There are so many toxic beauty products out there, but luckily, there are other options. Beautycounter makes it easy to choose high-quality natural makeup.
- Written by Genevieve Howland
- Updated on February 06, 2020
There are tons of companies creating products that not only consider the consumer (that’s YOU!), but also consider the welfare of the people who make them, as well as animals and the environment.
Unfortunately, though, a practice called “greenwashing” is all too prevalent. And this can make it super hard to distinguish truly good, safe, natural beauty products from the ones that only appear to be good for us.
That’s Why I Was So Psyched When I Discovered Beautycounter…
I’ve always tried my very best to use all natural solutions to daily care. (Hey, I don’t even use much soap!) And while things like coconut oil do serve their purpose—it’s a great eye make-up remover!—sometimes mama wants to put on a little lipstick.
That’s where Beautycounter comes in…
What is Beautycounter?
Beautycounter’s mission: To get safer products in the hands of everyone.
In 2013, Gregg Renfrew founded Beautycounter with the goal of providing more natural and safer alternatives to conventional cosmetics and skincare products.
The company sells over 150 items, from lipstick, to moisturizer, to shampoo, all guaranteed free from more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals, including over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products in other parts of the world like the European Union.
Beautycounter’s list, called the NeverList, includes ingredients like:
- Benzalkonium Chloride: A disinfectant used as a preservative that’s often associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies.
- Formaldehyde: A preservative known to be a carcinogen, as well as a neurotoxin.
- Hydroquinone: A skin-lightening chemical that inhibits melanin production and is linked to cancer, organ toxicity, and skin irritation.
- Parabens: Preservatives known to be endocrine disruptors.
- Phthalates: Plastic chemicals that disrupt hormone function and may even cause birth defects.
- Synthetic flavor or fragrance: Engineered scents and flavoring agents proven to be allergens and hormone disruptors.
- Plus, so many more…
But is Beautycounter Really Natural and Safe to Use?
Here’s the deal: When we’re talking about cosmetics, nothing is ever really 100 percent all natural. Still, there are some very, very good options out there today.
And, though not entirely organic, natural, or chemical free, Beautycounter is the “fanciest” make-up I’ve found that is still is pretty dang pure. Here’s why:
The NeverList is lengthy
As mentioned above, Beautycounter is free from thousands of ingredients you’ll find in other products—even products that are certified as “safe” by the FDA. They go above and beyond by holding themselves to higher standards.
They perform lengthy ingredient screenings
While many other makeup brands contain really scary things like asbestos and heavy metals, Beautycounter performs what they call “a hazard and risk assessment” on every ingredient considered for inclusion in their formulas. This includes reviewing up-to-date authoritative lists and scientific research on carcinogenicity, developmental toxicity, allergenicity, and potential hormone disruption.
And in cases like heavy metals—something that’s incredibly prevalent on this earth and nearly impossible to avoid—Beautycounter has set “extremely low allowable levels” that are better than US regulations.
Products are manufactured in safe factories
The majority of Beautycounter’s products are manufactured in the United States and Italy, where regulations are stricter than other common manufacturing locations like China.
They never test their products on animals
Beautycounter does not test products on animals.
The one caveat is that because the scientific community at large does conduct a lot of animal testing, research considered by Beautycounter may include animal studies. Here’s what the company says about it:
“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.”
Packaging is sustainable and safe
Beautycounter uses FSC-certified paper for paper packaging and product literature. Plus, product packaging, including shipper boxes and filler paper, is recyclable in most communities in North America.
Beautycounter also rigorously screens every packaging material for potential safety and environmental concerns.
What are the Best Beautycounter Products?
