Beautycounter 2013

I joined Beautycounter when it first launched in 2013 and fell in love with the products. If something is pretty, new, or it smells good, then I am all in. Unfortunately, I didn’t wholeheartedly pay attention to the education portion of Beautycounter, and because of this, I lost focus (and five years!). I still used Beautycounter’s products, but I used a ton of department store products as well. I’m basically the type of person that if you open my drawers or closet-products from all over are going to come tumbling down on you like Monica Gellar (from Friends).

Last year, while recovering from foot surgery, I couldn’t do a lot, so I started cleaning out my drawers. I had become obsessed with a detox plan (so I would feel better) and so I started looking deeper into my overall goal for health. I had just found out I was gluten intolerant and have a host of allergies, and earlier last year I also had some skin cancer removed from my face and a big patch on my lip. For 6 weeks I couldn’t drive or go anywhere, and during this time, I cleaned out my life. Then, I downloaded the EWG (Environmental Working Group) and Think Dirty apps and started really looking closely into what I was putting on my skin. It was shocking to know the number of chemicals that are put in our products that we use every day-—in our homes and on our bodies—where no safety data exists. It was then, that I connected with my friend of 20 years who is a Beautycounter Director, and I knew she could steer me in the right direction.

I signed up with Arbonne to do their detox plan, used fizz sticks (as a replacement for pop), and used their phyto sport for tennis and workouts. 2018 was a new leaf for me and for our household. I have switched all my family’s products, including our deodorants, and detergents and essential oils from Doterra. I love that as consumers, we have choices now that are better. If we choose to really look into what we are using and force ourselves to make that change, we can make some differences. I know it’s impossible to change it all but as a mom, we do our part to change what we can.

Aside from clean closets and drawers, I am a mom to two girls and a wife. I am a proud Catholic, and now have a relationship with Jesus. I am a tennis player, and I found some time to learn golf this year. (Kind of, I’m horrible! However, I try and that’s all that counts.) I am a lover of nature, animals, coffee, books, bunco, travel, I have 16 years of medical/pharmaceutical sales, most recently working in Dental Sales and calling on Oncologists for products for oral cancer (which unfortunately is on the rise). I have a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver, and I am also a huge fan of CU’s Colorado Buffalos. Lastly, I love being a part of the movement of change and advocacy with Beautycounter, and I am my own best customer! The purpose of this blog is to share tips, tricks, products (not limited to safe beauty), mom life, and any other thing that crosses my mind that I think might be useful in this journey we call life.

Our Mission: To get safer products into the hands of everyone

Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home. There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) does not have the authority to remove harmful ingredients from the products we put on our bodies and on our kids’ bodies every single day, day after day.

It’s Time for a Change

The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned close to 1,400 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date.

We deserve better, and we’re doing something about it.

At Beautycounter, we’re committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: We’ve prohibited the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through “The Never List™” — all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.

It’s not easy work, but it’s well worth it.

This is about progress — not perfection. Because every little bit counts.

The Never List