525,000 moments so dear.
How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee?
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife?
In 525,600 minutes, how do you measure a year in the life?
How about love? How about love? How about love?
Measure in love.
One year ago today, I started a part time job.
In addition to working 50+ hours a week, I decided to become a Beautycounter Consultant as well.
Why? It’s simple.
At Beautycounter, we think big: We look forward to the day when our children (or future children) won’t have to check the labels for toxic ingredients in the products they use every day.
After all, our health and the health of those we love, is everything. We are a group of women and men who are ready to come together to share this story—and put safe products in the hands of everyone. In our vision to create a healthier world, every single person counts. Whether you spend five hours a week or 50, make $100s or $1,000s, we work with you so you can work with us. Together we can make a difference. We promise, it will be rewarding— in every sense of the word.
As a Consultant, we are working today for a better tomorrow. We’re leading the change while benefiting from an additional source of income. That’s pretty rewarding if you ask me! (oh and my skin has also never looked better! #WinWin)
I wanted to take a moment to answer some Frequently Asked Questions I think are important, because I still have so much to share (and you’re never too old to learn!).
WHY DOES BEAUTYCOUNTER CARE SO MUCH ABOUT SAFETY?
Chemicals that can cause cancer, reproductive harm and other serious health issues are allowed in the skin care and color cosmetics products that people use every day, day after day. Cosmetics are just one route of exposure to toxic chemicals, but it is an unnecessary exposure, and one that Beautycounter can do something about. Our team researches the safety of each potential ingredient to ensure that we’re making the safest high performing products that we can. Learn more about our commitment to safety HERE.
WHAT ARE THE GOVERNMENTS CURRENT LAWS ABOUT SAFETY?
The US government hasn’t passed a new law in over 75 years regulating the ingredients used in skincare products and makeup. Companies can use almost any ingredient they want – even when they know they’re harmful. Right now, it’s up to companies to screen their own ingredients for safety (but many do not).
WHAT IS THE INGREDIENT SELECTION PROCESS?
During our Ingredient Selection Process, we decide which ingredients will go into our formulas and which won’t. Our Product Development team works with chemists and safety experts to ensure that every ingredient is screened for its potential health impacts. We always ask our formulators: is it safe, do we need it, and will it make the product better? If the answer is no to any of those questions, that ingredient stays out.
ARE THE PRODUCTS NATURAL?
Beautycounter uses many ingredients that are certified organic, natural, or naturally derived, and we use some (safe!) synthetic ingredients too. It is important to know that “organic” and “natural” do not have legal definitions in the cosmetics industry; companies can say that a product is organic when in fact there are no certified organic ingredients in it, or just a couple. A lot of products in the beauty aisle also make claims about health: “hypoallergenic”, “natural”, or “doctor-approved” may come to mind. Unfortunately, a lot of these terms are meaningless.
WHAT IF A POTENTIALLY HARMFUL INGREDIENT ISN’T ON THE NEVER LIST?
We put every potential ingredient through our industry-leading Safety Screen. The Screen helps us identify any known or suspected safety concerns, like skin irritation, links to cancer or reproductive harm, or bioaccumulation. Our Safety Screen is the most health-conscious approach to cosmetics development in the market today.
WHY ALL THE TRANSPARENCY AND INGREDIENT DISCLOSURE?
Cosmetic products are often not labeled accurately. We believe you have the right to know everything about what goes into our products and we make our labels easy to read. We do not hide “fragrance” ingredients or preservatives, and we test our products for possible background contamination to ensure we’re not putting anything on the market that might be harmful.
If we don’t need an ingredient, we don’t put it in. Every ingredient in our products has a function; nothing is used without careful consideration for efficacy and performance. No mysteries – just safe ingredients with purpose!
Education and safety are at the core of our brand. It’s why Beautycounter has partnered with trusted non-profits focusing on environmental health since the beginning.
- Environmental Working Group (EWG) uses the power of research and information to protect public health and the environment. Why we love them: Their Skin Cosmetic Database allows you to search over 73,000 products for hazardous ingredients.
- The Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Why we love them: The Breast Cancer Fund is a founding member and national coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a broad-based coalition working to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.
- Healthy Child Healthy World empowers parents and caregivers to protect children from harmful chemicals. Why we love them: Their easy actions and tips help families create safer environments where children can flourish.
ASSOCIATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS
- American Sustainable Business Council
- Benefit Corporation (certified B Corporation)
- Business – NGO Working Group
- CarbonFree Partner of Carbonfund.org
- Direct Selling Association
- Safe Cosmetics Business Network