Small Changes, Big Impact

July 19, 2017 0 Comments

Sometimes the smallest changes can have the biggest impact.

This is a guest post from Kate Robichaud, Senior Manager at Beautycounter

 

Ethical Living in Encircled’s versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.Five years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Grave’s, which affects your thyroid production. It was managed well with medication and my quality of life was good. After my second child was born, the symptoms worsened. I suffered from heart palpitations, dizzy spells, anxiety, weight gain and I struggled to get enough energy to make it through each day. My doctor’s conclusion was that the drugs were no longer effective and the best route would be to take my thyroid out, which meant I’d be on a different medication for the rest of my life. I was determined to find a different way.

I dove into the research and, through the support of natural care professionals, started making huge changes to my lifestyle. When you have a weak immune system, toxins can wreak havoc on your body, so it’s important to reduce your exposure. I started looking at what was going in my body, on my body and what I was using around the house. I switched to a paleo diet and started buying only organic. I started cleaning with essential oils and natural products. I always thought I had been making good decisions for myself and my family for our skincare but it wasn’t until I started to educate myself that I realized my choices were not as good as I had been led to believe. What you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream very quickly. When I was introduced to Beautycounter it was like finding my holy grail. I didn’t have to stress and analyze each purchase, obsessively pouring over ingredient lists. With Beautycounter’s commitment to transparency and safety, they earned my trust. Within six weeks of making these small but sweeping changes I was in remission!

What I’ve learned is that sometimes the smallest changes can have the biggest impact. Beautycounter’s Founder and CEO, Gregg Refrew, started making small changes to all areas of her life years ago after seeing The Inconvenient Truth. She had no idea we were being exposed to so many chemicals. She swapped glass for plastic, started using natural cleaning products, she even changed out her mattress! Gregg couldn’t find skincare and cosmetics that met her needs from a performance standpoint while simultaneously being safer for her health. This led her to launching Beautycounter, creating the movement for better beauty which has disrupted the beauty industry. She has welcomed thousands of women and men to join her on this mission and I am thrilled to be apart of it. Our mission: to get safer products into the hands of everyone. There are so many health concerns these days from asthma, allergies, infertility, cancer and hormone disruption and I want my children to be able to walk into a store, grab something off the shelf and not have to question if it’s safe.

 

5 SMALL CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE RIGHT NOW

That will have a big impact on your health, and the planet

 

1. USE A SAFE LAUNDRY DETERGENT

Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ? What you put on your skin and what comes in contact with your skin - like laundry detergent -  is just as important as what you put in your body. Many detergents contain potentially harmful ingredients which will sit next to your skin for a lengthy period of time and can be absorbed.

2. CHOOSE ORGANIC

Buying your fruit, vegetables and meat organic is an easy way to reduce the number of chemicals you are exposed to on a daily basis. There are great options for sourcing organic foods affordably these days, with many communities having weekly local organic delivery boxes.You can also have a look into CSAs (community supported agriculture) during your local growing season. Find a farm to buy your meat from, often times buying organic meat direct from the farmer is the same price as conventional at the grocery store. If budget is a concern, prioritize! EWG’s dirty dozen and clean fifteen list can help you determine what fruits and vegetables have the highest risk of chemical contamination and which ones are okay to buy conventional.  

Ethical Living in Encircled’s versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.3. ADD INDOOR PLANTS TO FILTER THE AIR

The air in your home can become contaminated by cleaning products, furniture, fabrics and synthetic building materials. Pollen, bacteria and mold can also contribute to indoor air pollution. Plants do a great job at purifying the air. Try an easy to care for plant such as a spider plant, dracaena or aloe vera.

Ethical Living in Encircled’s versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.4. SWAP PERFUME FOR ESSENTIAL OIL

Perfume typically contains synthetic fragrances, which can be a combination of dozens of chemicals. Fragrance can cause asthma attacks, trigger dermatitis, and disrupt hormones. Choose essential oils instead, which are extracted from plants. Bonus - they also address various skin, emotional and wellbeing concerns.

