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safe beauty

Back in fifth grade, I did a research paper on chemicals in cosmetics – despite not actually wearing any makeup, somehow the topic was something I was already concerned about… I remember receiving hand-written letters from executives at big cosmetics companies along with pamphlets and vague ingredient lists and being grossed out by all the chemicals. This stuck with me, and once I graduated from college and found myself having to fix myself up more I was able to stay true to my younger self. I researched cosmetics and household products, and back before blogging was even a thing I started a blog to share my findings with others. But then babies and life happened and I found myself grabbing the cheapest/easiest skincare option I could find…
A few months ago I looked in the mirror and decided it was time to pick back up my old research. I tried out a whole bunch of skincare lines and finally decided to give up on finding something that a) works with my painfully sensitive skin b) isn’t full of harsh chemicals and c) won’t break the bank. Admittedly, I had completely written off any and all products sold directly (“because, if it’s that good why wouldn’t they sell it in the store???”). Fortunately, I remembered that there was this one company with a social conscience I’d heard about but not looked into- Beautycounter. So, one wild Friday night I dug into researching the ingredients used in their product line for safety and sustainability so I could come to my own conclusions. And boy, was I pleasantly surprised! After trying it out for a few months, my whole family is addicted. Not only are the products top-of-the-line, but they are completely transparent about their ingredients – so much so that my super-allergic preschooler has not only tried their line but begs to use it. (He says “It makes my skin feel so good!”) 


For the food allergy parents, just a heads up – there ARE a few products that contain almond oil. However, they are so completely transparent about their ingredients that you know which ones to avoid.  I’m not looking to make money off this –  I just wanted to share because when I find something I truly believe in I can’t help but be overly enthusiastic. My hope is that I can encourage a few of you to research the products you use every day, so in the end you and your family can be safer and healthier!

If you’d love to learn more about Beautycounter products and their mission, be sure to check out their site.  If you’d like to schedule a social and win free goodies, leave me a comment and we’ll chat!

– Holly

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