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

 

I’m sick of cancer.

I’m sick of knowing a very dear friend is battling this awful sentence.
I’m sick of knowing that as I type this, my very dear friend, Barb, is at a Home Going service for a friend of hers who lost the battle.
I’m sick of reading on Facebook that a friend from high school just found out she has breast cancer.  To then read a comment, ‘that is the most curable kinds of cancer’.  Fantastic.
I’m sick of the FACT that 1:2 MEN – MEN – did you read that men?? Raise your hand with the fellow next to you.  ONE of you will get cancer.
I’m sick of the fact that 1:3 Women will get cancer.  With 1:8 of those women getting breast cancer, while only 10% of those are genetically pre-disposed to it.

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I’m sick of autoimmune issues.
I’m sick of children being born with 200 toxic chemicals in their cord blood.
I’m sick of parents being told that their newborns’ cleft lip was caused by environmental hazards.
I’m sick of parents having to lose their children from incurable childhood diseases.
I’m sick of living in a nation with the first generation of children will live sicker and die younger then ANY OTHER generation before us.

I’m sick of an eight BILLION dollar industry in this nation to be virtually unregulated.  The regulation that stands, and governs this industry, is roughly 300 pages long with 1.5 pages governing this ENTIRE industry. As a result, the personal care manufacturers can, and DO put anything in their personal care products, and can get away with calling it ‘natural’ and/or ‘organic’ with close to zero of either, or let’s consider what natural and organic can mean.  Poison Ivy Oil is both.  I can guarantee you that you do not want it in my shampoo.

2015-03-20 09.15.41 I’m sick of stores targeting our young girls with products that contain cancer causing, hormone disrupting ingredients that attribute to early-onset puberty.  Sick of other manufacturers targeting our young men with the same sort of ingredients, causing the same sort of issues.

Yet, among all of this darkness, among all of these terrible, awful, nasty FACTS, the truth and the light is beginning to shine.

About a decade ago, a beautiful woman, Heather White, started a data-base within her not-for-profit organization, Environmental Working Group. The data base, Skin Deep is what I began to use during my soapy days.  It changed the way I looked at ingredients, formulas and products.  I went against the traditional soap/lotion methods, creating products that were safe(er) then what I had made previously, and took a lot of static from others’ in the ‘at home’ soap makers.

Thankful that my passion for creating, led me to becoming part of a movement and a change.  Thankful to have linked arms with women and men all across the nation that believe in, and are moving forward with CHANGE.  Thankful that American Citizens are beginning to wake up to the toxic burden personal care products have on us.  Thankful to Gregg Renfrew for having a burden for our skin health, and is moving on Capitol Hill to make our law-makers aware that this industry NEEDS regulation.

It’s time for a change.  Will you link arms with us, and counter the culture in relationship to the Personal Care Industry?
One last thing ~ Please take 15 minutes and watch this video.  It’s completely worth your time.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Growing in Grace ~
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com
Join the Revolution ~ The (Beauty) Counter Revolution

 

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
http://laurabeck.beautycounter.com

 

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

ANNOUNCING! My very first EVER Give-a-way!

Welcome to my first EVER bliggity-blog give away! I am very VERY excited about this! Having never done one before, I will hold my breath while waiting for the results!

Most of my blogs center around skin care, or better put, safe skin care!  And why wouldn’t I, skin care is truly my passion. 

I am one that believes that the body works together in all ways. In other words, I’m not just a knee or a finger, or hand, or stomach ~ I’m sure you get the picture!

Skin care is my big time, #1 thing – having done the ‘oh, I will make soap’ for a hobby, to ohhhhhhhhh! I just cooked up 500 oz. of soap, 5 pounds of shampoo, 10 pounds of lotion, throw in some whipped body butter and sugar scrubs. To point, I ‘could’ boast that my potions have traveled the seven seas (or airways). To say I did ‘okay’ would be a fair statement.  Of course, that journey brought me to Beautycounter, such a FANTASTIC skin care company – I love it, I don’t have to sterilize bottles anymore, much less clean up after bottling things! Yet, I can still provide my customers fantastic skin care where we make sure our customers KNOW EVERYTHING!

After skin care, I am very concerned about nutrition. Having always been careful about what I fed our family of eight, neighbors thought it was ‘odd’ that we only put out one garbage can a week. In other words, I cooked ‘real’ food, therefore we had very little ‘garbage’.

