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In the world of direct to consumer beauty brands, Beautycounter is the new kid on the block with a mission unlike many others in this space. A company devoted to progress when it comes to the regulatory standpoint in beauty, and one that is committed to delivering transparent cosmetics to the masses, Beautycounter has become a major player in the battle for safer cosmetics. Beautycounter skin care products are a reflection of the company that is as dedicated to change as it is to creating safer beauty products. And with over 100 Beautycounter products distributed by independent consultants, Beautycounter is changing the way people consume and understand safe, effective, beauty.

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The Beautycounter Commitment to Safe Beauty

Beautycounter was founded only a few short years ago by creator Gregg Renfrew. Oblivious to the processes and regulations that beauty products undergo, Renfrew was surprised to learn how little those factors contributed to the personal care conversation. Once the Beautycounter founder discovered how many harmful ingredients were found in many of the cosmetic products found in her home and shelf, she made it her mission to put transparency and truth into an industry that lacked both.

The first Beautycounter skin care products were made available in early 2013 and included Beautycounter products for your face, skin, and hair. The Beautycounter goal was as and aimed to get a full range of personal care products into the hands and homes of as many people as it could. With that goal, Beautycounter launched via its e-commerce website and enabled the use of independent consultants to grow the brand and spread the safe beauty message across the world.

While Beautycounter products make up a major portion of the company’s business model, equally important to the brand is empowering people to take control of their health and become more knowledgeable about the products they are using on their bodies and in their homes. Beautycounter has become known for providing a wealth of information regarding safe beauty and has partnered with organizations like the Environmental Working Group to help everyday people get real information about the ingredients found in the personal care products they use.

Beautycounter Skin Care Ingredients

Being a company that is so committed to transparency, Beautycounter takes no shortcuts when it comes to openness and honesty regarding the ingredients used (and not used) in all of the Beautycounter products. From a rigorous ingredient selection process to a “never list” that promises to steer clear of some of the most harmful ingredients, Beautycounter’s dedication is infused across the brand.

The Beautycounter ingredient selection process begins with the brand’s banning of ingredients they have deemed both harmful and questionable. To date, that list contains an estimated 1,500 chemicals and additives commonly found in many personal care products. For ingredients that aren’t banned by Beautycounter, they are carefully screened, pulling data from multiple sources including health organizations, industry, and academic research. The final ingredients that Beautycounter selects to infuse into their formulations are then carefully sourced. Although Beautycounter does not label itself a natural or organic beauty company, over 80% of the Beautycounter skin care ingredients are in fact organic, natural, or plant-based. Between banning, screening, and sourcing, Beautycounter takes it one step further by embarking on a constant mission to understand the ingredients that are being used in the beauty industry.
Beautycounter houses a full ingredient list on their website which includes each and every ingredient that may be found in a Beautycounter product along with their function. You will find many oils found in Beautycounter products like argan, chamomile, and calendula along with a host of botanical extracts including algae, aloe leaf, and green tea. But, the Beautycounter ingredient list doesn’t just provide information on the natural based and organic ingredients you can find in Beautycounter products, it covers the things that aren’t natural as well to be transparent and provide you with detailed information to assure any synthetic ingredients used are not harmful to your health.

How to shop Beautycounter Skin Care Products

Ready to get your hands on some of Beautycounter’s safe and effective beauty products? There are countless Beautycounter skin care, makeup, bath & body products available for you and your whole family to use. While Beautycounter has become increasingly popular amongst consumers who are looking for transparent beauty, Beautycounter products aren’t available through many traditional retail channels. If you are hoping to try some Beautycounter products you can purchase through a Beautycounter consultant who is able to personalize your Beautycounter experience, shop directly from the Beautycounter website while obtaining valuable information on the cosmetic industry and ingredients, or shop one of the Beautycounter partnerships which include Target and various pop-up shops.

Beautycounter Reviews

If you’re wondering how well Beautycounter products actually work, it’s good to know that there are numerous Beautycounter reviews that applaud the brand’s effectiveness. Many Beautycounter reviews focus primarily on the ingredients found in products and seem to be favorite amongst those with both eco-conscious beliefs and those with sensitive skin. While there are very few Beautycounter reviews that argue Beautycounter products are ineffective, there is a considerable amount that notes the products may be insufficient for those with more stubborn or problem skin concerns. Overall, those who have normal to minor skin concerns seem to benefit most from Beautycounter products.