5. PICK A SAFE SUNSCREEN

Pick a safe sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens work by acting like a sponge and absorbing the sun’s rays when they hit your skin - think about that for a moment - and are known to cause allergic reactions and hormone disruption. Physical sunscreen like Zinc oxide or Titaium Oxide act as a shield by reflecting and scattering UV rays to prevent them from penetrating or damaging the skin. In addition, Oxybenzone, which is found in many chemical sunscreens, is known to cause damage to coral reefs. Choose a sunscreen with non-nano zinc oxide - a mineral that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and hasn’t been found to be dangerous to the ocean ecosystem.

Ethical Living in Encircled’s versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.

Tip: The easiest way I’ve found to make sure I’m choosing the healthiest products is using The Environmental Working Group’s app Healthy Living when I’m shopping. You can plug in the product into their huge database and it will rate it for you on the spot.

Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues are on the rise and are due in part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals. There are more than 80,000 chemicals in personal products on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skincare and beauty industry. What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) continues to allow companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful.

Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 of those chemicals to date and Canada has banned 600.

Just like buying more ethical fashion, we deserve better and need to, as consumers, take an active role in understanding what is in our beauty products, and the effects on our health.

At Beautycounter, we’re committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by Canadian and U.S. law: We’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through our "Never List”—all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.

Simple swap outs of everyday beauty products can make a huge difference to your health.This is about progress—not perfection, because every little bit counts.

Ethical Living in Encircled’s versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.

We’d like to help you get started with a giveaway from ENCIRCLED and BEAUTYCOUNTER.

This prize pack includes Beautycounter Cleansing Balm, Colour Pinch Cream Blusher in Hibiscus, Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion, No.1 Brightening Face Oil, paired with our Transform Legwarmer, The Travelista Headband and a $25 Gift Card to Encircled. 


HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

1. Follow @kates.clean.slate and @encircled_ on Instagram.
2. Tag a friend who loves natural beauty on the Encircled Instagram entry post.

Good luck! For details on rules an regulations, see here: Rules and Regulations





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The Chrysalis Cardi

Size
Garment Length (Laid Flat) Garment Width (Laid Flat) Bust 
(inches)
Waist 
(inches)
Hip 
(inches)
Height 

Regular

(xs - xxl)

38" 39.5" 32"-41" 25"-34" 35"-44" 5'2"-6'0"

Petite

(xxs - m)

35" 34.5" 27"-35" 23"-28" 30"-38" <5'4"

Maxi

(xl - xxxl)

43" 41.5" 41"-52" 33"-45" 44"-56" <6'0"

Fit Advice: The Regular Chrysalis Cardi is a one size fits most garment ranging from sizes XS-XXL or 2-14. It can be easily belted in multiple ways, however the Regular is not recommended for petite or shorter woman due to the volume of fabric - See Petite Cardi. The Regular is also not recommended for curvier/taller women due to fabric pulling around the bust or bottom - See Maxi Cardi.

We recommend watching the how-to wear videos to see how much fabric drape and length you would like in your finished garment. If you are in between sizes, it is best to size up and the garment can always be tailored shorter to better suit your look - you cannot add more fabric unfortunately!

The Petite is best suited for women 5'4" and under with a smaller frame, although it will also work on women above this height (depending on preferred length when styled). 

The Maxi is best suited for all women under 6’0” with a curvier shape to eliminate any uncomfortable fabric pulling, although it will also work on women who are a bit less curvy (depending on preferred length when styled).

*If you have any questions on sizing, please contact us - Remember it is best to provide us with your height and size range of garments that you already own! 

 

The Dressy Sweatpant

WHEN WORN AT YOUR NATURAL WAIST

Worn higher up to sit at natural waist - straight leg tapers from the hip to ankle opening.

Size XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16)
Waist (inches)
23" - 25"
25" - 28"
28" - 32"
32" - 34"
34" - 37"
Hip (inches)
32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
44" - 47"
Inseam (inches) 26.5"

Fit Advice: We recommend staying with your usual size if you are in-between sizes. The cut on The Dressy Sweatpants is more generous and the fit is meant to be drapey and slightly loose. 

