Climate Week 2022: Celebrating Our Commitment to the Planet

Climate Week 2022: Celebrating Our Commitment to the Planet

As Climate Week NYC wraps up, we’ve been reflecting on what else we can do to help combat the climate crisis here at Beautycounter, as our mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone is now more important than ever.  

Protecting the health of the people and places we love is our number one priority—and that means committing to climate solutions that reduce our environmental impact. We know the window to act is small, and we’re committed to being a part of the solution through the following ways: 

  • Since day one, we’ve been a Certified B Corp dedicated to using our business power as a force for good. In 2021, we achieved our highest-ever B Corp score—97.7. 
  • We are committed to being carbon neutral by 2030
  • We conduct Life Cycle Assessments to guide decision-making for our packaging materials, and  we’ve also been piloting a tool from BlueBird Climate that gives us data and insight to strategically design low-carbon and low-waste products.  
  • We calculate our annual carbon footprint for all scopes across our business in alignment with the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard
  • We partnered with the Pact Collective to provide a solution for our hard-to-recycle packaging.  
  • We’re actively participating in the B Corp Coalition, a coalition of more than 40+ beauty B Corps around the world who unite to share best practices, pioneer responsible innovation, and create transparency around outcomes in hopes of changing the beauty industry for the better.  
  • We’re a proud member of the Planet A Coalition—for the second year in a row, we’ve joined @ItsPlanetA and over 100 brand allies to pledge our continued commitment to climate action.  
  • Lastly, we’re working closely with our investors, the Carlyle Group, to help scale our work to develop decarbonization initiatives that can solve industry-specific challenges.  

In light of all this, we still have a ways to go. This is hard work, but we are committed to holding ourselves accountable to do better. For more information on our progress, look out for our annual Social Mission Report, and stay tuned as we plan to share more information on our climate goals before the end of the year. 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Through Safer Beauty

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Through Safer Beauty

From September 15 through October 15 (and beyond), we at Beautycounter celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring the diversity of the Hispanic and Latinx communities. And part of honoring this community means uplifting through action. 

Our mission has always been to get safer products into the hands of everyone. The Latinx/Hispanic community among other BIPOC suffer from exposure to a disproportionally higher toxic load as it relates to beauty and personal-care products. Here are some ways we are taking action. 

With the help of our Science Advisory Council (our in-house team of academic researchers and scientists), we make sure we are considering vulnerable groups—including communities of color—when making decisions related to the safety of our products.  

  • A recent study1 that included 100 Latina teenagers, conducted by UC Berkeley’s Dr. Kim Harley (also a member of our Science Advisory Council), showed that when this group switched to cleaner cosmetics (without phthalates, parabens, triclosan, or oxybenzone) for just three days, they had a 25-45% drop in the levels of these four chemicals in their bodies.   
  • We helped pass the Cleaning Products Right to Know Act and the Safer Salon Bill, which protect salon professionals, hotel workers, and maintenance staff by providing them with information to make safer choices.   
  • We held two high-profile Congressional briefings, sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic and Black Caucuses, calling attention to the disparate effects of harmful ingredients on people of color.  
  • Beautycounter helped pass two bills in California that remove some of the most dangerous ingredients from personal-care products, and promote more transparency for fragrance ingredients, which can be linked to cancer and hormone disruption.   
  • Currently, Beautycounter is supporting federal legislation that requires the FDA to examine the effects of ingredients with a lens towards impact on vulnerable populations.   

DIVERSIFYING OUR COMMUNITY OF LEADERS IN CLEAN 

For us, education is fundamental for our #betterbeauty movement to succeed, and that’s why we prioritize Consultant programs that help raise awareness within their network and communities.   

We recognize that we have an opportunity to further diversify the 50,000+ strong Consultant base that supports us in our mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Through Mi Comunidad: Legacy Circle, one of our Consultant programs, we help develop leaders to be agents of change for the beauty industry. These programs include trainings, community webinars, newsletters and events held in English and Spanish, and the opportunity to engage on social media using our hashtag #Somosbeautycounter.   

“To be a Latina, for me, is to be passionate and resilient. To be loud about my values. To feel free to speak Spanish without hesitation. To bring Puerto Rican culture everywhere I go. My culture represents hard work and I celebrate it every day. I’m proud to have partnered with Beautycounter, because they are setting the bar in the beauty industry—of going beyond clean—and that means creating a safer future for all.”—Dhlama M., Sr. Manager Consultant 

EMPOWERING OUR HQ ASSOCIATES 

Over at HQ, our commitment to inclusivity goes beyond Hispanic Heritage Month. Last year we were excited to announce our partnership with Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility (HACR) Leadership Pipeline Program (LPP). This partnership was a two-day virtual experience for Hispanic/Latinx managers who aspire to accelerate into executive roles. We are always looking for opportunities to elevate and support our Associates.  

“As a proud Latina and lead of Voces, our Latinx/Hispanic Associate Resource Group, I love that Beautycounter is invested in DE&I (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and the future Leadership development of our Associates. It’s important that we continue to stay committed to this very important work and ever-evolving DE&I journey.” —Jenny A., Senior Director of DE&I 

1 https://cerch.berkeley.edu/research-programs/hermosa-study 

Transparency In Action: More About Heavy Metals in Color Cosmetics

Transparency In Action: More About Heavy Metals in Color Cosmetics

As we’ve previously shared, the raw materials we use in our formulations continue to be a cornerstone of our precautionary approach to formulating safer, high-performance products.

Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements (arsenic, cadmium, lead, etc.). They are plentiful within the earth and can sometimes mix with raw materials that are used in color cosmetics, like clays and micas.

Heavy metals can be potentially harmful to our health depending on various factors, such as the extent and timing of exposure, in addition to other factors. Unfortunately, they can appear in beauty products like color cosmetics that can contain mined ingredients—like mica, iron oxides, and titanium dioxide—to help define shades. 

We tackle this issue head-on with a combined approach with our state-of-the art, in-house lab, and third-party validation of various results during the year. Here are our 2021 third-party testing results for some of our most popular products. Stay tuned for our 2022 results!

Table 1. Average Heavy Metals Concentrations and Limits (ppm)

Heavy MetalAverage Beautycounter Concentrations (2020) (ppm)[1]Average Beautycounter Concentrations (2021) (ppm)[2]FDA Regulatory Cosmetic Product Limits (ppm)[3]
Arsenic0.10.016None
Antimony0.20.152None
Cadmium0.020.003None
Lead (lip)0.20.02510.0 (all products)
Lead (non-lip)0.60.23710.0 (all products)
Mercury0.01[4]1.0

Beautycounter takes its commitment to clean seriously and is proud of our leadership in the beauty and personal care sector. To learn more about what clean means to Beautycounter, please visit our Blueprint for Clean.


[1] Based on third-party testing data for Beautycounter color cosmetic products made and tested in 2020.

[2] Based on third-party testing data for Beautycounter color cosmetic products made and tested in 2021.

[3] See here: https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/potential-contaminants-cosmetics/fdas-testing-cosmetics-arsenic-cadmium-chromium-cobalt-lead-mercury-and-nickel-content

[4] All third-party testing resulted in “non-detect” findings for mercury except for one product that yielded a value of 0.001 ppm.

Our Founder Gregg Renfrew’s Letter to Congress Regarding the FDASLA Bill

Our Founder Gregg Renfrew’s Letter to Congress Regarding the FDASLA Bill

Today, an important Senate committee voted on a piece of legislation that would comprehensively update the FDA’s regulation of cosmetic and personal-care products for the first time since 1938. It’s an important step in the right direction—and we’re proposing some changes we believe need to happen before it becomes a law. Read Beautycounter Founder Gregg Renfrew’s letter in full below:

 
June 6, 2022 

Dear Chair Murray and Ranking Member Burr,  

Beautycounter, the industry-leading clean beauty brand, and our tens of thousands of consultants across the country commend the Chair and Ranking Member for your bipartisan leadership seeking to modernize Food and Drug Administration regulations in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancements Act (FDASLA) of 2022.  

We appreciate your recognition of this urgent need; however, there are several areas in which we hope you will strengthen the bill to protect consumers, raise standards in the beauty industry, and recognize the rights of states to guard their citizens’ health and safety.  

Beautycounter is a skincare and cosmetics company leading a movement to a future where all beauty is clean beauty. Since the company’s founding in 2011, Beautycounter’s mission has been to get safer personal care products into the hands of everyone. We go above and beyond to screen and assess every ingredient we use against our strict safety standards, which includes 1,800 questionable ingredients we never use in our formulations. Beautycounter is also a Certified B Corporation, a business dedicated to using its profits for positive change, leading the charge in the beauty industry through advocacy work. 

Beautycounter recommends the FDASLA be strengthened to bring us closer to ensuring that all cosmetics and personal care products are free from harmful chemicals. We urge the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to make changes to the FDASLA that address the scope of federal preemption, create a more robust safety standard, and ban the use of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAs) in cosmetics. Below, we outline these recommendations in detail.  

Beautycounter specifically recommends the following modifications to the FDASLA language: 

  1. Address the scope of federal preemption to ensure that states can legislate to strengthen personal care product safety (Sec. 614). Beautycounter urges the committee to protect states’ ability to enact their own laws and regulations that protect the health and wellness of their residents by not preempting any state cosmetic safety legislation. Dozens of states across the country have passed state-level protections that limit exposure to harmful chemicals. FDASLA must ensure that states can continue to legislate to strengthen personal care product safety.  
  1. Create a more robust safety standard based on a “reasonable certainty of no harm” (Sec. 608). Beautycounter also urges the committee to include language that requires companies to consider the long-term health effects of ingredient use, including links to cancer, reproductive and developmental harm, and other health conditions. This would push companies beyond only considering acute reactions.  
  1. Ban the use of PFAs in cosmetics (Sec. 806). Beautycounter urges the committee to replace the proposed “assessment” of PFAs in cosmetics with  a ban on the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from raw materials and packaging used in personal care products. Current peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown that exposure to certain levels of PFAS may lead to a host of adverse health effects, including increased risk of cancers, interference with the body’s natural hormones, and developmental effects or delay in children. Curbing the use of these “forever chemicals” has attracted broad bipartisan interest and Congressional and state-level action in recent years. Existing bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate (H.R. 3990 and S.2047, the No PFAS in Cosmetics Act) would require the issuance of a rule to ban the use of intentionally added PFAS in cosmetics.

The use of harmful chemicals in personal-care products affects the daily lives of all Americans, who deserve to have access to safe products. A regulatory framework that prioritizes the safety and transparency of cosmetic products will ultimately protect consumers and make the American cosmetics industry more competitive, both domestically and internationally.  

We appreciate your consideration of these requested changes. We look forward to continuing to work with you as this legislation moves forward.  
Sincerely,

Gregg Renfrew

Executive Chair and Founder
Beautycounter

CC: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee members

Honoring Our LGBTQ+ Community All Year Long

Honoring Our LGBTQ+ Community All Year Long

Our mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone, and we’re proud to be a company—and community—that is inclusive, open, and welcoming to all, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. 

Here, we explore how members of our HQ and Consultant community are celebrating Pride Month, examining the intersection between pride, allyship, and inclusivity for all.  

Adriana V. (pronouns: she/her), Associate Manager, Account Executive Team

What does this month mean to you? 

“Pride Month is a time that connects me to the physical feeling of liberation that the Queer Rights Movement is all about. In this month of celebration and representation for the LGBTQ+ community, I feel seen. I feel heard. I feel loved. And I feel PROUD.” 

What can allies do to support your community, in this month and beyond? 

“During Pride Month, allies should join in on our joy and celebrations and also take a moment to educate themselves on one thing they didn’t know a year prior. Beyond Pride Month, allies can be looking at who has a seat at the table in their life experiences—and more importantly, who may not. They shouldn’t be afraid of challenging conversations, calling people IN rather than out, and helping to bridge the divide.” 

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your community? 

“We are just like you. We are parents, spouses, siblings, friends, artists, athletes; we are human, and we are worthy to exist happily in this world with you.” 

Kaitlyn H. (pronouns: they/them), Software Engineer  


What can allies do to support your community, in this month and beyond? 

“I highly recommend the podcast Allyship is a Verb. The host interviews members of the community about different ways we all can show up for others in the community. 

A quick allyship action would be to—if you are comfortable doing so—start a practice of always sharing your pronouns when you share your name. Being mindful of the fact that pronouns can mean different things to different people; some folks might be hesitant to share their pronouns as it relates to their own safety. Pronouns and gender are flexible and can flow and change, remembering to honor how others want to be recognized in this world can help to establish safety to simply be for others.” 


What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your community? 

“That we have always been here; we’ve been present through the ages. Our queer ancestors have always been a part of the greater society. Though we have seen many attempts to oppress and erase us, we continue to persist.” 

Madison S. (pronouns: she/they); Beautycounter Consultant and Impact Scholarship Recipient        

What does this month mean to you? 

“Pride Month, to me, is a combination of celebration, visibility, and activism. A celebration of how far we’ve come since Stonewall, a month of increased visibility to show how big our community really is, and a call to action for all of us to stand up to injustices. This year is my first Pride since coming out full-time as transgender and I’m excited to participate in the festivities!” 

What can allies do to support your community this month and beyond? 

“Write to your elected officials! In the past few years, we have seen a dramatic uptick in the number of anti-transgender laws being introduced in state legislatures across the U.S. These proposed laws hurt transgender people—especially children. From town council to U.S. Congress, make it clear that discriminatory and harmful laws have no place in your community, state, or nation.” 

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your community? 

“I would love for people to start viewing the transgender community as complete, complex people. We are PEOPLE first and foremost, we just happen to be trans, just like some people happen to have green eyes. As for something about me, there are tons of things I could say, but I think the most incredible thing I’ve learned is this: Once you start living your life authentically, on your own terms, and you learn to check in with yourself emotionally and physically, life gets a whole lot more beautiful.” 

c/o Lindsay Hite Photography

briana S. (pronouns: she/they); Beautycounter Sr. Consultant and Impact Scholarship mentor to Madison S.  

What does this month mean to you?  

“This month means an opportunity to celebrate all of who I am. The month also lets me honor the struggles, the victories, the many losses of life, and the gains of beautiful humans who are able to be their fuller selves. There has been so much that has happened to get us to today, so it is celebration, but it is also remembrance of how we got here and the work we have left to do to be fully, equally human. It is also a reminder that much like Beautycounter focuses on education and advocacy, “the first Pride was a riot” of people fighting for their rights and lives—so this month is about teaching, learning, and continuing to advocate for changing hearts, minds, and laws.” 

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your community?  

“Pride and sharing my queer identity is not about who or how I love, rather it is about having the freedom to be fully, completely myself. The queer community is a diverse place with many identities, perspectives, and experiences that is made more beautiful by the intersectionality of all of who we are. Queer people are educators, healthcare professionals, lawyers, artists, politicians, activists, students, and more, who are also parents, children, partners, friends, and—above all—human beings.” 

MAKING AN IMPACT  

Getting safer products into the hands of everyone begins with diversifying our #betterbeauty community. To further that effort, we’ve launched a program designed to support our equity efforts and expand our presence in underrepresented communities, called the Impact Scholarship. To date, we have welcomed more than 250+ Consultants from the following communities: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and individuals who identify with having a disability. To learn more and get involved, visit beautycounter.com/impact-scholarship

BC GIVES BACK  

Our commitment to inclusivity goes beyond Pride Month. We’re proud to uphold and continue our partnership with Out & Equal, the premier organization working exclusively on LGBTQ+ workplace equality, which will offer Beautycounter employees training on allyship, education, awareness, and more.  

On May 24, Beautycounter hosted a “Fostering LGBTQ Allyship at Work,” a live 90-minute webinar facilitated by Out & Equal. This training focused on LGBTQ+ allies and ensured participants left with a concrete understanding of “allyship,” along with the basic tools needed to support and advocate for their LGBTQ+ colleagues.  

Within HQ, we’ll be launching a pronoun pins project. Wearing and sharing your pronouns is an important act of solidarity. Pronouns are one way that we ensure gender identities are recognized and respected – not only for ourselves but also those around us. We also pledge to continue to foster a culture of belonging for our Associates, Consumers, and Consultants, and to stand up for equality when it comes to a safer future for all. 

IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY  

Interested in getting involved? Look for registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that serve and raise awareness for LGBTQ+ members in your community. And lastly, we believe that one of the most effective ways to create meaningful and lasting change is by voting. We’ll continue encouraging our employees to use their voice in a way that makes a positive impact for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Celebrating our Asian American and Pacific Islander Community  

Celebrating our Asian American and Pacific Islander Community  

We at Beautycounter envision a clean future for all. In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month, we’re taking a moment to honor our AAPI community and acknowledge the work that needs to be done to bring safer products into the hands of everyone. 

As a socially conscious brand, we are focused on inclusivity and advocating for equality. After all, the heart of our work is expanding access to clean beauty for everyone. Here’s why we do what we do: 

Unequal exposure, unequal harm 

We cannot reinforce this information enough. Research1,2 shows that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) suffer from a much higher incidence of chronic disease linked to toxic chemical exposure, which can manifest through beauty and personal care products. This presents a unique opportunity for prevention. Over the past nine years, Beautycounter has made significant progress towards stronger regulation and systemic change through our product formulations, unique approach to ingredient sourcing, and advocacy—but we know that the work has only just begun.  

Through Beautycounter’s safety program we  provide all communities—especially those at higher risk—a broad lineup of safer and effective makeup, skin care, and body-care products. And to ensure our makeup products authentically serve diverse skin tones, we continue to expand our range of shades. 

We’ve held two high-profile Congressional briefings, highlighting the disparate impacts of harmful ingredients on people of color for Members of Congress and their staff. The briefings were sponsored by leaders of the Congressional Hispanic and Black Caucuses, who recognize the importance of these issues to communities of color, they also fight to help ensure they are no longer disproportionately harmed. 

Advocating for the AAPI Community  

We have supported the passing of numerous bills advocating for safer beauty, such as The Safer Fragrance BillThe Toxic Free Cosmetics Act,   and The Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act, to name a few.   

