Little Black Box

Many females get excited for a “little blue box”, but not me!  I’ve never really been a fan of Tiffany’s actually.  I like jewelry, don’t get me wrong but I like more unique pieces rather than mass marketed diamond rings and key necklaces (no offense to anyone who owns or likes their products, it’s just not my thing).  I’m sure Bryan was excited to learn that I don’t care for their products either…plenty of pressure was just lifted off of him.  I told him flat-out I never want him to buy me anything from there…save your money, find something different and unique from a local artist or something.

But this post really isn’t about jewelry at all, I was just thinking of the excitement woman have over that little blue box and the imagination of what it could possibly be holding.  My excitement came in a little black box!! A while back I did a post of gluten-free cosmetics and I am now doing a follow-up to it.  I am continually searing for gluten-free/wheat-free products especially when it comes to skin care, cosmetics and body washes/lotions.  This is an extremely difficult and frustrating task.  I know there are products that you can order online, however I really like to see what I am buying before doing so.  I want to be able to smell these items too. The other hard thing is, I’m not a huge make-up wearer.  I like to have a little bit on but I never want to feel like I am wearing anything especially in the summer time.  I do understand that having a thin layer of foundation is a great protection for your skin from all the pollutants and such in the environment.  So I try to do just that, and like they say – “a little bit goes a long way”.  My “normal” routine is foundation and eye liner.  Every once in a while I will put on some eye shadow and maybe, just maybe some mascara.

When I first posted about this I contacted Bare Escentuals and they sent me the following e-mail in return:

Dear Jenny,

Thank you for contacting Bare Escentuals. I would be happy to assist you! I certainly understand your concern regarding gluten in our products!

The only products that we carry containing gluten are the 100% Natural Lipcolors, 100% Natural Lip Glosses, RareMinerals products, and the Skin Rev-er Upper contains Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract. The 100% Natural Lip Liners contain barley lipids but it has been tested to be gluten-free.

Firm, brighten and reduce fine lines and puffiness.

Our new RareMinerals Active Triple Treatment Eye Cream visibly diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, restores firmness, and reduces puffiness around your delicate eye area for smoother, firmer, brighter skin. Infused with our RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex,T this groundbreaking eye cream uses mineral electrolytes and Marine Peptides to rejuvenate skin around the eyes instantly and over time.

To learn more, just respond to this email or call us at the number below.
We hope this is helpful, but please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have via email or by phone at 1-888-795-4747 during our business hours Monday through Saturday 5 AM to 9 PM, Sunday 7 AM to 4 PM Pacific Time.

Customer satisfaction is Bare Escentuals #1 priority; we appreciate you taking the time to contact us.

Warmest Regards,
Tiffany D.
Bare Escentuals Beauty Associate

The following information is also found on their website:

While the list below shows the Wheat, Oat, Rye and Barely free products please keep in mind that these products may be made in an environment that handles Wheat, Oat, Rye and Barley derivatives.

bareMinerals:
All-Over Face Colors – all shades
bareEyes Eye Makeup Remover
Blush – All shades
Blush (SPF 20) – all shades
Brushless Mascara
Body Minerals – all shades
Eyecolor – all shades
Extreme Glimmers – all shades
Faux Tan
Faux Tan Body Moisturizer
First Base Lip Balm
Flawless Definition Mascara – all shades
Foundation (SPF 15 Original) – all shades
Foundation (SPF 15 Matte) – all shades
Gossamers – all shades
High Shine Eyecolors – all shades
Hydrating Blush – all shades
Liner Shadow – all shades
Lip Rev-er Upper
Makeup Remover Wipes
Mineral Veil – all shades
Mineral Veil (SPF 25) – all shades
MultiTasking Minerals – all shades
On the Spot Swabs
Prime Time Eyelid Primer
Prime Time Foundation Primer
Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer
Quick Change Brush Cleaner
Radiance Rocks – all shades
Soft Focus Colors – all shades
SPF 15 Lipgloss – Fiji
SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen – all shades
Weather Everything Liner Sealer
Well Cared For Brush Shampoo

BUXOM:
Buxom Insider Liner – all shades
Buxom Lash Mascara
Buxom Lashliner – all shades
Buxom Lip Polish – all shades

