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Is Gluten-Free Beauty Skin Deep?

by caroline

Yesterday, a bunch of my friends went to get pedicures and enjoy a little R&R, but I had too much work to finish up, so I was unable to go with them. Wah! :/

But instead of being a whiny-whinerson about it, I gave myself an incentive: Finish up all of my pending projects, and I could have a mini "spa" session at home.

So, around 6 p.m. I started dinner, and decided it was about time I try the gluten-free beauty products by Organique that I had picked up at the Dorothy Lane Health Fair. The nice ladies gave me a ton of samples, so I had a nice variety of their gluten-free and organic product lineup on hand, including shampoo, conditioner, face scrub and foot lotion. The entire Organique line is free from more than 200 synthetic ingredients, like parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), petroleum, silicone, artificial colorings and synthetic fragrances. Sounds good to me!

First up was a bit of shower time, where I got to try the Rejuvenating Shampoo and Amla & Holy Basil Conditioner. Oh, my gosh, the shampoo smells so good! One of my favorite scents is cloves, and I kept thinking I could smell the spice in the shampoo. But after looking at the ingredients, I am thinking it might have been the coriander. Either way, it smelled wonderful! And the conditioner was a yummy, basil delight. We're not talking a basil-in-your-spaghetti-sauce smell here. Instead, the sweet basil ingredient is much more similar to the scent you get if you have ever taken a fresh basil leaf and rubbed it between your fingers — the lovely smell stays on your hands for hours!

After the shower, it was time for a face scrub. I opted to try it outside of the shower because I was curious about the texture of the  Exfoliating Walnut & Wood Apple Face Scrub. I wanted to make sure I could actually see it! I love face scrubs, — they make my face feel squeaky clean! — but I don't like the ones that have giant granules in them. You can see by the texture of this scrub that these ones are nice and small (they just look like speckles), providing a fairly smooth texture.

This scrub smells so good — good enough to eat! I am in love with it and I felt like it really got rid of all of the icky stuff that was sitting on the surface of or deep-down-in my skin. I will definitely be purchasing this!

After taking care of the face, I gave my feet a little TLC with the Intensive Moisturizing Foot Cream. Ooo, my piggies were oh-so-in-love with it! I put on a pair of slipper socks immediately after applying the lotion because my mom once told me it makes your feet extra-soft by "locking in" the moisture. Here's hoping!

Simon thoroughly enjoyed my foot process and took his usual spot in the sink. Tee, hee! We have to shut the bathroom door when we leave because, otherwise, we come home to find him napping in the sink. I don't know what it is, but he loves it!

Overall, my Organique experience was a delicious one. When Dan came home, I kept saying, "Smell me! Smell me!", holding out my hair and face for him to sniff. He agreed that I smelled absolutely heavenly. :D

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As for gluten-free beauty products, the subject of whether or not topical gluten affects people with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance is still a matter for debate. I subscribe to the idea that what goes on our bodies inherently makes its way to our insides. I feel like it's  similar to the flu virus. I understand these things can be breathed in, but a virus can also be passed by touching a doorknob after a sick person has done the same or shaking hands with a sneezy McSneezerson. Research shows that up to 60 percent of a product we put on our skin can be absorbed by the bloodstream.

Since I am a person whose Celiac disease reactions (when I ingest or come in contact with gluten) include rashes and eczema, I say why risk it? Especially, when there are so many yummy, gluten-free products out there, right? You can check out more information on this subject from Naturally Dah'ling, LoveToKnow and from the video below. I like the doctor's viewpoint that everyone's body is different and, therefore, each person should make a decision that works best for his or her particular needs.

What's your opinion? Do you think gluten-free beauty products are a necessity or useless?