Best Natural Beauty Products For Spring 2017 (All Gluten & Allergy Free)

Whenever spring comes I'm always excited to try some new beauty products, but year after year there are some favourites that never change. Having celiac disease and several severe food allergies I need to be careful which products I use. A few times I've just skimmed ingredient lists and paid for it with a lot of hives, so now I'm really careful. If you're avoiding gluten or have allergies it can make finding cosmetics a pain. So I thought I would do a quick overview of where to find allergens in cosmetics and then share my favourites for spring! 

Avoiding gluten or other allergens like soy or nuts is one thing, but what about chemicals and toxins? A study done by the Environmental Working Group found the average person is exposed to 126 chemicals each day, just in personal care products alone. Chemicals from shampoo, to lotion and potions, lipstick and perfume.

Personally, I aim to use mostly all natural, organic and chemical-free products in my home and on my body. But flashback to my teenage years and I was slathering my body in SLS, petroleum and paraben-infused products, to name a few. Honestly the thought that these products may be harmful didn't even cross my mind. Now I know that reducing the amount of toxins that are in your body helps regulate hormones and decrease your toxic load. 

The cosmetics industry largely self-governing, Health Canada does NOT require pre-market testing of chemicals used in cosmetics. So it's up to you, the consumer to decide what's safe.

Harmful Cosmetic Ingredients

1. BHA and BHT
2. Coal tar dyes. 
 listed as "CI" followed by a five digit number.
3. DEA-related ingredients.
4. Dibutyl phthalate
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives.
6. Parabens.


Avoiding Gluten In Cosmetics 

Common terms gluten is found in cosmetics:

  1. Wheat germ
  2. Hydrolyzed wheat protein
  3. Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  4. Avena sativa (oats found commonly in lotions)
  5. Triticum aestivum (another name for wheat)

Avoiding Soy In Cosmetics 

Common terms soy is found in cosmetics:

1. Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil,
2. Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
3. Soybean Glycerides
4. Soy Acid


Avoiding Peanuts and Tree Nuts in Cosmetics 

Common terms peanuts and tree nuts are found in cosmetics:

  1.  Almond, bitter – Prunus amara
  2. Almond, sweet (and almond oil) – Prunus dulcis
  3. Brazil nut – Bertholletia excelsa
  4. Cashew – Anacardium occidentale
  5. Hazelnut – Corylus rostrata/americana/avellana
  6. Macadamia nut  – Macadamia ternifolia
  7. Peanut – Arachis hypogaea
  8. Pistachio – Pistacia vera
  9. Walnut – Juglans regia/nigra
  • Remember! Do a patch test before using any product. Place a small amount on the inside of your elbow and wait 48 hours to 72 hours. If you have redness, swelling, itching, or burning, don't use that product.
  • Remember X2 Ingredients change all the time and are different in different countries. So make sure you check the ingredients before purchasing. 

Natural Gluten & Allergy Free Spring Favourites  

#1 Best Natural Mascara

Many natural beauty lovers secretly use a not so natural mascara. Why? Because lots of natural mascaras are lame. With natural beauty products increasing in popularity I have to say they're getting better! Well People Expressionist Mascara is my new favourite. It goes on naturally, but doesn't look clumpy or overly wet. It doesn't smudge which is another common problem with natural mascara. Love it! 

Gluten free ✅
Soy Free ✅
Nut Free ✅
Dairy Free✅
All Natural ✅ 
 


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#1 Natural Shampoo

Calia is my all time favourite natural shampoo! In the warmer months of spring where you're more active (and often more sweaty) this is the perfect shampoo. It's cleans your hair well without drying it or making it greasy.  It contains many organic ingredients and doesn't have any artificial scents. 

Gluten free ✅
Soy Free ✅
Nut Free ✅
Dairy Free✅
All Natural ✅ 
 


#1  Natural Foundation 

Sweet Leilani makes one of my favourite foundations. It's full coverage, but light and natural. I mix a little bit in with Pacifica's BB cream and it makes for a really nice finish for spring. The "no makeup" makeup is trendy for spring so a little bit of this goes a long way. 

Gluten free ✅
Soy Free ✅
Nut Free ✅
Dairy Free✅
All Natural ✅ 
 


#1 Natural Bronzer

If you're anything like me and are getting slightly tired of looking super pale (thanks Irish heritage) then you'll love this bronzer. I don't like using a lot of powders in the spring/ summer because it feels rather heavy so a stick bronzer is where it's at. This one has a bit of simmer without being to sparkly and looks great on different skin tones. 

Gluten free ✅
Soy Free ✅
Nut Free ✅
Dairy Free✅
All Natural ✅ 
 


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#1 Natural Nail Polish 

Painting your nails fun colours when then weather gets nice is fun, but regular nail polish can be filled with harmful and strong chemicals. This colour by Pacifica is called blushing bunnies 🐰 how cute. It's free the major chemicals in nail polish like parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde and resin. 

Gluten free ✅
Soy Free ✅
Nut Free ✅
Dairy Free✅
All Natural ✅ 
 


#1 Natural BB Cream 

I love using this BB cream as a primer or mixing it with foundation. It looks very natural and doesn't have much coverage (That's why I mix a bit of foundation in). It gives your skin that nice glow and is free of harmful chemicals and allergens. 

Gluten free ✅
Soy Free ✅
Nut Free ✅
Dairy Free✅
All Natural ✅ 
 


#1 Natural Lip Balm 

Now I may be a bit biased here because I make these lip balms. If you didn't know I also have an Etsy shop where I make natural gluten & allergy free products in my shop Westing Wellness. They are made with beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter so they're super moisturizing. The flavours and scents are all plant based, gluten free and allergy free. 

Gluten free ✅
Soy Free ✅
Nut Free ✅
Dairy Free✅
All Natural ✅ 


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#1 Natural Makeup Wipes 

These wipes are pricey but I love them! They're the only natural makeup remover wipes that work and I've tried many. They're organic, gluten free and allergy free. Bonus! They remove eye makeup completely. 

Gluten free ✅
Soy Free ✅
Nut Free ✅
Dairy Free✅
All Natural ✅ 

 

Those are all my new favourites for spring! Do you have a favourite gluten free or allergy free cosmetics line? If yes, I'd love to hear!