How do I shop for Beautycounter products?

You can visit my website, http://www.beautycounter.com/tarawoodland or you can contact me to help you place your order.


Are Beautycounter products organic?

We use organic ingredients when we can. Organic ingredients are marked with an asterisk in the ingredient listing of any given product.


Are Beautycounter products "Natural"?

Beautycounter uses many ingredients that are certified organic, natural, or naturally derived, and we use some of the safer synthetic ingredients too. It is important to know that “organic” and “natural” do not have legal definitions in the cosmetic industry; companies can say that a product is organic when in fact there are no certified organic ingredients in it, or there are only a couple. A lot of products in the beauty aisle also make claims about health: “hypoallergenic,” “natural,” or “doctor-approved” may come to mind. Unfortunately, a lot of these terms are meaningless.


What preservatives does Beautycounter use?

Here is the list of preservatives and preservative boosters (not counting antioxidants) that we are currently using in our products: Caprylhydroxamic acid, ethylhexylglycerin, gluconolactone, phenoxyethanol, salicylic acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, and chlorphenesin. The use percentage ranges from 0.01 to 2%, depending on the ingredient and product.

Here is the list of the preservatives that we never formulate with:

Parabens, Japanese honeysuckle extract, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, or formaldehyde-releasers (i.e. quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, or bromopol).

Companies must use preservatives in any cosmetic product that contains water to ensure that potentially harmful microbial growth (i.e. bacteria, yeast, or fungus) does not occur. Products without water, like our face and body oils, often do not need preservatives.

Increasingly, many cosmetic companies state that they are “preservative free,” which is an unregulated term. If there is water in the product and they are making this claim, it is likely that one of the following is occurring: a) they suggest that you keep products refrigerated and you use them quickly, b) they are risking bacteria/mold/yeast growth, or c) they are using pre-preserved raw ingredients.


Do you test on animals?

No. Beautycounter does not test any of our products on animals, nor do we ask others to do so. We do not have our own manufacturing facility; we contract with several independent formulators. These formulators also do not conduct animal testing.

 


Why does Beautycounter talk so much about safety?

Chemicals that can cause cancer, reproductive harm, and other serious health issues are not banned in the United States from the skin care and color cosmetic products that people use every day, day after day, and companies are free to make their own judgments about safety. Cosmetics are just one route of exposure to toxic chemicals, but it is one that Beautycounter can do something about. Our team researches the safety of each potential ingredient to ensure that we’re making the safest high-performing products that we can. Learn more about Beautycounter's commitment to safety here.


Does Beautycounter test every ingredient?

Regarding our commitment to ingredient safety, it is important to differentiate between ingredient screening and testing. Through our strict Ingredient Selection Process, we perform a hazard and risk assessment on every ingredient we consider for inclusion in our formulas. We review up-to-date authoritative lists (such as global regulatory standards) and scientific research for evidence of human health and ecological hazard for each ingredient. Specific hazards we assess include carcinogenicity, developmental toxicity, mutagenicity, allergenicity, and potential hormone disruption to name a few.

Therefore, any information that we acquire on certain hazards that requires animal testing (such as carcinogenicity) is obtained through publicly available research data from regulatory agencies. Beautycounter does not test our products on animals, nor do we ask others to do so. We do not believe that finished personal care/cosmetic products should be ever tested on animals, but we will not disregard data that has been previously generated on specific ingredient safety that can provide critical guidance for the overall safety of an ingredient.

It is important to remember that heavy metals are natural elements, and although there are several heavy metals that are essential nutrients (such as iron or zinc) or harmless, there are heavy metals that can be very toxic to the human body at very low levels of exposure (such as lead or mercury). Heavy metals can make their way into cosmetics through minerals, clays, and both natural and synthetic colorants, and it is difficult to assess the potential human health risk by screening alone.

To ensure that our products pass our strict heavy metal standards, we test every batch of our color cosmetics for heavy metals prior to bringing the product to market. We understand that there are data gaps with both natural and synthetic colorants, and we are constantly reviewing updated regulatory safety standards where they exist (from the European Union, Canada, etc.) to refine our strict heavy metal limits. We advocate for smart, health-protective research and will continue to review available data and improve our products based on new findings and ingredient innovation.


What is your policy on heavy metals?

Heavy metals are elements that occur naturally in the earth but become concentrated and widely distributed in the environment via human activities like mining and manufacturing. (This is one of many reasons we often share the idea that just because an ingredient is natural, that doesn’t always mean it’s “safe.”) As a result of the manufacturing process of raw materials, we’re exposed to heavy metals, usually in very small amounts measured in parts per million (ppm).

Some heavy metals, like lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury, may cause organ damage and are classified as possible or known human carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, but the severity of their effects depend on factors like dose, route of exposure, and age at exposure. Heavy metals can make their way into cosmetics through minerals, clays, and both natural and synthetic colorants and it is difficult to assess the potential human health risk by screening alone.

We needed to define our own allowable limits of heavy metal levels in order to institute a standard that would be mindful of consumers’ health and keep this issue front and center for suppliers, formulators, and our company.

So, in the absence of U.S. governmental guidance, we have set our allowable limits at or below the strictest international guidance on acceptable trace levels of heavy metal impurities in cosmetics, using the most up-to-date scientific evidence to inform our standards.

That means that Beautycounter is testing all of our color cosmetics for heavy metals and doing our best to reach “non-detectable” heavy metal limits when possible, while always keeping them within our health-protective company standards. We may not always have the control we’d prefer, but we are doing our best and keeping our customers informed every step of the way.


What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.

Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.

The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.

The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Our terrorist hunters, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.

Thousands of athletes worldwide have followed our workouts posted daily on this site and distinguished themselves in combat, the streets, the ring, stadiums, gyms and homes. Via http://www.crossfit.com


What is Paleo?

The Paleo tent is big enough to fit a host of different approaches, but the core tenets of ancestral eating remain the same: Eat whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense, nourishing foods. Prioritize grass fed and pastured meats and eggs, wild-caught seafood, and vegetables. Enjoy fruit, nuts, and seeds in moderation. Via http://www.nomnompaleo.com


What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioners are quickly becoming the health partner of choice for millions of Americans. As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care. Via http://www.aanp.org