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Why is Gluten Free Skincare so Important?

Why is Gluten Free Skincare so Important?

What the heck is Gluten anyway?

So, what is it?! It’s actually a family of nasty proteins found in all grains. NOT just wheat, barley and rye. I repeat, it’s in all grains. There are literally thousands of known gluten proteins. For real. That’s not a typo. Here’s the bad news—almost no research has been done on most of the members of this horrible family. The vast majority of the research has focused on the specific gluten protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Most of that work is tied to celiac disease. This is definitely part of the problem and we’re here to dispel some of the misinformation that’s out there. After reading this, I really hope you’ll kick gluten to the curb.

What the heck is Gluten anyway?

What the heck is Gluten anyway?

What the heck is Gluten anyway?

So, what is it?! It’s actually a family of nasty proteins found in all grains. NOT just wheat, barley and rye. I repeat, it’s in all grains. There are literally thousands of known gluten proteins. For real. That’s not a typo. Here’s the bad news—almost no research has been done on most of the members of this horrible family. The vast majority of the research has focused on the specific gluten protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Most of that work is tied to celiac disease. This is definitely part of the problem and we’re here to dispel some of the misinformation that’s out there. After reading this, I really hope you’ll kick gluten to the curb.

Founder’s Perspective on Navigating Halloween in a Gluten-Free World + Some Tricks & Treats

Founder’s Perspective on Navigating Halloween in a Gluten-Free World + Some Tricks & Treats

Happy Halloween I love Halloween, but maybe not for the reasons you might think. It’s more about being the gateway to the last quarter of the year, when fall transitions into winter (there’s nothing more peaceful than to watch the quietly falling snow by a warm fire!) and when we celebrate the holidays, family, and food. The crafts, yummy treats, and decorating. This time of year is very special. But…I also find Halloween and the ensuing holidays to be stressful. If you’re someone who is severely gluten intolerant, it can be daunting. People don’t understand why you not only won’t but can’t enjoy their massive spread at their Halloween party. They don’t understand why you’re asking what’s in the adult witches brew before you take a sip. They suggest that “just this once” should be okay and that I should “live a little”. Neighbors don’t understand why you’ve chosen to keep your porch light off and to not participate in Trick or Treating. No, dear neighbor, I’m not a jerk. I just cannot and will not serve up gluten laden (and this includes high fructose corn syrup—corn is a horrible gluten!) crap to your children or to my son. I’ll share a dark little secret, I recently (as in the last month), did “live a little”. I was out with family and I ate a sandwich at a farm-to-table restaurant. I purposely and consciously decided to eat that sandwich. And I paid a big price. I had an immediate reaction that lasted for three weeks. One sandwich, three weeks of hell. The inflammation hit my hands first. My hands...
Ingredient Spotlight: Rosemary “Dew of the Sea”

Ingredient Spotlight: Rosemary “Dew of the Sea”

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a beautiful woody herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves and flowers that bloom in pink, white, purple, or blue. Originally native to the Mediterranean Sea and Portugal, it does love humid areas, but it’s also very drought tolerant, making it easy to grow just about anywhere. “Rosmarius” means “dew of the sea”.

The Ingredients We Don’t Use In Our Products and Why

The Ingredients We Don’t Use In Our Products and Why

When you take a look at our labels and our website, besides seeing a full listing of every single ingredient that is found in our products, you will also see a listing of what you won’t find in our products. We are exposed to so many toxins in our every day lives. I’m living proof of how prolonged exposure and overload can make us seriously sick. We’ve done a ton of research on the science about the effects of the ingredients that we don’t use on humans as well as plants, animals, and our world. We’ve also discovered along the way that the average person has over 200 synthetic chemicals stored in their bodies—imagine what happens long term—we’re like toxic storage dumps.

