How to Find Safe Healthy Gluten Free Lotion, Face & Skincare

May 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Products


With Celiac Disease, gluten, when ingested, affects the digestive tract primarily, with a chain reaction damaging systems from the inside outward to other organs.

Even though skin is technically a different organ separate from the digestive tract, sometimes gluten, wheat, barley, or rye products also affect people’s skin negatively when directly applied. Maybe a person has an allergy, not connected to Celiac Disease. For me, I get itchy and red. If someone has a severe allergic reaction or auto-immune response, they may blister.

If only it was as easy as reading the ingredients, like with food, to avoid the ingredients that are damaging to us personally.

Many lotion and skin products do not fully disclose their ingredients and make me burn and itch. What can we do to keep ourselves safe?

Maia, a dear trusted (and brilliant) friend of mine started her own skincare line called Sweet Science. From her we can learn a lot. Here are some questions I had for her.

1. What inspired you to take the fearless jump into creating face skincare products? 

I got into it because I have always been a skincare fanatic.  I was a trend shopper for many years. I bought and used EVERYTHING on the market.  I got really tired of not getting the results promised on the package. I also was becoming frustrated because I was spending top dollar on “Natural” skincare that went bad very quickly and was also totally ineffective.

2. What are the ingredients that you see in so many lotions and skincare products that make you cringe and why?

Dimethicone is one ingredient that I will not use on my face or my line.  It is a silicone and those coat your face for up to 5 days! Silicone is a synthetic polymer derived from a naturally occurring element, silicon. Silicone is very difficult to remove, if not impossible, it just has to wear off.  Any ingredient with a “cone” at the end, I do not use those in my line.  They are now being connected with tumorous growths. If you avoid them for a couple of weeks, you will be amazed.  Your pores shrink, you stop breaking out, the random dry spots clear up, your skin balances out.  Its a very deceptive ingredient, silicone.

3. I love your Sweet Science product line because it is honest, fresh, natural, and priced fair. I see that there is wheat germ oil in some of your products. Can you tell me about your products without any wheat, barley, rye, or gluten in them, products that would be safe and of interest to my readers? What are they called and what is their function?

We have a Vitamin C Serum Complex that is absolutely the best!  I have friends who are makeup artists at MAC and Tom Ford and they can’t believe the difference it makes. It fades melanoma and discolorations because we use the best Vitamin C (called tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate)  and combine it with niacinamide. It totally works!

     Yes, I have that one and I love it.

4. How are your products different from similar products? 

There is nothing similar to Sweet Science.  We are the only brand available that has the actives kept separate.  I believe it’s the future of skincare. It’s not a gimmick. It’s the best way to get the best results for your skin.

5. Why are freshly mixed actives important?

Actives are what make the product produce results. Scientists isolate new, great actives all the time and they work!  But actives degrade over time when they have been mixed in an aqueous formula, namely water. Big name companies often manufacture products years ahead of time, so by the time you buy it, it’s basically lost all it’s effectiveness. That’s why, with my products, you mix the elements together yourself when you receive them for a longer lasting more effective solution. It takes under 5 minutes and you have a product that serves its function.

6. Since you dove into skincare, what is the most important thing you have learned that you wish everyone knew?

High price doesn’t necessarily mean a better product. I see the most overpriced stuff with terrible ingredients. Just because it comes in an expensive bottle or has some fancy packaging, consumers think it’s going to change their skin for the better.

I recently got some samples from a brand that everyone knows, really expensive and they WILL NOT list their ingredients anywhere.  That’s a red flag for sure. But I had to test it. I had to! The stuff was good for a day or so, I looked good, but after about 3 days, I broke out and my skin looked terrible.  The product was swimming in dimethicone. I went back to using just my line and my skin went back to normal.

7. What can we do to buy safer cosmetic and skincare products?

We all know we get a better product from the smaller farms who actually care about what they grow and have some accountability to the people. Why shouldn’t you think the same way about your skin?

When you buy from smaller skincare lines, like with your organic local foods, you have access to speak with the owners who are passionate about what they do and want their customers to be well and happy. The smaller the product line, the better the odds of getting a safer more effective product from someone who cares.

Look for skincare products at your local farmers’ markets and local health food stores. Seek products made in your town, or state, or province, or even your own country is a good start. Try to buy products made closer to home, when possible. I know lots of people live in regions where, due to harsh weather or sparse population size, many items have to be imported. is one place I sell my product online. There are many websites that cater to small run businesses.

Thank you Maia for enlightening us on skincare.

Thank you for having me.


You Have a Right To Know What Goes in Your Body & What You Eat — IMPORTANT

August 28, 2012 by  
Filed under News

I would like to share this important message from my Organic farmer, since I couldn’t word this any better.

 We believe you have a right to know what’s in your food.

