Beauty, Safer Living

why i switched to safer beauty

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and are excited for Christmas in a week! Does anyone get a short week? I had a wonderful weekend with family at my brother’s wedding! Cannot wait to see them all again this weekend. 

Today I wanted to share about something I’m passionate about – safer beauty. Up until a year ago, the term “safer beauty” meant nothing to me. I was completely clueless as to what was in the products I put on my body every day. I don’t think I ever looked at the ingredient list on my products, mostly because I wouldn’t have recognized anything, and I had no reason to be concerned. However, I did check ingredients on my food – don’t they say, if you don’t recognize the ingredient don’t eat it? So I cared about health, but never worried about my personal care products.

Around this time last year, I was introduced to Beautycounter (a safer personal care product company), and learned some startling facts about the beauty industry. Since then, I have slowly been learning more and switching out my products. Most of the time, I get overwhelmed by things I have no control over, like big world events, but when I learned these facts about the beauty industry, I saw how I could make a difference, one step at a time.

What is Safer Beauty?

Essentially, safer beauty is beauty products that do not contain ingredients that negatively impact your health. It’s not necessarily “green,” “organic,” or “all-natural.” These are simply labels assigned by the beauty industry, but are essentially meaningless. Unlike the food industry, the FDA does not regulate these terms in the beauty industry. Something labeled “all-natural” could have some natural ingredients, but not all. And when I say personal care products and the beauty industry, I’m not just talking about cosmetics, this includes haircare, lotions, baby and kid’s products, men’s products, deodorant, toothpaste, sunscreen, nail polish, etc.

The beauty industry is almost entirely unregulated. The FDA has little control over the industry, leaving companies free to put anything out on the market without approval.


Did you Know?

If you start looking, you’ll find so much about the toxins in products and their impact on our health. Here are some of the basic facts that encouraged me to make a change to safer products.

  • Since the Industrial Revolution, over 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into commerce, of which 10% are used in personal care products
  • 80% of ingredients in personal care products have never been tested for human safety (this baffles me!)
  • The last federal law regulating what goes into our personal care products was passed in 1938, which is a 1 1/2 page law regulating a $60 billion industry
  • The EU bans over 1400 harmful ingredients from their products and the US bans 30

So What?

You may be asking why this matters to you, or maybe you’re thinking, who really cares – there are so many health claims out there now. I totally get it! I have felt the same way at times. So, I write all this not because I am a health guru, but because I cannot ignore what I’ve learned, and because I see that change can be made (look at Europe!).

Many of the ingredients found in personal care products have been linked to adverse health effects, such as cancer, infertility, birth defects, hormone disruption, and sensitivities. The average woman uses about 12 products a day, and men use about 7, exposing ourselves to hundreds of toxic ingredients every day. What breaks my heart are the young girls who start using make-up and are being exposed to hormone-altering chemicals.

Now being exposed to harmful chemicals in products once or a couple times isn’t going to kill you, but we never just use products once. Think how many times you wash your hands, brush your teeth, put lotion on your baby, or get a manicure – constant exposures build up over time, and that is what impacts your health. Even babies in the womb are not protected from what the mother puts in her body.

Small Changes, Big Impact

Over the last year, I have became more aware of the ingredients in my personal care products and passionate about creating a safe home. Slowly, but surely Blake and I have switched out our personal care products and are always on the lookout for safer alternatives that work well. I’ll be honest, it is a process and finding good products sometimes takes trial and error, but it’s doable and it doesn’t cost a fortune (one thing at a time).

Small changes over time do make a big impact. One of the biggest steps you can take is be curious about the ingredients in your products, even if the product seems “healthy”. If you don’t know what something is, look it up! Here are a couple resources that have helped me find safer products:

I know this is a lot to chew, but I hope that this information gets you thinking. If you have questions about products or need any recommendations, comment below or send me an email!

Have you switched to safer products? What are some of your favorites?

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life lately // things i’m loving

Hello! I’m finally sitting down to write this post with a cup of heated up coffee (which exploded in the microwave…) and Rosie purring by my side (it’s so good to have her back!).

I’m so looking forward to date night tonight! Blake and I have started the tradition of having wine and cheese and making dinner together on Friday nights. I think I honestly prefer making a nice dinner at home than going out to eat. Breakfast/brunch is the exception. Tonight we’re also going to watch as many episodes of The Crown as we can! Who’s with us?

