Saturday, February 6, 2016

Soup with Coconut Oil

Always read your labels!  Now, for some strange reason, Progresso is putting coconut oil in soup.
Surprise!  Why on earth, Progresso?!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pectolite Coconut Free Soaps - Name that Soap Contest and Giveaway!

I would like you to meet my very most favorite coconut-free soap.  

This is Jane.  Jane, meet my coconut-allergic friends!

Pectolite's Plain Jane Soap
Jane is great.  She comes from a soap maker named PECTOLITE.  Lee, the owner of Pectolite (whom I've only met through email) wanted my opinion on her new coconut-free line before she started it up.
She is really interested in making quality, natural products with no gunk in them and also has a friend who is allergic to coconut whom she is trying to help out.

And that's when Plain Jane Soap and I met. Jane has never let me down.  Sure, she is pretty plain.  So plain, she's not even vanilla.  Nope.  She's super clean-cut.   I have to admit, I have definitely used her, but she's held up better than any coconut-free soap.  And, my husband is a big fan of this soap, too.  He's not even allergic to anything but he is a picky soap guy.  He likes how super moisturizing it is and compared it to Dove.  It is amazing during these cold dry winter months. I even started using it to shave with.  Check Plain Jane out after more than a month of sliding around in my shower!

Good OLD mostly-used Jane
For those of you who are used to most coconut-free soaps, you will notice one HUGE difference:  No slimyness.  She ages beautifully! And yes, she lathers!

But wait just a second, Jane has a brand new WILDER younger sibling who has yet to be named.  

And so it arrived. . .
This one is a little more feisty and Pectolite is giving away several for you to try and help find a name!
This one's got all the same positive qualities of Jane, but with an exotic scent.

I have my ideas for a name, but I am not going to share mine just yet!  

If you would like a free sample to try coming up with a name, please do these THREE things: 

First, email Lee Pectol, the owner of Pectolite at info@pectolite.net . She will need your name and address to send the soap.  Tell her Becky from the coconut allergy blog sent you. Second, leave me a comment to let me know you emailed her.  UPDATE: Thank you, we have now reached the 14 comments and the soap is gone.  IMPORTANT: Third, after you try the soap, comment one more time on this post with your best name for it.  Lee and her team will pick their favorite and send out a prize to the winner!
The nameless soap!
Check out ingredients, etc. on their coconut-free page: 
If you see anything you'd like, here is a coupon code for 10% off your entire order for "Becky's Friends".  Enter the discount code NUTS2ALRGS  valid until 2/14/16  Yep, just for my blog reader buddies!  
The hazelnut toffee soap seems to be calling to me. . .



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Homemade Natural Hair care products

Candace, an Etsy shop owner at KirkmanKoils has pointed us to a few of her natural hair care products that are coconut-free.  I haven't personally tried them because many of them contain mango, which I happen to be sensitive to.  But, she could also make custom products.

Her son has severe eczema, asthma, nut/tree nut and fish allergies. Her daughters are sensitive to coconut; their hair hates it and any trace of it. She found herself trying to find products to accommodate their needs while trying to be budget conscious. So she started making basic things like hair and body butter and eventually moved on to more extensive items like hair cleanser, conditioner, cream and gels.

It looks like this could be a great place to go for coconut free products, especially if you have super thick, curly hair!

Her shop can be found on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/KirkmansKoils. The shea/nut free section can be found here https://www.etsy.com/listing/243021733/kirkmanskoils-nut-free-products-coconut.  

Let me know if you try any!  There are a lot of creative hair product ideas here for sure.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Custom Coconut Free Soap on Etsy

Our reader, Victoria, has had good luck getting custom soap on Etsy!

Here is what she wrote me:

This soap is the best EVER!!  I got this lady to custom make it with the Babassu Oil and it has been great.  No reaction at all and have been using it now for 3 months.  Wanted to give it a little while before I recommended it.

