Our health issues and concerns, certainly do not begin and end with diet and exercise.  The issue of environmental toxins needs to be considered in any healthy lifestyle.  Our personal care products have been full of toxic ingredients for years.  Our bodies have a filtration system for food, but products that we put on our skin are directly absorbed into the blood stream.  Working with Beautycounter has increased my awareness when it comes to this issue.  Beautycounter’s products have not only been tested and tested again for safety, but they are effective, luxurious, and have changed my life.  Join me in this movement by becoming a customer, a host, or a consultant.

Click here to see an MSNBC video that describes the business, and features CEO and founder Gregg Renfrew.

The information below is from Beautycounter with research information from the EWG, FDA, New York times, and other sources.


• The US has not passed a federal law regulating the cosmetic industry since 1938.

• The Food and Drug Administration does not require that cosmetics ingredients or products be approved before they go on the market, and FDA has no power to recall a product from the market

• The European Union has banned nearly 1400 ingredients from cosmetics.

• The US has banned or restricted 11 ingredients from cosmetics.

• Women use an average of 12 personal care products containing 168 ingredients daily.

• Men use about 6 personal care products containing 85 unique ingredients daily.

• Teenage girls use an average of 17 personal care products a day.

• 16 potentially toxic cosmetics chemicals (including phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks) were found in the bodies of 20 teenage girls.

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• In the US, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will develop cancer in their lifetime.

• Today, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, up from 1 in 20 forty years ago.


• Autism, ADHD, asthma, and allergies (called the 4As) are all on the rise in the US.

• Learning and developmental disabilities affect more than 1 in 6 children in the US.

• Though risk factors are complicated and not fully understood, the National Academy of Sciences has determined that environmental factors contribute to 28% of developmental disorders in children.

• Difficulty in conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy affected 40% more women in 2002 than in 1982.

• From 1982 to 1992, reproductive difficulty almost doubled in women ages 18-25.

• More than 200 synthetic chemicals, many known to be toxic, can be found in nearly all Americans, including newborns who are exposed to chemicals in utero.

• Today, girls are entering puberty earlier than a generation ago—in part due to exposures to endocrine disruptors (substances that can alter the body’s hormonal responses).

• Early puberty puts girls are a higher risk for breast cancer later in life.