We at last have our own space, and have moved to the basement apartment of my sister and brother-in-law’s house. I love having our own space again, even if it’s small, it’s still our own.

I love reading other blogger’s Friday favorites/things I’m loving posts, so I thought I’d write one too! Here are some things I’ve been loving lately:


Eating: For years I’ve been a sweet breakfast person, but lately I’ve been craving sweet and savory. Most mornings this combo sounds good. Two pieces of toast, one with sunflower seed butter and banana, and one with avocado, TJ’s Everything Bagel Seasoning, and an over-easy egg. So satisfying!

Reading: Still reading Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. This is seriously a life-changing book. I cannot recommend it enough!

Listening: In addition to constant Christmas music, I’m listening to podcasts whenever I drive or walk. Podcasts are my jam! I just found the BodyLove Project podcast and listened to her most recent episode about the Whole30 (find on iTunes). Oh my goodness, this is pack-full of insightful thoughts. Can’t wait to listen to more of her episodes!


Using: I found a safer deodorant that actually works! Native Deodorant is the bomb! I am sensitive to baking soda in deodorant, so I use one of their sensitive formulas. I’m not jazzed to see “fragrance” on the ingredient list, however on their website they say this is made up of a proprietary blend of oils. Wish they would list them out, but I’m going to go with it for now.

Also LOVING Beautycounter’s Countermatch Collection! The full collection does wonders to my skin, especially with the drier weather. My skin stays hydrated and radiant all day long! Check out the video on my Facebook page and Instagram I did today to learn more about the collection.

Have a lovely weekend!

What have you been loving lately? Any good books, podcasts, or recipes? Share them in the comments.

Safer Living

simple changes for safer living

If you are anything like me, I get overwhelmed with all the stats, facts, and news about the environment and health. How can little me make any difference in the whole scheme of things? Since joining Beautycounter, I have learned how even the smallest changes can have an impact on my health and the planet. The small changes add up! So, I want to share with you 6 simple, inexpensive changes you can make to live safer:

1. Choose glass over plastic

Some plastic containers contained the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), which the FDA has labeled hazardous to our health. To minimize exposure to harmful chemicals leaking into your food, choose a glass container. If you must use plastic as you switch out, do not microwave in a plastic container.

2. Replace non-stick pans with stainless steel, cast iron, or ceramic-coated

Non-stick (teflon) pans are hazardous to your health and the environment. The non-stick coating is made with the chemicals PTFE and PFOA which can release harmful chemical fumes. These chemicals are linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and damage to the environment. I admit that I recently threw away our one teflon pan that I used for eggs, but we invested in a ceramic-coated pan that I love (HERE)! Target and Amazon sell both cast-iron and ceramic pans.


3. Choose a safer detergent

Our skin is our largest organ and quickly absorbs what we put on it, including what we wash our clothes in. Just like with personal care products, some detergents contain harmful ingredients that may come in contact with skin (i.e. “fragrance”). Thankfully, there are safer detergents out there! In our house, we love 7th Generation, who also has a great selection of safer cleaning products!

4. Buy organic when possible

If I could, I would buy all meat and dairy organic, as well as many fruits and veggies. However, at this point in our lives, that’s not financially possible, so I buy organic when I can using the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Dirty Dozen” list for fruits and veggies with the highest risk of pesticide exposure. Aldi and Trader Joe’s have a great selection of organic produce and dairy! Also, this summer I have been loving all the local produce at the farmers market, which usually has a great selection of organic and/or chemical-free produce.


5. Carry reusable bags

We all know this one! Plastic bags are destructive to the environment by suffocating wildlife, blocking soil nutrients, and filling up landfills and the ocean. Build a stash of canvas, cotton, or other heavy-duty bags, and also keep a couple in your car for last-minute grocery story stops.

6. Wash your hair less often

This one is my favorite! Let’s be real, I am just too lazy to wash and style my hair every day, but I also love the body and texture of my second and third day hair. Not only does this save water, but washing your hair less often is better for your hair. Conventional shampoos strip your hair of it’s natural oils, as does washing your hair too often. As you wash your hair less, it will produce more oils but will ultimately lead to less oil production and healthier hair. I am a huge fan of dry shampoo (non-aerosol)! Here’s the one I currently use – Be Green Bath & Body.

What changes have you made to live safer?