In 2018, we lobbied to keep salon workers safe from harmful chemicals with the Safer Salon Bill (AB2775). This bill demanded transparency from the industry and protected vulnerable populations like domestic professionals, hotel workers, and salon professionals by arming them with information to make safer choices. These professions are dominated by women (often women of color) who are exposed to dangerous chemicals for long periods of time in poorly ventilated areas.[1][2] 

The passing of this bill helps to protect the AAPI community as many salon workers identify as Asian American and are largely unprotected from toxic exposure in their workplace. Garnering unanimous bipartisan support, the Safer Salon Bill provides salon workers with increased awareness so they can make informed decisions about their use or avoidance of chemicals that may pose a risk to themselves or their clients. 

“For me, it is an honor to be a fourth-generation, queer Uchinaanchu (Okinawan), an East Asian-American who is one of the 18 million Asian Pacific Islanders in the US today. Witnessing folks in our community is truly humbling; the wealth of our diverse experiences illuminates deep histories of resilience and persistence. Under the AAPI umbrella, we stand in solidarity with each other, those who have just arrived in this country and those whose roots pre-date the boundaries of this nation, seeking fortune or refuge, together declaring our right to be as we are.”  

AAPI ARG Lead, Kaitlyn Higa, (they, them
Software Engineer | Beautycounter 

There is still a lot of work to be done in the fight for federal cosmetic reform. Want to join us?  Text BETTERBEAUTY to 52886 to advocate for clean beauty laws. 

Representation matters 

At Beautycounter, we’ve made an internal commitment to ensure our HQ employee base represents the diversity of the world around us, and we are committed to achieving US population parity at every level of the company by 2027. We’re working on a number of initiatives to help accomplish that goal, which we’ve detailed in our 2021 Social Mission Report

Powered by people 

We recognize that we have an opportunity to diversify the 50,000+ strong Consultant base that supports us in our mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. So, we’re launching a new chapter of our Legacy Circle—a program specifically designed to grow our BIPOC Consultant base.  The program provides our Consultant leaders with an opportunity to pave the way for a more diverse Field that can help champion our efforts to change beauty for good. This chapter will be geared specifically towards our AAPI community. Stay tuned for details. Want to learn more about our Legacy Circles? Join as a Consultant at beautycounter.com/join.

Celebrate, recognize, and support 

Over at HQ, our Asian American Resource Group (AARG) will be taking a field trip to the Chinese American Museum in DTLA, where we will view and learn about the birth and rise of Chinese American communities in LA, followed by lunch at a traditional restaurant in Chinatown.  

Want to get involved and do your part to support the AAPI community? We’ve curated a list of educational tools and resources below. 

Local Advocacy Groups: 

Southeast Asian Community Alliance Los Angeles (SEACA LA) 
Terasaki Budokan 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles 
Empowering Pacific Islander Communities 
Manzanar Committee 
Cut Fruit Collective 
The Song Collective 

HQ’s AAPI Associate Resource Group Shares Their Favorite Books, Films, and Podcasts: 

Books: 

Korean-American: Food That Tastes Like Home by Eric Kim 
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner 
Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong 
The Sympathizer by Nguyễn Thanh Việt 
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui 
The Mountains Sing by by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai 
Hawaii’s Story by Queen Lili‘uokalani 
Yell-Oh Girls! 

 
Films: 

Everything, Everywhere, All at Once (2022
Joy Luck Club (1993) 
Turning Red (2022) 
Saving Face (2004) 
Fire Island (2022)  

 
Podcasts: 

Feeling Asian  
Asian Enough 

Report anti-Asian crime: 

Learn about anti-AAPI discrimination and its history in the US: 

[1] Pestano, Leiba, Hawkins. (2016, December 6). Big Market for Black Cosmetics, But Less-Hazardous Choices Limited. https://www.Ewg.Org/. https://www.ewg.org/research/big-market-black-cosmetics-less-hazardous-choices-limited#ref20&nbsp

[2] Maningding E, Dall’Era M, Trupin L, Murphy LB, Yazdany J. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Prevalence of and Time to Onset of SLE Manifestations: The California Lupus Surveillance Project (CLSP). Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/acr.23887&nbsp

Honoring our Black Community All Year Long

Honoring our Black Community All Year Long

Beautycounter is proud to work toward change by advocating for regulation of the personal-care industry, helping to reduce toxic exposures that disproportionately affect communities of color. As we continue our journey of getting safer products into the hands of everyone, we pursue a holistic commitment to equity and inclusion among our Associates, Consultants, and the diverse communities we serve. 

Unequal exposure, unequal harm 

Research1,2 shows that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) suffer from a much higher incidence of chronic disease linked to toxic chemical exposure, which can manifest through beauty and personal-care products. This presents a unique opportunity for prevention. Over the past eight years, Beautycounter has made significant progress toward stronger regulation and systemic change through our product formulations, unique approach to ingredient sourcing, and advocacy—but we know that the work has only just begun.  

