Tested on animals:No
Beautycounter says this liquid body wash is "perfect" for children, but there's nothing special about this that makes it better for kids. In fact, it contains a number of irritants that make this a poor option, regardless of your age!
The bulk of this water-based product's formula is gentle surfactants and detergent cleansing agents, just like most other body washes on the market (there are no truly unique ingredients in here). But if you look farther down on the ingredient list you'll find a host of potentially irritating ingredients, including orange peel oil, lemon peel oil, grapefruit peel oil, and tangerine peel oil, and that doesn't even include the buchu leaf oil (listed here as Barosma betulina leaf oil), which contains camphor (yet another skin irritant). There's absolutely no benefit to be gained from any of these ingredients, save for a citrus smell, but fragrance is never skincare.
Even though this product is meant to be rinsed off, these potential irritants are potent enough that it's not recommended, especially for children, whose immune systems and skin are still developing. We suggest looking into the far gentler options on our list of Best Body Washes.
- Contains gentle surfactants and cleansing agents.
- Contains orange peel oil, lemon peel oil, grapefruit peel oil, tangerine peel oil, and buchu leaf oil, all of which can irritate skin, and that's bad for skin of any age.
Suds up safely. Our gentle, safe body wash conditions little ones’ skin without over-drying, so it’s perfect for your child’s daily bath time routine.
Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprylate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Decyl Glucoside, Diglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Panthenol, Punica Granatum Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Artemisia Pallens Flower Oil, Barosma Betulina Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Picea Glauca Branch/Leaf Oil.
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.