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  • Marian Jacobs 07.10.18 Reply

    I am 53, very active, med tantone skin, t-zone and have endured skin troubles most of my life.
    I’ve tried so many things. First of all, I really have been using Beautycounter since they first started and seen them evolve quite a bit. My facial skin has never been better and I’m starting to use the charcoal bar on my troubled skin on my arms to clear up excema and psoriasis. I love the new facial wipes (One step makeup remover wipes). I love the kids body wash and use it all over my house. It smells like a citrus Margherita, yum. I love all 3 of the facial masks. They are fantastic. I use the makeup, Dew Skin is an awesome product. I love the thick body butter, excellent stuff. Some of the facial oils are just amazing. I love the white illuminating cream highlighter stick. You gotta try it. There are so many good things in the line, both in the skincare and the makeup. You need to test things out and see how they work for you. ❤️

  • Liz 05.12.18 Reply

    Used for 2 years. Perfect for first few months. Started to notice red bumps on forehead and cheeks, which later formed a rash. Had a terrible reaction to rejuvenating line. This included the eye cream that burned my outer eye area and left my eye area red, bumpy and sensitive for 3 weeks. I was unable to apply makeup during this time because I was trying to heal the area. I also had a reaction with both the cream sunscreen and the bar sunscreen. The cream sunscreen made my skin painfully dry and scaled and the bar caused an awful reaction on my neck and face. My consultant couldn’t help me because the window to return had passed. I get one product not working, but significant reactions should be considered at a higher level than consultant. I can’t help but feel the company is having complaints overlooked by consultants who are too scared to return s product at the risk of loosing income.

  • Krissy 03.21.18 Reply

    I love the charcoal products. I have always had issues with extreme dry skin. I use the charcoal bar and #3 charcoal face mask, and the daily moisturizer.

  • Kristin 03.08.18 Reply

    I just began using Beautycounter, so I don’t have a rating for it. So far I have only used the body wash, lotion and scrub. I am wondering if all the people who experienced problems with the products are sensitive to coconut oil. Coconut oil and other coconut derivatives are in several of the products. I have found that coconut oil dries out my skin, so I will be avoiding those products. I did this research when my sister was thinking of becoming a consultant as she is allergic to coconut. I think, as with everything, some products work for som and not so well for others. I do think the products are rather pricey, but I know that is is because it is an MLM company and the cost is higher in order to pay commission to all the distributors.

  • Lauren 12.10.17 Reply

    Can you help educate a curious reader? How would I know if BeautyCounter is bogus? I’ve been searching for reviews etc on this company.

  • Melissa Gupta 08.14.17 Reply

    Using what you’ve been using throughout past years has been filled with chemicals etc, the skin isn’t balanced, good oils in your face are congested. When switching to ANY kind of natural based product, especially Beautycounter the skin will go through a short ‘detox’ per say. BC’s products are completely natural, those ingredients work towards reconditioning the skin to its natural state. The same thing happened to mine too and I had already been using decent so called natural products. This small example is what makes their products worth using. BTW I’d suggest purchasing the charcoal bar and mask. (I am a consultant for BC however my words above come from my experience with the products) Could explain more but am sure you understand:)

  • MD 07.29.17 Reply

    Like Katie, I also had to do food eliminations under advise of licensed nutritionist: wheat, soy, onions (top 3) and number of other offending foods. I also switched to BeautyCounter. My face has cleared up within 6-8 weeks. No more burned look, redness, age-spots, dark and varying peeling skin colors.

    Started with sample products. Upgraded to Daily DayCream, charcoal bar, and peppermint lip balm. So far no breakouts or “sunburned” look.

  • KJ 03.10.17 Reply

    I really wanted to like this product line. I love the simple elegance of product content and packaging, and as someone who works in natural healthcare I was hopeful I’d found “the answer” for my clients looking for clean, effective skin care. I purchased a starter kit for $289 that contained Day Cream, Night Cream, a cream cleanser, an exfoliating cleanser, three face oil combos (Hydrating, Soothing and Balancing) and eye cream. I also bought their Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. After the first couple of days, I realized my skin wouldn’t tolerate the Balancing and Soothing oils for some reason. They seemed to dry my skin out in a way I hadn’t experienced before, and to do the exact opposite of balance and soothe. No problem, I just stopped using them and figured not all their products can be right for everyone. I continued using the remaining products – including the Hydrating Oil – for about six weeks. By the end of the six weeks, my skin was extremely dry to the point of flaking AND I was starting to break out. My skin has always been on the dry side but never flaked and I’ve never had breakouts in my life. My skin was irritated and felt inflamed, and the final straw was waking one morning feeling as if I’d been sleeping all night in a clay mask – my skin actually felt and looked shriveled, desiccated. So now I’m in the process of trying to repair skin that is hyper-sensitive and constantly burning, flaking and dry and that appears dull and even kind of grey in places. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. I AM, however, glad I tried these products out on my own skin before selling them to my friends, family and clients as I had considered. I was a little hesitant originally anyway because they seem very expensive, and now I know for certain there’s no way I can sell them after the experience I had.

