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Non-Alcoholic Gluten-Free Indulgences May 25, 2010

Pink Champagne Body Lotion and Scrub I’m all about a glass of champagne, opening a good bottle of wine, or sipping on a fabulously decadent martini… but when you’re pregnant (like me) that just can’t happen. It’s been close to a year since I’ve enjoyed an adult beverage and I look forward to the day I can have a nice meal alongside a good Riesling once again.

But until then, what’s a gluten-free pregnant lady to do? My sister had the solution. As a (soon-to-be) mother’s day gift, she sent me gluten-free 100% Pure Champagne Body Scrub & Body Lotion! It’s amazing stuff! It really does smell like champagne & grapes!! It has a sweet smell to it, the scent lasts a long time, and I love using it! My husband loves it too. Whenever I wear it he freaks out about how good I smell.

And only a few weeks later, my lotion is completely gone. I’ve slathered it all over my growing belly and feel like I can indulge in my favorite adult “beverages” without getting tipsy and causing my baby any harm! Yay. All the fun of alcohol without any of the yucky side effects. No drowsiness, no hang-overs…  🙂

Another reason I feel good about using this lotion and body scrub? It’s gluten-free, which means I won’t be absorbing gluten into my pores and possibly getting myself or the baby sick, but it’s also organic & chemical-free.

I don’t think I can go back to regular lotions now. Not only because this one smells so good, but it worries me about what I’ve been slathering all over my tummy throughout this pregnancy. What kinds of lotion-chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and affect my baby- even if it’s only in very small amounts? Hmmm…. I think it’s better to be safe then sorry and use products like 100% Pure that leave your skin soft and do so without scary artificial/toxic ingredients.

Victoria Secret has a strawberries and champagne lotion too, but it can’t even compare to 100% Pure’s Pink Champagne lotion. 100% Pure’s smells so much better (and sweeter), but also Victoria Secret’s smells so much like chemicals now… Maybe it’s just my “pregnancy nose,” but I can’t use any of their lotions lately without feeling like I’m slathering on cleaning products.

ORGANIC PINK CHAMPAGNE
NOURISHING BODY CREAM

All Natural, 100% Vegetarian, Gluten free

Rich and decadent body cream will deeply moisturize and nourish your skin with fruit oils, vitamins and antioxidants. This 100% Pure body cream is free of synthetic chemicals artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives and anything else that is not truly, 100% Pure.

Ingredients: Organic Rose Hydrosol1, Organic Rosehip Oil1, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Avocado Butter1, Grape Extract, Organic White Tea1, Organic Beeswax2, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Extracts of Red Wine, Organic Thyme2, Organic Oregano2, Organic Goldenseal3, Organic Lavender2, Organic Rosemary2, Organic Cinnamon2, Organic Grapeseed4 and Japanese Honeysuckle, Citric Acid, Witch Hazel

1 certified organic by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
2 certified organic by QAI
3 certified organic by Maryland Department of Agriculture
4 certified organic by Soil Association Certification Limited

 

Pink Champagne body lotion, scrubs, and bubble bath also make AMAZING girly birthday presents! Try 100% Pure for yourself and give some to your favorite gal pal (or a special pregnant lady that misses happy hour!). 🙂

 

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

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Look Good While Saving the Planet: Shop for Gluten-Free Goodies with the Envirosax Bag April 26, 2010

How do you GREEN your life Did you celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd?

I love that “going green” has gained so much momentum and that saving our beautiful Earth is becoming an important priority to most people. It worries me when what seems like every day there’s another natural disaster, another animal that’s almost extinct, and hearing more and more about a rapidly disappearing ozone layer above our little world.  I definitely want to be a part of the ‘go green’ movement, preserve mother nature, and keep this lovely planet that we call home intact for myself, for my kids, and for their kids too…

So, what do I do to ‘green’ my life? Well, for starters, I recycle. To me, it’s the easiest way to do good for the Earth without even exerting a lot of effort; just put the recyclable plastic, glass, or paper into the blue bin instead of the black bin.

