do you know what’s in your beauty products?

have you heard of the environmental working group {ewg}? i hadn’t either until very recently. the ewg’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. a few days ago i downloaded their skin deep cosmetics database mobile app and obsessed might be an understatement.

it’s very easy to use, you either scan a barcode from a product or search for it by name and the app gives you the hazard score for that item. 1-2 is low hazard, 3-6 is medium hazard, and 7-10 is high hazard. basically, the higher the score the worse it is for you to be applying to your skin. i really haven’t even scratched the surface yet in terms of evaluating my beauty products but what i do know is i have to make some changes. for example:

the cleansing wipes i use almost every night are a 6

the nars lipstick pencil i wear almost every day is a 6

the kerastase shampoo that i use twice a week is a 7

so, what’s my plan now that i have access to this information? throw away all my products? start making lipstick from berries? stop using deodorant? no. definitely no. there are lots of safe products out there, and now i feel like i have a very easy to use educational tool to make better choices. now when i purchase a beauty product i can quickly research it and decide the best option for me. it’s also great to know companies like beautycounter are committed to getting safe products in the hands of everyone.

after you download the app let me know what product ratings were most surprising {bad or good} to you.



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