Gluten Free Lip Balms

snowy shrubs

The weather is frightful; it’s bitter cold and the winds are howling.  Being outside for any length of time quickly saps the moisture out of exposed skin, especially your lips.  For those that are industrious you can make your own lip balm, it’s a fairly simple but it can be a laborious process.  For those who want a “grab and go”  lip balm, I have compiled this list of gluten free products.  Please always make sure you read the labels as companies do change their ingredients.   While I have not included every gluten free lip balm produced, this list provides you with a variety of resources so you will be able to find a product that fits your needs.

Hurraw is a small company based in Montana that produces a great line of lip balms.  All natural, gluten free (I contacted the company and confirmed the source of Tocopherols is Sunflower Oil).  Their balms are made from premium raw, organic and fair trade ingredients, and contain natural flavors that are truly natural.  They have a wide variety of lip balms to choose from, 24 to be exact (at this writing).  Choose from one with Sunscreen, Unscented, or fabulous flavors like Black Cherry, Coffee Bean, Chai, Root Beer, Lime, and Cinnamon.  These balms glide on smoothly, and do not feel sticky or gritty, a bonus for children and adults.

Red Apple Lipstick is a company that I have trusted (and personally used) for years. Their commitment to producing a clean product goes above and beyond.  They have two Lip Balm products; Rallye Balm and an Exfoliate Stick.  These are Gluten Free, Soy Free, Corn Free, GMO Free, and Vegan.  For those looking for color, their Lip Gloss and Lipsticks are made with the same amount of care and dedication.  The products are a bit on the pricey side, but they are worth every penny, and last forever.

C & Co adhere to strict production standards during all manufacturing.  Their products are free from petrochemicals, detergents, fillers, GMOs and synthetic preservatives and are still affordable.  They have three gluten free lip balms:  Lavender & Peppermint, Spearmint and Sweet Orange & Ginger.

Beeyoutiful is another company that I love and trust.  High quality products that are reasonably priced.  They have two Lip Balms; Orange and Peppermint.  Both contain a short list of ingredients which include  GrapeSeed Oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax, and Essential Oils.

Lowen’s Natural Skin Care is a family-owned and operated business located at the foot of the rocky mountains in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Fair Trade ingredients, reasonably priced.  This company provides full ingredient transparency, and has more than fifteen fun lip balm flavors including Peppermint Pouty, Cool Mint Mojito, and Salted Caramel Deep Fried Coffee (wow, say that fast 3 times).

Costal Classic Creations produces Windward Chapstick.  Manufactured with certified organic palm butter, certified organic Argan oil and pure, filtered, and cosmetic grade beeswax.

Green Beauty Natural Skin Care has two products to soothe your lips.  A gluten free Natural Lip Balm as well as a Natural Lip Shine (for just a hint of shine).  Natural ingredients which include Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Soybean Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Cacao Seed Butter, Grapefruit Oil, Tocopherol, Bergamot Fruit Extract, Stevia Extract.

Mary Ann’s Naturals has an unflavored lip balm as well as three flavors; Lemon Coconut, Peppermint, and Orange Vanilla.  They have a short list of natural ingredients; Organic sunflower oil, Organic extra virgin coconut oil, Pure beeswax, and Essential Oils in the flavored balms.   These balms are a bit pricey, but this small company has also received high marks from the Environmental Working Group.

Opa’s Soap another small company that received high marks from the Environmental Working Group.  Opa’s produces five gluten free and well priced Lip Balms, two of which are tinted.  Lemon, Orange, and Spearmint without color,  Beet and Berry with a shimmer of red tint, and Beet and Malva with a light natural red color.  Apricot Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Candelilla Wax, Vitamin E (from Sunflower) Stevia, Essential Oils.

Primal Life Organics, Grunt Primal Lip Balm.  This company based in Ohio produces Paleo approved skin products.  Their Grunt Lip Balm contains Shea Butter, Organic Hemp Seed, Avocado, Extra Virgin Olive, and Coconut Oils, Organic Beeswax and Organic Peppermint Oils.

Tropical Traditions Lip Moisturizers have been used by my family for many years.  The Unscented/Unflavored Moisturizer contains Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, and Organic Virgin Palm Oil.  I typically have one of these in my purse year round.  They also produced flavored balms which include:  Cinnamon/Peppermint, Tea Tree Oil, Orange/Cinnamon, Citrus, Coconut, and Vanilla.

For those of you who shop Vitacost their Glonaturals Lip Balm is gluten free and comes in Pina Colada and Citrus flavors.  Made from Coconut Oil, Soy Bean Wax, Apricot Oil,  Shea Butter, Candelilla Wax, Natural Flavor, Tocopherol (vitamin E) and Sunflower seed oil.

