Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bare Escentuals Makeup

I tried this makeup years ago - not the corny base but the eyeshadows - and reacted to it. Much of their eye shadows contain a known irritant that in their defense is often used in makeup. It gives makeup that sparkly sheen. My reaction at the time was not a corn thing, but left me with ill feelings nonetheless.

Then today I saw a post on our Facebook group with a new company response from Bare Escentuals. This is their response to a question about the source or safety of the Vitamin E in their products.

"Thank you for contacting Bare Escentuals. I would be happy to assist you with our ingredients.

Unfortunately, that is proprietary information and we are unable to release it. If you have any concerns regarding certain ingredients we recommend contacting your physician.

We hope this is helpful, but please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have via email or by phone at 1-888-795-4747 during our business hours Monday through Saturday 5 AM to 9 PM, Sunday 7 AM to 4 PM Pacific Time.

Customer satisfaction is Bare Escentuals' #1 priority; we appreciate you taking the time to contact us.

Warmest Regards,"

Well isn't that nice. "We'd love to help you, but we can't." And the "warmest regards" at the end might as well say "Screw you" for all the helpfulness and customer satisfaction that this letter gives.

If you do well with Bare Escentuals, feel free to continue to use them. However after this letter, I'd much rather use my money to vote for businesses and products that do actually care.

-- Officially removed from the Corn-Free List due to multiple reactions --

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bob's Red Mill Flours

I could have sworn that I'd posted about this on here already since everyone "in the know" has already been avoiding these like plague, but I couldn't find a post about it using the search.

Anyway, for years now, these have been on the No-No List. Technically they were still on the list, but with a major disclaimer of "Avoid!!!".  Which is kinda silly to keep them on a recommended list, and then tell people not to eat it.

I know that I kept them on the list because they are a very popular "alternative" brand and due to that people would continually ask me to add them to the list, or recommend that people use them.

Well I'm officially going to take them off the list completely.

Their products are extremely hit and miss when it comes to corntamination. When Bob's Red Mill was contacted about this, albeit this was a few years ago though to my knowledge nothing has changed since reaction reports keep pouring in, they stated that most of their products are ground on the same machinery. This includes corn.

While they do everything they can to prevent cross-contamination, it's been our experience within all of our groups that their products still contain enough cornamination to cause reactions among the corn allergic.

Since this is cross-contamination, some batches may have more or less than others. So some people may never attribute reactions to the product, because they assume it is something else, or they may find that they do well for a while and then suddenly end up in the ER. We have had dozens if not hundreds of reported reactions about their products over the years.

Because of this, we really DO NOT recommend Bob's Red Mill products for anyone with a corn allergy.

So please use caution.