Gluten and Grain Free Cosmetics (also nut free)!

I don’t usually rave about a product, but today I am.  While attending the Weston A. Price Conference this past November I found a product line that I truly believe in enough to share with you.  I want to let you know up front that this is not a paid endorsement, just a product that I feel good about using, and I think many of you will too.

I am often asked about personal care products, especially by those with multiple allergies.  I typically provide a list of companies that produce gluten/grain and nut free options, but in my mind there is always a trade-off as some of these products are not made with the highest quality ingredients, and are less than natural.  The product I found at the conference, CARENMinerals, is a line of cosmetics developed by Caren Baltasi, CCN, LDN.  I spent some time talking with her, and was impressed with the ingredients (or lack of) in her products.   Caren began this venture as she had heard countless stories from her patients who had been unable to wear cosmetics for years due to their allergies and sensitivities.

While there are other mineral cosmetics on the market calling their products natural, Caren knew that many of these products contained petro-chemicals, parabens and bismuth oxychloride which would increase the toxic load of her patients.  She decided to create a line of cosmetics that she could feel good about, and like many small companies she began by making cosmetics for herself, family, and friends; CARENMinerals was born!

Putting on my best investigative reporter hat, I purchased a foundation and a lip gloss while Caren was setting up her vendor booth at the conference.   These are two items that typically cause my skin to break out within minutes if they contain gluten or petro-chemicals in any form.  I was both apprehensive and excited the next morning when I tried my new cosmetics; I kept waiting for that burning sensation and flushing of my face that meant I was having a reaction.  I felt nothing!  While I am not vain by nature I must have looked in the mirror 4 times before leaving my hotel room….no reaction!  Not only was the color much better than the mineral foundation I had brought with me, but I needed much less product for the same coverage….bonus!  The Lip Gloss I had chosen was a pretty neutral.  When applied, it went on smoothly, had no aftertaste, and did not have that sticky feel that many of the “natural” glosses seem to have.  I can’t think of anything worse than walking around looking like a fish because your lip gloss is making your lips stick together….YUK!

When you visit the CARENMinerals website you will notice that unlike many companies Caren provides a list of ingredients (in English) for each product, and that list is short!  No gluten, no grains, no soy, or nuts are contained in these products.  If you are interested in trying out these cosmetics, Caren has generously offered to provide all of you with 25% off your first purchase.  Follow this link to view the product line:  http://buy.carenminerals.com/code/waldo.  When you checkout enter the promo code “WAPF2011” at checkout to receive your discount and some absolutely marvelous products.

Be beautiful, naturally!

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