Last week we made an announcement over on our instagram. We're not going to lie we were terrified it was going to scare you all away. We announced our decision to become Beautycounter consultants. We already see the scared looks on your faces.
"We promise to not be those people. You know the ones that make you scared to accept a friend request because as soon as you do they will start messaging you to buy their latest product or like every photo you've ever posted just to finally comment and beg you to have a party."
Girl Scout Honor and Pinky Promise. - That's not us and never will be.
This isn't a choice that we made lightly at all.
We want you guys to be on this journey with us. What is a journey without friends?This is our "why" we chose Beautycounter.
A couple of months before my wedding I had made the decision to try out a cleanse I had found on pinterest. I mean where else would you look. I had one last cheat meal before my cleanse week commenced. It was bittersweet. That cheat meal was amazing however I knew I would reap the benefits of riding my body of those bad choices I had previously made. The cleanse I chose was an intimidating 7 days of a strict but small list of foods I could eat each day. It was tough and very structured with no room for mistakes but I was ready especially with my upcoming wedding as motivation.
Surprisingly that week wasn't terrible and I felt amazing. I lost a few pounds but that was nothing to the energy and the focus I had. It was as if I had the best sleep of my life...every morning. It was so empowering and I instantly couldn't wait to start another cleanse. I was obsessed with this wake up call my body had experienced. I wanted to feel this way all the time.
I started stalking the web for more. It went from reading blogs about organic lifestyles to news articles on the chemicals found in foods as well as everyday products. Then one day it hit me, "what we put into our body is just as important as what goes onto our body." . I began the process of replacing my everyday products to better, safer choices. I switched to organic foods from local markets to cut down on toxins used by big companies and my beauty products started making the same switch.
Finding safe beauty products was a much harder task then replacing apples with organic apples . I was having to do research on every single item. It was exhausting! Then I found Beautycounter and realized their mission and mine were the same. They made a whole line of not only cosmetics but skincare too. I was thrilled and relieved. I felt like I had a go-to for safe products. This is when I knew I had to get Heather on board. I knew she would love it just as much as I did. And this amazing feeling just had to be shared.
Best decision of my life. I may not be a total health junkie 24/7 or go to the gym everyday like I say I will but I find a since of security in knowing the products I'm using day to day aren't compromising my health or beauty routine.
Taylor had a huge part in me finding not only Beautycounter but finding the scary truth lurking in my day to day products. When Taylor started what I like to call her "health kick" turned lifestyle change, she put a lot of effort into finding safer alternatives. A LOT. I felt like every time we were together she was wanting to stop by some store to see if they had a certain brand of deodorant or toothpaste, heck even sunscreen. I found myself as a wing man on her journey of non toxic products and wanted to know why and what was wrong with what she was currently using as she made the switch on what felt like everything in her bathroom.
I'm not going to lie the thought of replacing all of my everyday products with new stuff scared me and I'm not exactly a fan of change. Taylor knowing me so well introduced me to a dear friend who had been a huge inspiration to her when finding the Beautycounter brand. She showed me a video that changed my views drastically.
If you have 4 minutes to spare. This video put into perspective what I was up against.
This video hit home for me right out of the gate. At the age of 22, when my husband wasn't my husband yet, we had been dating of five years when he was diagnosed with cancer. I was barely 21 at the time and it was the scariest day of our lives. Our world was turned upside down.
After multiple surgeries, many scans and check up's later he is now completely healthy and will be cancer free for 3 years as of July. Praise Jesus!
The emotional toll it takes on you is unimaginable and to feel helpless as your body rebels against you is all consuming. To stand beside him and watch this thing happen that you can't do a thing about is like watching a giant wave come crashing over you when you can't swim and releasing all control you thought you ever had over your life to this thing you don't trust. We were told "it happens" and that this type of cancer "isn't genetic". At the young age of 21 and 22, we thought we were invincible. Who doesn't at that age? It was a giant slap of adulthood that we were never prepared for.
My husband had never smoked and wasn't even a social drinker at this point in our lives. He was healthy and then all of the sudden we were told he had testicular cancer. If we could have gone back and done something differently to prevent it from happening we would have but to never know why he was fighting this fight was defeating in itself.
Watching that 4 minute video made me realized that we can't always escape what life has in store for us but we can make changes to take care of this life that we have been given. We put hundreds of chemicals on our body everyday not even realizing just how harmful they could be. We may never know what was the cause of his cancer but we do know our home no longer welcome's these chemicals with open arms. Even though searching for a non toxic deodorant is a hassle and don't even get me started on safe sunscreen, it seems almost trivial to let this mere hassle deter us from a safer lifestyle.
Joining Beautycounter wasn't about signing up to sell awesome products. It was a decision to join this amazing movement to put regulations into the ingredients of our beauty products and to take a stand for change in our beauty industry. We shouldn't have to compromise our health for our beauty products.
This is what Sweet Magnolia Beauties was created for. To allow people to feel beautiful inside and out. What better way to do that then to beautify people with safe, all natural products.