Beautycounter: Beauty Products without Harmful Ingredients

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 Beautycounter products claim to offer a line of beauty products free of harmful chemicals & additives.

The goal of good skincare and beauty products is to nurture and enhance the skin, not to harm the body with ingredients like parabens, formaldehyde and mercury.  Target has heard from their customers that they want affordable skincare that is “safe.” I had the opportunity to try some of the products at a special event Target held in Los Angeles, the hometown of the Santa Monica based Beautycounter team.


The Beautycounter facial creams on display in Los Angeles.

What makes Beautycounter safer than most beauty /skincare products?   It’s the list of ingredients they don’t use, called  “The Never List,” a compilation of 1,500 ingredients, including parabens, formaldehyde and mercury that are not used in Beautycounter products.

Are these products that are good for your skin and feel pampering?  I tried the amazing Lemon Grass body scrub and the Nourishing Cream Exfoliator this week. In my opinion these are great products at an affordable price point.   The Lemon Grass body scrub has a great scent, gets off the dead skin and puts moisture back into the skin with natural oils.

I’m interested in trying one of their top sellers, the Beauty Counter Cleansing Balm.  According to Beautycounter CEO Gregg Renfrew, the Cleansing Balm “does triple work as a cleanser, a makeup remover and a nighttime treatment.”   Sounds like a the holy grail of skincare for busy working women.

These products are available now on with a  significantly lower price point than other organic beauty products like goop beauty by Gwenyth Paltrow.   Readers, have any of your tried Beautycounter? What do you think of the products? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.