As I?m sure you already know, it?s a daunting task to identify
products that contain soy, which has become quite ubiquitous. Like
many with a soy allergy, you probably spend a great deal of time
reading labels on food products in order to find those you can eat.
As you mentioned, over time, it?s possible to get a pretty good handle
on which products you enjoy that are also safe for you to consume.
However, the same is likely to hold true for other products. That is,
you may initially need to spend some time reading labels in order to
know which products contain soy or soy derivatives, until you?re able
to screen out those that you can and can?t use. You mentioned
personal care products in particular, but soy in various forms can
also be found in a wide variety of other products, including
everything from car wax to diesel fuel additives to towels to bear
attractant for hunters! Depending on your activities, you might also
want to know about some of these.
There are sites devoted to touting all the uses to which the soybean
may be put, and it might be a good idea to read through some of these
so you can get an idea of the sorts of products you might want to be
on the lookout for.
Here are some that have good information:
The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee has an extensive list.
Clicking on the links to the left will open a window listing a
manufacturer(s) or brand name(s) of that type of product:
A similar list can be found at SoyWorld. You might also like to sign
up for email notification of new products containing soy as they come
on the market. Note the subscription box below the list of products:
Here?s a site from a Minnesota company, ?New Line Products,? that
specializes in finding innovative uses for soy oil and has come up
with some very unusual products: http://www.newlineproducts.com/index.
ivnu . See the list on the left side of their page. Amazing.
The ?United Soybean Board,? here: http://www.unitedsoybean.org/ has a ?
Nonfood products? page, here: http://www.soybean.org/nonfoodproducts.
html with some interesting information.
However, as you?re already aware, in order to be able to tell whether
or not a particular product contains soy, you will need to either 1)
find it in a database of soy-containing products, or 2) have a list of
all the possible names/synonyms for soy in order to check individual
labels for such ingredients, or 3) both, which would probably be best.
The lists included in the links above are a good start for the first,
i.e. a database of products, but one of the most complete such
databases I?ve found that has the kind of information you?re looking
for is the ?HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS DATABASE? from the Specialized
Information Services, National Library of Medicine, National
Institutes of Health. The main website is here:
You?ll see a set of tabs along the top labeled Products, Ingredients,
and MSDS (or Material Safety Data Sheets), with the same links along
the left side. Clicking on ?Ingredients,? for example, brings up a
search box. Entering ?soy? in the box returns a list of 20 names for ?
soy.? ( http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/search
) Clicking on each of these names in turn gives an additional list of
synonyms for that name, as well as extensive and detailed information,
including lists of products by brand name. You can then click on
each of those, to get another detailed sheet with manufacturer
information and an explicit list of ingredients.
Another way to get to the individual product sheet(s) is to use the ?
Product? search, which allows you to enter brand names, manufacturers
or product types.
Bear in mind, however, that though the database is quite extensive, it?
s not inclusive of every possible product and brand name. For
instance, it doesn?t have Lubriderm, though it does contain quite a
few other brand names of hand and body lotions and creams. And
although you may or may not find a specific product here, it still
ought to be a useful tool as a first line attempt at discovering which
product(s) may contain soy.
Here?s their list (in alphabetical order) of personal products
Aussie Custard Apple Shampoo
Aussie Hair Insurance Leave In Conditioner
Aussie Mega Shampoo with Papaya Extract
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner
Aussie Real Volume Shampoo
Aussie Real Volume Leave In Volumizer
Aussie Wild Peach Shampoo
Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Moisturizer
Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Moisturizer, SPF 15
Aveeno Skin Clarifying Cleanser with Soy Extract
Aveeno Skin Clarifying Toner with Soy Extract, Alcohol-Free
Aveeno Skin Replenishing Cleansing Lotion with Soy Extract, Fragrance
Clairol Herbal Essences Conditioner - Fine/Limp Hair
Cover Girl Natural Lash Darkener
Cover Girl Pure Magic Body Art
Cover Girl Remarkable Washable/Waterproof Mascara
Cover Girl Smoothers Hydrating Lipcolor
Cover Girl Simply Powder Foundation
