There’s this cartoon making the rounds on Facebook. It’s got a man and a woman, and they’re walking down the street. She says,
“My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.”
It’s from The New Yorker and it was created by cartoonist David Sipress.
And, it might be the most on point description of my life (and mind) at present.
Let me offer a concrete example:
Sometime last fall – and I can’t be specific because I am the mother of three kids and I could tell you a story that, in my head, happened two weeks ago that, in reality, happened in 2009 – so, sometime last fall it dawned on me that I was actively avoiding social interaction because of my makeup situation.
What was my “makeup situation?” It can be summed up thusly: I can’t use a lot of products because the ingredients make me feel physically ill or I know that they can potentially cause things like endocrine disruption or cancer. But finding products that fit my parameters took a lot of legwork and time that I don’t have.
Plus, you cannot possibly imagine how many progressive, responsible companies still rely on synthetic fragrances. For me, synthetic fragrances are huge migraine triggers and cause a host of other issues. I avoid them like some people avoid their nosy aunt at Thanksgiving dinner.
When I finally did find products that I felt were safer for me to use, I experienced a high failure rate when I actually applied them. Many of the more naturally-derived foundations are streaky. Or, more often, made me look about fifteen years older than I am because the minerals settle into my small wrinkles and carve them out like a river eroding the Grand Canyon.
I want to be crunchy, but I don’t want to have to look like it.
Anyway, I’ll fast forward to say that I now have someone doing the legwork for me, and the sanity-saving company with whom I have affiliated as a Consultant is:
In Beautycounter, I have found a company that aligns with my personal values brilliantly:
- Beautycounter has a list of 1500 ingredients that they won’t use, including the 1300 currently banned in the E.U. This “Never List” includes any ingredient linked to endocrine disruption or to cancer. (The U.S. last passed a law regarding cosmetic safety in 1938 and only bans 11 ingredients from use.)
- They believe in utter transparency. Each product listing features a rating from the Environmental Working Group plus a full ingredient list. They disclose all ingredients – there’s no hiding behind “natural fragrance” labels.
- Beautycounter has a strong social mission. They believe that through education, moving the market and policy advocacy we can put safe products in the hands of everyone.
Plus it’s woman-founded and woman-owned.
But none of the above would matter if the products didn’t look and feel good. These are high quality, gorgeous products that make me happy when I apply them.
You’ll be hearing more about my work as a Consultant with Beautycounter in the weeks and months ahead. This blog won’t transform into a sales vehicle, though. The Beautycounter products complement everything I do here, but I won’t leave the larger mission of “exploring wellness” behind.
Have fun checking out the products at my website. I am quite smitten with the Essentials Collection.
If you are interested in working as a Consultant and have questions about the process, please email me or fill out the form below: