In today’s world we are becoming more and more aware of what is in our food. It is almost like one of those “ah ha” moments when you figure out why you haven’t been feeling like yourself lately because of a sensitivity that you could have always had. This is what happened to the lovely owner of Glorious Life, Andrea.
A few years ago she went completely gluten free, for health reasons, and eventually wanted to go beyond what she puts in her body but what she put ON her body as well. So, she developed her own line of natural, organic, vegan, & gluten free soap and body products.
I started scrutinizing ingredient labels and realized that there was so much more than gluten to be concerned about in those products. Armed with the knowledge of the toxic and carcinogenic compounds found in many of the products I had been using, I went in search of healthier and gluten free alternatives.
After searching she found that it was very hard to find gluten free alternatives to soaps and body products so she decided to make “greener, healthier, gluten free, and trustworthy products!” When we asked Andrea if she could tell us what her favourite and least favourite thing to make was, she sort of surprised us with her answer…
I really do not have a least favourite item to make. I enjoy making all of my products, from the HIS Beard Oil & HIS Shave Soap, to the Plain & Simple Organic Body Bar Soap, to the Cedarwood Lemon Shampoo bar. I enjoy creating all of them. I can honestly say that I love what I do.
You can tell that all of her products come from a deep love of a healthier living. Andrea’s journey to discovering that she needed to go gluten free was not an easy one (it rarely is when it comes to food…sigh) but with her amazingly optimistic nature and obvious talents she has made it to where she is today.
Her words of wisdom to us are:
Be prepared to work harder than you ever have before…and love what you are doing. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. A great way to get things rolling is to get involved in local craft shows that promote local talent.
If you would like to purchase one of Andrea’s products you can find her next at the Living Locally Fair on January 17th in Russell, ON. If you aren’t able to make it out, don’t worry, she regularly updates her events page on her website: http://www.gloriouslifehandcrafted.com/p/events.html
You can also keep in touch with her by following her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gloriouslifehandcrafted or seeing her online store on Etsy: www.gloriouslifecrafted.etsy.com. Maybe you will even see her local guilty pleasure, BEZ Gluten Free and try some of their Gluten free baking!