I’m Jess! And as many of you know, I am very passionate about trying to live a simpler, natural lifestyle and inspiring others to do the same. Pieces of that puzzle include eating a healthy, nourishing diet and using household-cleaning supplies and personal products void of toxins (and that are good for the environment, too). Like many of you, I wasn’t always aware that when I applied sunscreen, lotion, shampoo and the dozens of other products that I use daily, that I was applying toxic chemicals directly to my skin. Some of these chemicals can even get absorbed into our bloodstream.
Like many of us did or do, I assumed that we live in a highly regulated country, so the products I am using must be safe. I honestly, never questioned safety at all until recent years. I was so surprised when I finally learned that when it comes to the personal care industry, there are very minimal regulations.
Companies are allowed to use known toxins—ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and hormone disruption—without even disclosing these ingredients to us! Seems crazy, right?
Luckily, it's not all doom and gloom. There are some companies working hard to create safe skincare products and to change the industry. I've been spending tons of time researching them and trying out these different natural products. I’ve found that many of these crunchy items just don’t perform as well as I’d like. So I’ve learned to adapt and DIY (I love to DIY but you can only use coconut oil for so many things!). Moreover, the time needed to DIY can sometimes be consuming and with two kids and a full time job, I don’t always have that luxury.
I needed to find high performing products that embodied science and nature. With my obsessive personality, I dove in headfirst. I am thrilled to have discovered a brand that I love, trust and can really get behind! I joined Beautycounter as a consultant to spread the word and empower people to make safer choices.
I am excited to share what I’ve learned with you and to inspire you to do the same!
what can you do?
Get EWG's Healthy Living App (Environmental Working Group) and start scanning your products for safety.
As you run out of products, start switching to safer products that don't contain hormone disruptors, carcinogens and allergens.
The biggest ingredient offender? FRAGRANCE. It's completely legal for companies to hide hundreds of known toxic chemicals behind that one word.
Here are a few of my favorite Beautycounter products that I use daily!
How can you help Beautycounter’s mission?
Become a Beautycounter customer and vote with your dollars.
Host a get together for your friends, family, and clients to help education your loved ones
and earn free and 1/2 off products. I'll do the all the work!
I’m a small town Oregonian, a scientist, and a crunchy mom. Passionate about natural living, long distance cycling, cooking with my littles, cashew milk ice cream + margaritas (on the rocks - salt, please!).
xo, jess anderson
"More than a dozen natural skincare and cosmetic brands have formed the Counteract Coalition, an alliance of companies that supports the Personal Care Products Safety Act. The bill, introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), would, among other things, require manufacturers to post complete label information about products online, and force beauty companies to provide the Food and Drug Administration with information about the ingredients used in their products."