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I Tried Beautycounter for the First Time…Here Are My Thoughts

November 20, 2017

I’ll be honest, a part of me thought that this post was going to be more of an exposé about the dark side of Beautycounter. I expected to lift up the rug and find some dirty, shameful secrets about the natural beauty company everyone in the wellness space seems to be talking about.

We've been hearing so much about beautycounter lately so I decided to try out their products and give you a real, unbiased beautycounter review.

Maybe it’s because I’m pitched by a consultant at least once a week or because I’m just inherently skeptical of everything, but my first inclination was to think “this is too good to be true”.

Before you jump to any conclusions, this post is not a sales pitch. It’s an unbiased Beautycounter review from someone who has tried their fair share of natural beauty/skincare products. Most of the reviews I’ve read out there are from people who are brand new to this space and undoubtedly have found comfort in using beauty/skincare products that aren’t laden with hormone-disrupting chemicals. But as someone who has two enormous cupboards stacked full of green beauty products, how does Beautycounter stack up? That’s what this post is all about.

*Spoiler alert* I did in the end decide to become a consultant so there are some affiliate links in here to products I loved. To learn more about why I decided to become a consultant, keep reading.

What is Beautycounter?

But before I jump into that, let’s go back to basics and explain what Beautycounter is. Beautycounter was founded in 2013 by Gregg Renfrew as a natural, safer alternative to conventional beauty and skincare products. Mainstream beauty products tend to be full of ingredients that you likely wouldn’t feel good about putting on your skin. The biggest culprits:

-Parabens: it mimics estrogen and disrupts your endocrine system

-Phthalates: a chemical used to make plastic more malleable, which also can affect your reproductive system

There are many others including talc, butylated compounds and petroleum, but let’s start slow. They’re used to both emulsify and extend the shelf-life of your beauty products, but they actually do more harm than good. So why are they included? Because they’re cheap and there’s very little regulation in the beauty industry. In fact no federal regulation regarding personal care products has been passed since 1938!

Now I also want to preface this by saying a lot of the research shows correlation rather than causation. You can’t say that eating a box of Oreos everyday will cause cancer, but it’s likely that eating a box of Oreos is associated with other unhealthy behaviors that add up to future health problems.

My philosophy on beauty products is similar to my philosophy on food. Focus on whole, quality ingredients but don’t be militant about it. I think where things differ with the beauty industry is that while I love a glass of red wine and dessert, it’s not something I do all day, everyday. With beauty and skincare products, it is something affecting you all day. You wake up, wash your face, moisturize, put on your makeup, wash your hands throughout the day, put on hand cream, take off your makeup, wash your face and repeat. Do I skip washing my hands in communal bathrooms because I don’t want to use the soap? No. But in my own home I make a conscious effort to avoid products that I know to be harmful to my body. One body wash (similar to one glass of wine) won’t have long-term impacts on your health, but persistent, daily use will. And that’s where companies like Beautycounter become important.

We've been hearing so much about beautycounter lately so I decided to try out their products and give you a real, unbiased beautycounter review.

What Makes Beautycounter Different?

There are plenty of brands out there making natural skincare and beauty products, so what makes Beautycounter different? In my opinion it’s the vast array of products that they offer under their umbrella. They create everything from face wash, to soap to eyeshadow. They do body care, hair care and makeup. And they offer A LOT within each category.

What also makes them different is the Multilevel Marketing Model. They sell their products through consultants and each consultant has a mentor so with each sale of a product, that consultant makes a commision and their mentor, and their mentor’s mentor etc… make a commission. We’ll save my thoughts on this for below.

So unlike the products I buy from Credo Beauty, which normally specialize in a couple of products within either the skincare or beauty world, Beautycounter basically sells it all and everything is purchased through a consultant.

Why Did I Decide To Try Beautycounter?

Honestly, it comes down to pure and simple curiosity. I’ve just been hearing so much about it. Like I said, I hear from at least one consultant a week asking me to join their team. While I appreciate the thoughtfulness, it’s just never been something I was into. But then a lot of my friends started joining and it got me thinking, there must be more to this than meets the eye. Friends like Lexi and Beth who I trust so I decided to inquire more.

My Initial Thoughts

Before I jumped in, I asked Lexi and you guys to tell me your favorite products. In full transparency, Lexi sent me some to try, but then after asking you guys on Instagram stories I ended up putting in another huge order of products. C kind of wants to kill me because they’re literally exploding all over our apartment, but I’m taking one for the team here!

I’m not going to individually go through each product I tried on here, but for the full review of each one I filmed a video capturing my honest thoughts. I’m holding nothing back so this is all the 100% honest truth.

 

Besides my thoughts on each individual product, I did appreciate the packaging and delivery of the products. I definitely don’t need beautiful packaging, and there’s nothing I hate more than excessive packaging, but I do want to receive products in tact and well organized. I’ve had products from other companies show up exploded or broken and especially for a beauty company, I do expect a step-up from Amazon Prime #justbeinghonest

The Pros of Beautycounter

Like I said, I wasn’t expecting to find any pros, but honestly was surprised by the things I discovered!

1) They are great for someone who is new to green beauty/skincare – As someone who is well versed in this space and also loves experimenting with new products, this isn’t a priority for me, but for someone who is brand new, it is nice that there is a single company you can get all of your beauty, skincare and hair care products from.

2) Their product selection is vast – It’s awesome that you can basically get all of your products at the click of the button and in the mail. They pretty much have everything so it’s a one-stop-shop for anyone who doesn’t enjoy shopping for beauty and skincare products.

3) Their products are pretty good quality – I definitely don’t love all of their products, but there were some that I really enjoyed. Overall I’d say they are decent quality and especially for the price. You kind of get what you pay for.

