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Less of the Harmful Chemicals

May 18, 2015

Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 ingreedients linked to health concerns in its cosmetics and skin care products, setting a new standard for high performance, health focused beauty products.

Based in Santa Monica, Calif, Beautycounter is lead­ing the way to better beauty, putting performance and health first. A certified B Corporation, Beauty­counter develops and sells chic, professional-grade cosmetics and skin care products made without ingredients linked to health concerns. The company has banned from its products more than 1,500 harm­ful ingredients linked to cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive toxicity, skin irritation, cumulative exposure risk and other hazards. Beautycounter was founded in 2013 by Gregg Renfrew, a forward thinking entrepreneur known for turning concepts into thriving businesses. She sold her successful bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Mar­tha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where she served the company in executive management. Gregg has served as a new concept advisor and consultant to Bergdorf Goodman, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, Intermix, Lela Rose, and Jessica Alba, among other high profile corporate and entertainment clients.

Just two years ago, few cosmetics labs had any experience with Beautycounter’s unconventional ap­proach to beauty products made without ingredients linked to health concerns.

“We’re turning decades of conventional thinking in the cosmetics industry on its head in a quest for better beauty, and our growing customer base proves that the market is ready for the change”

Today Beautycounter, one of the only certified B Corporations in the cosmetics industry, announced it has sold more than one million skin care and cosmetic products since launching in 2013. Beauty­counter sales have grown 325% year over year since Q1 2014, and the company expects to reach two million units sold by the end of 2015.

“We’re turning decades of conventional thinking in the cosmetics industry on its head in a quest for better beauty, and our growing customer base proves that the market is ready for the change,” said Gregg Renfrew, Beautycounter’s founder and CEO. “When we started Beautycounter, some people were telling us our vision was impossible. Now we’re well on our way to reducing harmful chemicals in people’s daily lives through our expanding product lines.”

Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 ingredi­ents that are linked to or suspected of contributing to serious health concerns. Examples of ingredients on Beautycounter’s Never List include phthalates, BPA, BHA, formaldehyde and synthetic colors and fragrances. Only 11 such chemicals are currently banned from skin care products in the United States, while the European Union has banned or restricted more than 1,300 ingredients.

As Congress considers legislation that would update federal cosmetics laws for the first time since 1938, Beautycounter’s growing sales are a clear indication that the company is ahead of regulators, and con­sumers are voting every day for safer products.

Expanding Product Line

Beautycounter’s skin care and cosmetics line expansion is a significant factor in its sales growth. In 2015 Beautycounter will introduce more than a dozen new products. Notably, on May 1, Beautycounter introduced Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer, its first product with SPF protection. Other recently released products include hand wash and lotion, body butter and a range of spring color cosmetics. Many more new products with added functionality targeting new consumer segments will be introduced throughout the year.

Beautycounter’s growth also reflects a shift in consumer demand toward brands that value more than simply maximizing profits. A 2014 Nielsen study revealed that brands with a strong commit­ment to social responsibility saw their sales increase faster than those without such a commitment. Beautycounter’s B Corporation certification by the non-profit B Lab means the company meets rigorous standards of social and environmental.