I’m stepping out of my box and doing something I never thought I would do. Something so out of my ordinary it might as well be in space.
I’m now a consultant for Beautycounter.
I know. I know. Just another person you know trying to sell you something. I’m not naturally a sales person. I don’t even like being sold to. Just part of my introverted nature I guess. But then I read this post from Madison at the Espresso and Cream blog. It really resonated with me.
The summer of 2016, Beautycounter brought 100 of its representatives to Capitol Hill to lobby for the government to better regulate beauty products. They became a certified B Corporation (which is very hard for a company to do) and work to truly educate their consultants about the cosmetic industry’s lack of safety regulation. B Corps are companies that use business as a force for good. To be certified as a B Corporation, a brand must meet high standards for social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. It’s a pretty exclusive club—there are currently less than 3,000 companies in the world that are certified B Corps but we are included with leading companies such as Seventh Generation, Apolis, Patagonia, and Eileen Fisher.
They also built their platform on safety and performance, rather than “natural” or “organic,” an important point underlining the difference between “chemicals,” which are essentially in everything, and “toxic chemicals.” Not every product that is natural and/or organic is good for you as this standard is NOT regulated at all in the beauty industry. A company can tell you that their products are natural or organic and no one verifies that. You just have to trust them. But Beautycounter is different although we are about 80% organic. Most importantly, they are transparent – you know exactly what is in your personal care products and can make informed decisions, confident that you are avoiding the 1500 harmful or questionable ingredients on their “never list.”
I’ve used these products for a few months now and most importantly I truly believe in the mission of this company. I’m not loving it because I sell it. I sell it because I love it. This skin care performs!
I’ve got a full-time job in corporate America and I told myself that I didn’t have time for this. But I’m a makeup and skin care junkie and always have been since some of my family started selling Mary Kay in 1980s. I’m also a product junkie……….just ask my husband about all the stuff on my bathroom counter. And in the cabinets. And in the shower. 🙂 To me, the most important thing is what Beautycounter is trying to DO.
Did you know that the FDA hasn’t regulated the personal care industry since 1938? 78 years ago! It’s the wild west out there for what you put on your body. There is hardly any oversight. Companies are allowed to use known toxins – ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and hormone disruption – without telling us. In your shampoo, in your sunscreen, in your soap, in your mascara, in your children’s products, in your lipstick……..and for me that is important because I’m a lipstick hoarder and put a lot of it on my lips. . . . . which means I’m probably eating a ton of lipstick.
I’ve had cancer – twice (at 22 and again at 36). My dad died at 56 of cancer. My grandmother had breast cancer. My uncle and grandfather had skin cancer.
It has impacted every single one of us. I’ve also had many reproductive issues and hormone issues and suffered much pain and surgeries due to them and almost died because of them. What caused any of it? I wish I knew; so I could stop doing it.
I’ve also become so very sensitive since my hysterectomy to the things I put on my skin and even smell. I can’t even handle perfume or fragrance anymore unless it is an essential oil and even many of those bother me. I’ll go into that later on another post and why Beautycounter scents are different. But my skin is my biggest organ and I want to do what I can to stop putting known toxins on it. I’m tired of putting on lipstick, blush, lotion, deodorant, etc. on and within 15 minutes having my face/neck/chest turn red and hot, get swollen, or break out in hives. I’ve wasted so much money on inexpensive and expensive products that then go into the trash. I’ve never had that happen with any Beautycounter product I’ve tried.
If you have any questions or comments please let me know! I can send you some samples if you see any products you would like to try and if you love them you can then purchase from me.
I’ll be posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well. I can also talk to you one on one. The important thing to remember is that everybody is different. I’d like to work with you to assess what you need for your skin care needs. This line is for those of you that care about what you put on your body. . . . and yes, what we put on our skin goes into our bloodstream.
Ask me about any product and I’ll give you my honest opinion. And, if you would like to earn some extra money this is a company where you will actually be doing some good in the world. There is a $98 buy in to be a consultant – that’s it. You are not going to end up with a closet full of unsold products. You don’t have to be the most annoying salesperson in the world – but if it takes a bit of nudging to switch your friends to a phthalate-free shampoo, then there are worse things you could be selling! 🙂
I’ve got lots more to share about my Beautycounter journey. There are some great new products coming out soon and they even have products for kids and babies! Stay with me!