Recently, we asked Consultants everywhere to share stories of why they felt compelled to #TakeTheJob at Beautycounter. This ongoing series will feature new stories written by women leading the movement for better beauty.
1. A year that changed my life.
2016 will forever be a year that changed my life. A game of dominos on New Year’s Day quickly took my world to a place I could never have dreamed. Conversations with my dear friend, and Beautycounter consultant, quickly turned into “maybe I can do this too.” Over the next couple days I looked things over and after six years of staying home with our beautiful girls I took the job. Eleven months later I find myself an Executive Director with a thriving business.
2. Who’s helping spread awareness about clean living (and also has a super cute kid)?
As a holistic health counselor and a mom, I realized I wanted to spread awareness of what clean living was really all about. I wanted to encourage people to look beyond the food they put in their bodies and empower them to make mindful decisions about what products they were using. Joining the Beautycounter community has allowed me to connect with like minded people and create a small business to supplement my passion for health & wellness.
3. A future without worry.
There are so many reasons why I do what I do: I had a Cervical Cancer scare at the young age of 25; I have a passion for the Beauty Industry; and I have been a Skin Care Educator for 10 years, and a Makeup Artist for 17 years. But none of this means anything compared to my beautiful, sweet daughter in this picture. I want the future for her to look like this: She doesn’t worry about reading labels for toxic chemicals in products that she is going to put on her skin. On her wedding day, she puts the finishing touches on her makeup, and it doesn’t contain cancer-causing ingredients. And she gives her sweet baby a bath without worrying that it is causing damage. I took the job. Will you join me on this mission? #TakeTheJob #Beautycounter
4. A true leader in the movement for safer beauty.
A little over a year and a half ago, my Aunt Robin passed away very suddenly from cancer. She was young—in her early sixties—and she had her whole life in front of her. Her passing got me thinking, why… why are the cancer rates tripling? What is the correlation between what you put on your skin and the higher rates of allergies, cancers, and autism? And then I found Beautycounter, by accident really. My good friend, Yael, started posting about a great sunscreen. So I looked it up, read a little about the company and decided “Why not?” Fast forward a year, and I’ve built an incredible business and have been able to work from home, be with my children and collaborate with some of the most incredible leaders and entrepreneurs.
5. Finding peace of mind.
My search for cleaner and safer products really started with my 5 year-old son who is diagnosed with autism and is non-verbal. He also has asthma. So it was important to me to try and find safe products to use on him. I’m so grateful for my friend who introduced me to Beautycounter. I always say, “I can’t control everything in life, but this is one area I can.” And I will! I absolutely love knowing everything I use on my family doesn’t just say it is safe… it truly is! I’m also an esthetician and was used to using high quality skincare and makeup. I was so surprised by the performance of every single Beautycounter product I first used that I knew I was hooked, and had to sign up and spread the word! Thank you, Beautycounter, for this wonderful opportunity and for also giving me peace of mind in knowing my sweet son is getting safer products!
6. A Call to action.
Being an educator with Beautycounter is truly one of the best decisions I have ever made. With a 10 year-old, 8 year-old, and a 1 year-old, it didn’t seem like the best timing to start something new, but the mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone was simply calling me to action. Being part of the solution has been rewarding and empowering. As a parent, I put so much of myself into raising my children, and I realized how healthy it was not only for me, but for my children, to see that I had passions and interests all my own. I am so very grateful for this opportunity. I strongly encourage everyone to #TakeTheJob, because frankly… it never feels like one.
