What you may not know about your personal care products

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I have been on a personal mission for years to clear my life of as many toxins as possible. It is no easy task between the greenwashing of products with labels like “all natural,” or “green” meaning absolutely nothing, and the lack of regulation in the industry.

Did you know?
  • “Fragrance” is considered a trade secret, so companies don’t have to disclose what it is. Usually, it is a synthetic concoction that includes phthalates and synthetic musks, which are hormone disruptors, as well as chemicals that are allergens and neurotoxins.
  • Some chemicals are not intentionally added to products but are the result of chemical reactions happening inside the bottle of product (such as formaldehyde in shampoo) or during manufacturing (such as 1,4 dioxane in moisturizers or heavy metals in color cosmetics).
  • When manufacturing companies buy bulk ingredients from ingredient suppliers (aloe vera gel or grapefruit seed extract), they are often getting an already-preserved raw ingredient (aloe vera gel with added phenoxyethanol, or grapefruit seed extract with added methlyparaben). But the end product does not have to list these preservatives, so a product marketed as “preservative-free” or “paraben-free” may contain those chemicals after all.
  •  The European Union (EU) bans close to 1,400 ingredients from cosmetics. The federal Canadian government currently prohibits less than 600 substances for use in cosmetics through Health Canada. The Office of the General Auditor in Canada announced in the spring of 2016 that Health Canada, “…does not regularly test cosmetic products to verify the accuracy of product labels or to check for the presence of prohibited substances, microbial contaminants, and heavy metals.”
    Source: Beautycounter

I had dabbled in safer products for years, testing out various brands and finding some success and some failures. I used many products that I thought were safe but upon further research, they included many harmful ingredients – marketing, am I right!?

I had sworn off makeup in pregnancy and it wasn’t until I discovered Beautycounter that I felt more comfortable to use more products again. There are a ton of safer beauty brands on the market and many are totally awesome! It is all dependent on what works best for you! For me, and many others, that has been Beautycounter! Beautycounter has a never list of 1500 potentially hazardous ingredients that they will NEVER use in any of their products! Beautycounter rates highly (EWG Certified or 1-3 on the EWG Skin Deep database) that’s good!

To learn more about why I choose Beautycounter, watch this video:

Why I choose Beautycounter from Shannon Galley on Vimeo.

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How to Give Your Skin a Balancing Boost

Activated charcoal just became your new best friend. Read on for the complete oily and combination skin balancing routine.

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Source: How to Give Your Skin a Balancing Boost

An All-New Kind of Moisturizer

Using breakthrough Bio-Mimic Technology, this moisturizer keeps your skin at its peak performance even in the face of weather, stress, pollution, and travel.

ITS HERE! Truly the most innovative product to ever come out of Beautycounter – SAFETY at its OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE! harnessing a patented BREAKTHROUGH BIO-MIMIC TECHNOLOGY  that uses the unique life-giving properties of plants (did you know we have 26% of our DNA in common with plants?), allows the Moisture Lotion to exactly match the structure of skin, giving it precisely what it needs and nothing it doesn’t.

Traditional lotions SIT ON TOP OF THE SKIN (like oil on water), because this lotion actually mimics the structure of skin it is uniquely matched to provide optimal hydration (for 24HRS compared to the leading moisturizer on the market which only keeps you hydrated for a couple hours – not to mention contains 6 ingredients on our NEVER LIST as they are linked to human health concerns).

Also gives skin a smooth look and feel and a radiant glow! Our lives are not basic, we need more than basic skincare.

EVERY SINGLE INGREDIENT is ACTIVE in this lotion and they are ALL useful for your skin (compared to traditional lotions where 50% are useless like preservatives).

At $58CAD ($48USD) this lotion is a steal. Who needs one of these in their lives?

Learn more or order here: http://www.beautycounter.com/shannongalley

 

Source: An All-New Kind of Moisturizer

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5 products I always have on hand as a working mom

Don’t let the headline mislead you… I know, I know they often do that. These products are great for everyone but, I have particularly  found them useful since heading back to work in February after a year of being off with my first child.