I also try to make an effort to buy recycled products. When I can, I do try to choose products that’s made from recycled materials over ones that are not. Most the time, I can’t even notice the difference between recycled materials and regular, so if I can choose the one that’s doing good for our planet, why wouldn’t I go with the kinder-version of what I want?

I use energy-efficient light bulbs and I choose organic, all-natural meats, produce, and food that supports farmers and farming practices that want to treat our land, our animals, and our bodies with respect.

But I’m certainly not perfect. I don’t drive a hybrid car and I have definitely have had my fair share of long, hot, wasteful showers. There’s so much more that I could be doing for our precious Earth. I have a long way to go, but I am proud of the fact that I do care and do try to make a conscious effort to get better and continue to find more ways to go green.

A little voice inside of me has been nagging me for some time because of the fact that I’d still use plastic bags at the grocery store. I’d see the unattractive, straw-like “green” grocery bags just hanging on racks at the checkout stand, but could never follow through and give them a try. It’s not like I was ignorant either. I hated the fact that I knew how wasteful all those plastic bags were, and how much they pollute the Earth, yet would continue to go to the store and come home with bag after plastic bag…

I wonder how many wasteful plastic bags just sitting somewhere in a landfill belong to me… 

Go Green with Evirosax Bags when shopping for Gluten Free Goodies So, when I found the Envirosax La Boheme Bag on the Nubius Organics website, I knew I had found my solution!

The Envirosax bag has officially made it glamorous to go green when it comes to grocery shopping. No more frumpy, ugly ‘green’ bags! Hey, why not look good while saving the planet?

The Envirosax bag comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns (florals, solids, and abstract designs), and it also comes in different materials (polyester, hemp, and linen), but my favorite is the Envirosax La Boheme Bag 1.

Envirosax ®, La Boheme has been inspired by a fusion of the romanticism of Bohemia and the ideals of the Art Nouveau movement. This new range is a celebration of Envirosax pushing conventional boundaries, breathing new life into eco-friendly products with a focus on beautiful design.

Each bag is printed with an exciting graphics print using sublimation. This preferable print method ensures the print is indefinite and these striking bags will not fade. 19.5″ x 16.5″.

 

The Envirosax Bag is such an attractive alternative to those ugly, unflattering bags they sell at the grocery store. With black, French-like floral designs on an off-white background, it’s so adorable, you may find yourself toting around this eco-friendly tote bag to places besides the grocery store! Whether you’re off to the gym or out to a casual lunch with friends, this planet-friendly bag works well in lots of life situations. Not to mention, the Envirosax La Boheme Bag 1 is strong, durable, and even made of water-resistant polyester that works well with cold items with condensation while running errands (yes, the perfect carrier for cold champagne!).

And it only costs $7.95! What a great, affordable investment for something so cute that does so much good!

If you’re still collecting planet-polluting plastic grocery bags, give the Envirosax bag a try and make an effort to make a small change to ‘green’ your life! The next time you need to pick up a few gluten-free goodies at the market, slip on your strappy black heels, dark jeans, & red lipstick, and use your eco-friendly Envirosax bag to show the world how good-looking “’green’ really is. 🙂

Join me and take another small step to live a greener, healthier, and happier life… all without compromising your glamorous style!

Gluten-Free Grocery Tip: Another amazing product stocked by Nubius Organics? The Blue Lotus 100% Organic Cotton Bags! Use these to fill up on fresh, organic produce and just stick them inside your Envirosax tote as you shop at your local grocery store or farmers market! Again, another way to skip the plastic, go green, and use adorable, eco-friendly products with real functionality!