Through Beautycounter’s safety program we are able to provide all communities, especially those who are at higher risk, a broad lineup of safe and effective makeup, skin care, and body-care products. And to ensure our makeup products authentically serve diverse skin tones, we continue to expand our shade range options.  

We also continue to actively advocate to address racial disparities. We’ve helped to pass two laws: the Cleaning Products Right to Know Act and the Safer Salon bill protecting vulnerable populations like domestic professionals, hotel workers, and salon professionals by arming them with information to make safer choices. These professions are dominated by women (often women of color) who are exposed to dangerous chemicals for long periods of time in poorly ventilated areas.[1][2] 

We’ve also held two high-profile Congressional briefings, highlighting the disparate impacts of harmful ingredients on people of color for Members of Congress and their staff. The briefings were sponsored by leaders of the Congressional Hispanic and Black Caucuses, who recognize the importance of these issues to communities of color. Most recently, Beautycounter helped pass two bills in California that remove some of the worst offenders from personal-care products as well as promote greater transparency for fragrance ingredients, often linked to cancer and hormone disruption.   

Representation matters 

At Beautycounter, we’ve made an internal commitment to ensure our HQ employee base represents the diversity of the world around us, and we are committed to achieving US population parity at every level in the company by 2027. We’re working on a number of initiatives to help accomplish that goal and look forward to sharing updates on our progress in our 2022 Social Mission Report, which will go live this spring.  

Powered by people 

We recognize that we have an opportunity to diversify the 50,000+ strong Consultant base that supports us in our mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone, so we’ve created a program specifically designed to grow our Black Consultant base. Lifting as We Climb: Black Legacy Circle provides our Consultant leaders with an opportunity to pave the way for a more diverse Beautycounter that can help champion our efforts to change beauty for good.

“All skin types deserve access to clean beauty and entrepreneurship opportunities. I’m grateful to be able to lend my voice to the Beautycounter mission and to be a change agent for my BIPOC  community.”  

Karyn Farmer, Director, Beautycounter Consultant 

Helpful resources 

Join us in supporting the Black community and creating a more equitable world for all:  

  • By working with mission-aligned organizations and supporting Black-led companies. 
  • By advocating for ongoing policy change and mobilizing our community in support of clean beauty. Take action by texting BETTERBEAUTY TO 52886 in the U.S. to add your voice in celebration this month. 
  • By shopping Black-owned brands—we’ve rounded up some of our favorites, including those in the realm of beauty. 

[1] Pestano, Leiba, Hawkins. (2016, December 6). Big Market for Black Cosmetics, But Less-Hazardous Choices Limited. https://www.Ewg.Org/. https://www.ewg.org/research/big-market-black-cosmetics-less-hazardous-choices-limited#ref20&nbsp

[2] Maningding E, Dall’Era M, Trupin L, Murphy LB, Yazdany J. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Prevalence of and Time to Onset of SLE Manifestations: The California Lupus Surveillance Project (CLSP). Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/acr.23887&nbsp

Hydration 101: Our Ultimate Body-Care Breakdown

Hydration 101: Our Ultimate Body-Care Breakdown

So you’ve got your at-home facials down to a science, but what about your body-care routine? It’s equally important to give skin (our largest organ) a little extra TLC on the regular—we’re talking balms, butters, lotions, and oils with clean ingredients to keep your body soft, smooth, and hydrated. Read on for our moisturizing must-haves to find out which formulas are right for you. (Rest assured that no matter your pick, it’s a safe choice, thanks to our Blueprint for Clean™.) 

FOR A LIGHTWEIGHT, EVERYDAY GLOW… 

Everybody needs a good standard lotion—something fresh and moisturizing that doesn’t cling to your clothes. So, we created our Hydrating Body Lotion in Bright Grapefruit, a light, creamy concoction that includes organic coconut oil and safflower oil. This clean-ingredient combo helps to moisturize and smooth skin, while absorbing super fast. And trust us, you’ll barely notice you’re wearing it—until you get complimented on your healthy-looking glow and that subtle grapefruit scent.*  

*After two weeks of use, 100% said it left skin with a healthy-looking glow. 

FOR INDULGING DRY SKIN… 

Let’s face it: sometimes, lightweight body lotions simply don’t cut it, especially during dry winter months when we need to up our hydration game. That’s where our thick, velvety body butter comes into your clean beauty routine—and this one takes “rich” to a whole new level. For a nourishing experience, we’ve used shea butter and mongongo oil to provide hydration, and more clean ingredients like organic sunflower oil, aloe, and chamomile to soothe and smooth. Oh, and that subtle hint of citrus? That’s our signature Citrus Mimosa scent. Learn more about our take on clean fragrance here.  

