Cancer.

That one word brings everyone to pause. If you are reading this blog today, I would almost bet that you marked off in your head people that you directly know, friends, family members, co-workers that have, or are walking down this path. If not personally, then I’m sure you know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. As I type this, I can personally click off friends, family members, family members of friends, co-workers, truly, the list of people whose lives are touched is far too long.
Facts:

As many of you know, I am a consultant with Beautycounter, a skin care company whose social mission is to see the laws change in the U.S. when it comes to the toxins that are allowed in your shampoo, shaving cream, bubble bath, cosmetics, you name it. Eleven is the number of toxins banned from your products. At Beautycounter, we ban 1500.  neverpictureWe lovingly refer to a small portion of those 1500 as our ‘never list’.  Our ingredient screening process is like no other, and I would encourage you to read more about it using this link:
Ingredient process

With all of that being said, for the month of July, as a company, and as an individual, I’m asking you to stand with us to fight back.  We have partnered with Stand Up to Cancer.  Beautycounter is matching donations up to $50,000 to work towards breakthrough in innovative research and new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

For the month of July, I will be giving back a portion of my income to this
monstand3umental effort.  Will you stand with us?  There are two ways you can help.
By shopping at my link,  (Beautycounter.com/laurabeck) not only will you get safer products with safer ingredients, you’ll be helping the mission.

You can also use my direct fund raising link – SU2C ~ Laura Beck

There is no purchase too small that you can make, nor any donation amount ‘not enough’.  Every dollar helps, and again, matching funds up to $50,000.

I appreciate you so much!
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have about our mission to get toxins OUT of personal care products.
Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com

 

Living it Out ~ Step by Step, Part 1.5

Yes, you read that correctly, part 1.5.
In my last blog, Part 1, I shared this:  For about a year prior to his passing, we began to dream big, and decided to live large, as our children had all made it to adult-hood.

Today’s post is more about living life out loud, and what that looks like in my world.  Over the past couple of months, I have felt that, in relationship to ‘why’ I am involved in Beautycounter.

In November, I felt that my why was no longer real.  Didn’t seem real to me, and, if it doesn’t seem real to me, how could it sound real to others?  As I considered that thought, I began to re-word my ‘why’, a portion of it looks like this:
As Ted was retired, we believed that with my income from Beautycounter, we would plan to travel, and live out loud the rest of our lives – however, that plan changed, when he passed away in October of 2013. To say that altered my life, would be an understatement, but to honor his memory, my income with purpose-findyourwhy-v3-300x300Beautycounter is allowing me to pay it forward into areas of giving that Ted held close to his heart, and also give me the opportunity to ‘live our list’,,,

I must confess, when I began to re-work my ‘why’, I had not officially been named the recipient of the Live The List . I was hopeful, but, hadn’t been officially named.  I’m excited to face that challenge, alone, but, not alone, as I know I have the backing of so many widows and widowers who have walked the same path.

I’m also looking forward to 2016 with a new perspective, a new chance to live out loud, pursue my business with passion (re-fired), and continue to discover ‘me’! 59590260a4364acf5ecd5aaa46441117
What about you?  What do you look forward to as 2016 peers down upon us all.
My prayer for you is if you’ve lost your compass,  that you find a new strength, a new purpose, a new hope.

An update on my Scuba Adventure ~ the plan is to begin my lessons soon after the 1st of the year, so – next week!! I’m pretty doggone excited, and am looking forward to you to continue the journey with me!

 

Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com
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Oh my, oh my! Who knew?

Let’s face it.  When I made all of my own products, they rocked. That is simply the truth.  My sugar scrub was amazing, my lotions, and, well, my body butter could NOT be outdone.  I’m really not tooting my own horn, it simply ‘is what it is’ or, better put. Was. So, imagine (she says a tad bit sarcastically), when I got wind that Beautycounter had a Body Butter coming out.  I, of course, thought ~harumph ~ However! COMPLETELY impressed with the host of yummy, nourishing ingredients!