We Are Now Leaping Bunny Certified

We Are Now Leaping Bunny Certified

 NOW LEAPING BUNNY CERTIFIED!     Hurray! Kudarat is now certified by the Leaping Bunny Program! Kudarat has always been and always will be, both cruelty-free and vegan. Testing ingredients or finished products on animals is something Kudarat does not support and definitely will not take part in. If an ingredient or product is deemed too dangerous for us to test on ourselves, then why would anyone ever even consider including it in face and body products. Besides making sure that all of our ingredients are truly cruelty-free (our suppliers have to prove it!), Kudarat is committed to sourcing ingredients that are only from plants, many of which are certified organic and sustainable resources. Kudarat has three rescue dog mascots, Letti, Gretchen, and Jules, are giving high-paws all around and having themselves a party! These three came from some seriously horrible backgrounds like abuse, overbreeding, and a gang-involved dog fighting ring. Yes… For real. Our very rightfully spoiled fur-babies are a daily reminder of what a difference love and compassion makes. Some Quick Facts: US law does not require animal testing. Neither the FDA nor the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requires it. There’s plenty of safety data out there as well as in vitro testing (basically testing human cells and tissues) and even computer modeling that makes animal testing obsolete and inexcusable. Did you know that Leaping Bunny is recognized around the world? The UK, Canada, and most of the EU love companies that have joined this voluntary program. Besides, animal testing is a big NO in those countries. Unfortunately, China requires that any company that markets or...
We’re Having an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) Moment!

We’re Having an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) Moment!

Did you know that fruit extracts are an amazing source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) along with enzymes and antioxidants? We all know that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but fruits also benefit our skin in a major way when applied topically.

AHAs have been around for a long time—even Cleopatra, known for her legendary beauty, supposedly used them. The story goes that she bathed in sour milk (a source of lactic acid) to keep herself looking fresh and young. In this day and age, AHAs are found in a lot of skincare products, including ours. So, what are they?

Cozy Self Care During The Winter Season

Cozy Self Care During The Winter Season

Just that 2 word little phrase, “self-care” can trigger many of us. I’m just going to jump right out and say it. Self-care is not selfish. In fact, it’s a requirement. ALWAYS, and I mean always, take time for yourself, especially during the holidays when things can get nuts!

I like to use the analogy of the instructions your flight attendant gives you during the pre-flight safety demo. You are told to put your oxygen mask on FIRST before assisting other passengers. This is a great example of how necessary self-care is. Otherwise, you will be of use to no one, including yourself.

Here are some cozy self-care rituals to try during the chilly winter months:

Scrubs – Why and When You Should Use Them

Scrubs – Why and When You Should Use Them

Are you exfoliating your skin? Many of us take the time to make exfoliation a regular part of our face care routines, but we tend to ignore our bodies.

If you aren’t exfoliating your skin, please start, especially now that winter is coming (yes, that is a deliberate Game of Thrones reference!). In order for our skin to look and feel its best, we need to get rid of all of those excess dead skin cells. Even though our bodies continually produce new skin cells, over time, this process slows down as we age. What this means is that dead skin cells build up on the top layer of our skin. When there’s a build-up of dead skin cells, our skin doesn’t look its best and problems can develop.

So, how does exfoliation help our skin? Lots of ways!

Fall Favorites

Fall Favorites

Hello Autumn! Without a doubt, Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the changing colors and the brisk fall air. Today, I’m sharing with you my 5 Fall Must Haves I can’t live without.
PUMPKIN SPICED CIDER BODY CARE SET – LIMITED EDITION
Nothing says Fall like a perfect blend of pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple cider. Fall in love with this very special edition body care set created by yours truly. During the month of October, enjoy free shipping for this collection by using the code FALLFAVES at checkout.

Natural Ways to Prevent Aging

Natural Ways to Prevent Aging

How do we fight aging? Does it really even have to be a fight? I think that prevention is really the key. Don’t worry, it’s never too early or too late to start! We all are guilty of speeding up the aging process when we go in the sun without protection, smoke, don’t get enough sleep, stress out, expose ourselves to environmental toxins, eat a poor diet, and use toxin-laden personal care products.