Thursday, January 8, 2009

Cosmetic Safety Database

Have you ever wondered what was in the products you use on your body? The contents of these products should be as important to you as the products you put in your body. Most products that we use are loaded with chemicals and these chemicals are absorbed into the skin, which can cause major health problems. Since products labels are so difficult to read, we have a solution for you.

The Environmental Working Group created Skin Deep, the Cosmetic Safety Database, to help you weed out the good products from the bad. According to their website, the mission of the Environmental Working Group is "to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment". Everyone repeat after me "Thank You".

Skin Deep was launched in 2004 and since then has been providing consumers with the information they need to make smart choices about the products they put on their bodies. Can you believe that the government doesn't require companies to test products for safety before they're sold? It's true. And it's a damn shame, don't you think? Thousands of toxic substances work their way into your life via your shopping cart everyday and no one is policing them. What's a person to do? Be educated. Be informed. You will find the information you need and even some that you wish you didn't know about all with the click of your mouse.

The website is easy to use, with safety ratings for almost a quarter of all products currently on the market - 40,900 products containing 8,283 ingredients. You can search makeup, skin care, hair care, eye care, nail care, baby care, oral care and fragrance. Simply put in the name of the product or the name of the company that makes the product to find out how your product ranks. Each search will show a product score range from 0 - 10, a product count, and ingredient count. Products with a score of 0-2 are low hazard, 3-6 are moderate hazard, and 7-10 are high hazard. You will be surprised by the scores when you search products you use every day.

So head on over to to check your products. When you find that a product you use is a hazard to your health, please search for a safe product that will do the same thing. I have posted and will continue to post products that are safe for you and your family. And if you currently use a safe product that you would like to tell everyone about, please leave a comment. We are all in this together.


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Stubby said...

Kendy - Thanks for stopping by. I am constantly searching for earth friendly ideas and products to post about, so check back often.