It’s been 10 years since Joel and I started eating healthy and working toward a chemical-free life. The first three years of our marriage were spent blissfully unaware, for the most part, of anything toxic. Our daughter Zara, whose body was very much aware of all things toxic, decided to introduce us to just how much our lifestyle could affect our bodies, and that’s where it all began. She was a crash course in what not to eat, and that no matter how many claims Johnson & Johnson makes as to their “hypo-allergenic” baby wash, it was indeed, not truly hypo-allergenic.
Today, we’ve been able to wipe out almost all the chemicals in our house, which I feel is a huge accomplishment. But you know what I have failed miserably at? Finding anything that works for my make-up. In these 9 years, I think between my sister and I, we have probably tried every type of “organic” and “natural” products out there… and each time I promptly went back to my high-end, unsafe makeup because, whatever else it was, it worked better. To make using it “less bad,” I tried to avoid wearing makeup when I was at home, but that wasn’t ideal because I still end up wearing it at least every other day.
That leads me to the best discovery of the century – my new favorite company BeautyCounter! (And before you ask, no I don’t work for them, just truly a huge fan!) I am literally breathing a huge sigh of relief to finally have a safe option that I love using! With two little girls who closely want to follow in mama’s make-up footsteps, it’s comforting to know they won’t spend years exposing their beautiful faces to toxins. I started with the Skin Tint, but my collection has grown to epic proportions in the past year as I use everything from their charcoal bar, shampoo, and lip sheers. Even my husband steals my night cream! I hope you’ll enjoy their beautiful products and colors as much as I have! xxoo, Ashley