It’s hard not to geek out about the Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest and most renowned tech event in the world. Tens of thousands of people make the pilgrimage to Las Vegas every year to learn about the latest in electronics and technology, and thanks to floating speakers and intelligent skateboards, this year’s CES didn’t disappoint. In addition to these cool gadgets, however, there were also plenty of practical innovations focused on energy efficiency and designed to help create a greener, safer home—a concept that we at Beautycounter can certainly get behind.
We couldn’t think of a better way to set the tone for the New Year than by giving back to our community. Earlier this week, Beautycounter teamed up with Teen With a Dream, a charity founded by cancer survivor Spencer Harrison that works to enrich the lives of pediatric cancer patients. We met with children undergoing cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, one of only 10 children’s hospitals in the nation. The experience was truly heartwarming and rewarding; in addition to distributing gift bags and discussing healthy living strategies with parents, we sat down one-on-one with kids to help them decorate journals and boxes filled with their dreams and wishes. Our wish? To give back even more in 2015 by partnering with other inspiring charities—and ultimately help everyone live in a safer, healthier world.
Our Head of Health and Safety, Mia Davis, recently met with a small team of students at the University of California, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (BCGC). The program is advancing green chemistry through research, education, and engagement, including a unique course that partners graduate students across different departments with real-life practitioners—usually companies that are facing some sort of chemistry challenge.
Diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer at 35 with three young children at home, Kristi started on a quest to eliminate harmful chemicals from her life and environment. Her book, Little Changes—our next selection in our Beautycounter Book Club series—is the story of that journey.
As the old song goes, it was a very good year—full of milestones met, partnerships formed, and, most importantly, word spread on our mission. Reflecting on 2014, we feel incredibly proud of our progress and humbly thankful for all that our community has contributed to support it. As you can imagine, we were full of good cheer at our annual holiday party—so much so that we broke out into songs of our own, covering everything from seasonal classics to contemporary hits. (We’re fortunate enough to have a concert pianist and an opera singer among our colleagues, so the impromptu sing-along had actual moments of greatness, not just champagne-fueled fumbling.) After all, we couldn’t be more serious about our message, but we still manage to have some serious fun while we work to deliver it. And we wish nothing more than equally good times ahead for you and your loved ones in 2015.
Our founder truly walks the walk when it comes to healthy living, so when she makes a better-for-you discovery, we pay close attention. Her favorite new find? A cool, under-the-radar gum.
We’re making our lists and checking them twice. And several of our staff members were nice enough to share what they’re giving for the holidays. Hope these gift picks give you some ideas of your own…
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and in addition to the challenge of finding the perfect gift for a loved one or friend, conscious consumers may be concerned with making safe and healthy choices. We’re here to help. Beautycounter has compiled a list of books that make great gifts and can guide you to make more-informed shopping choices, offering compelling reading for your downtime during the holidays.
We were lucky enough to have behind-the-scenes access as Christy Coleman, our Head of Creative Design and a fashion and celebrity makeup artist, applied the makeup to the models for our brand-new Shop by Look section. This collection of seven chic new looks includes many of Christy’s favorites that she’s created for fashion shoots—translated for women’s everyday lives. On top of the step-by-step makeup lessons we were taught for each look, we overheard some insider tips that were, frankly, news to us. These lesser-known gems are sure to take your makeup application to the next level.
Goji berries, acai, chia seeds…It seems like a new superfood golden child pops up at grocery stores and is touted by the press every year. The latest in a line of pint-size powerhouses generating buzz lately? Camu camu, a fruit from South America. You’re sure to see it at a store near you, so here’s a quick 411 on camu camu to help you make a more informed decision on whether it should end up in your morning smoothie.