Body Oil in Citrus RosemaryThis is a beautiful moisture for dry winter skin with over 13 botanical oils.— Check it Out —Body Oil in Citrus RosemaryCounter+ Overnight Resurfacing PeelA bestselling serum that does wonders to rejuvenate tired and dull looking skin.— Check it Out —Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing PeelThe JelliesThis lip gloss is non-toxic, sweetened with stevia, and comes in colors any girl would love! My daughter Paloma likes to use it, too.— Check it Out —The JelliesEye Sparklers PaletteThis “Sparklers” eye shadow set brings a festive look 365 days a year.— Check it Out —Eye Sparklers PaletteDew Skin Tinted MoisturizerWho doesn’t want “dewy” skin? This lightweight and non-toxic foundation evens out skin tone like a champ.— Check it Out —Dew Skin Tinted MoisturizerFlawless in FiveAs moms, time is our greatest challenge. That’s why I love this “flawless in 5” set. It seriously does it all.— Check it Out —Flawless in FiveColor Intense LipstickI absolutely love this lipstick for a bolder look. It doesn’t dry out my lips like other long-lasting lipsticks, but isn’t sticky either.— Check it Out —Color Intense LipstickColor Pinch Cream BlusherThis one stick covers three things: lips, cheeks, and eyes. What more could you ask for?— Check it Out —Color Pinch Cream BlusherCounter+ Charcoal Facial MaskA spa-like facial made with activated charcoal. Use it once a week to pull out impurities and get that glowing skin we’re all after.— Check it Out —Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask
My Honest Beautycounter Review: The Pros
It feels like real, beauty counter makeup
Before my Mama Natural days, I used to buy Lancome and Clinique skincare and makeup (Oh! And MAC lipsticks and pencils!). I loved the luxurious feel of it all and the experience of using it.
Beautycounter is the first more “natural” makeup I’ve used that feels like luxury and actually works. The lipsticks have a true stain… the overnight peels make your skin noticeably clearer. If you like feeling pampered and miss conventional make-up brands, this is the perfect option!
It’s ideal for busy mamas
Let’s face it: As mamas, one of our biggest struggles is time. As much as I want to use only the cleanest, safest products, I don’t have time to do extensive research or read minuscule ingredient labels for every product I bring into my life.
Because of this, I found myself skimping on my beauty routine. Honestly: It was easier to just not be bothered by it. But—real talk—I liked to have days that I look “put together” and nice.
I love the fact that, with Beautycounter, I can just shop and go without feeling like I have to dig deep into research mode. I have faith that the products I am getting are safer for me and the environment.
There are SO many products
Which brings me to my next point—I can get just about anything beauty product I could ever want through Beautycounter. Lipstick and blush? Check. Makeup remover wipes? Check. Moisturizer? Check. Charcoal soap. Done and done.
My Honest Beautycounter Review: The Cons
They aren’t 100% natural
This is probably the biggest for some very naturally-minded mamas. If you like using beet powder as blush or cacao powder as bronzer, Beautycounter is not for you. While I prefer to use coconut oil for eye makeup remover and my konjac sponge instead of facial cleansers, I do like “stronger” products for makeup. I find that DIY or uber-pure makeup brands just don’t cut it for me in terms of performance.
Too many products!
I don’t like wearing a ton of makeup, so some of the products Beautycounter carries seem like overkill to my simple nature. I also felt overwhelmed picking out the right moisturizer for my dry skin, as there are so many to chose from. WOW! I’m sure that I’ll get the hang of it as I try more of the products.
Some products are pricey
While I’m willing to pay more for powerful serums and intensive moisturizers, there are a few products from Beautycounter that seem excessively high in price point for what they are. Namely, the rosewater mist and the facial oils.
Where Can You Buy Beautycounter?
You may wonder why you haven’t seen Beautycounter products at your local beauty supply shop or drugstore. Here’s the deal:
Beautycounter is technically a Multilevel Marketing Company (or MLM). This means that products are largely sold through independent consultants who voluntarily sign up to sell and distribute Beautycounter products.
Direct from website
This is where Beautycounter differs from other MLM companies. In addition to purchasing from other consultants, you do have the option to purchase Beautycounter’s full line of products directly through their website.
But what about Target?
You may have heard you can get Beautycounter products at your local Target. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Beautycounter did sell a limited selection of products at Target, but that was a temporary promotion that sold out quickly. You can no longer get Beautycounter products at Target.
How Long Does Beautycounter Take to Ship?
Beautycounter generally requires 1-2 business days (Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and major holidays) to process orders.
Once processed, orders are shipped Standard Ground and typically delivered within 2-5 business days. Of course, you can pay a premium for 2nd Day or Next Day shipping options.
How Much Does it Cost to Join Beautycounter?
It doesn’t cost anything (except for the cost of the product, of course) to enjoy all of the clean, safe products Beautycounter has to offer.
That said, if you love the company and want to become a Beautycounter consultant, you have to purchase a $98 “Enrollment Kit,” which includes a personalized website, a customized training platform, and more.
How About You?
Have you tried Beautycounter? What are your favorite products? I’m always looking for new recommendations!