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Delfina Elevate Retreat SittingHi, I’m Delfina. I’m a Health Coach, Recipe Develop, Alternative Health Blogger, Yoga Tune Up & Movement teacher, and most recently, safe skin care fanatic too.  This is the story of how I became dedicated to a mission called Beautycounter.

Like many of you, I spent years caring about what I ate and put in my body but didn’t pay much attention to what I put on my body.  I cared about nutrition and eating well, but had no idea that daily, I was compromising my health by smothering toxic chemicals all over my skin- my biggest organ of all!

Luckily, things changed.  Alarmed by an article about sunblocks released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization that specializes in food and cosmetic research and safety, I began paying more attention to my products.  I was shocked to learn that the sunblock I’d been wearing for years, duped by strategic marketing, was one of the most toxic out there.  I’d been slathering harmful poisons all over my body… and didn’t even know it! ????

I really hadn’t questioned my safety until then- like so many of us, I’d assumed products were monitored by the FDA.  Err, right?  Oh no no, quite the contrary…

When it comes to personal care products, there are minimal regulations- our beauty industry is self-regulated– left to do as it pleases.

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This realization stunned me.  Immediately, I became a researching machine, examining everything I owned.  

Truth is, companies are allowed to use known toxins—ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and hormone disruption—without disclosing them.  The last major law passed by Congress- many decades ago- declared the word “fragrance” a trade secret…. it’s proprietary, allowing companies to put hundreds of chemicals in their “fragrance” without disclosing a single ingredient.  Quite the sneaky loophole, wouldn’t you say? (See more about this HERE.)

Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom. There are some companies doing it right!

I’m excited to share what I’ve learned with you to help you find safer alternatives.  Knowledge truly is power. ♥


 

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Yep, you read that right- 1938! 

That’s over 75 years ago… before WWII!!

In addition to labeling fragrances “trade secrets”, this law also stated products made for salons could keep their ingredients undisclosed as well.

 

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This number is now almost 1400.  

As Europe’s list grows, the United States remains behind….

We’ve banned a measly 11!

 

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Think about what you put on your skin every day- deodorant, shampoo, mascara, chapstick, whatever it may be.  How much do you actually know about them?  

You’re not alone.  In fact, the government hardly knows- only 10% to 15% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have any safety data at all.  Which means none of us really know what we’re putting on our skin- every single day- 365 days a year- for decades of our lives!  

Yikes!

 

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Researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health published a study in 2013 that detected lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and five other metals in many popular brands of lipsticks and lip glosses found in drugstores and department stores throughout the Unites States.  Wait, what?

Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues such as cancer and infertility are on the rise- not because of genetics, but because of toxins in our environment- yet still, our FDA is not regulating this?  

I simply do not understand. 

 


 

We Deserve Better!

Enter Beauty Counter.

 

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Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 ingredients, setting a new health and safety standard.

In March of 2013, a team of women came together to form a grass-roots company that would go against the grain.  Gregg Renfrew- founder, Mia Davis- previous head of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and Christy Coleman- celebrity makeup artist on a mission to clean things up, teamed up to bring Gregg’s dream to life. With a name of many meanings, the new company symbolized a place for better beauty products, and more importantly, one that countered current beauty standards. 

On a mission to create safer products and challenge the government to make legislative changes, Beautycounter has now grown into something more.  It’s a movement for change, so that no matter what products people choose to use, everyone can be safe. (See more about Beautycounter’s mission HERE.)

If you’d asked me a few years ago what I’d be doing today, I never would’ve said working with a skin care and cosmetics company.  I’m a teacher- and lover of food, not a product gal.  

Yet today, here I stand, passionately and proudly part of the Beautycounter team.  I have found the activist in me- and I don’t see that changing.  I have grown- this knowledge and passion will now forever be in me.

See more about why this company is so dear to my heart in this short video…

 

Beautycounter’s done all the work for us.  

I don’t have time to make my own goops… and I certainly don’t know how to make mascara.  I’m in my 30’s- I just need stuff that works!  I want high-quality products and the assurance of safety.  Previously maybe too much to ask for… not anymore. 

No secrets.  Beautycounter discloses everything.  The team has developed a rigorous ingredient screening process, looking for data on skin irritation, carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, cumulative exposure and more.  And they share every little bit of it.  (See for yourself on their home page FAQ.)

* All products are rated 0-2 on the EWG safety rating scale.  (See the EWG site HERE or download their free app, HealthyLiving, to see how your products rate!)

* Nothing is tested on animals.  Ever.

* They will never use a list of 1500 known toxic ingredients in their products, including these commonly found ones listed on their Never List.

