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    I just realised my skin care (cleanser and moisturiser) has gluten in it! I thought I checked when I bought, but clearly not. I keep my skin care pretty simple. Cleanse in the shower, and moisteriser and thats it.

    I have researched what I can get here, without crap in it, and without gluten, and there are a couple of options, but damn they are expensive.

    Primal life Organics are great, ive ordered a few things from there Carrot Seed Primal Face Package, Norm-Oily – Primal Life Organics.... Paleo Skincare

    I would rather buy Aus made and made to order like PLO, but there doesn't seem to be anything. The natural, gluten free things i've found, are mass produced.

    My question is does anyone know of any chemical and gluten free products for skin care made to order in Aus?
    Or if you make your own, what do you use?

    Thanks.

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    I wash my face with honey and remove my eye makeup with a mixture of olive oil and aloe water. I have also heard of using coconut oil to remove eye makeup. Works great and my skin looks wonderful.

    Originally posted by Ayla2010 View Post
    I just realised my skin care (cleanser and moisturiser) has gluten in it! I thought I checked when I bought, but clearly not. I keep my skin care pretty simple. Cleanse in the shower, and moisteriser and thats it.

    I have researched what I can get here, without crap in it, and without gluten, and there are a couple of options, but damn they are expensive.

    Primal life Organics are great, ive ordered a few things from there Carrot Seed Primal Face Package, Norm-Oily – Primal Life Organics.... Paleo Skincare

    I would rather buy Aus made and made to order like PLO, but there doesn't seem to be anything. The natural, gluten free things i've found, are mass produced.

    My question is does anyone know of any chemical and gluten free products for skin care made to order in Aus?
    Or if you make your own, what do you use?

    Thanks.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by valmason01 View Post
      I have also heard of using coconut oil to remove eye makeup. Works great and my skin looks wonderful.
      I use coconut oil sometimes for my face when I wear makeup, it works great! I also use witch hazel to cleanse my pores after washing my face

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      • #4
        I started with olive oil, then coconut oil, but finally settled on jojoba oil because the first two were clogging my pores. I basically do an oil cleanse--after my shower I coat my face with jojoba, use an extremely hot washcloth to wipe it off, follow with cold water, and then spot moisturize with it if I have flaky patches.

        I just realized that my fragrance free simple shampoo has wheat protein, no wonder my face gets rashy when I wear my hair down. Time to go back to LUSH. I've tried no-poo, but can't get through the greasy stage yet.

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        • #5
          I like the look of Lush, we have it here, but not so much the price But might be worth it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ayla2010 View Post
            I like the look of Lush, we have it here, but not so much the price But might be worth it.
            I'm iffy on Lush's face products, I bought a moisturizer bar once at the airport and it was not for me--gritty, and pore clogging. However, I love their hair stuff. I used their Godiva solid shampoo/conditioner for over a year, it was particularly handy when we lived in our RV and I had to lug all my gear to a bath house to shower. The price is definitely a consideration, I grabbed the fragrance free organic stuff on sale because I had run out of Lush and didn't want to shell out the $, but now I seriously regret it. One of the solid shampoo bars lasts me months even with long hair, so I really didn't save any money, I was just balking at the upfront cost.

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              • #8
                I also use jojoba oil to cleanse my face in the evening, and occasionally I'll dab on some tea tree oil. I think both types of those I have are from AUS. I had issues with breakouts from EVOO, and I haven't tried coconut oil because it is supposed to be quite comedogenic and I have very sensitive skin. If you haven't ever tried the OCM or moisturizing with oil I'd look into it, it's quite easy to do and makes my skin look nice.

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                • #9
                  just saw on the lush site that their hair stuff has SLS so boo

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                  • #10
                    I started the oil cleansing method thing about 2 months ago, and it seems to be working nicely. I use a castor oil/grapeseed oil blend to cleanse, which also removes even eye makeup very well, and follow with a bit of jojoba oil if I need extra moisture. I started healing about it through the Balanced Bites podcasts, and the CaveGirl Eats blog: http://cavegirleats.com/bodycare/

                    Worth a look at if you're looking for alternatives.
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                    • #11
                      I use coconut oil for everything.

                      1. wash face with coconut oil by putting coconut oil on your face and wait 5-10 minutes. use a soft cloth (clean, dry) -- i use an old t-shirt -- to wipe off the oil. removes dirt/make up and moisturizes skin. (some people prefer olive oil or make their own blends of oils).

                      2. deodorant -- put coconut oil in armpits to balance bacteria there (it's antimicrobial, that stuff). I only do this when I'm sick (i wash with water and a terry cloth, then deodorize with coconut oil).

                      3. oil pulling/toothpaste -- swish coconut oil around in mouth for 20 minutes, brush teeth with dry brush, and rinse with salt water.

                      4. hair conditioner -- put into hair, wrap hair in soft cloth (i use an old t-shirt), leave in overnight, rinse the next morning. Or, leave in for a few hours and shower out. Or put it on at beginning of shower (dry hair) and then rinse out completely (you might shampoo if you want -- I don't. I just water rinse it.).

                      5. Mascara -- basically aloe, beeswax, coconut oil and coloring (either activate charcoal, kohl, or cocoa powder), blend together and put in mascara bottle (fresh, clean).

                      6. tinted lip balm -- coconut oil, beeswax, beet root powder, blend together and put in little or clean lip balm container.

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                      Otherwise, I'm starting to wax with honey-wax which is basically sugar, lemon juice, and honey. Put it on hairy area when warm (like wax), and then put t-shirt strip over it, then pull off and hair is removed. Everything wash-able (i wash and reuse the strips, keep the remaining in a jar because it keeps well, etc).

                      I also do a baking soda paste wash on my hair after using the pool (usually followed by a coconut oil condition).

                      And, I'm going to start doing a cassia and neem scalp treatment/condition. The neem is to treat the scalp, the cassia to condition the hair (and possibly brighten my blond a bit). I have to get the ingredients, and I'm waiting until Feb to do it.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the link GS, ill check it out.

                        Coconut oil is amazing for everything hey? Might have to try it on my skin.

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                        • #13
                          I use the shampoo bar, pit stick and tooth powder/oil from Primal Life Organics.
                          She makes it all to order.
                          I don't object to buying from the US< but really wish I could buy the same thing made here, but maybe ill just buy her skin care too.

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                          • #14
                            I used to just use water to wash my face.

                            Lately, I've been dealing with a lot of stress, and that's when usually red spots appear on my face. Weirdly enough, a few spots have been appearing on my forehead instead of around my mouth when I usually get stress, so I've been dealing with that by slapping on some white vinegar in the morning or evening once a week. It doesn't solve the real issue, but at least I won't be damaging my originally healthy, acne-less skin in the long run.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ayla2010 View Post
                              just saw on the lush site that their hair stuff has SLS so boo
                              It's weird, most shampoos/toothpastes/etc. with SLS are awful for me, I didn't realize that Lush had it in their shampoos--it's odd that I never had an issue with it. I wonder if they use less of it than most products, or if maybe it's another ingredient that was bugging me rather than SLS, maybe parabens?

                              I looked at the Primal Life Organics site, but they are out of stock on the solid shampoo bars. Boo.

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