  • Amalan 03.04.17 Reply

    These products should be considered similar to other high end department store products…overpriced, but if you find a perfect shade of blush and it’s in your budget, fine.
    *The problem is this: Their health claims are mostly bogus. Only a basic understanding of science and dermatology is needed to get this. Put on your skeptic hats, ladies, and their many claims are easily refuted.
    Its unethical to fearmonger women into purchasing products based on false or overstated health claims.

  • Allison 10.24.16 Reply

    I had to comment on this topic. I am 45 and have had Hereditary Milia my entire life. I have spent thousands of dollars to try to help my skin. I started using the Charcoal Cleansing Bar in April and my skin has totally changed. My dermatologist could not believe it. I get bad reactions to ALL retinol products. In addition to the bar, I have also started using the Purifying Charcoal Mask at least 3x a week, the Cleansing Balm and the entire Rejuvenating Line. I now use all of the Makeup – my skin has never looked better in my life! My daughter is 10 and also has the Milia, she uses the charcoal mask and soap – I hope that she will not have to go through what I have my entire life.

  • Mary Ellen 09.29.16 Reply

    I’ve been using some beauty counter products for a few months now, and was specifically interested in products that would help with my cystic acne. I use the charcoal cleansing bar, charcoal mask, and cleansing balm. I’ve seen a phenomenal change, and can honestly say that my cystic acne is nearly obsolete. Harsh chemicals in my pharmaceutical grade acne products left my skin with burns and no relief.

  • Cindy 09.12.16 Reply

    I love the idea of healthier cosmetics. I also love the way the Beauty Counter skin tint and brush on blush look on me. However, I have been having trouble with my skin breaking out since I switched to Beauty Counter, which is a problem I had not experienced for many years.

    I would like to know if others have had this problem?

  • andrea price-johnson 09.09.16 Reply

    I became a consultant with Beautycounter after my mother’s early onset alzheimers got worse (and soon after my father diagnosed/died from cancer.) I began examining what chemicals I can prevent in my family. What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with the skincare, charcoal soap/mask and so on. Safe and high quality! I’ve been giving charcoal samples to my daughter’s tween friends and they have been sending photos/texts of their vast improvement. I love to educate them about the importance of knowing what’s in their products. To see their posts check out Beautycounter for You on facebook. I will never give them up!

  • JCarter 08.19.16 Reply

    I love the Countertime line and the Calendula face oil (as well as Jasmine Oil). My skin has never been better! My rosacea is gone and I don’t even need to wear makeup now!!!!

  • JCarter 08.19.16 Reply

    My rosacea was better after one use! Getting rid of the chemicals cured my skin! I don’t even have to wear makeup anymore. I’m using the Countertime line, Rose Water and the Calendula face oil! The Sunscreen is also phenomenal, it is not white or pasty and it smells divine. I really love this line and my skin has never been better!!!!

  • Cheryl 08.12.16 Reply

    Good to read Katie’s comment. I have learned that many skin issues are a result of gut issues. Nutrition is THE key to overall good health, including skin issues. I am using the beauty counter foundation and found it to give good smooth coverage. I have other skin care products I prefer.

  • Samantha 08.08.16 Reply

    Katie, which products do you use for your cystic acne? I have struggles with it for years and am now pregnant and need a more natural approach to cleaning my skin bc I can’t use what I am currently using. Thanks.

  • Kirsten Doody 07.31.16 Reply

    Hey Everyone,

    I started using Beautycounter products a few months ago and they are amazing. They are very gentle on my skin and have made it the softest and healthiest it has ever been. The countertime products are awesome, but I’ve only used the sample size of those so I want to get the full set. I use the face collection everyday and the face oils are some of the nicest I’ve ever used. They absorb really quickly and smell really nice. I’ve tried using a lot of “all natural” products in the past but they all smell like tea tree oil and hippies and don’t really work.

  • Katie 02.25.16 Reply

    I came across this post while looking for reviews of beauty counter and couldn’t help but add a comment. As someone who has very much struggled with cystic acne, I agree that these products alone probably wouldn’t cure the problem. However, as someone who spent three years with dermatologist and being prescribed harsh medications, I can truly say that the cystic issues became worse. It was only when I switched to a more natural & gentle approach (as well as eliminating dairy, specifically milk) that my skin improved dramatically. I wholeheartedly disagree that harsh (and even potentially harmful!) chemicals are ever the answer, no matter the issue.

  • ann 10.12.15 Reply

    Can anyone vouch for the effectiveness of Beauty Counter, specifically the Countertime and oil products in the line?

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