GENTLE ENOUGH FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY… 

Wondering whether you need a body balm and a body lotion? Our answer is an unequivocal “yes.” Think of Balm For All as your lotion’s sidekick, targeting chapped lips, cracked skin, and dry cuticles all year long. Fans report that our Balm For All works like a charm in more ways than one—and for every member of the family. The secret to its success? A gentle, fragrance-free formula of shea butter, jojoba oil, and organic sunflower oil that makes it safe enough for the most delicate skin. It’s even easy on the eyes and has ophthalmology testing to back it up—so it’s safe for contact-lens wearers, too. What can’t this balm do? 

FOR SPA-LIKE LUXURY… 

We’re here to say that spa-worthy self-care can be an everyday thing, and our Melting Body Balm is proof of that. This balm-meets-oil is so much more than your average moisturizer, with its unmistakable monoi scent and unique texture that melts from balm to oil as you massage it into your skin. Wondering what that feels like? Well, when we ran a consumer study, 100% said skin felt hydrated, soft, and silky. Plus, the appearance of dryness and ashiness was reduced**. That’s why we consider this balm a year-round luxury. After all, hot summer days and freezing-cold winters can do a number on our skin, and sometimes your lotion needs support.  

Pro tip: Apply Melting Body Balm after using our Luminous Hydration Body Oil for a spa-worthy moment.  

**Based on a 32-subject consumer perception study immediately after use. 

FOR A LUMINOUS GLOW…. 

Thought body oils were slick and greasy? Not this one. Our Luminous Hydration Body Oil in Citrus Rosemary feels like pure silk on skin. And there’s nothing sticky about it—just a safer, hydrating blend of grapeseed, argan, rosehip, and passionfruit oils, plus a few more Beautycounter-approved ingredients that will change your shower routine forever. After a quick rinse (with either our go-to body wash or creamy body bar), massage the lightweight oil in, soaking up its delicate citrus and rosemary scent. It’s our recipe for head-to-toe glow.  

BTW: Did you know that some body oils contain mineral oil or synthetic fillers? These may contain potentially harmful ingredients, so they’re a no-go for us.  

Let that hydration information soak in for a second, and when you’re ready, click below to browse the #betterbeauty body moisturizers you’ll want to add to your lineup first.  

6 Ways To Step Up Your Winter Skin-Care Routine

6 Ways To Step Up Your Winter Skin-Care Routine

Cold temps. Dry air. Indoor heaters. (Help!) Winter is in full effect, and if we had to guess, your skin needs a little extra support in the hydration department. Fear not—we’ve got just the things to boost your winter routine and radiance with everything from a seriously soothing face cream to a non-stripping cleansing balm. Ready to glow? 

  1. A Hydrating Cleanser 

First things first—a thorough cleanse. Let moisturizers, serums, and oils really work their magic by starting with a clean canvas. But don’t reach for just any cleanser. Look for a non-stripping formula that hydrates while it removes makeup and impurities, like our Counter+ Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm. It soothes and de-stresses skin with lotus extract, jojoba seed oil, and avocado seed oil—the perfect concoction for your skin, post-holiday events.  

  1. A Transformative Treatment (or Two) 

Our Clean Dreams Set is the secret to better beauty sleep, working all night to reveal smoother, softer skin with an AHA/beta hydroxy acid peel (Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel) and the cream of all creams (Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream). Editor’s note: This set of minis will only be around for the holidays, but you can shop both products separately (and in full size) anytime. Shop Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel here, and Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream here

  1. A Feel-Good Detox 

If December’s indulgences are starting to show up on your skin, let us introduce you to our Detox and Done Duo. Treat yourself to a little TLC by applying a smoothing, soothing layer of our nutrient-rich Counter+ Charcoal Mask using our brand-new 3-in-1 Facial Tool. Not only does it feel like your very own trip to the spa, but it also purifies and balances skin while drawing out impurities. 

  1. A Brightening Oil 

Just a few drops of Counter+ No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil, and you’ll be looking oh-so luminous. This lightweight blend goes on silky-smooth with avocado oil for intense hydration, vitamin C to help visibly brighten skin, and black currant oil to support with healthy skin barrier function. Pro tip: For an extra radiant makeup look, tap this oil into your skin before you apply foundation. 

  1. A Helping Hand 

Going somewhere this season? It’s more important than ever to sanitize—the clean way. Just like most, we’re not into the notoriously drying effects of traditional hand sanitizers, which is why we stick with Hand Savior Radiance Boosting Serum + Hand Sanitizer*. It’s a skin-reviving, radiance-boosting blend of hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and organic sugar-derived alcohol that’s clinically tested to kill 99.99% of bacteria—so you can stay soft, smooth, and safe wherever you are.  