The Katie Wellness group recommended Melissa, owner of the Elegant Rose Boutique on Etsy to custom make my soap.  The Katie Wellness group is very aware of people with coconut allergies.  I gave Melissa the idea to use the Himalayan Salt and she put her ideas to work and made this one of a kind spectacular soap and it smells good too.  I love that!  It has been so long since I have been able to use a soap that has a beautiful scent.

It is a huge bar of soap for only $10.00!  I'm in Heaven!



Melissa is currently making a whipped body cream without coconut too.  If interested, let me know.

Sincerely, Victoria

Friday, April 24, 2015

A list of coconut-free cosmetics from Lush, Tarte, and Per-fect

Many thanks to Cara for sending me this list she compiled of coconut -free products made by Lush and a couple other companies:

Lush:
Ultrabland - facial cleanser
Mask of magnaminty - face and body mask 
Angels on bare skin - face and body cleaner 
Shades of earl grey - massage bar 
Yes yes yes - massage bar 
No drought - dry shampoo 
Zeste - styling gelly
 Sea spray - hair mist 
Henna hair color
Putty for your hands - hand soap 
You snap the whip - body butter 
Aqua mirabilis - body butter 
Buffy - body butter 
Tiny hands - hand cream 
Stepping stone - foot scrub 
Volcano - foot mask 
T for toes - foot deodorizing powder 
T'eo - deodorant Ultrabalm - multi purpose balm
 Most of the face mask they offer 
All of their toners 
Full of grace - face moisturizer 
Grease lighting - calms and clears skin 
Bubble gum - lip scrub 
Mint julips - lip scrub 
Most of the lip balms 
- lip tint

 Tarte high performance naturals
Amazonian clay full coverage air brush foundation


per-fekt skin perfection gel 


Doesn't this look like fun stuff?  Keep the lists coming, coconut allergic friends!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A new coconut free shampoo for kids!

Great news!  Our reader, Kim, found

Clean Kids Naturally Shampoo!

Here is what she says:

I have been using these products for my kids and love the conditioner for myself. They are actually advertised as coconut free. Yeah! http://gabrielcosmeticsinc.com/shop/clean-kids-naturally-detangler/


I hope this helps. I buy it at our Natural Grocers store. It's cheaper, but they don't offer the larger sizes. 

Kim


Thanks, Kim!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Homework BEFORE the Holidays- avoiding ANAPHYLAXIS

Thanksgiving and Christmas are often the allergic person's most feared social events of the year. Unless you make everything yourself, you really never know how allergy- safe holiday food is.

In past years, I've discussed Surviving the Holidays with a Coconut Allergy.  But, I mainly focused on which coconutty foods to avoid.  This year, I want you to give yourself the gift of enlisting your family or friends in becoming your allergy advocate.  

Here is how you can train others to make your life less lame during social meals:

First, show your family or friends this interactive guide on Healthline:



This guide will help them know what life threatening symptoms could possibly be caused by your allergy.  

Second, dig out your PRACTICE EPI PEN and all of your other meds (Benadryl, Steroids, etc). And show them how to save your life if it ever happens to you.

Next, tell them how NOT FUN it is for you to always have to be the one defending yourself against potential allergens in food.  Give them lists of foods you are allergic to on paper, or keep a list on your iPhone that you can text them. 

Finally, when it's time to eat, put THEM to work.  It will now be their responsibility to make sure you easily find safe food.  Ideally, your loved ones should come up to you at the beginning of a shared meal or party, point out what they brought to eat,  and tell you whether or not it is something that you can safely eat.  Remind them that it's totally fine if they bring something you can't eat, as long as you know you can't eat it.

The icing on the cake comes when you go out to eat and your companions get the allergy menu for you, they remind the server of how serious your allergies are, or they call the restaurant ahead of time to make sure the chef can prepare something you can eat.  

Allergies are rough during the holidays.  Hopefully, once you enlist and train others who are willing to go to bat for you, it can be less lame.  Friends who stick up for friends with allergies are showing so much needed love during a holiday; and that is a gift money can't buy.