If you are familiar with some of my past blog posts, you know that I take great caution in what I put on my skin. In my post about parabens in our skin care products, I only merely scratched the surface when talking about just some of the toxic ingredients we put on ourselves every single day. We are exposed to thousands throughout the course of a day thinking we’re doing something as simple as moisturizing! I’m always on the lookout for products that deliver the full package: clean, organic, effective, and safe.
You can imagine my excitement levels when I met a girl, Sydney, at the gym who introduced me to a clean line of beauty and skin care products I’d never heard of, Beautycounter. I was very interested in learning more about them by what she was describing to me (completely non-toxic), and the miracle it worked on her skin. When I got home I looked them up and read the founder of Beautycounter, Gregg Renfrew’s, story which really resonated with me. She described the motives behind her starting the company last March, after watching “An Inconvenient Truth”. That was a real eye-opener for her to begin removing so many of the toxic chemicals that we have in our life each day without even thinking about it. Skin care was no different. And unfortunately, here in the US, there’s little to no regulation on the ingredients that enter the products we use so often. For instance, the EU has banned 1,300 chemicals used as ingredients in beauty products while we have banned all of 11! Every one of Beautycounter’s ingredients is listed on their label, which is not even a requirement by law. When I referenced the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in my post on parabens, I emphasized the importance of their toxicity level ranking system–and all of Beautycounter’s products are a 0, 1, or 2 on the scale. Anything 2 or under is considered non-toxic and safe.
So, I decided to try out BeautyCounter for myself since it sounded pretty amazing. I was looking for a new face wash anyway–perfect timing. The first product I tried out was “Routine Clean” cream cleanser. I love that on their label it doesn’t even say “ingredients” before it lists them—it reads “transparency”. Clever. And the packaging is as clean as their products, a minimalist approach. When trying out the face cleanser, I found I only needed a small amount and I really liked the way it felt on my skin. My face was very clean after a little application and a few rinses with warm water. Any and all reminisces of makeup I had on that day vanished. I’m a fan!
I went on to test out two more: their “Hydrate” everyday body lotion, and the perfect match with it, the “Lustro” body oil. The two combined made me skin so soft and, well, hydrated. Because they use pure essential oils in their products, the scent is subtle and clean smelling. I don’t like anything that’s overpowering (both because I am sensitive to them and tend not to like many of scents anyway), so these are perfect. The Lustro body oil scent I ordered was jasmine, but again, subtle.
I will definitely be expanding my Beautycounter line at home since these were a success! I like knowing I’m supporting my own health and safety, and supporting companies that care about the same. If you would like to order some Beautycounter products of your own, you can find click here on Sydney’s website where you will find the entire range of products they offer. She also posts product info and promos on her Instagram site @balancing_pretty. 🙂