My personal care and cosmetics used to be an area where I willfully ignored. Just like the section of the beach hiding the shipwreck looks smooth, so does the cosmetics aisle in the drug store. Turns out, behind all those shiny labels and beautiful products, there's plenty of danger lurking just below the surface.
I'm guilty of it too- we all want instant gratification. When things don't work in the first week, we often dismiss them. It's why millions of dollars of exercise equipment sits unused in basements across America. I want to plant broccoli on Monday and eat it on Friday. When it's not ready until August, it's hard.
I especially love the Glow Shimmer Oil because I know that every ingredient Beautycounter uses is sustainably sourced. Did you know that most cosmetic products that include shimmer or glitter are sourced from dangerous and illegal mica mines, mostly worked by children under the age of 10 years old in India? After 7-8 hours of laboring in treacherous conditions, most children earn just enough to eat for the day, equivalent to approximately $0.33. I am simply not okay in my heart with this and am saddened that I used to support many of the major multi-national companies who source through these mica mines. Knowing this makes me all the more thankful for Beautycounter's strict sourcing standards and sustainability efforts ... Beautycounter truly isn't just a beauty company, we are a company on a mission to make the world better.
It's a good news, bad news situation. On the one hand, conventional companies are hearing us. On the other, they're adding some "organic" or "natural" ingredients and calling it a green product.