Leave The Receipts Behind

Except for business purposes I suppose I’ll start leaving the receipts behind. I’m notorious for having piles of them! Every time I read an article like this one from the New York Times I’m saddened, and angered. I’m reminded of the lives that have ended too soon and the ones that are still struggling to survive. I think of how different life could be if we only knew and changed these things sooner. I think of the family members and friends I’ve lost all too soon most likely do to a lack of knowledge and action. Seeing this information get out into the mainstream makes me happy! It gives me hope that my kids, kids may have less of a raw deal and a better quality of life. We must keep learning, we must keep acting for the betterment of society as a whole.

IN recent weeks, two major medical organizations have issued independent warnings about toxic chemicals in products all around us. Unregulated substances, they say, are sometimes linked to breast and prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.

For now, experts say the best approach is for people to try to protect themselves. Especially for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, and for young children, try to eat organic, reduce the use of plastics, touch cash register receipts as little as possible, try to avoid flame-retardant couches and consult the consumer guides at

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Giving Tuesday!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday! It’s all great fun if you want to go shopping but I’m excited for this years Giving Tuesday! Join me on December 1st and send a donation to your favorite charity! If you donate through Paypal they will add 1% to your donation! It’s not much but every little bit counts! I will be using it to donate 10% of my earnings from this months Beauty And A Mission social to the Breast Cancer Fund.

I like to support the Breast Cancer Fund because they emphasize prevention! Check out their mission and vision!

Of course you don’t have to wait until Tuesday to give and you shouldn’t stop after Tuesday. I will be donating 10% of my personal social earnings each month. Please join me by shopping through my social if you aren’t shopping through a friends. Sending your own donations to the businesses that are making the changes you want to see in the world is the best move! We vote with our pocketbooks so make every vote count by being conscious of what you purchase and where you purchase it from.

Joining us as a Band of Beauty Member or a Consultant also triggers a donation to one of the three non-profits partnered with Beautycounter. You can choose from:

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. ( I don’t know what I would have done without their ample amounts of research and information over the years.)

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.

Finally, you can contact me to host a social on a mission of you’re own! Earn some free items and a discount on your purchases while having fun and learning about Beautycounter with your friends and family in person or online!

Happy Giving!




Check out my first Beautycounter Youtube video!

Check out my first Youtube video!

Yay! My kids are awesome!

We did a Beautycounter unboxing video because I am as obsessed with Beautycounter’s products as I am with their presentation and packaging. Beautycounter is like red bottoms for my face (without the price tag!). After video recording this Beautycounter unboxing, my beautiful daughter Adonna edited it into this short but sweet little masterpiece! Please like, subscribe, share, comment etc! Tell us what you think, what you love and hate about it since it’s our first one.

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Take Action

Ask Congress to make safe beauty a priority!

Source: Urge Congress to Prioritize Safe Beauty


Do you have 2 seconds to ask Congress for safer cosmetics laws? Skin care and beauty products are some of the least-regulated consumer products on the market.

Consider this: The last time Congress passed a major law to regulate cosmetic ingredients was in 1938. The United States has only partially restricted 11 ingredients from use in the beauty industry; the European Union has banned nearly 1,400. It’s safe to say we’re dangerously behind the times.

Some say it’s a radical move for a company to ask Congress to regulate the very industry in which it operates. We think it’s the right thing to do.

Beautycounter has taken the guesswork out of it. Use this link, fill it out and hit ‘send’. Take action and ask Congress to ‪#‎switchtosafer‬

Visit Know Everything on my Beautycounter site for more details!

Common Preservative in Personal Care Products Linked to Breast Cancer | EWG

Low levels of chemical preservatives widely used in cosmetics, shampoos, skin lotions and other personal care products may be linked to breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

Source: Common Preservative in Personal Care Products Linked to Breast Cancer | EWG

In the meantime, consumers should avoid long-chain parabens – butylparaben, propylparaben, isopropylparaben and isobutylparaben – by reading product labels and using EWG’s Skin Deep® to find products with safer ingredients.


Beautycounter Asks Congress To Clean Up Cosmetics

This week our Founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew will head to Washington, D.C. to ask Congress to prioritize safe beauty. The last time Congress passed a major law overseeing the cosmetic industry was in 1938. The law, which is only one and a half pages long, does little to protect our health; harmful cosmetics ingredients are allowed in the products we put on our bodies every day. On the other hand, the European Union has banned or restricted nearly 1,400 chemicals from cosmetics. It’s safe to say the U.S. is dangerously behind the times.

Beautycounter’s mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone. Our game-changing Ingredient Selection Process starts by banning over 1,500 of the industry’s worst offenders. We go on to screen each and every ingredient to ensure none have links to health impacts like cancer, infertility, hormone disruption, and early puberty.
In addition to making safer products now, we work toward our mission for the future in three big, overarching ways:


We believe in empowering people to make more informed, safer choices in their lives. Every time our staff or our field of Independent Consultants speaks about this issue, people learn, often for this first time, that small exposures to toxic chemicals can have a big impact. We share trustworthy information so that you can make healthier choices at home—from beauty to cleaning products to safer mattresses. Our buying guides and partner tools—like the EWG Skin Deep database—arm consumers with better information. You play a part by sharing this important information with your friends and family.

Moving the Market

Making safer products in a virtually unregulated industry isn’t easy. We work with ingredient suppliers and formulators that understand our mission and are willing to move beyond the status quo. We also partner with universities, companies, and organizations to share ingredient information, test chemicals lacking safety data, and collaborate on projects that will move the market toward safety and transparency.

Advocating for Better Laws

We advocate for stronger, smarter laws on cosmetics and personal care products. We know that in order to make products safer for everyone, we need to fix our broken system. Not only will reforming our laws protect public health, but it also has the potential to help businesses innovate, which is good for our industry and for the U.S. economy.

Gregg said it well:

“Reforming our laws isn’t a pipe dream. It is needed, practical, and possible. And it is happening as we speak. Earlier this year, Beautycounter helped pass one of the strongest consumer protection laws in the country. We worked with partners in Oregon to restrict more than 66 of the most toxic chemicals in children’s products. And we’re not stopping there. Now we need our leaders in Washington to prioritize safe beauty and protect our health.”

We believe our mission-driven approach to product safety is the best way to truly clean up the beauty industry. And in all three of these categories, you play an important role.

Our meetings in Washington, D.C. will be amplified if you do your part back home. Ask Congress to prioritize safe beauty, and then tell your friends and family to join the movement for better beauty.



Your Beauty Products May Not Be Safe and Congress is Finally Stepping In

Congress may finally start regulating the beauty industry. (Photo: Getty Images)

Your lipstick, your moisturizer, your shampoo — products you use every day— could be dangerous and lead to a variety of health problems. What’s even scarier is no one is regulating the chemicals that go into your products, as the government hasn’t made industry regulations since 1938. This week Congress moved closer to reining in the largely unregulated beauty industry with a congressional briefing of beauty experts including Gregg Renfrew, the founder and CEO of Beautycounter, a company whose brand ethos is about safety.



Gregg on CBS Morning

So about last night … An amazing event in DC with a call to action on cosmetic reform and then today’s link our feature on CBS Morning if anyone wants to watch. 😎