RareMinerals:
Blemish Therapy
Moisture Burst Facial Mist

I received this e-mail back in February and just last week I went to Macy’s and had them match my skin tone to their foundation (another thing you can’t do online) and ended up leaving with one of their starter kits!!  It is $60.00 for their starter kit and includes the following:

  • 2 shades of bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation, size Medium
  • 1 Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, size Medium
  • 1 Warmth All-Over Face Color, size Medium
  • 1 Handi Buki Brush
  • 1 Flawless Application Face Brush
  • 1 Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
  • How-to DVD to show you how to Swirl, Tap, Buff your way back to the skin you were born with
  • Like I said before I’m not a huge makeup person, however this stuff is awesome!  I love that it feels like I’m wearing nothing, yet I have an even skin tone and It is being protected from any harmful pollutants.  You can buff on as little or as much as you want depending on the level of coverage you are looking for.  I usually go for a light coverage and was told by the sales associate that this should last about four months and the larger size would last between six to seven.  Not bad for $60.00.

    They have a huge selection of blushes (which I never use because I have naturally pink cheeks), eye shadows, eye liners, brushes etc.  So take a look around and if you are looking for some great gluten-free cosmetics, I would highly recommend this to you.  I can’t wait to play with some more of their products (eye shadows specially) but that will come in time.

    Gluten Free Cosmetics

     

    8/10/11

    UPDATE: Please check out my “BEAUTY” page for an updated list of gluten-free cosmetics, skin care and more!  If you have any suggestions please leave a comment below or send me an email at creativecookinggf@gmail.com  – Jenny

     

    I have been on the hunt for the past month for some new gluten free cosmetics and I never thought it would be so difficult to get an answer.  It started with going to the store to hopefully find something…anything but sadly it didn’t work out that way.  Most of the brand name cosmetics that you find in the stores have a laundry list of ingredients in them.  Who has the time to sit there and read all of these ingredients, plus have the ability to know all the technical names of ingredients that contain or are derived from gluten/wheat?  I surely do not so instead I decided I would start e-mailing and calling companies instead.

    I started by looking at their websites only to find that just one company had the information listed on their website…just one (I sent them and e-mail just to double check)!  All the others I had to fill out the “contact us” forms online.  Some responded with the ingredients they use that contain gluten and wheat, however they would not list which products were free of them.  And again I ask, who has the time to read all the ingredients, especially in small print….not me.  Finally only two places got back to me.  Neutrogena and Bare Escentuals.

    It took several days and a phone call later to hear back from Neutrogena, but bottom line, they responded and yes they have GF products!!!  Bare Escentuals responded in less than a half hour.   Below are the responses from both companies.  I think I will start out with trying the Neutorgena products because: 1) they are a bit less money and 2) they are pretty much everywhere.  Bare Escentuals look great but a bit out of my price range for now.

    As for skin care I currently use Burt’s Bees and LOVE it.  I think for now I will stick with them, however on the Neutrogena list they have a good number of options for you in this area also.

    NEUTROGENA GF(WF) LIST (Not available online)

    Dear Jenny:

    Thank you for contacting Neutrogena Corporation.  We appreciate your interest in our company.

