Category: Clean beauty


Straight from a doctor’s mouth: why we need to make changes to our personal care products especially those we use on our kids

Beautycounter is about cancer prevention. That’s why we always say we’re a movement to get safer products into the hands of everyone.

Each month, our extended team gets together here in San Diego (we also do these in other parts of the country if you’re located elsewhere and interested in attending one) to continue educating ourselves on topics and issues related to health and wellness. Last night, our guest speaker was Dr. Adam Silberman, a naturopath in La Jolla who has trained extensively all over the world and who has an impressive list of celebrity clientele (although you would never know it given his humble and goofy personality).

Dr. Silberman’s talk focused on how toxins found in every day products can negatively impact our endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. He had so many valuable insights to share but here are a few of what I thought were the most important takeaways:

  • He recently treated a 13 year-old patient with severe face, chest and neck acne by having her stop all personal care products for ten days. She wasn’t allowed to use anything on her hair or body except water and apple cider vinegar. By day ten, her acne was completely gone. She was thrilled and immediately wanted to start using her personal care products again to which his answer was “not the same ones you were using before!” 
  • Some toxins never leave the body which is why they’re found in human tissue even after a person is deceased. Even something that seems mundane like walking on grass after it’s been sprayed with pesticides can stay in your body forever. Skin is our largest organ and it absorbs whatever it comes into contact with–just think about how nicotine patches and pain relief creams get absorbed into the skin. The same goes for the shampoo, lotion, sunscreen and makeup we’re using on our bodies every day. 
  • We have to be our own health advocates! The amount of toxins he sees in some of his patients’ blood work is off the charts yet our government doesn’t do much of anything to protect our health when it comes to the personal care industry. Because of the lack of overall regulation and loopholes with things like transparency, reading labels isn’t enough–we must do our research using resources like the Environmental Working Group.

Knowing that we must be our own advocates, I’ll leave you with this: What small changes can you make today that will have a big impact on you tomorrow?

With love, lipstick and lavender,



Spring Clean Your Way to Healthier Skin

When the weather gets warmer, we tend to think about making healthier choices and those choices are often related to food.

As a foodie myself, I feel like I’m in a constant tug-of-war between eating clean and indulging in my love for cheese and chocolate!

But have you ever stopped to think about what you’re putting on your body instead of just what you’re putting in your body?

I recently had the honor of partnering with Athleta to share my thoughts on creating a safer beauty regime. Check out their Chi blog for my three easy ways to become an empowered consumer and start spring-cleaning your vanity!

With love, lipstick and lavender,



Welcome to my Middle Ground

If you’re reading this, we’re probably more alike than you think. Are you someone who starts her day off by sweating out the toxins in a hot yoga class and then proceeds to replace all of those toxins with a glass of pinot (or two!) that same evening? Have you taken a shot of kimchi to promote gut health and then washed it down with a slab of blue cheese and crackers? When your kids are having trouble sleeping for the bazillionth time, have you tried rubbing lavender on their feet and then given up and busted out the benadryl? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we’re well on our way to becoming fast friends! Here’s the deal: I’m not a free spirited, crunchy-munchy, earth mama. I believe Western medicine serves an important purpose, and I’m a foodie that can’t seem to find my “off button” with certain bad-for-my-gut goodies like cheese (clearly there’s a theme here!).  At the same time, I’m super invested and passionate about the mind, body, spirit connection. I believe that Western medicine could learn more than a thing or two from Eastern medicine. I stalk spiritual gurus on Instagram, make regular visits to my acupuncturist to unblock all the work I’ve done to block my chi and practice hot, stinky yoga. Simply put, I fall into what I like to call the “middle ground”–a space where lipstick meets lavender.

The “middle ground” is exactly why I founded this site. I believe there are many like-minded, modern women out there like me who are curious about exploring different elements of holistic living but who find it intimidating or unattainable within their current lifestyles. My goal is to show you there can be an easy middle ground based on what that middle ground looks like for me.

As someone who has been exploring the mind, body, spirit connection for ten years, I have a lot to share with you that falls under the “umbrella” of holistic living—everything from face readers, intuitives and numerologists, to meditations, blogs, books, cleanses, retreats and essential oils. The list is endless and there are many funny stories to go along with it.

So buckle up my friends…let’s get this journey started!

With love, lipstick and lavender,