You can buy the Envirosax bag online from Nubius Organics; a fabulous one-stop-shop for all things organic, green, and glamorous! From reusable shopping bags and bottles, green gifts, and eco-friendly kids products, this website is really like an online mall for everything that you could ever want that’s planet-friendly, organic, and brilliant! Make sure that you add Nubius Organics to your website link favorites and browse their site for fantastic personal, home, wedding, baby, & other gift items. …Remember, Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

In fact, Nubius Organics is offering YOU, Glamour & Green Gluten-Free Readers, and exclusive 10% OFF discount at the Nubius Organics website! Just enter the discount code: SPRING10 at the Nubius Organics check-out for your special discount! And this discount applies towards the Envirosax bag or any other item on their website, for that matter!! 🙂

Go Green… Glamorously!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Oh-la-la! Little Bites of Gluten-Free Bliss: Melange Sucre Macaron Petits April 21, 2010

Melange Sucre Macaron Petits- Gluten-Free Bites of Bliss! When going gluten-free, one of the hardest things to find is great-tasting desserts. So often gluten-free sweets are too dense and don’t have that light, fluffy, or moist texture that gluten-filled goodies have. So when I find a gluten-free dessert that’s FABULOUS, I need to share it with the world.

And that is why, my friends, you NEED to know about this super-glamorous, completely delicious little treat: Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits! (Yes, they really are as luxurious as they sound).

These delicate cookies have nothing in common with the dense coconut confections that Americans know as “macaroons.”

 

Mélange Sucre macarons are prepared in the traditional Parisian style, sandwiching two light cookies together with a flavored cream or marmalade. Each macaron is made by hand and skillfully baked to achieve the perfect blend of natural ingredients to produce an authentic French macaron. Mélange Sucre macarons are crafted to be lighter and more petit than the traditional macaron. The chewy and crunchy cookies surprise you with each bite.

 

Now as much as I love my gluten-free bakeries, I have to say, it’s great when you find a dessert that’s gluten-free JUST BECAUSE IT TASTES GREAT WITHOUT GLUTEN. And that’s how it works with Mélange Sucre. They made these incredible little treats using fresh, delicious, all-natural ingredients and without seeing the need for gluten.

So, what are these little bites of pure bliss made from? Mélange Sucre macarons are made with egg whites, sugar, natural almond flour, milk, cream, and butter.

Sweet… literally. 🙂

These cookies are totally high-maintenance (kinda like me- haha!), and that’s just another thing that I love about them. When you receive your package of Mélange Sucre cookies, you know it’s something special… and that this isn’t your average gluten-free treat:

Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits are shipped frozen, so to ensure freshness, and to maintain the quality the Chefs intended for the macarons, these perishable items are shipped via overnight or 2 day express.

 

For optimal flavor, Mélange Sucre macarons are best if consumed within 1-2 days. Store in refrigeration up to 7 days at 41 degrees F; before consuming, remove the macarons from refrigeration and allow them to reach room temperature. (Approximately 30 minutes). See… this gluten-free delicacy is a treat to be treasured; not something you can just pick up at your local grocery store any ol’ boring day. 

 

Raspberry Macaron Petits from Melange Sucre Each box includes 12 macarons with two of each flavor. Flavors include: Chocolate, Raspberry, Pistachio, Pecan Caramel, Cinnamon and Coffee. 

I melted over the chocolate and raspberry flavors, but all of them are absolutely delicious!! Light, airy, flaky, creamy, and chewy all the same time. They are almost impossible to describe how fabulous they really are… Just a must-have goodie for any dessert-loving gal that wants to try something extra special.

These gourmet cookies pair nicely with gourmet teas or a delicious, frothy cappuccino. They’d work well with a little tea party or an afternoon get-together with your favorite gal-pals. Another occasion that would suit Macaron Petits perfectly? Mother’s Day. Their beautiful presentation (the box the macarons come in is long, gorgeous and made from environmentally-friendly materials that’s also reusable as storage for other special things!!) and phenomenal taste makes them a fabulous gift to give to that special mom of yours. And with only 130 calories for 2 cookies, they’re a treat she won’t feel bad indulging in!!

You can buy a box of 12 Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits on the Mélange Sucre website for $28.00 (though you should read on for more info about the fabulous discount that they are extending to you, loyal Glamour & Green Gluten-Free readers!), and are more than worth it. They are the kind of shi-shi cookies you’ll want to have on hand 24-7 for guests, they’re so classy and impressive. Ooh-la-la!

So, give them a try this spring! Host afternoon tea and serve this delicate little cookies as your tea-time treat. And give them to mom as a Mother’s Day surprise. You really don’t need a special occasion to indulge in these amazing cookies. Simply buy them for yourself and try one of the best gluten-free/non-gluten-free treats you’ll ever eat! MMMMMMmmmm!!!