Cover Girl Super Thick Lash Mascara
Gentle Antibacterial Body Soap with Moisture Beads
Jergens Moisturizing Body Bar Soap, Refreshing
Imina Moisturizing Hand and Body Lotion
Ivory Moisture Care Skin Conditioning Body Wash
New Formula Vaseline Brand Intensive Care Lotion
New Vaseline Brand Intensive Care Antibacterial Hand Lotion
Neutrogena Fragrance Free Light Night Cream
Neutrogena Moisture for Sensitive Skin - Facial
Noxzema Cleansing Lotion, Sensitive
Noxzema Original Skin Cream
Noxzema Plus Cleansing Cream
Noxzema Plus Cleansing Lotion, Plus Moisturizers, Pump
Noxzema Sensitive Skin Lotion, Pump
Noxzema Skin Cream, Original
Noxzema Skin Cream - Pump- Plus
Oil of Olay Facial Cleansing Lotion
Oil of Olay ProVital for Mature Skin Perfecting Moisturizer (Tinted
Oil of Olay ProVital Night Cream
Olay Complete Body Wash (Florica & Botanica)
Olay Complete Body Wash, Sensitive Skin
Olay Moisturizing Body Wash
Paul Mitchell Super-Charged Moisturizer
Ponds Prevent & Correct Cream
Ponds Skin Smoothing Capsules
Pure Elements Hydrating Conditioner - Dry, Permed
Pure Elements (New) - Daily Detangler Conditioning
Pure Elements Structure Gel
Revlon Age Defying All Day Lifting Foundation SPF 20, Cool Beige
Revlon Age Defying Makeup SPF 8, Fair Blush
Revlon Age Defying Oil Free Makeup/Concealer Compact SPF 20, Natural
Revlon Age Defying Makeup SPF 8, Fair Blush
Revlon Age Defying SPF 8, Natural Tan
Revlon Everylash Mascara, Black
Revlon Everylash Mascara, Brown
Revlon Lashfull Mascara, Black Brown
Revlon New Complexion Even Out Makeup Medium Beige
Revlon New Complexion Even Out Makeup Natural Tan
Revlon New Complexion Even Out Makeup Nude Beige
Revlon Professional Cuticle Massage Night Cream
Revlon Vitamin C Absolutes, Daily Radiance Cream, SPF 15
Revlon Vitamin C Absolutes, Oil Free Radiance Lotion, SPF 15
Salon Selectives Botanical Blends Shampoo: Aloe
Salon Selectives Conditioner Type M Moisturizing
Salon Selectives Conditioner Type P Protective
Salon Selectives Shampoo Level 4: Extra Moisturizing
Softsoap Gentle Antibacterial Body Wash with Vitamins
Suave Shampoo for All Hair Types, Balsam & Protein
Vaseline Brand Intensive Care Lotion - Alpha Hydro
Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion, Advanced Healing
Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion, Aloe & Naturals
Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion, Dry Skin
Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion, Water Resistant Moisturizing
Vaseline Intensive Care Solutions Manicure Lotion
Vaseline Intensive Care Solutions Skin Repair, Skin Protectant Cream
Vaseline Intensive Care Solutions Smooth Feet
Vaseline Lip Therapy Petroleum Jelly, Cherry Flavor
So then, moving on to the need for a list of names and synonyms for
soy, from the NIH database I was able to compile this extensive and
rather complete list of soy and soy-based ingredients, which you could
print out and keep with you to check against ingredients in products
you?re considering. Although you state you can tolerate food-based
soy oils, in practice it?s not always easy to completely separate the
use of oil apart from the proteins which cause you difficulty, so it
is probably well to be familiar with any and all ingredients that
indicate use of soy or a soy derivative.
PEG-10 soya sterol
Soy protein concentrate
Fatty acids, soya
PEG-16 soy sterol
PEG-75 soy glycerides
Soy glyceride, hydrogenated
Soybean oil, maleated
PEG-5 soy sterol
Alkyd resin solution
Soya oil, phthalic anhydride, pentaerythritol polymer;
Soybean oil, polymer with pentaerythritol and phthalic anhydride;
1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic anhydride, pentaerythritol, soybean oil
Pentaerythritol, phthalic anhydride, soybean oil polymer
Soy protein, hydrolyzed
Hydrolyzed soy protein;
Soy protein, hydrolyzed;
Protein hydrolyzates, soya
Quaternary ammonium salts
Quaternary ammonium compounds, ethyldimethylsoya alkyl, Et
Soybean oil blend
Extract of soy
Soy germ extract;
Soybean Oil [USAN]
Linseed oil, polymer with pentaerythritol, phthalic anhydride,
oil, styrene and vinyltoluene
Soyaethyl morpholinium ethosulfate
Morpholinium compounds, N-ethyl-N-soya alkyl, ethyl sulfates;
N-Soya-N-ethyl morpholinium ethosulfate
N-(Soya alkyl)-N,N,N-trimethyl ammonium chloride;
Quaternary ammonium compounds, trimethylsoya alkyl, chlorides;
Soya trimethyl ammonium chloride
In addition, here is another list of possible names and sources of soy
Though this list is targeted more toward food products, it might be a
good supplement to the above.
hydrolyzed soy protein
soy protein concentrate
soy protein isolate
textured vegetable protein (TVP)
hydrolyzed plant protein
hydrolyzed vegetable protein
-Studies show that most soy allergic individuals may safely eat
products that contain soy lecithin and soy oils. These substances are
fat based, and persons with allergies react to the protein portion of
-Contact the manufacture to identify the natural flavorings in foods.
