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 what 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 your largest organ which absorbs 60% of what you put on it in under 26 seconds. Even a small change makes a huge difference.
Growing in Grace ~
It’s time for a change ~ join the Revolution