 

Mélange Sucre has also given YOU, our fabulous Glamour & Green Gluten-Free readers, an EXCLUSIVE discount! Enter the coupon code: GGREEN for 15% off your next purchase of Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits! 🙂

Bon Appétit!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Fabulous Virtual Make-Overs For Photos! April 17, 2010

Make-over your favorite digital photos! Let’s be honest here: Being a woman is just so darn expensive! Our beauty regimen can get quite costly and my all-natural beauty wants & needs are becoming addictive! But our beauty product routine is not something that we women can just quit cold-turkey. I’ve never seen a pack of gum to lessen my desire for anti-aging foundations, powders, and bronzers, and I’ve never been able to find a “reduce-the-cravings-for-mascara-patch.” All in all, I don’t think that we women should ever have to cut back or give up our special girl-things that make us look and feel good. But I do, however, think we need to be a little more creative and think outside the box with new solutions for inexpensive beauty alternatives.

So, how can we save some serious cash-flow and still feel ultra-glamorous? Two words, my friends: Virtual Makeup. Yes, physical makeup is so overrated! What really counts is looking great in our photos. We may slap on a pair of old jeans and beach sandals to go to grab a bite to eat and run a few errands, but do we post these casual, greasy hair-in-a-ponytail and no makeup photos on our Myspace or Facebook profile? No way! Only our best looking mug-shots end up being the sacred Profile Pic! With all the ex-boyfriends and old competitive girlfriends out there in social networking cyber space, there’s no chance we’ll upload our every-day, sweats, T-shirt, and a few zits pics! But with virtual makeup, we can save money and transform our regular pics into gorgeous, professional-looking head shots! Virtual makeup allows us to make easy, natural-looking edits to our photos, so that we can whiten our teeth, remove pimples, get rid of wrinkles, airbrush photos and look ultra-fabulous for pennies!

Digital Scrapbooks and More (www.DigitalScrapbooksandMore.com) makes instantly downloadable photo editing training that specifically focuses on virtual makeup, called the Digi MakeOver Madness Tutorials (www.shop.DigitalScrapbooksandMore.com).

Digital Airbrushing! The Digi MakeOver Madness Tutorials has a simple motto; a philosophy that I think we can all appreciate: “Spend $5… look like $500.” It’s true, as each individual tutorial is ridiculously inexpensive at $1.99 or less, and features super-easy training to make your favorite photos look even better. Convert photos to vintage black & white pics, whiten teeth, get rid of blemishes and wrinkles, digi tan, even airbrush photos (celebrity or not)! And although Digital Scrapbooks and More cannot legally make any guarantees, I wouldn’t be surprised if I made several new random Facebook friends after posting my newly edited pic.

So what if you’re worried that you don’t have photo editing software to follow along with the training in order to apply virtual makeup to your own photos? Don’t despair; you can get a FREE 30-Day Trial of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements through the Adobe website (www.Adobe.com). With no hidden tricks or gimmicks, you really, truly can get picture-perfect pretty with nothing but pocket change.

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Shiny, Happy Hair with Gluten-Free John Masters Organics April 8, 2010

John Masters Organics- Shine On When I was a tween, I loved glitter-products. From lotions, to gels, to sprays, I was all about making myself sparkle. I guess it was the inner princess in me! 🙂

I don’t typically reach for products infused with confetti-like glitter anymore, but my ears do perk up when I hear about anything that promotes a pretty & natural shine, subtle glimmer, or radiant glow to the skin and hair.

I love adding a little “fabulous” to my beauty regimen, and a a touch of glitz can really boost my mood- instantly making me feel pretty and feminine.