    Neutrogena Gluten Free (Wheat Free)
    Updated 06/29/06

    Active Breathable Sunblock SPF 30 (Discontinued)
    Active Breathable Sunblock SPF 45 (Discontinued)
    Advanced Solutions Acne Mark Eliminating Peel
    Advanced Solutions Acne Therapy System
    Advanced Solutions Facial Peel is now Ageless Restoratives™ 5 Minute Facial (2009)
    Advanced Solutions Lip Rejuvenating Treatment SPF 20 is now Ageless Intensives Lip Plumping Treatment SPF 20 (2009)
    Advanced Solutions Skin Transforming Complex Daily SPF 15 Moisturizer (Discontinued)
    Advanced Solutions Skin Transforming Complex Nightly Renewal Cream  (Discontinued)
    After Sun Treatment  (Discontinued)
    Age Fighting Moisturizer SPF 15
    Age Shield Sunblock SPF 30
    Age Shield Sunblock SPF 45
    Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 55 (2009)
    Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 70 (2009)
    Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration Moisture SPF 25
    Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration Night
    Ageless Intensives Lifting Treatment Eye (2009)
    Ageless Intensives Lifting Treatment Night (2009)
    Ageless Restoratives Anti-Oxidant Booster Serum (2009)
    Ageless Restoratives Anti-Oxidant Detoxifying Cleanser (2009)
    Ageless Restoratives Anti-Oxidant  Eye (2009)
    Ageless Restoratives Anti-Oxidant Moisture SPF 20 (2009)
    Ageless Restoratives Anti-Oxidant Night (2009)
    Ageless Restoratives Energy Renewal Brightening Minerals- Eye (2009)
    Ageless Restoratives Energy Renewal Exfoliating Cleanser (2009)
    Ageless Restoratives Energy Renewal Moisture (2009)
    Ageless Restoratives Energy Renewal Moisture- Night (2009)
    Ageless Restoratives Instant Eye Reviver (2009)
    Ageless Restoratives Total Skin Renewal Puffs Refill (2009)
    Alcohol-Free Antiseptic Cleanser (Discontinued)
    Alcohol-Free Toner
    Anti-Cellulite Treatment (Discontinued)
    Anti-Residue Shampoo
    Blackhead Eliminating 2-in-1 Foaming Pads
    Blackhead Eliminating Astringent (Discontinued)
    Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub
    Blackhead Eliminating Treatment Mask (Discontinued)
    Blackhead Eliminating Warming Cleanser (Discontinued)
    Body Clear Body Lotion (Discontinued)
    Body Clear Body Scrub
    Body Clear Body Wash
    Body Emulsion
    Body Lotion
    Body Oil
    Build- A- Tan
    Clean Conditioners- All
    Clean For Color- Color Defending Foam (Discontinued)
    Clean Replenishing Instant Shine Detangler (Discontinued)
    Clean Shampoos- All
    Cleansing and Makeup Removing Towelettes
    Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask
    Clear Pore Oil Controlling Astringent
    Clear Pore Shine Control Gel (Discontinued)
    Clear Pore Treatment (Discontinued)
    Combination Skin Moisture
    Conditioner for Permed/Color Treated Hair (Discontinued)
    Comforting Butter Body Cream is now called Deep Moisture Body Cream, Butter Cream (2009)
    Comforting Butter Hand Cream  is now called Deep Moisture Hand Cream, Butter Cream (2009)
    Deep Clean Astringent
    Deep Clean Body Scrub Bar
    Deep Clean Cleanser
    Deep Clean Gentle Scrub
    Deep Clean Invigorating Cleanser/ Mask
    Deep Clean Invigorating Scrub
    Deep Clean Invigorating Self Foaming Cleansing Pads
    Deep Clean Mask
    Detangling Conditioner (Discontinued)
    Energizing Body Wash
    Energizing Sugar Scrub
    Extra Gentle Cleanser
    Foot Cream
    Fresh Body Herbal Body Wash
    Fresh Cooling Body Mist SPF 30
    Fresh Cooling Body Mist SPF 45
    Fresh Finish Loose Powder/Healthy Skin Loose Powder
    Fresh Finish Pressed Powder/Healthy Skin Pressed Powder
    Fresh Foaming Cleanser
    Hand Cream
    Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30- All
    Healthy Defense Eye Cream SPF 30
    Healthy Defense Protective Powder SPF 30
    Healthy Defense Sheer Bronzer SPF 30 (Discontinued)
    Healthy Defense Sheer Makeup SPF 30 (Disctontinued)
    Healthy Defense Sunblock Spray SPF 30+ (Discontinued)
    Healthy Defense Sunblock Stick SPF 30+
    Healthy Defense Trio
    Healthy Defense UVA/UVB Block SPF 30 + / SPF 45
    Healthy Radiance Exfoliating Wash
    Healthy Radiance Eye Cream
    Healthy Radiance Moisturizer SPF 15
    Healthy Scalp Shampoo
    Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Anti Blemish Cleanser
    Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Anti Blemish Cream
    Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Anti Blemish Scrub
    Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream
    Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Intensive Eye Cream is now Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Eye (2009)
    Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Intensive Night Cream is now Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Night (2009)
    Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Intensive Serum is now Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum (2009)
    Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer
    Healthy Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush
    Healthy Skin BlendsTranslucent Oil- Control Powder
    Healthy Skin Cream Powder Makeup SPF 20
    Healthy Skin Enhancer
    Healthy Skin Eye Cream
    Healthy Skin Face Lotion
    Healthy Skin Face Lotion Sensitive Skin/Delicate Skin
    Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF 15
    Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20
    Healthy Skin Rejuvenator
    Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick
    Healthy Skin Visibly Even Daily SPF 15 Moisturizer
    Healthy Skin Visibly Even Exfoliating Body Wash
    Healthy Skin Visibly Even Exfoliating Cleanser
    Hydrating Eye Reviver
    Instant Lip Remedy
    Instant Nail Enhancer (Discontinued)
    Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15
    Intensified Eye Moisture (Discontinued)
    Invigorating Hair and Body Wash
    Light Night Cream
    Lip Boost Intense Moisture Lipstick SPF 20
    Lip Boost Intense Moisture Therapy
    Lip Moisturizer SPF 15
    Lip Nutrition- All (Discontinued)
    Liquid Neutrogena
    Makeup Correcting Stick
    Makeup Correcting Stick
    Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
    Maximum Strength Oil Controlling Pads
    Mineral Sheers for Eyes
    Mineral Sheers for Face
    Moisture Boosting Body Wash (Discontinued)
    Moisture for Sensitive Skin
    Moisture Rich Sunless Tanning Lotion SPF 20
    Moisture Shine Tinted Lip Balm- All
    Moisture SPF 15
    Moisture SPF 15 Sheer Tint
    MoistureShine Lip Gloss
    New Hands (Discontinued)
    Oil Free Acne Mask/ Scrub
    Oil Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub
    Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
    Oil-Absorbing Acne Mask (Discontinued)
    Oil-Free Acne Wash
    Oil-Free Acne Wash pink grapefruit facial cleanser
    Oil-Free Acne Wash pink grapefruit foaming scrub
    On the Spot Acne Patch (Discontinued)
    On the Spot Acne Treatment Tinted
    On the Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Formula
    On The Spot Blemish Wand
    Overnight Lip Therapy
    Pore Refining Cleanser
    Pore Refining Cream
    Pore Refining Cream SPF 15
    Pore Refining Mask
    Pore Refining Mattifier (Discontinued)
    Pore Refining Toner
    Pure Glow Daily Cleansing Cushions (Discontinued)
    Pure & Free Baby Sunblock Lotion SPF 60+
    Pure & Free Baby Stick SPF 60+
    Radiance Boost Eye Cream is now Ageless Essentials Continuous Moisture Eye Cream (2009)
    Rainbath Dry Oil Spray (Discontinued)
    Rainbath Moisturizing Body Mist (Discontinued)
    Rainbath Shower & Bath Gel- All
    Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion
    Rapid Clear Gel
    Rapid Clear Treatment Pads
    Razor Defense Daily Face Scrub
    Razor Defense Face Lotion
    Relaxing Overnight Moisturizing Body Cream (Discontinued)
    Sensitive Skin Solutions Alcohol Free Toner (Discontinued)
    Sensitive Skin Solutions Cleansing Wash – Combination Skin (Discontinued)
    Sensitive Skin Solutions Cream Cleanser – Dry Skin (Discontinued)
    Sensitive Skin Solutions Oil-Free Foaming Cleanser – Oily Skin (Discontinued)
    Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60+
    Shimmer Sheers (all shades)
    Skin Clearing After Shave (Discontinued)
    Skin Clearing Compact Foundation
    Skin Clearing Concealer
    Skin Clearing Face Bar (Discontinued)
    Skin Clearing Face Wash
    Skin Clearing Liquid Makeup
    Skin Clearing Moisturizer
    Skin Clearing Pressed Powder
    Skin Clearing Targeted Acne Treatment (Discontinued)
    Skin Smoothing Body Lotion (Discontinued)
    Skin Soothing Eye Tints
    Skin Soothing Under Eye Corrector
    SkinClearing Clean Tint
    SkinClearing Shave Gel
    SkinClearing Trio
    Soft Color Blush
    Soothing Relief Anti-Itch Moisturizer
    Summer Glow Daily Moisturizer SPF 20
    Sunless Tanning Lotion- All
    T/Gel Conditioner
    T/Gel Overnight Dandruff Treatment
    T/Gel Shampoos- All
    T/Sal Maximum Strength Shampoo
    Transparent Facial Bars- All
    Transparent Sunblock Gel SPF 30 (Discontinued)
    Triple Moisture Active Soothing Conditioner
    Triple Moisture Active Soothing Shampoo
    Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo
    Triple Moisture Deep Conditioner
    Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask
    Triple Moisture Healing Shine Serum
    Triple Moisture Pure Strength Oil Therapy
    Triple Moisture Sheer Hydration Leave- In Foam
    Triple Moisture Silk- Touch Leave-In Cream
    Triple Protect Face Gel
    Triple Protect Face Lotion SPF 20
    Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 30/ SPF 45
    Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 55
    Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 70
    Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 100+
    Ultra Soft Hydrating Sunblock SPF 30 (Discontinued)
    Ultra Soft Hydrating Sunblock SPF 45 (Discontinued)
    Under Cover Concealer Stick
    Visibly Even Natural Look Makeup (Discontinued)
    Visibly Firm Eye Cream
    Visibly Firm Eye Treatment Concealer
    Visibly Firm Face Lotion SPF 20 is  now Ageless Intensives Firming Moisture SPF20 (2009)
    Visibly Firm Lift Serum
    Visibly Firm Moisture Makeup
    Visibly Firm Night Cream
    Visibly Younger Hand Cream
    Wave Power-Cleanser and Deep Clean Foaming Pads Refills
    Wave Deep Clean Gentle Exfoliating Pads Refill

