I am very excited to share some fabulous gluten free personal care products from Green Beaver with you today. Green Beaver is a Canadian Company that believes mother nature is fully capable of helping us to take care of ourselves, which is why they rely on pure natural ingredients when formulating their products.
When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease 6 years ago, I was told repeatedly by my physician and and other reputable sources that even if haircare and other cosmetics contained gluten, I didn’t need to worry about it because one, the gluten protein is too large to pass through the skin and two, a celiac would need to ingest the protein in order for it to cause intestinal damage. The only exceptions were lip and oral products (like toothpaste and mouthwash) since the likelihood of some getting in your mouth is more than probable. According to Cynthia Kupper, RD and Executive Director of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, a woman “eats” 6 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime (Personal Care Products: Do You Need To Worry About Gluten).
While I’m not one to argue with the experts (afterall, I’m just a celiac patient and not a scientist), I began taking a closer look at my personal care products about a year ago when my celiac blood panel kept coming back positive despite a strict gluten free diet. I was alarmed at how many of my hair care products contained wheat protein and oat ingredients and I began to ponder how much shampoo landed in my mouth during a shower. I also wondered how much gluten stayed behind on my hands and was then transferred to the food I inevitably picked up with my hands to eat.
Ultimately, I decided to go with the “better safe than sorry” approach and even though products labeled “gluten free” do come with a higher price tag, the peace of mind is worth it to me, especially if it saves me money in the long run by eliminating the need for expensive medical tests to figure out why I’m having ongoing health issues.
Dr. Vikki Petersen brings up several good points in the following video that you might also want to consider (Dr. Vikki also happens to be one of my personal doctors):
A few months ago I received a gaggle of complimentary samples, courtesy of Green Beaver and we love them for many reasons:
Green Beaver products are Certified Organic which means no pesticides or GMO’s. To read more on why Green Beaver chooses to be certified organic, click here.
Green Beaver also doesn’t use the following ingredients in their products: 1,4-dioxane, Synthetic Fragrances or Perfume, Benzoyl Peroxide, Synthetic Pigments or Colors, Mineral Oil, Petroluem-Mineral Oil in Gel Form, Parabens, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Propolyne Glycol or Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES), Sunscreen Chemicals (like Avobenzone, Benzophenones, Octylethoxycinnamate, PABA), Nanoparticles, Talc, Triclosan, Phthalates, MEA (Monoethanolamine), DEA (Diethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine), Cocamide, Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde Releasers, Phenoxyethanol, DEET, Silicone, or Lanolin. Click here to read about the safety concerns regarding these ingredients.
Now for a quick rundown of the Green Beaver Gluten Free Products we sampled:
Green Beaver Toothpaste comes in 5 flavors (click each individual link for ingredient information): Green Apple, Zesty Orange, Frosty Mint, Cilantro Mint and Star Anise and all are fluoride-free* and triclosan-free*. The toothpastes contain plant-based cleansers instead of harsh foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulphate (SLES). Natural xylitol, lemon and tea tree extract help to ensure your teeth stay clean and your mouth fresh. Mineral silica and calcium carbonate will whiten teeth naturally.
We sampled the Frosty Mint and the Zesty Orange and my kids like both of them, although zesty orange is their favorite and they’re excited to try the Green Apple next time.
*Dr. Vikki has written some eye opening posts on triclosan and flouride and I highly encourage you to read them:
Green Beaver Jr.
“Pure, gentle and certified organic Green beaver Jr is specially formulated for children’s delicate skin using the mildest plant-based cleansers. Contains select natural ingredients including Canadian berries and carrot oil to help nourish, hydrate and protect their skin and hair. The line includes (click the links for individual product ingredients): Shampoo, Conditioning Detangler Spray, Body Wash, Bubble Bath, Lip Balm and Hand Soap.”
My kids loved the bright colors of the bottles and the light berry scent of the products. All of the Green Beaver Jr. bottles (except for the bubble bath) come with a kid-friendly, easy to use (and product saving) pump dispenser. One pump of the shampoo is more than enough to fully clean my boys’ hair. We’ve been using the Green Beaver Jr. products for nearly 3 months now and are just now getting close to needing a refill, which makes the $9.99 price tag all the more reasonable to me. While we didn’t try the lip balm, I will definitely order some in the near future, our hot, dry New Mexico climate demands a good lip balm!
Shampoo, Conditioner and Lotion
Click here to learn more about Green Beaver’s Organic Hair and Body Care Products.
Lip Shimmers and Lip Balm
Green Beaver Lip Shimmers come in 12 colors and all are certified organic, biodegradable, vegan and gluten free. They also have 3 different lip balms and the only one that does not have a gluten free label is the Certified Organic SPF 15 Lip Balm. The lip shimmers retail for $5.99 each, the gluten free lip balm is $5.99 as well and the Winter Lip Balm is $3.99.
Green Beaver Deodorant is not only free of aluminum, parabens and glycols, but they are also gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and biodegradable. The deodorant is available in the following scents: Lavender, Wild Yam, Citrus, Tea Tree, and Unscented and retail for $5.99 each.
Wanna a chance to try some of the Green Beaver Gluten Free Personal Care Products for FREE? Well, here’s your chance!
The folks at Green Beaver have kindly offered up two prize packages for a couple of my lucky readers (each winner will receive one of the following packages, not both).
Prize Package #1:
(1) Junior Shampoo
(1) Junior Conditioning Detangler
(1) Junior Bubble Bath
(1) Zesty Orange Toothpaste
Prize Package #2:
(1) Cranberry Delight Shampoo
(1) Cranberry Delight Conditioner
(1) Cranberry Delight Body Lotion
(1) Frosty Mint Toothpaste
To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me:
Have you ever had a reaction to personal care products that contain gluten ingredients?
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I will announce the two winners on Friday, July 29, 2011…Good Luck! 😀
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