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By Michelle Nadel March 16, 2017

I’ll never forget the morning that I found out I was pregnant with my first child. A little plus-sign on that stick changed my whole world forever. I cut back on my favorite tuna bagels for fear of too much mercury. I stopped eating ice cream from the soft ice cream truck because of the chance of listeria, and no more sushi because of the danger of raw food. All for my sweet little girl growing in my belly. When Hannah was born, I was careful about her toys, her food, and even her clothing, making sure everything was SAFE for her. (Keep reading to get your free Beautycounter sample)

This was 12 ago and at that time, I thought I was doing everything I could to keep her safe. But I now know what I then didn’t know. That not only everything she put IN her mouth, but everything I put ON her body had to be safe too.

Did you know that the last time Congress passed a major Federal law regulating the beauty and personal care industry was in 1938? Did you know that the European Union has banned over 1400 toxic chemicals from products sold there? In the United States, we have banned only 30. That’s just not ok.

Thankfully, every day there are more and more companies who are taking it upon themselves to protect consumers in the face of little to no government regulation. Between now and 2020, Target will be pulling some major chemicals from its beauty and personal-care products and launching more transparent ingredient lists. Then there’s the company that I discovered 3 years ago which was just named by Fast Company one of the world’s most innovative companies for 2017: Beautycounter is a disruptive beauty brand dedicated to making safer, high-performing products, having banned over 1,500 questionable ingredients from the product line.

Beautycounter believes you never need to compromise your health in the name of beauty. Beautycounter takes the guess-work out of deciding what products are safe to use for your family because they have the strictest ingredient selection process in the industry and complete transparency. Last year Beautycounter came out with our Baby Line, which included a Soothing Oil, Daily Protective Balm and Gentle All-Over Wash and, just recently we added a Calming Diaper Rash Cream and Classic Diaper Bag to that round-up of safe products. 

When it comes to baby, simpler is definitely better. Remember the terrifying discovery that Johnson’s baby shampoo contained formaldehyde? Beautycounter's Gentle All-Over Wash is derived from plant sources including coconut fatty acids and provide a gentle, tear-free cleanse without the risk of contamination with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives like quaternium-15, or with potential carcinogens like 1,4-dioxane. Our Soothing Oil is made without “fragrance,” a much-used moniker that may contain dozens of ingredients - including phthalates and synthetic musks – linked to hormone disruption. The Daily Protective Balm contains only the most nourishing organic oils and butters that actually hydrate the skin, unlike petroleum-derived petrolatum, which may be contaminated with toxic chemicals like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). 

Macaroni Kid readers will receive a 10% discount on their first order (*new clients only and must contact Michelle directly to receive discount -- not available through website)

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Congratulations to Meghan for winning the Beautycounter Baby Bundle Giveaway! Meghan check your email ASAP to claim your prize. Didn't win but still interested in the Beautycounter Baby Bundle? Email  Michelle for a free sample.

Beautycounter by Michelle as seen in Macaroni Kid:

Oh Baby! Choosing a Healthy Start for your Baby (March 2016)
Breast Cancer and Our Environment (October 2015)
Who Put the Lead in my Lipstick? Ask the Beauty Industry (October 2014)
Beauty and the Beast: A Mom's Discovery about the Cosmetics Industry (April 2014)

About Michelle

Michelle Nadel lives with her husband and two children in Woodcliff Lake. She formerly practiced law in New York City before moving to Bergen County to start a family. Over three years ago, while on a quest to make healthier changes for her family, she was introduced to Beautycounter and learned more about their mission to get safe products into the hands of everyone. Now a Senior Director with the company, please contact Michelle at 201-562-2231 email if you have any questions about Beautycounter.

Disclosure: Beautycounter by Michelle is a sponsor of Macaroni Kid Northeast Bergen.