Do You Know What’s in the Products You Use? | Beautycounter


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Do you know how many products you use on a daily basis? Do a quick count. Don’t forget to count from toothpaste to mascara.

Now, do you know what’s in the products you use? Probably not.

Did you know that the US hasn’t passed a law on personal care product regulation since 1938? And that only about 10% of 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data? Sadly, this means there’s a lot unknown about the products we’re putting onto our bodies and our families bodies, day in and day out.

Over the past 2 years I’ve become more and more diligent about providing safer food and products for my family. It started before becoming pregnant but my resolution has only grown since becoming a mom and learning more about what we are (unknowingly) putting on and in our bodies. Our family is slowly switching to a cleaner and hopefully more chemical and hormone free lifestyle.

I came across Beautycounter from my good friend and love what they’re doing. Their mission is “to get safe products in the hands of everyone” and they’re dedicated to setting a new health and safety standard because what we put on our skin matters. Our skin is our largest organ, absorbing 60% of what we put on it. Think about it, it’s why the Nicotine Patch works so well. With health issues on the rise, this is why Beautycounter has the most stringent safety screening in the industry, and at the same time are committed to providing products that perform beautifully

They’re also fully committed to changing the laws that allow companies to use harmful ingredients and are passionate about advocating true change because right now anyone can slap a “natural” or “organic” label on a product – but that doesn’t always equal safe, which is the important part. They support other companies that are doing things right and help educate and empower everyone to make better decisions about what we put on (and in) our bodies.

I’m a researcher and one of my strengths is the ability to gather information, but since becoming a mom I don’t have all the extra time (or energy) that I used to research all the products that I use. I have come to rely on certain resources and have to trust what they tell me. I believe I can trust the products that Beautycounter sells and I don’t worry that I’m putting harmful ingredients on mine and my families my skin.

I also find that their products work. Since I’m not a huge product person to begin with, and I’m in a ‘replace what you run out of  X with a safer version of that product” mode. I love though that I don’t have to research a variety of different sites to find out if what I’m ordering from Beautycounter is safe. I just know it is.

So why am I becoming a Beautycounter consultant? Well, because I’ve become passionate about safer products for myself and my family and I love what Beautycounter is doing to help promote safer products for all. I want to help do what I can to spread their message and support what they’re doing for a safer and cleaner world.

There are a lot of choices out there and it’s hard to make the switch 100% right away. It’s about baby steps and allowing yourself some grace and choosing each day to do the best you can with what you have.

If you’re interested in learning more about using safer products or Beautycounter products please talk to me – I’m happy to answer any questions. Watch this quick video, it’s a great visual of what they’re doing

and then check out my website at  http://www.beautycounter.com/christabacon.

I’m excited to be on this journey and hope you will be too!

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Finding Balance in the Struggle for Healthier + Cleaner Living


I can be an all or nothing type of person. I don’t feel comfortable with grey and want a right or wrong way to do things. (Hello struggle with parenting….”wide range of normal” anyone???)  But I work on this and am REALLLLYY trying to remember it’s “grace over guilt” as my favorite online pilates instructor says ( check her out: http://www.thebalancedlifeonline.com)

So with that said I can get overwhelmed by all the information out there about safe and unsafe products and food and what to do about it. Ryan and I have been transitioning to a (hopefully) safer lifestyle over the past few years. For various reasons we have eliminated most of the dairy and wheat from our diet, try to buy mostly organic foods, and watch what products we are using. We have read up on lots of different toxins and ways to keep them out of our house and bodies. I try and a take a ‘baby steps’ approach to removing this and choosing safer options, but as I mentioned before I’m an all or nothing type and can get caught up in it not being ALL done immediately.

Once we had a baby it seemed even more important to make changes that were safer for all of us. Now research might come out in a few years that says we’re all crazy and these things are not that bad for us, but it just seems logical to NOT put too many chemicals in our bodies….right??

However, there is so much information out there about what’s bad and what’s good that it can be hard to determine what is reliable and what we want to make a priority in our household.

I love the Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org/) as a resource for helping us pick safer products. You can research products, research and tips on their website and they even have handy apps for personal care products and the “Dirty Dozen” in foods.

We’re still working on what this means for our family and what the priorities will be (this is not the cheaper way of doing things), but we are committed to trying to make our home a cleaner and safer place. Here are just a few of the goals/priorities for our family (Adjusting and changing as we learn, grow and adjust priorities). What about you? Ways you’re choosing to live cleaner/healthier?

Healthier/Cleaner living goals for our family: 
1. Meatless Monday (or  meatless one day a week)
2. Organic + Hormone free + Minimally Processed + Seasonal (always dirty dozen) Foods
3. Greener household products and beauty products (Using EWG + Beautycounter + Honest Co products and resources)
4. Less Plastic!  Replace with glass options
5. Get rid of non-stick cookware – switch to Cast Iron
6. Simplify wardrobe (Anyone heard of a capsule wardrobe?)
7. Reduce Paper
8. Clutter free / Small/Simple living
9. Others…???