All mom’s lives are busy! Literally trying to pick-up after and keep a house clean with a toddler is the definition of insanity. It never ends. Add all the other stuff us moms have to do whether it be go to work, take care of our children at home, or do both, there are never enough hours in a day.  For all of these reasons and more, moms need a little bit of comfort, pampering and simplicity to relax and take care of themselves.

Here are some items that I am rarely without:

Beautycounter Lip Sheers

Okay, so, I talk about this product ALL.THE.TIME. and for good reason. It’s a great little lipstick made without all the crap ingredients, smells amazing and adds a pop of colour with all of the glorious shades. I love this product and I haven’t met anyone who has tried it and doesn’t love it! My favourite colours are petal and coral!

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm + Brightening Line

This combination of products has been a game changer for me. Helping give me a quick face wash before bed without much effort and a citrus-spritz to perk me up throughout the day, I highly recommend indulging in this combination!

DoTerra Essential Oils 

I always have at least one in my purse and one at the office. I have roller-balls and spray bottles made up as well and a diffuser at my desk. These are awesome pick-me-ups and the different oils are all great for various needs.

Lava Stone Mala Bracelet from Lotus Effect Designs 

Following the essential oils, I am rarely without this bracelet as I can actually add the essential oils to the lava stones, it’s awesome because you can wear the essential oils wherever you go throughout the day on a fashionable piece of jewelry.

Nutritional Yeast 

This may be a weird one but, I seriously use this a lot. It’s super helpful for quick vegetarian dinners (like a nice cashew cheese sauce) or to add extra nutrients to a snack. Nutritional yeast packs a nutrition punch and is actually grown from funghi and is a great source of B-Complex vitamins. I put this on everything!

 

The Better-Than-All-Natural Lipstick You Need to Know About

In the world of cosmetics, all-natural lipstick is not always synonymous with non-toxic, and loopholes in federal law have resulted in misleading labels.

Source: The Better-Than-All-Natural Lipstick You Need to Know About

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Join Beautycounter in April, get great rewards!

 

If you’ve been thinking about joining Beautycounter for a while now, April is definitely the month to do so! Becoming a Beautycounter Consultant is so much more than great products (they are really great), it’s about sharing information and working towards a larger goal of safe products for everyone. The way I see it, we are voting with our dollars. Every purchase we make has an impact! When you purchase Beautycounter you are standing up for safe products and industry regulation! By sharing our mission as a Beautycounter Consultant, you are helping to create change in the beauty industry while sharing amazing products and helping people get great skin all with safe ingredients first and foremost!

If you join Beautycounter in the month of April for $80 (seriously amazing deal to start your own business) and you sell 500 QV plus recruit another consultant and they also hit 500 QV you will earn a Colour Portfolio and also get a $100 product credit! This is a huge incentive and one that you don’t want to miss! This is in addition to the regular perks of being a consultant which include a sweet product discount and the ability to earn commissions on anything you sell!

JOIN HERE

There is no time like the present! Join my team today! This incentive is on for the month of April so the sooner you get started, the better!

http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/join/

Introducing Beautycounter +

As you all know I am obsessed with Beautycounter! I haven’t found anything this good and made with safe ingredients, ever. When I decided to become a consultant I was happy to share with others because I just loved the products so much! Many of the people I have been sharing the products with love them too.

It is always exciting when Beautycounter comes out with new products! Beautycounter + is no exception. I was excited to get my hands on these items as they are treatment products designed to complement the already amazing skincare lineup.

Each collection is wonderful but, my favourite one is the Brightening + vitamin c. This collection uses vitamin c complex and enhances dull skin while boosting radiance. Great for age spots and good to create an all-around brighter complexion! The mask smells divine and the mist is so refreshing!

The balancing + charcoal is familiar but the addition of the mist takes it up a notch. The Beautycounter charcoal products are definitely items you want to have on hand weather you need help with acne or just want to keep blemishes at bay. These charcoal products have been incredible helpful to my combination skin.