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Made of Mountains + Mountain Beauty Collective

Made of Mountains + Mountain Beauty Collective


If you don't already know Britt over at Made of Mountains, you are missing out. She has become such a wonderful support and friend through this season of motherhood, and happens to have the cutest shop (you can see her stuff here!). She also recently launched Mountain Beauty Collective, a curated site + tool for safer beauty products. As much as I want to spend a weekend in Montana with Britt and talk about this stuff over coffee and playdates, I was able to do a little virtual Q&A for you all to get to know her and her brand a little better. So sit down, grab a cup of coffee and hang out with us for a while. 

Mountain Beauty Collective Q&A
Mountain Beauty Collective

  • What is your inspiration behind Mountain Beauty Collective?

The Collective is a place for people who are interested in living a safer, cleaner, more toxic-free type of lifestyle. I wanted to create a space where we could educate but also a group that could learn, share and grow together. So many people are still not aware of the environmental toxins that we are exposed to on an everyday basis, particularly those that can be found in our personal care and beauty products. My hope is that through the MBCo we can help people to make better purchasing decisions and we also offer safer alternatives from Beautycounter.

  • When you decided to switch over to safer beauty products, why did you choose Beautycounter?

I unfortunately suffer from infertility and we chose to go though IVF to have our daughter Mary Liv.  That was such a hard and frustrating time. I began researching the causes of infertility and ran in to information about harmful ingredients that are often found in our personal care products (like shampoo, body wash and lotions) and negative effects on our reproductive health. It was at that point that I decided I wanted to make better choices, especially when we found out we were pregnant! A friend had started using Beautycounter and knew about my struggles - so she suggested that I give it a try. Now, almost all of the products I use on myself and on my daughter are from the BC line and I feel good knowing that they are safer.

  •  What is your favorite/most used product from Beautycounter?

The very first product I tried was the Dew Skin, which is a tinted moisturizer that also has SPF 20. I had been using a similar product from Clinique and wanted to choose something safer. I still use this product every single day and it is one of my favorites to recommend! It is moisturizing and has just enough lightweight coverage for me. The Countermatch collection is also a necessity for me during these cold, dry Montana winters. It has saved my skin!

  • If I want to start looking at ingredients in the products I use, what tools can I utilize and what do I need to look out for?

I really like to suggest that people try the Healthy Living App and Skin Deep Database from the Environmental Working Group. These databases have thousands of products that are rated based on their ingredient safety. Believe it of not, some manufacturers do not disclose all of their ingredients and so it can be difficult to figure out what might be hiding in them.  Beautycounter chooses to never use over 1500 harmful ingredients that can often be found in other products. It is called the Never List and we vow to never use the ingredients that can be found on that list, as they are known to be harmful to human health. 

  • What is your favorite product to give as a gift?

I LOVE to give items from our Baby Collection to my mom friends who are expecting. Particularly, the Soothing Oil and Diaper Rash Cream. They are unscented, safer but still very effective. Our Lip Sheers and Lip Glosses also make great gifts for teachers, friends or to give as Mother's Day presents. Lipsticks can be one of the worst offenders when it comes to harmful ingredients - many of them have lead! So, I like to give these safer products to those I love because I truly care about them and want the best for them!

  • Have you seen a difference in your skin using Beautycounter? 

Yes - yes - yes! I have always just thought that I had "bad" skin and it wasn't until I switched to these safer products that I have felt confident showing my skin off! I wear less foundation, break out less and have a more even skin tone. I attribute this to the fact that Beautycounter products do not have crazy chemicals like parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and a slew of other commonly used ingredients. I believe that possibly my skin was sensitive to these chemicals and I would have adverse reactions to them. 

Britt's passion behind her brand is so inspiring and refreshing, so when she asked if I wanted to try some Beautycounter products I didn't hesitate to say yes. Some of you know already, but I started using essential oils over 2 years ago when I became more obsessed with the products that we are exposed to in our home. I can't control outside of our home, but I am committed to minimizes toxins and chemicals in our household the best that I can.  When I learned about Beautycounter, I knew I would love it before I even tried it, simply because they are a company committed to educating others about safer beauty products first and foremost. Their mission is "To get safer products into the hands of everyone" and it was love for me after that. It's a huge plus that their products are amazing and actually work for my skin :).


I've been using the plumping line for about 3 weeks now and I've seen a big difference in my skin: the fine lines have gotten softer, my skin feels so radiant and my complexion has evened out overall. I also use the night cream moisturizer and the dew skin foundation as part of my daily skin care routine. It's so dry here in the desert so I need all the moisture I can get.  I use the plumping oil once a day, the nourishing night cream twice a day (AM + PM) and I use the plumping mask two times a week. After having Eloise, I don't wear as much make-up because it takes so long to put on. But my go-to daily products are the dew skin moisturizer from beauty counter, a little mineral power for more coverage and mascara. Anything else I manage to do in the mornings counts as extra :) 


We spend a lot of time outside, as a family on the weekends and I try to fill our days during the week with hikes, runs, exploring the desert, long walks, bike rides and park dates. We definitely take advantage of living in such a beautiful area. I get a lot of questions on how I manage to get outside so much and the only advice I have is to intentionally make time. I pick one day a week to put all schedules and naps aside and just have fun. Sometimes that's going to the zoo, and sometimes it's exploring in Joshua Tree National park. I think it's so important to let go and have a day to not care so much about responsibilities. I've also committed to hiking once a week until it gets too hot. Eloise loves it as long as I have snacks ;). Whatever you choose to do (it doesn't have to be outside, that is what I picked because it makes me happiest.. .self care looks different for everybody), be intentional, make a plan and stick to it. It's so, so important to take care of yourself and YOU deserve it.

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