That’s why I LOVE John Masters Organics Shine On , a leave-in treatment that creates happy, shiny hair!  Why? Read on…

1. It’s Gluten-Free! I’ve made the non-negotiable decision to go gluten-free when it comes to food, so why would I assume it’s OK to slather poisonous gluten all over my scalp?! It’s always a pleasure to find glamorous companies, like John Masters Organics, that refuse to use common allergens (like gluten) in order to make brilliant hair-care. Using great products that are gluten-free make me feel more confident  that I’m not still absorbing trace amounts of gluten through my skin or scalp and causing long-term damage to my body. I definitely think that going GF with my hair-care can only be better and healthier overall!

2. And Organic! Besides being free of gluten, I can’t believe that Shine On is also made from organic ingredients! Remember, organic means no weird pesticides, chemicals, and toxins end up in the hair, which means happier and healthier hair (and YOU!).

3. It’s light, clean, and doesn’t leave messes behind. I was shocked to find that this product was completely scentless. And you know what? It was a refreshing surprise! I loved the fact that this product doesn’t try to allure you with unnecessary fragrance… especially because added fragrance might actually do damage to your hair!

Shine On also has great texture. The best way that I can describe this product is that it’s similar to a gel (since it’s not a spray or hair mist)- but without gel’s typical ooey-gooey-sticky residue! Shine On’s not oily or greasy either, and is absolutely fantastic stuff that doesn’t build up or leave behind flakes in your hair!

4. Easy to Use & Versatile. You don’t have to be a any sort of professional hairdresser to use this product and leave with salon-worthy hair. It ridiculously easy to use: just add sparingly to damp hair, brush, blow-dry… and whaa-laa! Soft and shiny, fabulous hair!

I also found that I like to use it on my dry hair as well. It helps calm frizz or little hair fly aways, leaving a super-pretty and natural looking shine. So often regular shine hair mists and sprays leave your hair looking pretty greasy if you go anywhere near your roots for fly away hairs. I loved the natural-looking, healthy shine it gave my blonde locks without weighing it down!

Shine On’s great because you can use this product when you decide to leave your hair up or down- it’s all up to you!

I specifically used Shine On the other day for my three year anniversary dinner date with my husband. I put my hair up in a long, straight ponytail and wrapped a bit of hair around the rubber/hair band for a elegant little “twist.” My hair looked AMAZING! Shiny, straight, and naturally beautiful.

Ponytail Hairstyles Watch this video for super-easy ways to accentuate your pony tail hairstyle… and make sure you use John Masters Organics Shine On before or after you blow-dry your hair (or both!).

John Masters Organics Shine On costs $30.00 for a 4 oz container and you can buy it directly from John Masters Organics.com. If you buy now, they’re also offering free ground shipping through their website!

RAVE & REVIEW VERDICT: Amazing stuff. I loved that a product that I like to use every day could also versatile enough to assist on my glamorous hair-occasions too! Yay!

Get salon-style hair without giving in to gluten. Try this brillant hair-care product that will leave your locks soft, shiny, and stunning.

Yes, my adult inner-princess is at peace. 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

Ps. While not all John Masters Organics are gluten-free, they still have TONS of gluten-free products besides Shine On! Contact them directly at: info@johnmasters.com for more information about additional gluten-free items and stay-tuned for future Glamour & Green Gluten-Free reviews on more must-have John Master Organic fab-finds!

 

Create Green Memory Books of Adventures and Travels March 30, 2010

Create a Memory Book of Travel Adventures with Digital Scrapbooking

If you are planning a little get-away this spring, there’s nothing worse than forgetting to pack your digital camera.

For me, forgetting my digital camera on vacation (even if it’s just a little weekend trip) is like forgetting my underwear or toothbrush. I just don’t do it.

You shouldn’t either. Carry that camera with you and snap some digital photos whether you’re off to the tropics, or plan a fun day-out around the town.

It’s so much fun to go through the photos when you get back from a fantastic adventure, but don’t let great photos go to waste by forgetting about them on your digital camera or on random folders in your laptop. Special trips deserve much more than just a regular, ol’ photo book. They deserve to be scrapbooked! How else can you include all the memories- from special songs sung, funny incidents, to fantastic or romantic moments that need to be explained and remembered with text too! Create a memory book with digital scrapbooking and preserve the precious memories you make during your glamorous life properly!

