Earth friendly Hair care Skin care

Safe Beauty

Did you know that the U.S. bans 11 ingredients in cosmetic products? This compares to the EU who bans 1,300+ ingredients, and Canada bans 500+ ingredients. But the cosmetic industry says we have nothing to worry about? Our skin is our largest organ and it can be unpredictable how much of products can seep into our bloodstream. Many products contain ingredients that can affect our hormones, cause cancer, or result in irritability. We need to support safe beauty companies that work towards limiting toxic ingredients in our products.

Cosmetic products do not get approval before being put onto shelves of stores. The exception are color additives in products that must have an explanation of the intended use. The FDA’s website has more information on what ingredients are regulated and how it is used. The caution on products saying how to use them is as far as regulation goes for most products. Here is an example about regulation of parabens.

However, the Environmental Working Group  (EWG) focuses on environmental health by looking into legislation, agricultural practices, and loopholes that companies find to put our health at risk. According to EWG, women apply about 12 products onto their skin a day exposing themselves to 168 ingredients daily. Men average about 6 products a day, or 85 ingredients a day.

Beautycounter, a Safe Beauty brand

My cousin introduced me to Beautycounter and safe beauty about a year and a half ago. The opportunity to join as a consultant fell into my lap and I joined for a few reasons. One reason is I love the advocacy that Beautycounter does to change laws and the testing that is done to use safe ingredients in their products. 10 laws have been put into place to regulate the cosmetic industry, and that is a great win so far!

My two favs! Cleansing Balm for make up remover and hydration
mask, and the AHA Reflect Effect mask for exfoliation and
leaving my face so smooth!

Skin care, hair care, and more!

Think of how many products you use daily. Now, think about what it would be like if you swap it out for a safer product. Start with hand soap and hand sanitizer, or shampoo and conditioner, or make up, or lotion to try something new of safe beauty. Beautycounter gives high quality results, and these products are rigorously tested to make sure toxic ingredients are extremely limited.

Check out the Never List to learn more about the 1800 ingredients that are never found in these products. 

If you need a new skin care routine, check out my two step skin care routine here!

Sunscreen for face and body, and tinted sunscreen

Sustainability in Safe Beauty

In addition to rigorously tested products, the wide range of products you can shop at, Beautycounter also focuses on reusing and recycling almost every part of the product. The cream blush is reusable and you can swap out the colors to replace the blush part. The shampoo, conditioner, and body wash pumps are usable as you can keep the pump and replace the bottles when you run out. Beautycounter dedicates their mission to offset greenhouse emissions and is working to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Save the pump, recycle the bottle, and get a new one!

Support brands who are earth friendly

Support safe beauty brands who are doing the work to protect consumers and are making a difference in the cosmetic industry. It can be more expensive when you buy from Beautycounter, but it is for your health. If you think about the high end skin care lines, the prices are most likely the same. But, those companies probably are not doing the work to be sustainable, advocate for laws, or perform at the level Beautycounter does.

You are investing in your health to minimize exposure to toxic ingredients and supporting a company that goes to the federal level to demand changes in laws and regulations. Safe beauty is what you deserve and Beautycounter is a great place to vote with your money!

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Earth friendly Home necessities

Cleaning Supplies

Toxic ingredients are all around us. When I walk into grocery stores, reading which ingredients are used is not something I usually do. As you pick out your cleaning supplies, do you know what ingredients are included in them?

Paying attention to what is in my products did not seem important until I was introduced to Beautycounter a year ago. It’s tough to keep track of what ingredients to stay away from. That’s why I shop with brands that are actively making a difference. I am moving into my new apartment and want to include more safe products that I use daily. Branch Basics was founded by Allison, Kelly, and Marilee who dealt with life threatening diagnoses that were then improved by removing harmful ingredients. Stories like this are what gives me hope and motivation to create a better life for myself and those around me.

the starter kit cleaning supplies
Premium Starter Kit for $75, and an additional cost for the wool dryer balls.

Branch Basics Cleaning Supplies

Thanks to social media and the community of people who dedicate themselves to living a life without toxins, I found Branch Basics. The Premium Starter Kit is perfect since it includes all the necessities. For only $75, this kit that comes with a concentrate and oxygen boost that you put into the bottles and mix with water. It comes with streak free, bathroom, and all purpose spray bottles, as well as foaming wash and laundry detergent. I add the $19 wool balls for the dryer that replace dryer sheets. You can also put essential oils in them to help your clothes smell aromatic. I used a friend’s code to get me $10 off and you can use this link to get $10 off your order! 

Clean your space

How great is it to work in a space that is clean? Honestly, cleaning is one of my favorite things to do. And it’s pretty easy to clean with this kit! To start, use the concentrate to build your bottles and then top it off with water. Each bottle shows you exactly how much water to use and how much concentrate to pour in. The concentrate allows you to have 3 all purpose bottles, 3 streak free bottles, 3 bathroom bottles, 3 foaming wash bottles, and 1 laundry detergent bottle. Using products that are toxin free allows for a healthier space to live in.

concentrate cleaning supplies
The concentrate bottle explains how many
cleaning bottles you can get out of it.