Ask if they use soy as a carrier protein for the natural flavoring.
-Flavorings may be soy based.
-Hydrolyzed plant and hydrolyzed vegetable protein are likely to be
-Contact the company to identify the vegetable broths, gums, and
starches, as they have the potential to be soy.
These additional soy terms, synonyms or derivatives not already
listed were compiled from the resources given below:
The ?United Soy Board? also has an ingredients page, here:
and here is a list of ?Soy Protein Partners,? with emails and links to
websites: http://www.soybean.org/proteinpartners.html You might also
check out the main website that is a collaboration between these
entities, here: http://www.soybean.org/index.
Another ingredient to beware of is Vitamin E, which is frequently
derived from soy oil. See this message posted on ?Soybean Answers,?,
If no other soy-based ingredient is listed on a label, and you?re
still having a reaction, you might check and see whether or not it
contains Vitamin E. That could be a tipoff.
Here is a list of soy derivatives or byproducts:
A listing of soy ingredients. This one is also food-based, but worth
looking at. For example, it mentions ?okara,? a type of soy fiber.
Another food-based list with additional names:
Finally, here are additional some sites that you might like to have
bookmarked, as they have a lot of good information for persons
suffering with soy allergy:
This list of ingredients is from Cornell University Public Issues
Education Project. It contains both corn and soy based ingredients,
and says, ?The following is a partial list of many common food
ingredients derived from corn and/or soybeans (listed together because
there is some overlap). These ingredients are either extracted
directly from corn or soybeans (flour, starch, oil, etc) or are
ingredients made using corn- or soy- based derivatives as source
materials (example: vitamins derived from corn sugars). Most of these
ingredients are so highly processed or refined that it is not possible
to determine whether they came from GE or non-GE corn or soybean
varieties (or a mixture of both).?
Soy Online Service from New Zealand ? lots of information and links
about living with soy allergy:
The ?No Soy? page ? put up as a public service by a private person
suffering with soy allergy. Lots of information and support,
including a discussion forum:
This article talks about soy products as ingredients in food, and
gives some additional terms. It?s food related, but interesting: http:/
godfrey.pdf If you don?t have Adobe Acrobat reader, you can see the
html version, here: http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:SwBKpbiDgBQJ:
OR+synonyms&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 (If you?d like to get Acrobat Reader for
viewing pdf files, you can download it here:
Article on soy protein, how it is processed and food and other
industrial uses: http://www.asasoya.org/Uses/protein.
This page on allergies has a good section on soy allergy, with lists
of soy-indicating ingredients and products, both food and nonfood:
Another good site on soy allergies with lists of terms:
?Soy Daily Club? is pro-soy, but has information that could prove
useful to you. For example, here?s an article about ?Alpha protein,?
a ?new? soy protein ingredient: http://www.thesoydailyclub.com/
A printable chart entitled ?Soybeans? Many Uses:?
?The American Soybean Association:? http://www.asasoya.org has a lot
The ?Herb and Supplement Encyclopedia? is also pro-soy, but has some
other names for soybeans and derivatives and information on soybean
Article: ?NonFood Uses of Soybeans and Soybean Products:? Here?s an
eye-opening excerpt that points out how hard it may be to avoid
soy-containing proudcts: ?There is even a project for printing on
cloth. The plaid shirts you wear were most likely printed with ink.
Those little flowers on the sheets your wife likes, the calico dresses
your daughters and granddaughters wear are printed with ink that could
be made at least partly from soybean oil.?
I do hope you will find this information useful and that it will prove
time-saving for you. If anything isn?t clear, or you have any
problems with the answer, please do post a request for clarification
before rating and closing the question, so I can be sure I?ve helped
you to find what you were looking for. Best of luck to you in dealing
with a problem that must be very frustrating, to say the least.
Search strategy: I used and discarded quite a number of search terms
before finding the following, which gave the most relevant returns.
Of course, I then had to sift through the returns and do quite a bit
of reading to find the ones most useful for the purpose.
-- "brand name" soy household beauty products -food ?foods
-- identifying soy allergens "nonfood products" OR "non food products"
OR "household products"
-- household products containing soy
-- soy derivatives OR ingredients OR "scientific names" OR synonyms
-- "soy protein" ingredients nonfood OR industrial