With that being said, today Beautcyounter launched our Enrich Body ButterbodybutterGood night.  Formulated with Shea butter and Mongongo oil, enriched with Sunflower Oil, Aloe, Vitamin E, and an entire host of other botanicals, you simply can’t go wrong with this product!

Pair that up with our wonderful Glow Sugar Scrub you will keep those legs fresh, hydrated and looking 0h so good as summer comes upon us.  And, truth be told, don’t we just want our legs to look fantastic in the summer? Of course we do! When you get your pedi done for those strappy little sandals, make sure you have it with you.  Boy, will your nail tech be impressed!

The best part?  Absolutely, completely FREE of any toxins, that are simply not good for your skin.  You can rest easy knowing that those glowing, sun-kissed legs are healthy and hydrated!

 

 

Until next time ~

Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com
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Do you wonder why I do what I do ~

perhaps todays’ blog will help.

I recently ran across this article. It starts with this, and I quote: “The number of (largely untested) chemicals in our environment is  on the rise, as are the rates of autism, cancer, and other serious health problems affecting kids. KIWI investigates
 this “silent pandemic”—and reveals how parents can fight back.”

Even before I joined Beautycounter, I was on a mission to provide the safest, possible body care to my family. I made everything from a bar of soap to a bottle of shampoo.  This was no easy task – not with the majority of six children in the house which we home educated, and a husband who worked two jobs! But, I did it.  I enjoyed learning more and more about what I was making, and then my brain began to shift.  The more I learned, the more I realized I didn’t know a THING!  What I had believed about adding synthetic fragrances to my products wasn’t true – there is no such thing as a ‘wash off’ ingredient.  Also, realizing that beyond where I purchased my ingredients, their sourcing was equally as important.

With that, I simply did not have the expertise or time to run down the sourcing of every ingredient.  What I mean by that is, perhaps I chose to use an essential oil in my soap instead of synthetic fragrances? (true) – how would I know if the way that essential oil was processed was chemically, distilled, or expressed?  I wouldn’t.

Enter Beautycounter.  I was introduced to them just days before they officially launched, early March 2013.  I truly liked what they had to say, in particular to their commitment to making sure that they were using only SAFE ingredients.

Back to the point ~ this article so very clearly explains why I do what I do – WHY I so strongly believe in SAFE skin care practices.  Some facts:

*babies are born with +200 TOXIC chemicals in their cord blood
* as the rate of environmental toxins has risen, so has the rate of diseases: cancer, ADD, Auto-immune disorders,   early puberty, depression, and the list goes on.
*Out of 12,000 ingredients used in personal care products, only 80% have been tested for safety.
*ingredients in personal care products are known to disrupt your hormones, cause skin irritations, are toxic to your immune system and organs, (the list goes on)
* It is LEGAL for the personal care industry to put known carcinogens in products marketed to pregnant women and children.
* that sun-block you are using? Check the ingredients.

And yet, we risk our health and that of our families every single day of the year.  When we (collectively) become educated on something we have the power within our hands to make changes, or not.  Even if it is a small change.   Yes, I completely understand the balance between paycheck and purchase.  I also understand comparative shopping. But, my question is this – let’s say (we will talk about our children) you choose Beautycounter’s Kids Wash, aren’t you beginning to make a SMALL step towards making sure they are protected? One choice is one choice closer to doing one more thing for their health.  Will it stop your child from getting certain diseases? No.  Will it help in protecting them as much as you can? Yes.  One small change can lead to so many other changes.

Comparing dollars – okay I get it.  The price you pay at the supercenter for a very popular kids was is under $5.  Said popular kids product does not believe in truth about it’s ingredients.  I just did a quick search of a site, their baby powder has talc (look that one up) and fragrance – i.e., synthetic fragrance – not good for you. at. all. (though, by food standards, an apple needs to be an apple, and if says organic, by george, it better be such!)

So, WHY do I do what I do? Because YOU the consumer has the RIGHT TO KNOW what is in your skin care, and whaforblogbutton1t the impact of the ingredients has on your health.  At Beautycounter we are committed to that ~ you, KNOWING EVERYTHING!  We also realize that, while it would be great if every household stocked Beautycounter, it isn’t realistic.  However, it is realistic to believe that someday the Federal Laws will change so that you WILL KNOW Everything.

