What In the World Is Gluten Free?

We currently live in a word where labels constantly surround us with all of these weird terms on them. Vegan, gluten free, kosher, all-natural, sugar free, non-GMO, grass-fed… and the list goes on and on. As a matter of fact, you may be thinking to yourself, what do all of these terms mean? Well today, we’re going to be talking about what in the world gluten free is.

Why Does Gluten Free Exist?

This way of eating helps people with certain health conditions. For example, people with Celiac disease eat gluten free because it is harmful to their GI tract. Other reasons for a gluten free diet include having a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. In this case, people usually experience bloating, cramping, and even nausea from consuming gluten. Moreover, gluten consumption has also been linked to depression and weight gain.

Are There Any Benefits of Going GF?

Ultimately, people with Celiac disease, intolerances, or sensitivities will benefit the most from a no gluten diet. With this in mind, it’s important to remember that not everyone will benefit from avoiding gluten. Deciding to go on this diet means avoiding large food groups that contain nutrients we need on a daily basis. To clarify, vital nutrients such as wheat and grains contain calcium, iron, folate, and many others that you would be missing out on when gluten free.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to deciding to go gluten free, the best thing to ask yourself is if you really need it. There are both benefits and drawbacks so all you can really do is decide what is the best option for you and your body. It’s important to keep in mind these key points:

  • What your current gut health is
  • If you have any vitamin deficiencies
  • If you find yourself having a negative reaction when consuming gluten
  • Have you talked to your doctor

If you find yourself wanting to explore the gluten free world, check out our products here!

Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars

Who has two thumbs and hates a heatwave? ALL OF US! The heat at the moment is unbearable and it causes profuse sweating on our face, which attracts pollutants in the air, germs, and other horrible microscopic things just like a magnet. The dirt and grime clog our pores which means… you guessed… acne for a longer period of time. Ugh, none of us want that!

Thankfully, Nature’s Flavors is here to save your day from boredom and pimples with these Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars recipe we just made! 

They’re made from natural and organic ingredients, and they’re amazing for your skin. 

Here are the many benefits of coffee beans for your skincare:

Coffee is full of antioxidants, polyphenols, stimulants, and chlorogenic acids (the caffeine). Antioxidants protect your skin by reducing pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles to help keep you looking younger and radiant. Polyphenols can act as a sunscreen and protect your skin from UV rays. These two ingredients combined will exfoliate your skin, serve as an acne treatment, and protect you from UV rays (please continue to wear sunscreen; the intake of polyphenols will not replace sunscreen).

LET’S MAKE SOME LOTION BARS!

Start by setting the stove or hot plate to a low heat and place the bowl on the appliance (the bowl should be empty). In separate small bowls, put the beeswax and cocoa butter in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Pour the beeswax and cocoa butter into the medium bowl on the appliance. Add the sunflower oil, vanilla fragrance oil, and golden jojoba oil. The liquid in the bowl will look a dark yellow.

Use a spoon to stir and mix all of the ingredients together. The liquid should be ready after a couple of minutes.

Use a towel or mitten to carefully remove the bowl from the appliance. Pour the liquid into the silicone molds. Fill a quarter of the molds and put in as many coffee beans as you would like. Place the silicone molds in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool them off. This is the first layer of the lotion bars.

After the 10 minutes, take the molds out of the refrigerator. Pour the rest of the liquid into the molds and add more coffee beans. Put the molds back into the refrigerator and wait 1 hour.

Take the molds out of the refrigerator and voilà! You just made yourself some DIY Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars!


Jump to Recipe

Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars

This nourishing Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bar will have your skin feeling baby soft! It not only nourishes but the coffee beans help exfoliate too! 
Prep Time30 mins
Passive Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Keyword: all natural, bar, beans, beeswax, butter, clean, cocoa, coffee, diy, exfoliate, exfoliating, fresh, grounds, hyrdating, lotion, natural, oil, organic, scrub, skin, skincare, sunflower, whole
Yield: 6 lotion bars

Equipment

  • Glass/Stainless Steel Bowl (Medium)
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Silicone Molds
  • Stove or Hot Plate

Materials

Instructions

  • Place the beeswax, sunflower oil, cocoa butter, and the vanilla fragrance oil in a bowl. 
  • Place the bowl on a hot plate or stove and set it to a low heat.
  • Mix until all of your ingredients are well combined.
  • Next, fill your silicone molds about a quarter of the way and add some coffee beans. You'll have to allow it to set before you add more of your mixture in. We want to avoid your coffee beans from floating to the top. 
  • Once each mold is ¼ filled, place them in the fridge for 10 minutes. Continue to heat the bowl with the remaining mixture on low.
  • After the 10 minutes, remove the silicone molds from the refrigerator and finish filling each mold with the remaining mixture and coffee beans. Then, place them back in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Once your lotion bars have set, pop them out and moisturize! We hope you enjoyed!

Notes

  • You can swap out the vanilla fragrance oil for any fragrance oil you’d like! Find more fragrance oils here!
  • Our fragrances are natural or organic, and because of that their scent won’t be as strong as synthetic fragrances. Synthetic fragrances include harsh chemicals that can negatively affect your skin. If the fragrance isn’t strong enough, feel free to add more. 
  • Store your lotion bars in a cool place to keep them from melting. 

DIY Refreshing Shower Bombs

DIY Refreshing Shower Bombs

Happy Thursday Nature’s Flavors fam! We’re back with another DIY for you. We know everyone could use a morning refresher so we made shower bombs! They’re perfect if you’re on the go because let’s be real, a lot of us don’t have time for a bath. These DIY refreshing shower bombs will have you feeling like a million bucks. Here are a couple of things that you’ll need.

Tools

  • Small mixing bowls (2 bowls)
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk
  • Disposable pipette
  • Silicone mold

Ingredients

lemon essential oil

Steps

  1. Begin by combining the baking soda, cream of tartar, and Nature’s Flavors citric acid in a small mixing bowl. With a whisk, combine all the ingredients together. Set aside.
  2. Pour the water into a small mixing bowl. Add five drops of Seelect Tea’s Natural Blue Food Coloring into the water. Use a disposable pipette. Mix well.
  3. Add the coconut oil to the first bowl (citric acid, baking soda, and cream of tartar mixture) and mix.
  4. Then, add the water with the blue food coloring into the first bowl. It will fizz so don’t be alarmed! Allow it to fizz for about 20 seconds and then mix.
  5. Add the sea salt and whisk the mixture.
  6. Using a disposable pipette, add 25 drops (or more depending on your preference) to the shower bomb mixture. Whisk away!
  7. Scoop your mixture in to your desired silicone molds and allow them to set for 3-4 hours.
  8. After they’ve set, remove them from the mold and enjoy these DIY refreshing shower bombs!
    • Be sure to use these quickly because you want to avoid mold
  9. Happy showering!
DIY Refreshing Shower Bombs

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