Gifting Gluten-Sensitive Beauty

With ingredient sensitivities of all kinds on the rise over the past few years, it’s safe to say almost everyone now knows someone who has had to go gluten-free. Maybe you are that someone in your group of friends. Either way, we’re here to help you navigate when it comes to gluten-free gifting this holiday season!

As you're likely aware, gluten is found naturally in wheat, rye, malt, and barley. It’s also often found in oats, since oats are often grown near wheat and are cross-contaminated during the growing process. You can find gluten-free oats, but they need to be specifically labeled as such. It’s tricky enough to avoid these substances in their various forms in foods, but many don’t know that these ingredients are also frequently used in makeup and personal care products as emollients, which help ingredients mix together more smoothly and easily. (Source: 100% Pure Blog

We frequently get clients who are seeking out gluten free makeup, skincare and hair care. It may come as a surprise to some people to learn that gluten sensitivities can be so severe that topical application of products containing gluten can cause adverse reactions. But depending on your level of sensitivity, applying something with gluten to your skin or scalp can have just as profound an effect as ingesting it. After all, your skin is your largest organ, and whatever you put directly onto it will absorb into your bloodstream, at least to some extent. 

If you’re gifting with a gluten-free friend in mind (or you’re gluten-free and want to treat yourself this holiday), here are a few of our favorite gluten-free goodies:

Primp and Pamper:
  • Lo and Behold Naturals Bath Bouquet: one of our favorite local makers here in Durham, NC, produces some of the most scrumptious and luxurious bath products you can find, and many are gluten-free. This delicious mix is naturally scented with essential oils and real flower petals for a soothing sensory experience.
  • C & Co. Naturals Sugar Scrubs: Choose your favorite scent and get lost in the soothing aromas and exfoliating powers of these decadent scrubs. No sneaky gluten ingredients - just relaxation and results.

Makeup Fun:
  • 100% Pure Maracuja Oil Mascara - This best-selling mascara provides beautiful definition and length. Nourishing conditioners strengthen lashes naturally - no gluten emollients needed here!
  • 100% Pure Pink Champagne Luminizer - For the friend who loves shimmer, we recommend this gorgeous gluten-free luminescent powder. Fruit pigments mean no artificial ingredients - just high-impact radiance and shine.

Hair care:
  • Yarok: We are proud to stock the full line of Yarok hair care products, which are all gluten-free. These salon-quality botanicals are both high-performing and naturally nourishing for your hair and scalp. 
  • 100% Pure Sea Algae Hair Mask: Red algae collagen serves as the base of this nourishing mask, designed to bring luster and life back to dry, damaged hair. 

In addition to these goodies, be sure to use the Gluten-Free filter on our site, which allows you to quickly and easily pursue a large selection of gluten-free gift possibilities.

Were you surprised to learn about the presence of gluten in any of the products above? Have you had to eliminate gluten or any other specific ingredients in your skin and hair care due to sensitivities? We'd love to hear your story in the comments!

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