7. An opportunity unlike any other.
I lost my sister-in-law, Sarah, to a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer on December 23, 2013. She was only 34 years old when she passed. Her daughter, my beautiful niece Lena, was only 3. I was six months pregnant with my first baby, my daughter Kendall, at the time. The combination of losing Sarah at such a young age to such an aggressive cancer and becoming a mother myself made me increasingly more aware and in tune with what I was putting on and in my body, and the bodies of my babies. I became obsessed with researching the safety of everything from household cleaners to moisturizers, laundry detergent, lipstick, sippy cups, diaper creams and baby shampoos. In the throes of this research, I came across Beautycounter, and I was immediately interested in learning more. Around this time, I learned that my friend Kitty (now a Director) was a Consultant with the company. I reached out to her and asked to try some samples. Within days, I was hooked and wanted to not only begin using the products myself, but also wanted to help further the mission of our company to get safer products into the hands of everyone. After carefully reviewing the Consultant opportunity and lifting it in prayer, I signed on as a Consultant before my sample set was even finished. I’m so glad I decided to #TaketheJob! This opportunity is truly unlike any other.
My story begins with Beautycounter more than 3 years ago. I had three different women from all aspects of my life approach me about joining their direct sales businesses. I looked at all of them like they were crazy. After all, I’m a busy mom of two, and I teach full-time. How could I do something like this?! One day, a lightbulb went on in my head. I thought maybe someone somewhere was trying to tell me to do something, to make a difference, to #TakeTheJob. I had lost my mother-in-law to cancer, my sister-in-law was diagnosed with it, and here was this company that offered up their mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. I did it. I jumped in with both feet without even trying the products. I took the job. Now, it has been more than 2 1/2 years since I joined, and I haven’t looked back. This company is paving the way, helping us financially and letting my family use products without worrying what we are putting on our skin. To me, that’s a win/win!
9. Dedicated to transparency.
I am an R&D Scientist that works with a lot of chemicals, so I have truly come to understand the dangers of many of them. Working at the bench for over 20 years is why I have some of the environmental allergies that I do. This is one of the many reasons I value Beautycounter’s mission and transparency.
10. Channeling the advocate within me.
My Beautycounter business became the way I channeled the advocate within me. It has helped me foster a positive and direct impact at the intersection of health, wellness, and women’s empowerment through a business opportunity. More so, it has revitalized my spirit as a mode of self-care, and the products and mission have been a significant tool in light of my own wellness and spiritual work, as well as for others. I have been turning this vision over in my mind: To build a diverse team, and work with an eye to actively recruit individuals from self-identified communities of color and various walks of life. Having my own Beautycounter business has been such a special opportunity to focus on self-care as a spiritual principle relating to the beauty of having a ritual to ground ourselves through life’s dips and lows. It also gets me to “walk the talk” by advocating for safety in our health standards in a way that I believe honors human resilience and compassion for our own selves and our rich and diverse communities.
I always say $1.08 changed my life!! I was grabbing a few things at our dollar store and decided to pick up some bubble bath there for my two young boys, who were 2 and 5 at the time. After several uses, I finally turned over the bottle one night at bath time, and saw the big warning on the back that said “Prolonged Exposure may cause skin irritation and urinary tract infection.” I was absolutely appalled. It was my first lightbulb moment: I picked up something from the shelf that was actually NOT safe to use in our country. That was in July, 2014. In August 2014, I found Beautycounter and was able to turn my anger into purpose and have been loving it ever since!!!! I am so proud to leave this legacy, and that my boys will grow up knowing their momma worked hard to help pioneer tougher legislation for generations to come 🙂
I joined Beautycounter to be a part of its mission to educate people about potentially harmful ingredients, and to be part of a movement for safer products. I never imagined working in the “beauty industry”, and one of the biggest surprises is that I’ve become a bit of a product junkie. Like my clients, I’m a bit obsessed with many of Beautycounter’s products because they are so enjoyable to use and they give great results. Who knew I’d enjoy helping women choose cosmetics and skin care, not only from a safety standpoint but from a results/performance one as well?
13. Best friends. Better beauty.
Caitlin Elana & Emily Voss
Hello! My name is Caitlin Sancimino and this is my amazing business partner, Emily Voss. We’ve been friends for 20 years. We wanted to share why we took the job and why it’s better doing this together! Find a friend, join a friend!