You know what digital scrapbooking is, right? Digital scrapbooking is the easy, super-fun, and “GREEN” way to scrapbook! Skip the expensive supplies, stop wasting trees, and scrap your favorite people and moments on your computer. Then you simply print your favorite pics or digi-projects into memory books, photo albums, scrapbooks, and more!

Digital Scrapbooks and More (www.digitalscrapbooksandmore.com) is a fabulous digital scrapbooking company that offers digital scrapbooking training for beginners. Our training reccomendation? Buy the Getting Started Series CD for Photoshop Elements. It’s the perfect way to start learning digital scrapbooking.

You will be shocked at how easy it is to combine your digital photos with pretty digital backgrounds, frames, and embellishments to make adorable memory books of your 2010 travels.

Digital Scrapbooks and More also offers photo editing training too! Learn how to take your favorite photos and make them even better! Learn how easy it is to remove blemishes, airbrush skin, remove red-eye, get rid of shadows and overcasts, and more! Their Digi MakeOver Madness tutorials are ridiculously inexpensive too! At around $1.99, they are the ultimate ‘green’ beauty product for special digital pics!

Give digital scrapbooking and photo editing a try as your new hobby this 2010! Scrap your adventures and go green! …LOVE it!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Spring Get-Aways: Travel with Fabulous Gluten-Free Toiletries March 29, 2010

Gluten-Free Must-Have Toiletries After what seems like a looooooooong and cold winter, I am getting stir-crazy! I need to run away with my husband to somewhere warm, sunny, and by the beach!

If you’re planning a spring vacation, a babymoon (like me), or a little weekend get-away, it’s time to stock up on gluten-free traveling essentials!

And if you’re not planning a spring vacation, no worries! Plan a “staycation” and have fun at home! Indulging in a few gluten-free travel toiletries can still get you excited about warmer weather at home and can also become motivation to do something exciting and cost-efficient around town!

Stock Up on These 8 Glamorous Gluten-Free Toiletries for Your Next Adventure:

1. Gluten-Free Hand Sanitizer: We all know that it’s not easy to wash your hands as often as you touch dirty, germy things when you travel. That’s why hand sanitizer was such a brilliant creation. But it always freaks me out to think of the chemicals used in hand sanitizer, and what might be even worse, if the hand sanitizer includes gluten! The Solution? Try EO Hand Sanitizer–the organic, plant-based alternative to chemical laden hand sanitizers and is also gluten-free. Organic Lavender Essential Oil is naturally cleansing and soothing. Organic Alcohol (non-GMO) sanitizes on contact. Soothing Jojoba nourishes and moisturizes. It keeps your hands clean as you travel, but even better than that, rest-assure that your hand sanitizer isn’t filled with gluten or scary, toxic chemicals!

2. Gluten-Free Toothpaste (Travel-Size): One of my favorite toothpastes is Tom’s of Maine brand. Free from artificial sweeteners, it uses real, natural flavored oils for taste. It’s incredible toothpaste that fights cavities, controls tarter, and whitens your teeth too! They even have travel-size all-natural toothpastes that make it easy to toss pack in your toiletry bag. My favorite flavor? Try the refreshing orange-mango toothpaste flavor which feels light and clean! It’s an exciting alternative to regular minty toothpaste flavors and can become a fun flavor to use on tropical trips and turn into a personal traveling tradition!

3. Gluten-Free Shampoo & Conditioner (Travel Size): Looking for a good gluten-free shampoo? Try the Morrocco Method 5 Elements Shampoos– Trial Size, which includes 4 different shampoos that are designed to be used in rotation so that all aspects of hair and scalp can be nourished and maintained. Pine Shale (Air) and Apple Cider Vinegar (Fire) Shampoos nourish the hair and stimulate growth. Sea Essence (Water) and Earth Essence (Earth) Shampoos detoxify and regenerate hair and scalp. Rotate all four for maximum care — Pine Shale today, Apple Cider Vinegar tomorrow, Sea Essence the next day, then Earth Essence, then back to Pine Shale Shampoo to continue the rotation cycle. Then try the Morrocco Method 5 Elements Conditioners– Trial Size, which includes a 2-ounce bottles of Diamond Crystal Mist, Volumizer Mist, and Chi Instant Conditioners plus a 1-ounce bottle of Euro Organic Oil and a 1-ounce package of Zen Detox Hair & Scalp Therapy. All shampoos and conditioners are gluten-free, color-safe, and organic! Truly fantastic!

