Category Archives: health and beauty

Beauty Products

Toxins are a huge concern in our health and beauty industry here in the United States.  I was astonished to find out that Europe bans over a THOUSAND toxic chemicals from their personal care products that the U.S. allows in ours!  Many of these are hormone disruptors, carcinogens, and neurotoxins.

Thankfully, we can check our products here on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.

And thanks to consumer demand, finding chemical-free beauty products is becoming easier all the time.

However, I know that many of you, especially those of you with Celiac, need gluten-free products, as well.  Below is a resource for you in your search for products that meet your standards.

Nota Bene: I have not tried all of these products.  

Please, check with the manufacturer to make sure there haven’t been any changes since this list was created and always check product ingredient labels. 


Physician’s Formula

All products are gluten-free.

AfterGlow – Certified GF

Real Purity – “Most of Real Purity’s products are gluten-free. If there are any that you are particularly concerned about, please contact our customer service team.”

Southern Magnolia Mineral Cosmetics™ makeup is all natural, organic and gluten free.”

Alima Pure All of their products are GF.

Cocoon Apothecary – All of their products are GF.

 Willow Tree Minerals 100% natural.  I’ve never seen any of their product labels that suggest there might be gluten in them, but know your ingredients and check individual labels.

HoneyBee Gardens – Their products seem to be gluten-free.  But know your ingredients and check individual labels.

Jane IredaleThis page contains a list of ingredients that are not gluten-free.

NaturalJoy – This site has a category of GF products:

Arbonne – Not all arbonne products are GF.  See here:

Joppa Minerals  – On their Facebook page, they state that all of their products are GF except their Retinol Serum:

100% Pure products may not be GF.“Most of our products are gluten free. We are sensitive to this since we know many people suffer from gluten allergies. One common ingredient that contains gluten is Vitamin E. But the Vitamin E we use is gluten free because it’s derived from cold pressing rice bran.”

Bare Minerals is NOT gluten-free.“Many of our products do not contain ingredients derived from barley, oats, rye, spelt or wheat, which are commonly known sources of gluten. However, due to the wide range of raw materials and equipment used during the manufacturing of our products, we cannot confirm that our products are free from any traces of gluten. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding gluten, and the ingredients contained in our formulas, we recommend that you consult your physician.”

Other Beauty Products

Regarding ingredients in beauty products, this article has a list of ingredients to watch out for:

Eye Moisturizers

Vintage Tradition is a wonderful moisturizing cream made simple from 100% grass-fed beef tallow and essential oils.  It takes only a small amount to moisturize your face and neck, or body.  They also make a deodorant cream from tallow, olive oil, and essential oils. 

 Fat Face

Hair Products

Morrocco Method

Intelligent Nutrients

JÄSŌN has a line of GF products, including face wash, body, shampoo, conditioner, face cream.

Savonerrie – All products are GF


Desert Essence – List of GF products here:

Hair Coloring

Hairprint (not dye)



Natural Dyes


Check out my Lotion Bar & Lip Balm Recipe! You can also modify the recipe to make into a sunscreen or diaper rash ointment for babies.

Also, check out my Aluminum-free, Chemical-free Deodorant Recipe.

Kelly the Kitchen Kop (love that lady!) has a cool Deodorant Powder recipe:

Dry Shampoo Recipe



Gelatin Hair Mask

Nail Polish:

Lavender Body Oil, Body Scrub, and Salt Bath Bags

Tallow Body Balm

Natural Body Spray


Chemical-Free Deodorant

Unlike many commercially-made antiperspirants, my homemade deodorant recipe contains no cancer-causing chemicals or aluminum, which has also been linked to Alzheimers.  My husband and I have been using this deodorant for years and feel good knowing that we’re using a recipe we can trust.

At first, it can take time for your skin to adjust.  Many people go through a detox period, after so many years of using chemicals.  Making sure you have optimal magnesium levels and doing clay packs on your underarms can help.

If you’ve made my lotion bars or lip balm, then you already have most of the ingredients on hand to make this deodorant.  You won’t need shea butter for this recipe, though.



  1. Create a double boiler by placing a small metal or glass bowl over a pot of water.  I like to use my 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup for this, so it’s actually surrounded by the hot water.
  2. Blend arrowroot powder and baking soda (optional) in a dish.  Set aside.
  3. In the double boiler over medium-low heat, melt the beeswax and coconut oil, stirring frequently.
  4. Remove the double boiler from heat. Add the arrowroot mixture to the melted beeswax and blend well.
  5. Add essential oils, adjusting as needed for your liking.  Blend thoroughly.
  6. Pour into desired containers and place in refrigerator or freezer to set.










Lotion Bars & Lip Balms

Homemade lotion bars are a great alternative to chemical-containing lotions on the market.  This recipe works wonderfully as a lip balm, too.  I’ve had people tell me that it’s the only thing that works for their eczema, rosacea, baby’s diaper rash cream, or cracked, bleeding lips!


I like to use equal parts beeswax and shea butter, then about 1.5 parts coconut oil.  Adjust the ratios to make it how you like.  If you want to make a whipped body butter, increase the oil content and whip with your stand mixer until light and fluffy.


  1. Melt everything gently using a double boiler and stir frequently.
  2. Remove from heat, then add essential oils of your choice.  I use about 30 drops for one batch.  (If I want to do different scents, I will add the oils to the molds about half way through adding the mixture, stir, then finish filling.)
  3. Pour into the molds or containers.
  4. Let them cool on the counter or refrigerator.

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A few notes:

  • These lotion bars work wonderfully as diaper cream OR natural sunscreen!  Just add a little non-nano zinc oxide and some extra oil (experiment with different kinds – like jojoba oil) when you’re melting everything so that it’s more spreadable.

If you want a more “whipped” lotion, you can try adjusting the ratios.  Try increasing the coconut oil or add some olive oil.  Then whip it up just like you would make whipped cream!

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