 

The Essential Long Sleeve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14-16 (XXL)
Bust 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 33 - 36" 36 - 39" 39 - 42"
42 - 45"
Waist 23 - 25" 25 - 27" 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 34 - 36"
36 - 38"
Hips 30 - 32" 33 - 36" 36 - 38" 38 - 41" 41 - 44"
44 - 47"
Front Length / Back Length 24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"

Fit Advice: The Essential Long Sleeve Top fits a bit larger than our usual tees. We suggest to order true to your normal size, however since the styling is more flowy than our other Encircled tees it is suggested to size down if you prefer a tighter look. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Evolve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M)
10 - 12 (L)
14 - 16 (XL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
Waist 20-22" 23-25" 26-28" 32-34" 35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
Fit Advice: The fit of The Evolve top is drapey but tapers towards the hip and it tends to fit large. We recommend for you to size down from your normal size if you are unsure. The fabric on The Evolve top has a natural stretch that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 

 

 

The Flipside Legging 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam 28" 28"
28"
28"
28"

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing up if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The modal fabric on The Flipside Leggings is not as 'taut' as synthetic fabrics like polyester, so if you prefer a snugger fit in the waist area of your leggings, size down. The Flipside Leggings are pre-shrunk.

 

 The Minimalist Legging + The Minimalist Crop Legging

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The bamboo fabric on The Minimalist Leggings is tighter than the Flipside Leggings. The Minimalist Leggings are pre-shrunk.

 

The Nomadic V-Neck

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
42.5 - 44.5
Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
45-47"
Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
28"

Fit Advice: The Nomadic V-Neck fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Retrograde Kimono Dress

Size
XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16) 
Bust (Inches)
28 - 32"
31" - 34"
34 - 37"
36 - 40"
40 - 49"
Waist (Inches)
23" - 25"
24" - 27"
27" - 30"
30" - 34"
35" - 40"
Hip (Inches)
30" - 34"
34" - 37"
36" - 39"
39" - 44"
44" - 49"
Length (Inches)
At longest, 30"
At longest, 31"
At longest, 32"
At longest, 33"
At longest, 34"

Fit Advice: The Retrograde Kimono Dress runs larger than our other Encircled designs and is our most "oversized" piece in the collection. We suggest to order true to your normal size to get the intended look. If you prefer a slimmer or tighter look, we suggest choosing a size down than your usual Encircled size.

 

The Reversible Pencil Skirt

Size
XS (0-2)
S (2-4)
M (6-8)
L (10-12)
XL (14-16)

Waist (inches)

23" - 26"
26" - 29"
29" - 32"
32" - 34"
35" - 37"

Hip (inches)

32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
45" - 47"

Length Total (inches)

20"
21"
22"
23"
24"

Fit Advice: The Reversible Pencil Skirt fits true to size, but it's suggested to size up if you fall between sizes. The pencil skirt offers a smooth silhouette that slightly tapers from waist to hips and down through to the hem, hitting just at knee length. A pencil skirt should smoothly skim your curves, so to get a perfect fit, first identify your largest measurement then choose the size offering in that range while still allowing for some stretch. The fabric on The Reversible Pencil skirt has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

 

 

The Revolve Dress II + The Sleeveless Revolve Dress

 
Size
0-2 (XS)
4-6 (S)
8-10 (M) 12-14 (L) 16-18 (XL)
Bust (inches)
30.5 - 32.5 "
33.5 - 35.5 "
36.5 - 38.5 "
39.5 - 41.5 "
42.5 - 44 "
Waist (inches)
25-26 "
28-29 "
30-31 "
32-34 "
35-37"
Hips (inches)
33-36 "
37-39 "
40-42"
43-45 "
46-48"
Length (inches)
At longest, 34.5" Adjustable
At longest, 35.25" Adjustable
At longest, 36" Adjustable
At longest, 36.75" Adjustable
At longest, 37.5" Adjustable

Fit Advice: The Revolve Dress is designed to fit drapey that tapers towards the hip. We recommend staying with your typical dress size. If your hip measurements are above the guide, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. The fabric on The Revolve Dress has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

 

The Wanderer Sleeveless T 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
42.5 - 44.5"
Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
45-47"
Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
28"

Fit Advice: The Wanderer Sleeveless T fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

The Reversibe Bandeau Bra  

Size
(XS/S) (M/L)
Bust 30 - 33" 34 - 37"

Fit Advice: The Reversible Bandeau Bra fits true to size and the wide elastic band provides light to medium support. To ensure proper fit, measure your bust and check our size guide.