin E, which is sourced from soy.  The products that contain soy include: Cuticle & Nail Oil, all Baby Balms, all Dakota Free Massage Oils, Sweet Body Scrub, Honey Lipz, both deodorants, "Day's End", and Identity Lip Support.  

Soybean oil has become a common ingredient in many foods and personal care products, which make soy a difficult allergen to avoid. People will avoid soy due to allergies, because of concerns over the use of genetically modified soybeans (GMO) and for a variety of general health reasons.

You can use our with confidence. We do not use GMO ingredients. We work closely with our suppliers to track allergens as we chose our ingredients; researching diligently and disclosing the original sources used to manufacture the ingredients so that there are no hidden ingredients in our products

All of our products are free of traditional tree nuts, tree nut oil or tree nut derivatives. 

Please NOTE:  Some of the products do contain coconut oil and/or shea butter which have not traditionally been recognized as tree nuts, but are currently included on the tree nut allergen list. An allergy to traditional tree nuts does not mean that you will also be allergic to coconut or shea. At this point is appears that only a small minority of nut allergic people are also allergic to coconut or shea, however you may be in that population, so use caution in introducing these allergens.

Coconut and Shea Butter are fully disclosed in each individual product’s ingredient list and on each individual product’s allergen checklist.  We are unaware of any other company providing this level of attention to allergen status or transparency in production methods, allergen tracking and ingredient disclosure.