It’s not just food that needs to be gluten-free, folks! You have to make sure your cosmetics and personal care items are free from allergens too.
However, it doesn’t just stop with being gluten-free. Let’s make sure our makeup and creams and shampoos are really safe.
Free three times over.
Now this approach is a lot more time-consuming and research-heavy than just walking into a store and picking something pretty or nice-smelling. But you’ll live with peace of mind and heart, so it’s totally worth it. How do you do this? Here’s my three-step process:
Step 1: GLUTEN-FREE – Check the “Gluten-Free Make Up Gal” List
Here’s the link to the website, which has the latest list. This lady’s great–she updates the list every year. However, most of these product are not available in Malaysia. So you’ll need to order online or get a friend to buy and bring. Good news is that most of these brands satisfy criteria in Steps 2 and 3 (still good idea to check, though!). Say you can’t get what you need in Malaysia. You’ll have to do Steps 2 and 3, and then Google whether it’s gluten-free.
Step 2: CRUELTY-FREE – Check the “Beauty without Bunnies” Site
Here’s the link to probably the most comprehensive and reliable cruelty-free database around. Brands available in Malaysia can be found here.
Step 3: TOXIC-FREE – Cross check against Skin Deep Database
Here’s the link to that database. Cross check the items you want to purchase with the list generated in Step 2 above.