This catchy phrase from Branch Basics are words to live by. It can be overwhelming choosing what cleaning supplies are best for you and your family when there are so many options out there. Some companies are involved with greenwashing. Greenwashing is when companies show they are sustainable for marketing reasons but is not doing active work to be sustainable. It is understandable that it can be easier and more accessible to grab what you need at the grocery store and go. Sometimes you don’t have the time to wait 7 days until it ships to your house. Tossing the toxins doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If you swap one thing, that’s an improvement. The regulation of ingredients in America is not the greatest when compared to other countries.

We have to work together and share the brands that do look out for our health. The stories of people removing harmful ingredients literally change people’s lives and improve their health for the better.

Spray bottle cleaning supplies
All purpose spray, streak free, bathroom, and foaming wash.

Get started with your journey

If you’re ready to change your cleaning supplies, and toss the toxins, start with Branch Basics. You will not regret it. You also receive free shipping on orders over $39!

A mission for healthy homes

This company and their mission focuses on creating a more safe environment to live. When you clean, think about how many products you use. You can swap these cleaning supplies with this Starter kit, or choose a few items to start with. It can be a big purchase, but it is your health and your home we’re talking about. Branch Basics cleaning supplies perform well and it does not include that strong, synthetic chemical smell other cleaning products give off.

Earth friendly Skin care

Simple skincare routine

Truth about my journey + how I can help you find a simple skincare routine

Who doesn’t love a great, and simple skin care routine? I know I do, especially because I have been dealing with acne for years! I was in college when I found Curology and it cleared my skin right up. If you struggle with intense acne, I would recommend spending the money on Curology because it’s worth it!  At the time of using Curology,  I used Cerave cleanser and Cetaphil moisturizer. But, these products have some harmful ingredients that can effect our immune and endocrine system.

Fast forward a few years,  I was introduced to Beautycounter by my cousin. I was hesitant to try new products because I was afraid my oily, acne prone skin would go back to how it was. (Spoiler: it didn’t!) However, I tried the charcoal mask and decided to continue trying these products because I liked the mission of Beautycounter. The mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone because everyone deserves to know what’s in their products!

Did you know…

The last law passed to regulate the cosmetic industry by Congress was in 1938?! The average woman uses 12 products a day, and that can add up to about 168 different ingredients every day! So if you’re trying to create a new simple skin care routine, I would recommend Beautycounter because they are going to Congress to pass laws and regulate the cosmetics industry.

What’s in a simple skincare routine?

To start your two step skincare routine, you need a cleanser! The key to finding a cleanser that is right for you, is to figure out your skin type. If you are not sure, take a shower, and when you get out, wait 10 minutes to put anything on your face. This will give your skin time to either become tight and dry, or oily. Another way to figure out skin type is to try this quiz

STEP 1: Cleanser

First step for your simple skincare routine
Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser I use for
my oily and acne prone skin.

*I am a consultant so if you use my Beautycounter links, I receive commission. I love to help find what’s right for you so please reach out if you have any questions.

For oily skin, 

Countercontrol line! About 70% of people between the ages of 15-29 have oily skin. This Clear pore cleanser can clear breakouts, reduce redness, and help skin texture. 

For normal, dry, or combination skin,

Countermatch line! In a 31 person consumer study, 100% of people reported instant hydration, and 97% said their face looked brighter! You will want the refresh foaming cleanser.

For anti aging skin,

Countertime line! This plant-derived Retinatural complex includes Bakuchiol and Swiss Alpine Rose that deliver similar benefits as Retinol, but without the potential side effects. Grab the Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil as your cleanser and make up remover.

STEP 2: Moisturizer

The second step to your simple skincare routine is moisturizer! This gel cream is perfect for oily skin.
Countercontrol Matte Effect Gel Cream I use
morning and night.

Now that you have one product picked out for your skin type, you need the second step for your simple skincare routine! Note, that you CAN mix and match these lines. For example, some people use the Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil and use the Countermatch moisturizer so it’s up to you!

Countercontrol Matte Effect Gel Cream: Mattify skin for up to 8 hours with this cream to gel moisturizer that hydrates skin without clogging pores

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion: Adapts to the skin throughout the day and provides up to 24 hour hydration

Countertime Antioxidant Soft Cream: This cream visibly plumps skin while boosting hydration to keep skin looking healthy and glowing

Whether you’re starting a simple skincare routine, or starting your clean beauty journey…

I hope this helps you choose two safer, high quality, and high performing products to get your simple skincare routine started. Whether you’re starting fresh, or adding to it, there are more steps in between a cleanser and moisturizer. The four steps to a full routine are Cleanse, Prep, Treat, and Protect. In addition to the four steps, you can use certain products in the morning and others at night.

The end goal is to have a four step routine, but I know it can be overwhelming. So, when you have your simple skincare routine down, come back for more!

No matter how long your routine is or what products you use, make sure it ends with sunscreen!

End your simple skincare routine with mineral sunscreen!
Sheer defense sunscreen for face, SPF 25

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