*Available in US only.

  1. A Luxurious Body Balm 

If lightweight lotion isn’t doing the trick, it’s time to bring in backup. Enter Melting Body Balm, a unique blend of argan and avocado oils that softens, hydrates, and conditions skin. After a warm bath or shower, there’s no better feeling—or scent. Plus, it doubles as a clean skin-care treatment for cuticles, elbows, and other dry spots.  

So, are you ready to win at winter skin? Check out all of these hydrating heroes and more.  

Maximize Our Holiday Sets With These 6 Tips

Maximize Our Holiday Sets With These 6 Tips

Sure, our limited-edition Holiday sets are easy on the eyes, straight out of the stocking or gift bag. But there’s more than what meets the eye with our exclusive sets (aside from safer ingredients and sustainable packaging, of course). To prove it, we’re sharing six hacks on how to make the most of these products—which all make great gift ideas for the clean beauty connoisseurs and self-care lovers in your life:

1. There’s a beauty tool for that

Give your fingers a break—Detox and Done Duo is here to give a hand. Our 3-in-1 Facial Tool isn’t just for its Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask counterpart: This smooth, dual-sided silicone tool is compatible with all of our facial masks, serums, and oils—like our best-selling Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum and Counter+ No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil

Simply dispense or scoop your favorite skin-care product onto the spatula side for even application, and massage it in using the exfoliating bristle side. It’s the beauty tool you never knew you needed—what more could a skin-care lover ask for? Go ahead, give yourself or a loved one the gift of a facial massage with this multitasker. 

2. Bring the spa home for the holidays

Soft, hydrated skin is just a soak away with Good Scents Bath Oil Trio, a unique gift idea that lets you customize and switch up your at-home spa night, every night. Pour and unwind with our three aromatherapeutic scents that truly live up to their names: 

  • Feeling low energy? Give yourself a #betterbeauty boost with Invigorate, composed of rosemary, eucalyptus, and peppermint oils.  
  • Looking to clear your mind? Add Clarify and its ginger, cedarwood, and coriander oils to the mix. 
  • Ready to release some tension? Indulge in De-Stress and its calming chamomile, eucalyptus, and patchouli oils.

Pair these scents with Sugarbuff Body Polish in the tub, followed by Melting Body Balm or Luminous Hydration Body Oil after drying off. There you have it—your new go-to bathtime ritual, featuring our Holiday gift set made for every mood. 

3. Safer beauty for safe travels

For those who are away for the holidays, we’ve got a few gift ideas in mind that’ll make any jet-setter feel right at home, no matter what the destination: Our Mini Must HavesWash & Go Minis, and Clean Dreams Set are all ideal for travel and trial. 

They’re TSA-approved, so you can throw them in your carry-on and enjoy clean dreams wherever you’re flying. Oh, and the mini bottles are refillable with our full-sized favorites. Who doesn’t love a sustainable self-care moment?

4. Eyeliner, made easy

Achieving a cat eye is a piece of cake with our Good Glitz Duo. Here’s a tip: Smudge the Noir shade from our talc-free eyeshadow palette along your lash line, then use a wet brush to extend the pigment beyond the lash line for a subtle, smokey cat eye. No more reaching for the makeup remover, which means more time to show off your glam holiday look. 

5. Highlight (hack) of the night

There’s always time to add highlight, even when you’re running late for your festivities. A swipe of Think Big All-In-One Mascara, squeeze of The Jellies, and touch of Lid Glow Cream Shadow from the Ready, Set Makeup Trio will get you fresh-faced in a pinch. 

But ever have those days when you want a little extra oomph? Our friends from HQ like to dab the leftover Lid Glow Cream Shadow’s shimmery Moonlit shade from their fingers to the high points of their face (think the bridge of your nose and cheekbones) to add more dimension. Let’s just say, the results did not disappoint.

6. Stocking stuffers for every skin type  

And last but not least, for the friends and loved ones who have everything: Split up the Clean Sweep Minis set to check off that holiday list. (You can even keep a piece to yourself…your secret’s safe with us.) We’ve got all your bases covered with a cleanser for every skin type: sensitive, blemish-prone, oily—you name it. This lineup of safer skin-care essentials comes in portable sizes, making the perfect thoughtful stocking stuffers. 

Now you’re all set to share the #betterbeauty love and keep the excitement going through the holidays and beyond, long after each unboxing, swatch, and selfie. You can’t go wrong when you #giftclean—so go ahead, cross off everyone on that holiday gift list (yourself included).