Badger Lip Balm has several gluten free options.  The unflavored contains Olive Oil, Beeswax, Castor Seed Oil, and Rosemary Leaf Extract.  Flavored Lip Balms that are also free of gluten include Pink Grapefruit, Vanilla Madagascar, Lavender & Orange, and Tangerine Breeze, Ginger & Lemon, and Highland Mint.  All are USDA Certified Organic and contain no petroleum, artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.

Indigo Wild, producers of Zum contain Certified Organic Shea Butter, Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, and Certified Organic Beeswax. Free from petroleum by-products, mineral oils, and synthetic preservatives.  Eleven flavors to choose from and variety packs as well.

In a pinch and need to pick up something locally at your grocery or drug store?  The following Lip Balms may be more accessible and of course the are gluten free:

Toms of Maine (Peppermint and Island Paradise).

Kiss My Face (Sunscreen, Ginger Mango, Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Peach, Cranberry Orange, and Coconut Pineapple).

EOS (the little orbs in a multitude of flavors)

Carmex (some of their products contain oats)

Blistex (they have multiple products so please read the labels carefully).

The Honest Company Organic Lip Balm.

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm.

NOTE:  I have not included Burts Bees on this list as they will not guarantee that their products are Gluten Free.  The following is the statement that appears on their Website:  “We cannot provide a list of Burt’s Bees products that are safe for use with your allergy because our products may have been manufactured on a shared line with products containing gluten, or raw materials used in our products may have been processed in a facility that also processes products containing gluten.  Therefore, we are unable to state that any Burt’s Bees products are “gluten-free.” Several of our products are known to contain certain allergens, because raw materials that contain or are made from the allergen are intentional ingredients in those products.

Please carefully review the ingredient list of any product prior to use, particularly because the listed ingredients for a product may change. If you have a known allergy to gluten, you should always consult with your physician if you have questions regarding whether it is safe for you to use a particular product”.

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Sweet Potato Gratin

sweet potato

This sweet potato gratin has been a favorite in our home for many years.  It makes a beautiful side dish for Thanksgiving, and the flavors blend beautifully with either Turkey or Ham.  You can substitute Machengo, Romano, Gouda or Asagio cheeses as all of these work well in this gratin.



1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream (Full Fat Coconut Milk can be substituted)
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh Rosemary
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh Thyme
2 Tablespoons chopped Fresh Sage
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
2 Pounds Sweet Potatoes (peeled and sliced into 1/8 thick slices)
1/2 Sweet Onion, thinly sliced or diced
3 Cups grated Gruyère cheese
1 Cup grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375°F

Butter an 11-inch gratin dish or use a 9×13 oven safe dish.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage, sea salt and pepper. Bring to a soft boil, then remove from the heat and set aside.

Place the sliced potatoes in a large shallow bowl and pour the cream mixture over the potatoes.

Gently stir the potato slices to coat with the cream mixture. (note:  I use my hands for this step, a bit messy, but easier and faster to coat the potatoes)

Arrange one-third of the potato slices, slightly overlapping, on the bottom of the prepared dish. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, half of the onions and 1 cup of the Gruyère. Repeat, using another one-third of the potato slices, salt and pepper, the remaining onions, and another cup of the Gruyère.

Top with the remaining potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper again.

Press the mixture down gently with a  spatula, (again, I just use the palms of my hands).

Pour any cream mixture over the potatoes and sprinkle evenly with the remaining  Gruyère and Parmesan cheese.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes, then remove the foil and bake until the gratin is golden brown and bubbly, about 20 minutes more.

Let the gratin rest for 10 minutes before serving and garnish with sprigs of Sage leaves.


Natural Product Expo


Eating Evolved Crunchy Caramel

Eating Evolved Crunchy Caramel

Recently I attended the Natural Products Expo, an industry event which highlights trends in food, beverage, supplements and personal care products.  4 levels of the convention center filled with 1,450 vendors and attended by 28,000 people can be overwhelming; having only one day to see these products was impossible.  My goal was to talk with as many vendors as possible, focusing on product offerings for the Celiac/Gluten Sensitive Community.  I have put a list together of some of the products that I felt would be “Celiac Kid Friendly”.  Many of these products are available through Amazon, but others will need to be purchased through the company, or retailers such as Whole Foods, Mom’s Organic Market, Sprouts, or The Vitamin Cottage.

Cappello’s Gluten and Grain Free:  This company produces Fresh/Frozen Lasagna Sheets, Gnocchi, Fettuccine as well as Pizza, and Vegan Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Ginger and Lemon Zest Cookie Doughs.  Products contain a short list of natural ingredients and all products are gluten and grain free.

Bonafide Provisions:  All natural Bone Broth that tasted almost as good as my homemade broth.  Use the “Find Bone Broth” in the menu bar to locate a retailer in your area.