Federal law changes, partnering with Trusted-non profits, insuring SAFE ingredients, those are the standards on which Beautycounter was founded.  We believe in putting PEOPLE first ~ then planet, then profits.  Know everything – So, if you ever think I sound soap-boxy, or beating the same drum over and over again, please know it is because I CARE about your health.

Concerned? You should be!  Your skin is your26seconds largest organ which absorbs 60% of what you put on it in under 26 seconds.   Even a small change makes a huge difference.

As always,
Growing in Grace ~
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com
It’s time for a change ~ join the Revolution
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Holy Week ~

As we approach perhaps the most eventful day on the calendar in all of Christendom, I am struck with some thoughts.

Yesterday’s sermon was relevant and to the point for Christians, timelesstruthsyet there are timeless truths found within it that can apply to anyone of any faith.  Just five small things that you can do. Take just five days to start.

A small caveat ~ King David plucked five smooth stones from the brook and with them slayed a giant, and conquered a nation. (I Sam. 17:40). What giant is facing you, and with these five small principles can be slain?

1) Monday ~ A prayer of Thanksgiving for ten things.  Surely, you have ten things for which you are thankful?

2) Tuesday ~ Two for Tuesday. Compassion. Find two people you can serve.  Just two ~ in any way.  Can you take your neighbor a meal, offer to drive them to the store, pay a bill for someone in need?

3) Wednesday ~ Evaluate and Value. Think of five things that you value.  Then, consider, are they valuable to God?

4) Thursday ~ Spiritual Connection. Spend extra time alone in prayer/meditation/worship today.

5) Friday ~ Reconciliation. Do you need to forgive someone? Is there someone from whom you need to seek forgiveness?

We all have our struggles.  For some spending time alone in prayer or meditation may be where your struggle is, or being thankful?

When we look at these, and if we consider the last week of Christ on earth – they all mirror his week.  His prayer was not for Himself – even when he begged of the Father to remove the cup from Him, Christ was content to go to the Cross.

He was compassionate.  In the garden, he healed the soldier’s ear after it was whacked off by Peter.

His sweat turned to blood as He prayed for us that Friday night.

He carried our burdens to the cross so we could experience that reconciliation between us and God.

Whether you agree with my position on Christ or not really isn’t the point of today’s blog. No matter where you are on life’s journey, I would think you can identify somewhere with at least one of the points made above.

Please take 6 minutes out of your day to watch listen to this song. (My apologies on the ad)

The Stand

Have a blessed week.

Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com
Join the movement ~ changing the face of skin care; one person at a time!

 

 

 

Oh! Oh! Summer Glow!

There aren’t enough words to say how much I absolutely LOVE Beautycounter’s Glow Sugar Scrub! Words almost escape me.  Almost.  Here in the wildly winter Midwest, it is time to get our feet, legs and elbows ready for that summer sun! It’s been a wild one!  My lovely town boasted #1 worst city for winter this year.  Wow – what an honor! Making it CERTAINLY time to get my summer glow going!

Made with only the finest ingredients, (really, check out our ingredient policy standards), organic brown sugar; Sweet Almond Oil; Sunflower Seed Oil; Lemon Peel Oil and the list goes on.  All synergistically formulated to not only scrub away and sluff off all that old, dead, nasty, dry skin from your feet and other rough areas, it’s formula also puts an incredible amount of moisture back into your skin!

After you are done scrubbing your feet, legs, arms, shower it all away.  glow Oh, I know that sounds crazy, right?!?? All those nice, emollient-rich oils soothing and hydrating your skin, you want me to wash it away?  No, it doesn’t wash away.  It leaves your skin positively GLOWING!