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I feel confident every time I pick up my creams, cleansers, lipsticks, and shampoos.  I love not having to think twice… trust is invaluable.

Cue The Sound of Music: These are a few of my favorite things…

 

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It’s safe to say this Charcoal Face and Body bar peaks the most consumer interest.  It detoxifies and absorbs impurities in the skin without drying it out.  Made with antioxidant-rich, organic green tea and hydrating organic coconut oil, it helps fight acne and smoothen skin.  A great choice for any age- man, woman, or child.  

Check it Out

 

 

 

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The Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer is not only super light and hydrating, but it leaves skin so soft too. AND it has SPF!  Yes, the SPF 20 keeps skin protected all day long!  I adore this stuff, and now won’t start my day without it… sun protection is key. ????  (For heavier coverage, try the Tint Skin foundation instead/along with.)  

Check it Out

 

 

 

 

 

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This is Beautycounter’s newest product. After three long years in the works, this Lengthening Mascara was just released in May ’16 as a breakthrough in the industry. Up until now, it’s been nearly impossible to create a mascara that was both safe and worked well- no smearing, fading, smudging, or clumping…. finally, we have both!  

Check it Out

 

 

 

 

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I LOVE these Lustro Face Oils.  Putting oil on your face may seem counterintuitive, but our skin actually needs it.  Face oils are your friend (see more here).  Choose #1 for sensitive skin, #2 for maturing skin, or #3 for acne prone skin.  I add a few drops to my day cream each morn, and sometimes add a little extra around my eyes while I sleep at night too.

Check it Out

 


 4 WAYS TO JOIN THE

BEAUTYCOUNTER MOVEMENT

 

1 – VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS & SWITCH TO SAFER

Transition to safer.  Use the EWG site or app to see where your products stand.  If what you love works AND is safe, wonderful- keep using it!  If not, swap to something better. ????

If you like what you see here, join our movement by becoming a Beautycounter customer!  Click the button below to browse and shop.  (We have a 60-day no questions asked return policy.)

 

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2 – JOIN AS A “BAND OF BEAUTY” MEMBER

Your $29 Annual Membership Includes:

  • 15% product credit with every order
  • Free shipping off all orders of $100 or more
  • A complimentary gift just for signing up
  • Earn a $25 product credit for every $300 spent
  • Save 25% on some of our best selling products
  • Special offers exclusively for Band of Beauty Members
  • $10 allocation to one of our three Trusted Non-Profits (Healthy Child Healthy World, Environmental Working Group, or Breast Cancer Fund)

JOIN HERE

Confirm that “Delfina Bonilla-Lopez” is listed as your mentor… I’ll help with questions, offer support, and share our special promos with you too. ????

3 – HOST A SOCIAL

If you’d like to help us spread the word, you can host a social! 

A social is a small get together to learn, sip, and sample Beautycounter with your favorite gals.  They’re so much fun.  If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, I’ll happily come to you with everything you need… if not, ask me how I can help you spread the word from where you are too- our team spreads far and wide. ????

Email me at delfina@codetowellness.com for more info!

4 – ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR MISSION AND WANT TO SPREAD THE WORD?

Join as a consultant to save 25% off your own orders, and take advantage of the opportunity to earn some additional income while educating others too.

It’s honestly such a fun and rewarding gig!  There’s so much flexibility. It can be whatever you want it to be.  ????

Some consultants earn a full-time income, while others do it on the side to share their passions and make a few extra bucks while helping spread the mission.  It’s totally up to you how you do things- whether it’s 5 hours a month or 50.

We are a direct retail company, not an MLM.  We do not require that you spend a minimum amount on products every month, and we can be used as an affiliate program too. We have a low start-up fee of $85 (which you’ll earn right back!).

This is the right time to join Beautycounter!  We are growing so fast… it seems everywhere I turn, I see people excited about what we’re doing.  This issue is finally getting attention- we’re at the forefront of something really great here!

My team and I will support and coach you every step of the way… ????

  • Click HERE to join as a consultant.
  • Enter your email and other required info to create your account. Make sure that my name – Delfina Bonilla-Lopez – is listed as your mentor so I can help you along the way.
  • The Business Kit comes with your enrollment fee- it contains all the bare essentials to get started.
  • You can also add one of the discounted collections to your shopping cart if you choose.
  • Finish the enrollment page and place your order. That’s it!

 


 

I hope you’ve learned something new today… and are inspired to make some changes to better your life too!  If so, then I can say I’ve done my job. ❤

Thank you for reading, caring, sharing, and being part of this mission with me!!  

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