My Favorite Gluten-Free Beauty Products

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Avoiding gluten? Then you should probably check that the lotion you are putting on your body or the shampoo you are using does not contain gluten. Sadly most cosmetics do (not to mention chemical additives and the like). Even trace amounts of gluten can be absorbed into the bloodstream and cause problems for celiacs and those sensitive to gluten. It has been my experience that beauty products that do not contain gluten often are much more natural because they are made from pure, organic ingredients.

These are ingredients in cosmetics that could contain gluten and are best avoided:

barley extract

dextrin

fermented grain extract

hyrolyzed malt extract

hydrolyzed wheat protein

hydrolyzed vegetable protein

maltodextrin

oat (avena sativa)

stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl

samino peptide complex

phytosphingosine extract

triticum vulgare

Secale Cereale

Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Wheat Protein Sulfonate

wheat germ

vitamin e

yeast extract

It has taken me almost a year to pick my favorite gluten-free beauty brands. While I don’t use all of these brands, I like them all because of the natural ingredients they are derived from. While many cosmetics can be made at home, I thought the list below would be helpful for those of us that don’t always have time to make our own beauty products. I hope this list helps you the next time you are shopping online or at the grocery store:

Gluten-Free Beauty Brands:

Afterglow

AnneMarie Borlind

Badger

Desert Essence

Devita

Ecco Bella

Green Beaver

Hamadi

Jason Natural

Juice Beauty

Hugo Naturals

Keeki

Mineral Fusion

MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Organic Excellence

Organix South

Pangea Organics

Many of these beauty products can be found on iHerb as well as at Sunflower Markets, Whole Foods and other national grocery and health food stores.

What are your favorite gluten-free beauty products? Are there other companies you love and recommend?

 This is linked to Allergy-Free WednesdaysFight Back FridayPennywise Platter ThursdayReal Food WednesdayMonday Mania.

10 Days of Gluten-Free Resource List

 

10 Days of Gluten Free was a blog hop created by Linda, The Gluten Free Homemaker. 10 bloggers came together to share tips about gluten-free living and bring awareness to Celiac Disease.  Each blogger discussed a different topic.

Below are the links to all of the fabulous blog posts:

Getting Started – The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Gluten Free Travel Blog

 Eating Out – Gluten-Free Cat

Frugal Tips – Gluten Freely Frugal

 Cooking - Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules Gluten Free

Kids - Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunchboxes & Snacks - Tessa the Domestic Diva

 Shopping – Laura’s Gluten Free Pantry

10 Days of Gluten-Free, Shopping Day 10

We made it to the 10th day! Thank you all for joining me as well as participating in this fantastic event created by Linda from Gluten Free Homemaker. I hope you learned some information and tips over the past two weeks.

Today, we are going shopping at the grocery store! As I discussed in Gluten-Free Shopping Day 1, the best bang for your buck (as well as foods that are naturally gluten-free) is in the produce section as well as the perimeter of the grocery store. The inside aisles of a grocery store can be more difficult for a gluten-free shopper. Let’s take it a section at a time.

In each section of the store, I’ve listed some well-known brands to look for when looking for a processed gluten-free item:

Breads:

-Ener-G Foods

-Glutino

-Kinnikinnick Foods

-Food for Life (some)

-Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery

-Udi’s Guten-Free Foods

Bread Mixes:

-Authentic Foods

-Bob’s Red Mill (some)

-Chebe Bread

-Gluten-Free Pantry

-King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour

-Namaste Foods

-Pamela’s Products

Cereal:

-Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes

-Bob’s Red Mill

-Barbara’s Bakery (some)

-Enjoy Life Foods

-EnviroKidz (some)

-Erewhon

-Glutino

-Nature’s Path

-Ruth’s Chia Goodness Gluten-Free Cereal

-Udi’s Gluten Free Granola

Condiments:

-Annie’s Naturals

-Bragg

-Eden Foods

-Hellmann’s Mayonnaise

-Natural Value Organic Gluten-Free Mustard

Pasta:

-Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta

-De Boles (some)

-Glutino Gluten-Free Pasta

-Orgran Gluten-Free Pasta

-Schar Gluten-Free Pasta

-Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta

-Thai Kitchen Rice Noodles

Meats and Cold Cuts:

-Applegate Farms

-Boar’s Head

-Columbus Salame

-Hormel “Natural Choice”

Protein and Snack Bars:

-Boomi Bar

-Elevate Me Bars

-Enjoy Life Bars

-Larabar

-Raw Revolution

Snack Food:

-Back to Nature Crackers (some)

-Blue Diamond Crackers

-Edward & Son’s Crackers

-Ener-G pretzels

-Food Should Taste Good

-Glutino Pretzels

-Kettle Chips

-Lundberg Rice Chips

-Mary’s Gone Crackers

-Pirate’s Booty

Stocks:

-Emeril’s All Natural Stocks

-Pacific Natural Foods Broth

-Vogue Cuisine

What are your favorite gluten-free products? Are there other shopping tips or information you would be interested in learning about in future posts?