Keep Healthy Low Glycemic Bars:  These protein bars are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Kosher and most importantly many of there bars are safe for those who have Type 1 Diabetes.  The Sea Salt Brownie Bar (Diabetes safe) has 12 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber.

Siete Almond Flour Tortillas:  These are probably the best grain free tortillas I have tried, flexible enough to roll without breaking into a million pieces.  These tortillas are Paleo (grain free), Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy Free.

Raw Wraps:  An alternative to tortillas.  These gluten free wraps are also corn, soy, nut, egg and dairy free.  Made from fruits and vegetables these 9.5 inch wraps are soft and pliable.  Loaded with vitamins (A,C,K), antioxidants, minerals, fiber, polyphenols and flavonoids but packed with flavor. Bonus: they do not require refrigeration.

The Greater Knead:  This company is producing gluten, dairy, soy, egg, nut, and sesame free bagels.  I did not try these because they contain Sorghum, but they looked good.  Note: that their website is not yet up and running.

Buddha Bread:  Gluten Free Cheese Bread that comes frozen and is ready to bake (no thawing required).  Rolls and Garlic and Basil Breadsticks that are also soy, nut, trans fat, sugar and high fructose corn syrup free.  Made in a dedicated gluten and nut free facility.

Mediterra All Natural Snack Bars:  These would be great to pack for lunch, or as a grab and go snack.  All of their bars are gluten free and they have savory and sweet versions.

Thrive Tribe Bites:  This was very similar to Granola, but has a softer consistency.  All of their products are gluten/grain free, Non-GMO, Preservative Free, and contain no refined sugars.  Along with the Thrive Bites they produce high quality cookies and coconut chips.

Bounce Balls:  Lunch boxes or grab and go snacks that are gluten and grain free.  I tried the Lemon Macadamia at the Expo.  9 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and free of additives and preservatives.

New Primal Jerky:  Great selection of jerky, snack sticks and snack bites that are not dry and flavorless.  All of their products are gluten free, soy free and refined sugar free.

Blissful Baking:  This company produces child friendly gluten free cookies.  Chocolate, Vanilla and Cinnamon flavors and shapes like Space, Ocean, and Magical Adventure.  These cookies are Certified Gluten Free and Non-GMO Verified.  The company also uses not artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and the manufacturing facility is gluten free, peanut free, tree nut free and lactose free. (Please note that these cookies are corn flour based).

Artisan Tropic:  Certified Gluten Free, Vegan, Non-GMO and Paleo; these snack strips are crunchy and flavorful and have a short list of ingredients.  Great for dips!

Kiwa products are a favorite in our house.  All of their products are gluten free, Non-GMO, and 100% Organic.  All ingredients are harvested through Earth-friendly practices and bought directly from small farmers who work with sustainable agricultural practices.  They make a variety of chips including:  Casava, Plantain, Andean Potato, Parsnip, Beetroot, Sweet Potato and Vegetable Mix.

Hippeas:  Chickpea Puffs in a variety of flavors with 4 grams of protein per ounce and 3 grams of fiber per ounce.  Their products are Certified Gluten Free, Vegan, Kosher, contain no MSG, Non-GMO and USDA Certified Organic.

Seely Mint:  The family have a mint farm in Washington State and produce quality Gluten Free Mint Teas (great for upset tummies) as well as Mint Candies.  They also make candy canes seasonally that are absolutely gorgeous!

Eating Evolved:  For those who are chocolate lovers, Eating Evolved is a favorite in our home.  Their Organic and Fair Trade Products are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, and sweetened with Coconut Sugar.  They make a variety of treats including Chocolate Bars, Coconut Butter Cups, and Chocolate Spreads.

Unreal:  This company produces gluten free candy made without artificial colors and fair trade cocoa.  One of the reasons I like these chocolates is that they are lower in sugar.   Candy Coated Chocolates (think M&M’s), Peanut Butter Cups (smooth and crispy varieties) and available at Target, Whole Foods, Sprouts, or online.

The Grandpa Soap Company:   My favorite products are their Epsom Salt Soap, Thylox Soap and Charcoal Soaps which are free of Gluten, Phthalates, Sulfates, Paraben, EDTA, Animal By Products, and Artificial Fragrances/Colorants.  These soaps are wonderful for those with  gluten rashes or Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

Molly Suds:  Gluten Free Laundry Detergent free of harsh chemicals.  They have powders, liquid, wool dryer balls and even a Dog Shampoo.  They were offering a coupon code “SIMPLY25”, so if you place an order use the code for a discount.

Piggy Paint:  For those who have little girls, or for Momma’s who are looking for non-toxic, hypoallergenic, water based, gluten free nail polish.  There are no toxic chemicals; it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone.

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