4) They actually care about cleaner products – They go beyond just offering more natural products to consumers. They’re actually lobbying in Washington to get certain ingredients banned from our conventional skincare/beauty products and are trying to increase regulation.

5) They are supporters of female entrepreneurs – I love any company that empowers women to run their own businesses. MLM allows women to be influencers in their own community and spread the word about cleaner beauty products, while also making a living. I think this is pretty cool!

We've been hearing so much about beautycounter lately so I decided to try out their products and give you a real, unbiased beautycounter review.

The Cons of Beautycounter

1) They are not the most natural – Some consultants discuss this, others do not. Beautycounter may be cleaner but they are not chemical-free. They use synthetics in their products, but ones that are shown to have little to no impact on the body. My biggest complaint is that I’ll find a comparable product to one that I already use and the ingredients are twice as long in the BC product. I believe they use more synthetics to increase the shelf-life, which I understand but personally prefer products that use fewer and less synthetic ingredients. This is really a personal preference thing.

2) Multi Level Marketing scares me – It’s the truth. While I love that it helps people start their own businesses, I do think it becomes harder to regulate what your consultants are doing. Consultants are presented as “experts” but the reality is that they are just like me and don’t have all the answers. Experts in skincare usually spend years studying and understanding skin so I don’t love that people without credentials are giving out advice when they don’t always know what’s best. Just my personal opinion! More on this below…

3) Not all of their products compare to alternatives out there – Based on my experience, only about a 1/4-1/3 of the products compared or were better than other alternatives. There are just simply companies out there that are making better products. Maybe it’s because they’re more focused on one or several products rather than a whole line of skincare and beyond, but I just wasn’t overwhelmed by how amazing everything was. Some were good, some were bad and I would hate for people to give up on green beauty just because a product they tried from Beautycounter didn’t work for them.

We've been hearing so much about beautycounter lately so I decided to try out their products and give you a real, unbiased beautycounter review.

Why I Became a Consultant

So in the end I decided to become a consultant for two reasons:

1) I wanted to see what this process looked like – I was curious what it meant to become a consultant. Basically all you need is a mentor, so essentially someone who is already a consultant and can guide you (mine is Lexi) and $85 to sign-up. In the mail I got a HUGE stack of papers and books that I’m expected to read. Truth is, I haven’t opened them. Mainly because I’m a digital person and I prefer to read online, but also because it was so overwhelming. Which makes me wonder how many consultants have felt the same way. The do have modules available online for training, but again how many consultants actually complete these? Which brings me back to point #2 above about MLM. This is a huge generalization, but I do have my doubts.

2) I support their mission and some of their products -There were some products that I was really impressed by and would 100% purchase again. If I would repurchase something I always tell you about it, because I think it’s worthwhile. And because I make a living off of this, it’s always nice to get a kickback from recommending it. I also love that they are a company that isn’t just selling products but also trying to change legislation and that is something I can definitely get behind. Okay and you also get a pretty sweet discount on products as a consultant!

Current favorites: Matte Bronzer | Nude Eyeshadow Palette |  Cleansing Balm |  Balancing Face Mask

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So there you have it! Don’t forget to watch my video review of all the products I tried. I really hope this post has been educational for you and I’m always here to answer questions if you have any. You know I try to keep this space 100% transparent and I love being a guinea pig and providing my feedback, but as always this is just my personal opinion. I’m all ears to hear your thoughts!

Have you tried Beautycounter? What are your thoughts?

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    Juliette | Namastay Traveling
    November 20, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I’ve been hearing so much about beauty counter that it was so great to have an outsider’s view! I’m trying to clean up all my products and this seems like a good place to start. Thanks for the honest thoughts! (As always.).

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    Melody
    November 20, 2017 at 8:39 am

    When will the video be up?

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    Amanda
    November 20, 2017 at 11:14 am

    What brand of foundation do you mention in the video that you love?

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    Nicole
    November 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    love the honest review. I just bought a few things from BC so I enjoyed watching info about some of the products I haven’t tried yet. I use the charcoal bar daily on my face and my skin just started getting dry since it’s gotten colder…may be time to switch!

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    Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass
    November 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    MLMs drive me up the wall. Thank you for being candid about your true feelings about them! They also scare me. I’ve been asked about Beautycounter before and have also read about it on other blogs. As someone who is trying to clean up my products (just switched to a boatload of natural and cruelty-free items) this does interest me, so thanks for your honesty!
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      Jocelyne
      November 22, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Hey Kaitlyn, what exactly scares you about MLM?
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        Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass
        November 22, 2017 at 8:39 am

        Hi Jocelyne! MLMs make me nervous because there’s no guarantee you’ll financially reap what you sow. For example, a lot of MLMs I’ve been approached with require an investment fee, some of which total up to hundreds of dollars, and there’s no guarantee you’ll make a profit or even a fraction of your investment in return. Time is money! But if you have the time to dedicate to your MLM business venture, and the adequate skills to propel you forward down that avenue, go for it! I can just see how it would be tricky to maintain that version of a side hustle if you have other obligations as well, like, for me, maintaining and growing my own personal blog + social channels and working full-time. I hope that answers your questions! Feel free to reach out directly if you have any others. 🙂
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    Lexi
    November 20, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    LOVE IT GIRLFRIEND.

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    Lexi
    November 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Body wash is back and Mike loves it too 🙂

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    Kathy
    November 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Can u tell me the foundation that u do love please . It went so fast I couldn’t catch it !
    Thanks

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    Jocelyne
    November 22, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I haven’t tried it and I am not sure if it is a thing here in Switzerland. I do however participate in doTerra. I love their essential oils and the opportunity you get distributing what you love. It is a MLM too but I can fully recommend the products and I am excited sharing the oils with others. 🙂

    Thank you for your honest review!

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