You may be wondering, what is so special about Sweet Almond Oil? It is a fantastic moisturizer and lubricant that prevents the skin from drying and keeps it free from cracking.  It’s also a rich source of Vitamin E, and with regular use will reduce wrinkles and keep your skin younger looking. Truly, don’t we want our legs looking healthy and glowing?
The Citrus Fruit oils have a very calming effect on the skin, making them a fantastic addition to our Glow Sugar Scrub.  The sugar crystals in our scrub are simply the perfect size for working off that old skin.  My typical routine (in the warmer months) is to sit outside and scrub my feet, paying very close attention to my heels, my toes, ankles and up to my knees.  Yes, your knees get dry and cracked too!  I really made a ritual out of it!  Spend the time on yourself! You deserve it!  After a good scrub, I will rinse off with the hose, simply to not have the lose, dead skin following me inside.  Then, I just take my shower, and enjoy the rich feel of pampered, healthy, glowing skin! With Mother’s Day right around the corner, what could be better?  Buy it for your mom, or buy it for you!  You deserve it!  Not only do you deserve it, you can rest knowing that your skin is getting beautiful the healthy way!  At Beautycounter, we don’t hide behind labels – we tell you the TRUTH about your skin care!

Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com
Join the movement!  Changing skin care; one face at a time!

 

 

What’s Inside?

What IS inside? Inside of what?  This blog is about “What’s Inside” your personal care products.  Are there chemicals lurking inside your personal care products?

Thankfully, people are waking up to the simple fact that personal care products contain many things that are toxic.  26secondsWe now know that twenty-six seconds is all it takes for the chemicals in your personal care products to enter your bloodstream.  We know that parabens are cancer-causing agents.  We know that sulfites aren’t safe either (but we sure like the bubbles they make in our shampoo). Americans are becoming wiser and wiser about their personal care products, and that is great news!

Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the chemicals in not only their personal care products, but also in their cleaning products.
However, I wonder does the average person really ‘know’ or still trusting mass media (advertising campaigns) to educate us?

For instance, this bad boy di-hydrogen monoxide (DHMO for short), can kill you if inhaled; can cause severe burns; is used as a solvent in industrial cleaning; causes erosion of our natural resources, yet, it is used widely in our personal care products.

Say-whatAcetic Acid mixed with DHMO has not only been a cleaning agent for years, but, popularly used in food preservation! Some even put it on their skin! SAY WHAT??!??  Scary, isn’t it?  Mixing acid with DHMO to clean and preserve food sources?  What’s next?

How about this one? Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides.  Good gravy.  I wonder, what’s next? Folks are using this one to clean their faces.

(I promise, just a couple more, and then I’ll get to my point).  Here’s another: para-hydroxybenzoic acid.  Yup, yet another in our skin care.  Last one, I promise! Diisostearyl Malate.  Oh. Sweet. Lands! Yes, this is in skin care also.

This is a  very, very short list of chemicals used in our PSC products .  My question is, can you spot the one that is toxic and should NEVER be used in any PSC product? Perhaps you can, but, if not, here you go:

Di-Hydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) = Water. bags
Acetic Acid mixed with (DHMO) = Vinegar.
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides = Coconut oil.
para-hydroxybenzoic acid = Parabens (YUCKKY!)
Diisostearyl Malate = skin conditioning emollient.

I love doing what I do; educating families on SAFE skin care. Teaching them to know What’s Inside every bottle of PSC products.  I am love being partnered with a Beautycounter, whose mission is to bring safe skin care to every household.

Before you purchase your next bottle of lotion, shampoo, shaving cream, etc., I would challenge you to print out a copy of our NEVER LIST and take it to the store with you.  Better yet, contact me on how you can become part of the change.  Beautycounter has partnered with three trusted not-for-profit organizations that are committed to changing the laws to make sure that every bottle contains the truth about the ingredients.

The topic is, “What’s Inside”? At Beautycounter the TRUTH is inside!

It’s time for you to KNOW EVERYTHING! (Take the time to watch this short, two-minute video.)

Let’s chat ~

Growing in Grace,
Laura Beck
lgbeck59@gmail.com ~ Join me on this amazing journey! Visit me here: Beautycounter by Laura-Grayce