Remember to leave a comment to enter the giveaway to win a $25 gift card to Bob’s Red Mill!

To enter the giveaway:

-You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.

-Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of Gluten Free posts).

-The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.

-This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

Be sure to checkout all of the other blogs and their fabulous posts! Remember each blogger is hosting a giveaway for a total of 10 fabulous giveaways!

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

10 Days of Gluten-Free, Shopping Day 9

Headed out for a party? Perhaps you want to pick up some drinks at the store to bring with you to a fun event?

If you cannot consume gluten (or choose not to) then most traditional beers must be avoided as they are derived from barley. Fortunately, a lot of companies are now making gluten-free beers from buckwheat, millet, sorghum and rice. Champagne and wine are naturally gluten-free. However, since companies can sneak in additives, I encourage you to contact the manufacturer directly to confirm that the product is gluten-free.

Many popular alcohols are gluten-free, such as gin, Japanese sake, rum, vodka (when derived from corn, potato or quinoa) and tequila. Additionally, Microbreweries are rapidly catering to the demand for gluten-free beers so be sure to check out local companies as you might find some great drinks near you!

Below is a list of  some companies that produce Gluten-free beers and spirits:

-Bard’s Tale Beer

-Chopin Vodka

-Green’s Gluten-Free Beers

-Lakefront Brewery

-New Planet

-FAIR Quinoa Vodka

-Ramapo Valley Brewery

-Redbridge Beer (produced by Anheuser-Busch)

-Sprecher Brewery

-St. Peter’s Brewery

If you don’t drink alcohol and avoid soda, you might want to try my Homemade Cherry “Soda” and Virgin Mojito Recipes. Happy beverage shopping! Smile

Remember to leave a comment to enter the giveaway to win a $25 gift card to Bob’s Red Mill!

To enter the giveaway:

-You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.

-Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of Gluten Free posts).

-The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.

-This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

Be sure to checkout all of the other blogs and their fabulous posts! Remember each blogger is hosting a giveaway for a total of 10 fabulous giveaways!

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

 This is linked to Fight Back Friday.

10 Days of Gluten-Free, Shopping Day 8

 

Today I am going to teach you how to become a Gluten-Free Food Label Expert! I know firsthand how difficult it can be to shop for gluten-free foods at the grocery store. It can be overwhelming to say the least. But there are a few tricks I learned along the way to know quickly if I can put a food in my shopping cart or not. Since gluten is a protein found in barley, rye, wheat and foods derived from these grains, you always need to avoid these foods.

Below is a list of some of the most common hidden sources of gluten that you want to avoid:

-Bleu cheese

-Brown rice syrup (unless certified gluten-free)

-Carmel coloring

-Coatings

-Coffee, flavored and instant

-Colorings

-Dextrins

-Fillers

-Grain Alcohol

-Grain Vinegar

-Homeopathic remedies

-Hydrolyzed protein and Hydrolyzed vegetable protein

-Imitation seafood

-Licorice (true licorice is gluten-free)

-Malt and Malt flavoring

-Marinades (e.g. teriyaki sauce, etc.)

-Modified starch and Modified food starch

-Oats (can be cross-contaminated unless labeled gluten-free)

-Preservatives

-Salad Dressings (many have gluten to thicken them)

-Seasonings and spices (contain gluten if they have anti-clumping agents in them)

-Soup bases

-Soy sauce (unless labeled gluten-free)

-Starch

-Vegetable protein

-Wheat germ oil/Vitamin E

Study food labels thoroughly-every single word. Wheat-free does not mean gluten-free. A food can have “starch” listed on the ingredient list, but the starch could actually be from corn instead of wheat. It is often very expensive for a company to label a product gluten-free even though the product may naturally be gluten-free.

If you would like to purchase a product, but are unsure if it contains gluten or not, wait. When you get home, call the company directly and ask their customer service department if the product contains gluten. You can also look up the manufacturer online and check their Frequently Asked Questions section in regards to allergens. Once you get the OK from the company that a product is indeed gluten-free, feel free to stock up on the item next time you are in the store.

 I am excited to announce that I am giving away a $25 gift card to Bob’s Red Mill!

To enter the giveaway:

-You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.

-Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of Gluten Free posts).

-The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.

-This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

Be sure to checkout all of the other blogs and their fabulous posts! Remember each blogger is hosting a giveaway for a total of 10 fabulous giveaways!

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

 This was shared on Fight Back FridayPennywise Platter and Real Food Wednesday.