All systems of our body work together, and while proper nutrition is important, and using safe skin care is very important,  it is also quite important that we ‘work’ our bodies.  Let’s face it, times have changed and we simply don’t move like we used to.  As a result, if there is one ‘right’ way to exercise, there are 100.  In today’s’ economy there are books/tapes/videos on every way to ‘move’ the body, and it seems that everyone written and produced are the ‘right’ way.  By george! it gets overwhelming doesn’t it?

Along with the simple fact we don’t ‘move’ as much, we have also ‘over busyed’ ourselves.  Sometimes that makes exercise ‘hard’ to ‘fit’ into our schedule. (now, we are getting down to the give-a-way!).  A few years ago, I had the privilege of ‘finding’ Lani Muelrath on the internet.   Perhaps she can remember how? I can’t! laniHowever, the honor has been all mine! She truly is an inspiration to many around the world!  She is a ‘real’ person with a ‘real’ story on how she made it to where she is.  I love real people, ya know?  Lani is a very basic gal, her recipes are simple, easy and concise.  I love that.  We are in common in so many ways.  Simple is good!

I was very excited when she revealed to me that she was actually writing a book about her fit quickie exercises! I kept bugging asking her when it would be coming out. fit_quickies_cover_lani_muelrath  I have her video series which has 1-10 fit quickie exercises on them.  You can read more about a few here. 

So, the giveaway?  Her BOOK! Fit Quickes ~ 5-Minute Targeted Body-Shaping Workouts!
These exercises fit into any other type of exercise program you are using.  I love them.  I can quite literally do Stand up Seats while my coffee brews.  Gets the blood flowing in ‘that’ much time.

Fit Quickie 1-10 are explained in great detail, provides many helpful hints, and explains the ‘why and wherefore’ of certain moves and the muscles that are being engaged and worked in short, burst like moves.  What I appreciate about Fit Quickies is that you ‘can’ do them in small bursts.  They in no way replace other cardio exercises, but, I will say this, they do get the blood pumping!  You will want to add them to your daily/weekly routine in no time, and you will find that you ‘can’ do them when time is tight.  Lani has outlined a schedule, suggesting how to group them together to get a longer workout; or you can create your own, which is what I tend to do!

I was pleasantly surprised to find ‘secrets’ in her book!  Which, since they are secrets you will have to get your copy and find out for yourself!  I am really excited about this giveaway, and can’t wait to find out who wins it!

Please click on the link below to enter! Comment below the contact form. Contest runs until 8/10 ~ now is the time!
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As always, I look forward to hearing from you

Growing in Grace,
Laura Beck
lgbeck59@gmail.com
Join me, in this fantastic journey! The Counter Revolution w/Beautycounter!

Scratch the title ~

Yup! That is what I just did!  I had an big ol’ long blog post written out, and just deleted the entire thing!!  Why? Because it was getting simply too wordy to announce a huge shift/change in my life and business! So, without any further adieu ~ I am simply copying/pasting an email I sent out!  A short back story, early in February I was hit with the realization that I needed to return to my passion, which is, and has been for several years skin care.  I LOVE the philosophy on which Arbonne’s principles were founded, yet, I was finding myself stretched far too thin with ‘all’ that they have to offer.  While I firmly believed I was on the right track, I also just began to feel some sort of ‘unsettling’ in my spirit.

I knew that returning to the basement to ‘make my own’ goods wasn’t the answer, yet, I didn’t know what it was.

Early in March I had a conversation with a friend who shared with me a switch she had made.  She had been introduced to a company whose ONLY mission is skin care.afraid  I listened, watched, gleaned, read their ingredients, and policies, learned about the founder, and her mission (which totally mirrored mine), and knew I had found a company that takes the mission that Arbonne had grown in my heart another step further.

As I prayed and pondered I felt this was the right choice for me.  Their ingredients more closely match my basement days, along with their commitment to using essential oils and blends.  Along with that, their price point is in a range that is much more affordable for the average American household.

With that, I want you to know that I have resigned my ID with Arbonne, and have joined Beautycounter.  Please know that this wasn’t a snap decision, but, was one that I know is right.  Please take time to browse my site,My beautycounter site.  On the front page you will find videos on the beginnings of Beautycounter ~ take a minute and watch!

I realize this may come as a shock to some of you, and for that, I apologize.

For anyone that would like more information on Beautycounter, please don’t hesitate to email and ask, I look forward to sharing this amazing product with any of you!

Growing in Grace ~Laura Beck
lgbeck59@gmail.com