4. Gluten-Free Anti-Fizz Hair Serum: I can’t believe something that’s organic works so well, but Giovanni’s Frizz Be Gone anti-frizz hair serum is phenomenal! After your usual shampoo and conditioner routine, apply a dime-sized amount to towel-dried hair and banish traveling frizziness! It also helps detangle dry hair that needs extra moisturizing. This stuff works miracles (I use it every single day) and will be a life-saver if you plan to go out and sit by the beach and don’t want to end up with a unsightly fro. It’s a little pricey, but trust me, it’s worth the investment!

Must-Have Gluten-Free Traveling Toiletries

 

5. Gluten-Free Soap: Using the Kauai Blossom Soap from the Dynamic Fragrance Soap Collection at EverAfter Naturals is an awesome, all-natural, and gluten-free choice to put you in the mood for a tropical get-away. Filled with island floral notes and a hint of ginger, this handcrafted soap will take you away to clear waters and white sand whether or not you’re really going on vacation! It smells great, cleans well, and leaves your skin silky and soft. Make sure you get a bar for your next trip! I’m a huge fan of this soap and this company- read my review of EverAfter Naturals here.

6. Gluten-Free Lip Balm: EverAfter Naturals gets another shout-out here for the super-amazing Moisturizing Lip Balm. It’s all natural, gluten-free, and full-on fabulous. Flavored with only pure plant oils, this lip balm contains no petroleum, artificial flavors or sweeteners. You’ll be amazed at how incredibly smooth this lip balm goes on and how long it lasts! The applicator is also more oval (while most lip balm or chapsticks are more round) which I think is a cool feature and a better fit for real lips! My favorite is the Berry flavor which gives your lips a really pretty, all-natural tint, which makes it perfect multi-tasking product for avoiding slathering on heavy-feeling lipsticks during your traveling, but still getting a beautiful touch of lip color.

7. Gluten-Free Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a must-have product for regular, every day, daily life- so obviously- you wouldn’t dare go without it as you run away to your sunny escapes! That said, California Baby No Fragrance  SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion is the hands-down winner. Unfragranced, PABA free, non-chemical, California Baby® sunscreen is perfect for those with skin sensitivities or fragrance allergies. California Baby’s active ingredient is a highly micronized titanium dioxide that scatters and reflects dangerous UV rays, offering UVA-UVB broad-spectrum protection. This lotion is simple and elegant; it glides on smoothly and will not slip off when it comes into contact with water, so you may rest assured that it will last. Non-staining formula, very water-resistant, and contains no gluten (whoo-hoo!), nut oils, soy, oat, or dairy! Love this stuff and TOTALLY worth the price.

8. Gluten-Free Body Lotion: I like my sunscreens to be scent-less so I can get crazy with the fun-stuff: body lotion. Get in the mood for fun and perhaps a pina colada (or two 🙂 ) with 100% Pure’s Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! This body cream will make you happy whether you leave the house or not! This highly nourishing luxurious cream is concentrated with potent anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins, skin softening fruit oils and moisturizing cocoa and avocado butters. It’s a delicious smelling body cream that will immediately hydrate, soften and feed your skin nutrients for healthy, glowing skin. Truly, 100% Pure – never any toxic preservatives, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals or anything else artificial Made only with highest quality, natural, organic nutrients for your skin. Vegetarian and gluten-free too! Yay.

Happy & Safe Gluten-Free Traveling!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

Ps. Thanks to Digital Scrapbooks and More for the pics! Check out Digital Scrapbooks and More’s Scrap Shop for photo editing and digital scrapbooking tutorials! It’s easy and GREEN!

Pps. Tomorrow is all-about creating “green” memory books for Spring 2010 Adventures, Vacations, and Travels with digital scrapbooking. Sooo exciting! 🙂