Sarah’s bat­tle with breast can­cer in­spired her all-nat­u­ral beauty line

Af­ter Sarah Kelly was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer, she strug­gled to make sense of why it had hap­pened. But she got the an­swer when her ill­ness in­spired a healthy idea that helps women like her!

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Sarah Kelly stared at her­self in the mir­ror, gap­ing at her re­flec­tion in awe. “I can’t be­lieve how beau­ti­ful I feel!” the 36-year-old breathed, mar­veling at the magic some bright lip­stick and a colorful scarf had worked. Ever since she’d been di­ag­nosed with stage III triple neg­a­tive breast can­cer when she was 32 weeks preg­nant with her se­cond child, Sarah’s world had been turned up­side down. Along with the ter­ror and the harsh treatments, fa­tigue and nau­sea, the Maine na­tive had also lost her beau­ti­ful red hair, and with it, her con­fi­dent fem­i­nine en­ergy she’d af­fec­tion­ately called her “salti­ness.”

But that day, her sis­ter, Leah, an on­col­ogy nurse, had come over with some makeup,

and with one coat of lip­stick, she com­pletely trans­formed Sarah’s spir­its. “I feel good for the first time in so long!” Sarah ex­claimed.

Still, the sis­ters were per­plexed about how, with no fam­ily his­tory, Sarah had got­ten breast can­cer. Af­ter do­ing some re­search, they were shocked to dis­cover that harm­ful chem­i­cals in the very beauty prod­ucts that made Sarah feel so good about her­self could have raised her risk of can­cer.

“We have to help other women pro­tect them­selves,” the sis­ters re­solved. And an idea bloomed.

Mak­ing over hearts

To raise aware­ness of toxic in­gre­di­ents in makeup, the sib­ling team be­gan cu­rat­ing nat­u­ral beauty prod­ucts and sell­ing them in a small bou­tique. As their busi­ness grew, they be­gan to think even big­ger. “Why don’t we start our own line of colorful or­ganic cos­met­ics?” Sarah sug­gested, and Leah en­thu­si­as­ti­cally agreed.

Re­al­iz­ing they needed guid­ance, Sarah con­tacted chemists for ad­vice on how to make cos­met­ics that were not only non­toxic but also nour­ish­ing. And af­ter trial and er­ror, Sarah and Leah launched a line of lip­sticks called Sal­ty­girl (Sal­ty­girl­beauty.com), fol­lowed by an aloe-based foun­da­tion, mas­cara and more.

See­ing other women re­cover their con­fi­dence as they used Sal­ty­girl prod­ucts in­spired Sarah as she en­tered re­mis­sion. “I want to do even more to help them!” she beamed. So she and Leah be­gan the War­rior Revo­lu­tion con­fer­ence to em­power women with can­cer through ed­u­ca­tion and makeovers. They also formed a non­profit, Foun­da­tion4love, which has raised $40,000 to of­fer stress-re­liev­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to fam­i­lies nav­i­gat­ing a di­ag­no­sis.

“Sup­port­ing women in their heal­ing process is such a gift,” says Leah. Sarah, who has been can­cer-free for four years and is the mother of a healthy 4-year-old girl, agrees. “Help­ing women like me to heal heals me ev­ery day!” — Alexan­dra Pol­lock

“Opt­ing for nat­u­ral per­sonal care prod­ucts can cut can­cer risk!” — Sara Got­tfried, M.D.

“Nour­ish­ing women’s hearts and bod­ies through non­toxic makeup is our call­ing!” say Leah ( left) and Sarah ( right), who cre­ated Sal­ty­girl Beauty

was Sarah’s daugh­ter in born as Sarah was the midst of treat­ment for breast can­cer Sarah (left) and Leah (right) cre­ated a nat­u­ral beauty line to help women fight­ing can­cer

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