Our parents started farming organically in 1976 on the farm that we (Thaddeus, Freeman and Noah) run today. They distrusted new agriculture “tools” like pesticides and synthetic fertilizers and had a pretty good idea that those technologies did not bode well for a healthy food supply.  At Farm Fresh To You, we provide you with fresh, seasonal, quality produce that continues our parents’ legacy with what we call “beyond organic” growing practices that go much farther than required by our organic certification.

We believe in connecting you to the farm that grows your food because

this gives you, as a consumer, the information you need to make an

educated choice about what food you eat and feed your family.

This transparency is the core belief of what we do.

For this reason, Farm Fresh To You is supporting Prop 37

on the November 6th ballot.


Prop 37, also known as the Right to Know ballot initiative, simply requires that genetically engineered food (GEs or GMOs) be labeled. Accurate labels allow consumers to make informed choices about what they buy and eat.


Did you know that most developed nations already require labeling of GMO foods – all of  the European Union, Japan, China, South Korea and Russia, to name just of few of the more than 50 countries that have this requirement.

We’re very excited to see strong support among Californians for Prop 37 despite big agriculture and business conglomerates contributing millions of dollars to oppose the proposition.  This is the first time in our company history that we’ve publicly declared our support on a ballot initiative.


As you consider your position on Prop 37, we thank you for allowing us to share ours and encourage you to vote yes on November 6th.


PROP 37 – It’s not a ban.  It’s a label.Prop 37 requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. It’s about a right to know.  

– How You Can Learn More –



We’ll be sharing Prop 37 news, interesting facts and open discussions.



Learn about events, grassroots ways you can help, list of businesses supporting Prop 37,badges for Facebook and Twitter, news, press releases and more.



Save Your Glass Jars!

December 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Products

One thing I do to live healthier and save a lot of money is I save glass containers. Any item that comes in a glass jar with a lid — after I have consumed the product — I soak the jar, remove the label, wash it thoroughly, and then save it.

Glass has been made for thousands of years by melting sand or quartz and reshaping it.

Although glass holds up nicely as an ancient artifact, it also can easily break down like rocks, and will eventually return to its original state of being.

Plastics have been most popularized in the 1950s, and due to how plastics are made, their durability and pliability, they don’t break down naturally like other substances and products, and therefore are terrible for the environment.

There is purportedly a plastic trash island the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean, and plastic debris among all the sea, especially in the north Pacific and collecting along many beach coasts.

Plastic with additives is toxic and carcinogenic (cancer-causing), so I like to get my food products out of their plastic wrappers as quickly as possible and switched to glass. Also, as plastic particles seep into the food, it ruins the flavor. You can’t heat up food (safely) in plastic, but glass is ideal!

Think about saving, collecting, and reusing nice glass jars and bottles.

From where do my glass jars usually come? (These are all gluten-free products.)

  • Drinks (coffee and juices)
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Dips
  • Salsa
  • Olives
  • Honey
  • Spices

If I don’t know the difference in taste between brand names, and the price and contents seem equal, I choose the food or beverage that has a nicely styled re-usable glass jar.

What gluten-free products do I put in my glass jars?

  • Glutenfree flours made from tapioca, corn, rice, sweet potato, etc.
  • Coffee, Spices, Herbs, Sugars, Cocoa powder…
  • Dried Foods like nuts, fruits, veggie chips.
  • Candy & Chocolate like gramma used to! All the colors look colorfully artistic in a clear glass jar.
  • Dog food looks more appealing, easily transportable, healthier.
  • Left-overs from take-out food, home meals, & unused portions of canned goods: tastes better, saves longer with seal-tight lid.
  • Beverages like water, cocktails, or coffee that I mix and make at home, lasts long, tastes great!
  • Soups, you can make a huge batch and have lots of safely kept meals all week, or freeze for longer, or for the cupboard if you know how to seal jars safely.
  • Gifts, when you put treats or drinks in a glass jar, they look a lot nicer and taste a lot better than plastic; my friends love my homemade lattes and mochas that they can take home with them from my house; it’s a glass I don’t need back.
  • Hair Accessories like rubber bands, barrettes, clips.
  • Lotion & Bath Products
  • Cups & Jugs, glass jars are really fun to use as drinking cups and people can break them if they want, who cares!

YES! I love glass jars.

WANT TO SEE SOME SHOCKING FOOTAGE that might set you straight? Watch this amazing comprehensive explanatory video Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch about Plastic Island, and also LA TIMES beautiful heart-wrenching coverage Altered Oceans, and here is a short video just to give you an idea of what the ocean looks like in places.

Switch back to glass. When possible, choose glass, recycled paper, or other biodegradable packaging options. With your money, you have power. It sends a message and will, on the long haul, help to make the world a healthier place for all.