    Again, thank you for your interest in our company.  Should you have any comments or questions in the future, please contact us via our website  www.neutrogena.com or by calling our toll-free number, 1-800-582-4048.  Our specialists are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m. EST and will be happy to assist you.

    BARE ESCENTUALS – Gluten Free

    Dear Jenny,

    Thank you for contacting Bare Escentuals. I would be happy to assist you! I certainly understand your concern regarding gluten in our products!

    The only products that we carry containing gluten are the 100% Natural Lipcolors, 100% Natural Lip Glosses, RareMinerals products, and the Skin Rev-er Upper contains Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract. The 100% Natural Lip Liners contain barley lipids but it has been tested to be gluten free.

    While the list below shows the Wheat, Oat, Rye and Barely free products please keep in mind that these products may be made in an environment that handles Wheat, Oat, Rye and Barley derivatives.
    bareMinerals:
    All-Over Face Colors – all shades
    bareEyes Eye Makeup Remover
    Blush – All shades
    Blush (SPF 20) – all shades
    Brushless Mascara
    Body Minerals – all shades
    Eyecolor – all shades
    Extreme Glimmers – all shades
    Faux Tan
    Faux Tan Body Moisturizer
    First Base Lip Balm
    Flawless Definition Mascara – all shades
    Foundation (SPF 15 Original) – all shades
    Foundation (SPF 15 Matte) – all shades
    Gossamers – all shades
    High Shine Eyecolors – all shades
    Hydrating Blush – all shades
    Liner Shadow – all shades
    Lip Rev-er Upper
    Makeup Remover Wipes
    Mineral Veil – all shades
    Mineral Veil (SPF 25) – all shades
    MultiTasking Minerals – all shades
    On the Spot Swabs
    Prime Time Eyelid Primer
    Prime Time Foundation Primer
    Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer
    Quick Change Brush Cleaner
    Radiance Rocks – all shades
    Soft Focus Colors – all shades
    SPF 15 Lipgloss – Fiji
    SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen – all shades
    Weather Everything Liner Sealer
    Well Cared For Brush Shampoo

    BUXOM:
    Buxom Insider Liner – all shades
    Buxom Lash Mascara
    Buxom Lashliner – all shades
    Buxom Lip Polish – all shades

    RareMinerals:
    Blemish Therapy
    Moisture Burst Facial Mist

    When I find more I’ll be sure to post it.