A few weeks ago after I did my post on my favorite Beauty products, I got several emails and comments alerting me that some of the products I used were not safe, especially my beloved Cetaphil. I really appreciated everyone that commented and alerted me to the unsafe items I was using. You see I knew some of my beauty products were probably not the best for me but I turned a blind eye and didn’t take the time to dig deep and do the research. It was easier just to keep using what I was using.
The funny thing is I am so particular about what I use on my kids but
not me. I decided it was time to make a change and toss some of my old
products and start taking better care of my skin and body. Something that really stuck
with me is the fact that our skin is the largest organ on our body.
Everything we put on it is absorbed- especially lotions. I immediately threw away my cetaphil and a few other products after that post.
Enter my friend Christi Hucks. Christi contacted me after my post about my favorite beauty items and alerted me that many were toxic. She shared so much helpful information with me. Christi and I have actually never met in person but we connected via social media. I started following her last year when she did the One Year Wardrobe Resolution and went a whole year without buying any new clothes or accessories. I was so impressed with her dedication and feel the same way about her work now. She is now a rep with Beautycounter which is rapidly growing as one of the biggest “safe” cosmetics and beauty line. She offered to do a post for my blog answering questions I had and I thought it was a great idea. Also what better time than October- Breast Cancer Awareness month.
I am not saying either of us are experts ( I am most certainly not) but we are just trying to learn all the facts we can about the Beauty Industry here in the US and why there are not more restrictions. I wanted to share the info I received with others who may not know all the scary details like me a few weeks ago. Some of the facts and stats are frightening especially the ones involving breast cancer.
I am sure by now most of you are familiar with Beauty Counter. I have mentioned it several times on here before and I truly love so many of their products. Their main mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone and I love that.
Below are a few of my favorite Beauty Counter Items. After I tossed my Cetaphil Christi was sweet enough to send some of the Beautycounter Body Butter to try as a replacement. Well I love it and it is now my everyday lotion. A little bit goes a long way so it lasts awhile.
I compiled a list of my questions for Christi to answer and wanted to share her answers.
What ingredients should we as consumers be on look out for on our beauty labels that are particularly bad?
Beautycounter we have a Never List of over 1500 ingredients, and I
refer everyone to that list when scanning product labels for toxic
ingredients. Here are the main chemical groups to avoid:
I know you mentioned Cetaphil as containing un-safe ingredients any other familiar brands that are also un-safe?
usually don’t like to name specific companies, rather I prefer to
educate everyone on where to find the safety scores on the brands they
are currently using. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is one of our
trusted non-profits and they have an extensive database of over 60,000
products. Each product is given safety score on a scale of 1-10, with
1-2 being the “green zone.” This is where you want all of your personal
care products to be. You can find this database at www.ewg.org/skindeep
or you can download the Skin Deep app to your phone. I do like to make
the disclaimer that many products are not in the system. The reason for
this is because, by law, there has been no regulation in the personal
care industry since 1938. And companies are not required to list their
ingredients on their products. Without full disclosure, it is impossible
for the EWG to give an accurate safety score. My recommendation is to
stick to products you can find in the system. If it’s not in there, it
should be a red flag.
Why does the US not have the same restrictions on beauty items like Europe?
US has not passed a federal law governing the personal care industry
since 1938. This is alarming! Furthermore, the law that was passed is
just 1 1/2 pages long and only bans 11 ingredients. Europe currently
bans over 1300 ingredients from their personal care products.
Is there anything we can do to petition to have more restrictions placed on what is used in our Beauty Industry?
First and foremost, cast your “vote” for the world you want tomorrow by
choosing to buy safe products today. Boycott toxic products.
our Founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew says, “When the tide rises, all ships
sail.” When we all unite and make safer choices, companies will start
to pay attention. It is consumerism that ultimately drives the market.
If we stop buying toxic products, they will be forced to make a change.
can also contact your state senators and congressmen. Let them know
where you stand on these issues. The more they hear about these issues,
the more likely they will be to add it to the agenda. There is strength
in numbers. Add your voice to the movement.
Top 5 Favorite Beautycounter Items?
This is super hard. I literally use and love everything! But if I had
to pick my 5 that I couldn’t live without, this would be the list:
1. Lustro Face Oils – #1 is for sensitive skin, #2 is for anti-aging, and
#3 is for acne-prone skin and rosacea. They can be used alone or mixed
with one of our moisturizers. I prefer to mix 2-3 drops with the
Essentials Every Night Cream at bedtime.
3. Nourishing Cleansing Balm – This product is truly a miracle in a jar!
It has 101 uses. You can use it as a cleanser, mask, or an overnight
treatment. I have really dry hands and feet so I use it on them at
night. This product also cured my son’s eczema. I’m obsessed.
Why Use Beautycounter?
Beautycounter, we ban over 1500 ingredients from our products – more
than any other company on the planet. We also have one of the most
rigorous and strictest ingredient screening processes, and we have the
highest level of transparency of any brand on the market. We are also a B
Corp. This means we have a triple bottom line of people, planet, and
profits. We have to meet extremely strict standards (like having a
zero-carbon footprint and using sustainably harvested/fair trade
ingredients). Some other famous B Corps include Patagonia and Ben &
Jerry’s. We are also proud to partner with 3 trusted non-profits:
Healthy Child Healthy World, The EWG, and The Breast Cancer Fund.
Any other favorite lines that are natural and safe to use?
it comes to beauty, Beautycounter is definitely my favorite. But other
safe brands that I would recommend are Tata Harper, Ava Anderson, and
Is there one item that if you are going to buy anything natural it should be that item?
Organic Coconut Oil. You can use it for almost everything!
Any other important stats we as consumer should know?
we are highlighting Breast Cancer this month, I will start there.
Currently, 1 out of 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Of
those women, only 10% carry the BRCA gene. This means that 90% of the
women being diagnosed have no family history of the disease.
Here is an info graphic on some other scary statistics.
I also want to mention Christi is donating 100% of proceeds from the sale of “pink” products this month. Pink products are:
Huge Thank you to Christi for educating me and inspiring me to change my beauty habits!
I would like to note I am not affiliated with Beauty Counter and was not paid to write this post. I truly love their products and have been using them for over a year now. I have joined together to help Christi host an online social for the next two weeks that you can shop HERE.