Tested on animals:No
We understand Beautycounter's desire to provide cosmetics made with natural ingredients, but when many of the natural ingredients do more harm than good for skin, that's not good skincare, no matter how natural the formula happens to be. Unfortunately, that's the case with some of the natural ingredients included in Hydrate Everyday Body Lotion.
This lotion feels moisturizing, thanks to a mix of emollients like safflower seed oil, jojoba butter, squalane, and shea butter, and all of these have antioxidant benefit as well. In fact, this would have been a good option for normal to dry skin, but—you knew there was a "but" coming!—this also contains some fragrant plant oils that could cause problems for skin.
Orange peel oil, lemon oil, tangerine peel oil, and peppermint oil are all included, and even though there isn't much of them in here, there is enough to be a concern. All of these ingredients cause irritation, and there is no research showing that any of these oils can have positive results when applied topically.
If Beautycounter had not included these potentially irritating ingredients, this body lotion would definitely have gotten a higher rating. As it stands, though, we suggest you look for one of the options on our list of Best Body Lotions instead.
- Contains a mix of beneficial emollients that also have antioxidant benefits.
- Contains several fragrant oils that have strong potential to irritate skin.
Our lightweight citrus-mint body lotion is like a drink of water for thirsty skin. Made with a moisturizing blend of marula, mongongo, and safflower oils plus shea and jojoba butters, this fast-absorbing formula feels rich and nourishing. Perfect for everyday use and packed with antioxidants, amino and fatty acids to soften and condition skin.
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Linoleic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Olivate, Carbomer, Sorbitan Olivate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Squalane, Allantoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Hydrolyzed Amaranth Protein, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract.
Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described “serial entrepreneur” Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewart’s media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.
Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brand’s primary focus is provide what it calls “safe” skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing “harmful” is used.
For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.
Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.