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Subject: Soy allergy and cosmetics/personal care products
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: shikibobo-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 17 Nov 2003 08:21 PST
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Question ID: 276724
I am an adult who has developed a soy allergy. I can tolerate soy oil
and soy lecithin but NOT soy protein, soy protein isolate, hydrolized
soy protein, textured vegetable protein, soy flour, soya flour,
vegetable broth, "natural flavoring"...

I have a pretty good handle on what I can eat and not eat, but I
continue to have reactions to personal care products like
Lubriderm, hand lotions, massage oils, hair products... stuff like

Please refer me to materials discussing SPEFICALLY either ingredients
to avoid or specific products to avoid in the realm of cosmetics and
personal care products. (If helpful, I could post as a clarification
the various products my family currently uses.)

I am assigning a bounty of $40. A thorough answer that saves me time
will receive a healthy tip. A thorough answer that wastes my time by
sending me down unproductive paths or to repetitive information will
not receive a tip.
Subject: Re: Soy allergy and cosmetics/personal care products
Answered By: byrd-ga on 18 Nov 2003 11:22 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Shikibobo,

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:
ivnu .  See the list on the left side of their page.  Amazing.

The ?United Soybean Board,? here: has a ?
Nonfood products? page, here:
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.?  ( 
) 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 
containing soy:

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 sterol
Soy protein
     Soy protein concentrate
Proteins, soy
Soybean protein
Soy acid
     Soy acid;
     Acids, soy;
     Fatty acids, soya
PEG-16 soy sterol
PEG-75 soy glycerides
Soybean sterol
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 
     Soyethyldimonium ethosulfate;
     Dimethylethylsoyaammonium ethosulfate
Soybean lecithin
Soybean oil blend
Soybean oil
     Extract of soy
     Oils, soybean;
     Soy germ extract;
     Soya oil;
     Soybean Oil [USAN]
Alkyd resin
     Linseed oil, polymer with pentaerythritol, phthalic anhydride, 
     oil, styrene and vinyltoluene
Soybean meal
Soyaethyl morpholinium ethosulfate
     Morpholinium compounds, N-ethyl-N-soya alkyl, ethyl sulfates;
     N-Soya-N-ethyl morpholinium ethosulfate
Soyatrimonium chloride
     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
shoyo sauce
soy flour
soy grits
soy nuts
soy milk
soy sprouts
soy protein concentrate
soy protein isolate
soy sauce
textured vegetable protein (TVP)
hydrolyzed plant protein
hydrolyzed vegetable protein
natural flavoring
vegetable broth
vegetable gum
vegetable starch

-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 
the food.
-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:

Alpha protein
Glycine max


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:  You might also 
check out the main website that is a collaboration between these 
entities, here:

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:
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:

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:

A printable chart entitled ?Soybeans? Many Uses:?

?The American Soybean Association:? has a lot 
of information.

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
shikibobo-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $25.00
Very thorough - thank you. Sorry I was slow to rate and tip.

Subject: Re: Soy allergy and cosmetics/personal care products
From: byrd-ga on 18 Dec 2003 07:49 PST
Hello Shikibobo,

Don't fret about the delay - I do understand how time can get away!
I'm just very happy to know you were pleased with the answer and
again, wish you all the best. Thank you so much for the five-star
rating and very generous tip!

Regards and Happy Holidays,

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