These are easy product recommendations for the program Gluten Free Life Made Easy.
Note: These recommendations are based on my personal research. In addition, formulations sometimes change. I will do my best to keep this updated, but always be sure that before using a product it lives up to your personal requirements.
Personal Care Brands
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Here are recommendations for my favorite personal care brands:
Arbonne- Arbonne is my favorite for personal care + make up (I recommend it again below). Every single item they sell is gluten-free (and many are certified). My favorite personal care line is the Re9 line. If you are interested in trying Arbonne, you can shop it here.
Brandless-Brandless.com does have an assortment of personal care products that are gluten-free and totally affordable such as body wash and night cream. If you haven't ordered from Brandless.com before, you can click here to save $10 on your first purchase.
Lume-Lume is my absolute favorite brand of deodorant. It's the only all-natural aluminum-free deodorant I've tried that actually stops the stink and doesn't irritate my skin. They also sell bars of soap. Lume can only be purchased through their website.
Pangea Organics-Pangea Organics is another line of skin care that is 100% gluten-free. You can shop them on Amazon here.
Raw Elements- This is a go-to for sun protection (including SPF products for kids). The whole line is gluten-free. Shop Raw Elements on Amazon here.
Surface-Surface is my #1 choice for hair care. Surface has so many hair care products ranging from shampoo to color to styling. Not only are all the products gluten-free, but vegan as well. Surface is sold through salons, and you can use their website to find a surface salon near you (then you know your stylist will be using safe products). If you'd rather order online, you can find Surface on Amazon here.
Thrive Market--Thrive Market not only sells many gluten-free brands, but their own brand has so many personal care options that are gluten free. Shop Thrive Market here. You can also refine searches on the site to show only gluten-free items. I am always finding a new brand on Thrive Market!
Recommending specific cosmetic brands is harder for me than finding skin care. Many cosmetic brands have some gluten-free products, but here are recommendations for my favorite cosmetic brands that are 100% gluten-free:
Arbonne- Again, Arbonne is my favorite for make up. Every single item they sell is gluten-free (and many are certified). The make up lasts for a long time and has never irritated my skin. If you are interested in trying Arbonne, you can shop it here.
Beaute Minerals-This is a new skin care line that I haven't tried, but all products are gluten-free, and the reviews are stellar. Beaute Minerals can only be purchased through their website.
Red Apple Lipstick- This brand is not only gluten-free, but top 8 allergen free. Red Apple Lipstick can only be ordered directly through their website.
Here are recommendations for my favorite vitamin & nutrition brands:
Arbonne-Arbonne has a decent gluten-free nutrition line including protein and quite a few vitamin options. If you are interested in trying Arbonne, you can shop it here.
Brandless-Brandless.com does have an assortment of gluten-free nutrition and some vitamin options including a multivitamin. If you haven't ordered from Brandless.com before, you can click here to save $10 on your first purchase.
Garden of Life-This is another trusty brand of gluten-free nutrition products and vitamins. While some of these items may be available at a local store, amazon has an extensive collection.
Sundown Naturals-Sundown Naturals is 100% gluten-free and dairy-free. While you should be able to find them at your local pharmacy, you can also shop them on amazon.
Thrive Market--Thrive Market not only sells many gluten-free brands of vitamins (click on vitamins and refine your search by value="gluten-free"), but their own brand of vitamins are gluten free. Shop Thrive Market here.
Recommended Kitchen Products
Here are recommendations for my favorite kitchen products for guarding against cross-contamination in your kitchen:
Color Coded Cutting Boards--These color coded cutting boards are an excellent way to sort out what is gluten-free and what is not in your kitchen. Gluten can become trapped in the crevices of cutting boards and they are difficult to completely clean. Keep yours separate.
Label Maker--If you're sharing your kitchen with gluten, I strongly recommend labeling all your cooking utensils and storage areas as gluten-free to avoid others accidentally using your products for preparing gluten. I personally like this label maker.
"Gluten-Free" Stickers--These round stickers make labeling food in a shared kitchen as "gluten-free" super simple. And they're affordable too! Shop on amazon here.
Toaster Oven Cookie Sheet--this little cookie sheet is perfect for the toaster oven. Cook your gluten-free toast on it so that it doesn't become contaminated by gluten-containing crumbs in the toaster oven.
Recommended GF Substitutes
Here are recommendations for my favorite gluten-free cooking substitutes:
Anthony's Corn Starch--Corn starch is my go-to for thickening (and dredging!) Anthony's is a great gluten-free brand not only for corn starch, but for other single gluten-free flours such as almond or coconut and other baking necessities such as cocoa. It's also one of the more affordable gluten-free brands. Shop Anthony's on amazon here.
Badia Seasonings--Badia seasonings are certified gluten-free and totally affordable. I can find these at my local grocery stores, but they also sell it on Amazon.
Barilla and Banza-My favorite gluten-free pasta is Barilla. But if you're looking for something a bit healthier, I recommend Banza. Banza contains more protein and is usually what I purchase for my family.
Bragg's Liquid Aminos--This is my favorite tasting substitute for soy-sauce. I cannot find gluten-free soy sauce locally, but I can find this! If you're looking for something similar to soy sauce but soy-free, try coconut aminos. Shop Bragg's Liquid Aminos on Amazon.
Canyon Bakehouse--This is my favorite brand of gluten-free bread (and English muffins, and bagels). Our local stores carry selected flavors, but Amazon has a larger selection.
Cream of Rice--If you miss cream of wheat and can't tolerate oatmeal, Cream of Rice is a great option! Amazon even sells flavored to-go cups.
King Arthur Flour--This brand is by far my favorite cup-for-cup flour. You may find this in your local grocery store, but I find it to be so much cheaper on Amazon. (note: their gluten-free baking mixes are my fav too!)
Parm Crisps--These cheese crisps are my favorite substitute for croutons. They're great on salad, soup, and make a great snack. They come in so many flavors on Amazon!
Purely Elizabeth--This is my favorite certified GF granola brand. I love their grain-free because it doesn't contain oats and steers clear of refined sugar. They also sell grain free granola bars.
Schar Bread Crumbs--I usually crush up crackers for bread crumbs, but if you're looking for something premade, try these by Schar.