HOW TO find Salicylate free and blue dye free Products

Salicylate 4Needing some help finding Salicylate free and dye free products? You can always find Salicylate safe products from Andrea Rose, and salicylate safe dental products from Cleure. Then just skip to the next document: how to find the correct Guaifenesin Dosage. Please note that you will need to get your dental products online, so check my post for the sal-safe options: 

Or want to make your own? Check out my new series on: making your own Salicylate Free products!

I wanted to get started ASAP and get all my products at once, so this is what I did: Pull out and put in a pile ALL your skin products! These are the things to check: inactive and active ingredients in all meds, protein powders, eye drops, pain creams, flavors, Toothpaste, dental floss(mint), mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, perfume,  any sprays that touch your skin, hair gels, mousse, etc, body wash, hand soap, bubble bath, dish soap for washing by hands (unless you use gloves), DO, antiperspirant, lotion, sunscreen, face wash, face creams, makeup, makeup remover, Razors (aloe strip), shaving cream, nail polish remover, aloe in toilet paper and tissue and anything else you can think of that goes on your skin! You need all these products without Salicylates in them. They WILL block your Guaifenesin from working.

NOW, you can either go through each ingredient list on each product, or give the whole lot away to a family member and start from scratch.  If you want to look through your own products and makeup to see if they are sal free, skip to #6 and then come back to #1. This will look overwhelming, but you can do it!!

(I know some people who replaced everything one at a time. ie: as you use up the shampoo, you check it and get a new sal-free one, etc. I was in a hurry, so I did all mine at once, it was exhausting! )

1. Look through this list to find a few of each category of possible sal-free items (half the time they won’t carry the ONE you want, so make sure to have a few options)

and Kimberly has tons of sal-free options for each category on Pinterest:

2. Bring a tablet/ iphone with you so you can look ingredients up while you’re shopping.

Or Copy and paste onto a Word doc the name and ingredients for each item you want and print it to take with you (this is what I did, before iPhones :)), you can also take a pic of the list with your phone and bring the phone to the store 🙂 You can get ingredient lists from and There is also Ulta and Sophora for searching for ingredients.

4. Bring a cart, fill it with the sal-safe options you found in the lists and kindly ask the clerk if there is a chair where you can read through the ingredients of your products. If you explain to them that you have Fibromyalgia, they are usually very kind and even try to help with reading through the ingredients :)

5. Read through each ingredient of each product with your lists. Here’s a few options:

Use your Quick Check: Look through the list first for the syllables sal, camph, menth. Then look for anything that looks like it might be a plant ingredient, etc.

Or use this sal-free database if you have your phone with you, type in all the ingredients and it will tell you if there’s a salicylate in there:

Or, use the Salicylate Free Ingredient List and check ingredients on there.

Or compare what is in your hand with the ingredient list you brought.

Or, if they have a good return policy, just buy a bunch that look like they could be sal free and go through the above steps at home, and then return the ones you can’t have! 😀

This will all start to be very natural for you too, I promise! It just takes some time. It really helped me understand what the ingredients were when I went through them that way, now I recognize most ingredient names and what they are without even needing my quick check. 🙂

Click this link to see complete list of: FAQ about the Guaifenesin Protocol and Salicylates





35 Responses to HOW TO find Salicylate free and blue dye free Products

  1. Are all the Revlon Color Stay lipstick safe? Listed is Color stay ultimate lip color, the only one I could find is the color stay ultimate liquid color lipstick. Is that one safe?
    Sorry to keep bothering you. it is so hard to fine the exact wording on the products. And they don’t have the ingredients listed.
    Thank you

    • Christine says:

      Hi Eleanor! Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you! Sometimes the notifications for comments get lots in my huge list lol 🙂
      I hope you found the answer to your question? I never trust a whole line of any item to be sal-safe without reading the complete ingredient list on each item. It’s a good idea to always do that before buying any product!
      Let me know if you still would like me to look up the ingredients for a certain lipstick or anything 🙂

  2. Margaret says:

    So glad I found your site. I have been staring at the official lists of salicylate-free products, and every one I look up has plants ingredients. Which could be fine, but without an explanation, how do I know if it’s safe or only used to be? Not having this problem at all with your site!

    • Christine says:

      Hi Margaret! So glad you found me! 🙂 Finding sal free products is definitely the most daunting part of the guaifenesin protocol! That’s why I started putting this info on my site, I know how frustrating it can be. So glad to be a help!
      Have you found my Facebook support group yet? It would be a big help too, having that encouragement and people who get you is huge!! Here’s the link if you’re interested:
      see ya around! 🙂

  3. Linda Armbuster says:

    Are Paula’s Choice productd OK to use?

    • Christine says:

      I don’t know Linda, it would depend on the product! You need to read through each ingredient on each product, unless you are buying from Andrea Rose or Cleure <3

  4. Michelle Landron says:

    I’m almost scared to ask about Bee Pollen and Milk Thistle. I love these two products for their benefits but I need to know if they are a No- No in following the Guiafenisin Protocol. Can you help me with that? Keeping my fingers crossed!

    • Christine says:

      Hi Michelle! oh my gosh, I totally missed your comment somehow!! Have you gotten help for these questions and others? How are you doing on the protocol? By now you must know that milk thistle and bee pollen are blockers, have you found something that works to replace them? I am currently working through some health detoxers that don’t block the guai, will be posting about it this weekend 🙂

  5. Shirley Rumgay says:

    so, how do we get products that are Salicylate free here in the U.K. It seems that all the beauty products are from USA and cost a lot to get shipped. Can you help please. Have found toothpaste on Amazon Uk but that is all. Thanks

    • Christine says:

      Hi Shirley! Are you in my Fibro Buddies on Guaifenesin facebook group? We have lots of members from the UK that would be able to help you with ideas of what they are using. And there is a support group in the UK for the protocol too!

      Here’s the link:

      I’m not sure how busy it is or how much info you’ll get there. I think for the most part, you will need to do all the work we had to do and we just shared with everyone. If you can help us help others in the UK by sharing your info, that would make such a difference for so many.

      You will need to use the Quick Check and go through each product. There are some things that will help you: Don’t look for products that are organic, or have words on the package like aloe or plant based. They usually will have some plant extracts in there. just skip those and move on to other ones. Vit E is a good ingredient to see on the packaging, because that is a safe ingredient, and they may not use other extracts if they have that in there.

      “natural” ingredients are a selling feature, so usually it’s plastered on the front of the product.

      Do check out these groups though, you might find some helpful info from others who have already done all the work! 🙂

      • Shirley Rumgay says:

        Hi Christine, thanks for all your hard work. Have found the ingredients list very helpful. Good to find someone who knows the problem we face. Have been all through my stuff I put on my skin again from scratch as I think the NF capsules seem to be more sensitive than the Perrigo ones were. Still trying to get the dose right. Claudia has been very helpful on that.
        Have joined both groups you mention. Cant find how to put a post on Fibrobuddies site.
        the UK site used to be good but both of the people with knowledge are now hard to get hold of . That is why I have resorted to e-mailing Claudia for urgent help.
        When I have finished sorting out my skin products will probably post what I use on the U.K. site to save others all the hassle.
        Keep up the good work Christine.
        All the best

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