Thursday, November 22, 2007

Environmental Working Group’s SKIN DEEP cosmetic safety database


The recent media focus on toxic ingredients in cosmetics (such as lipstick) led me to learn more about this issue. It didn’t take long to find the SKIN DEEP database, part of the Environmental Working Group’s body of research.

This is an incredible resource and the ONLY one that I’ll talk about today. Since its launch in 2004, SKIN DEEP has performed safety ratings for over 25,000 personal care and cosmetic products. The database rates products on a scale of 0 to10 (0-2 low hazard, 3-6 moderate hazard, 7-10 high hazard). If a specific product or brand is not listed in the database, you can type in the ingredients instead.

So, I assessed all of the personal care products that my family uses and was very surprised to learn of the toxicity of so many of them! This knowledge has led our family to make many changes from soap to shampoo to toothpaste with our overall goal to stay within the low hazard range. For me, the easiest way to navigate the database was to scroll over the blue bar which highlights product categories.

If you are interested, I would be happy to share the products that we are using. This is a work in progress, we are still trying new things and are open for suggestions.

ENJOY this wonderful day!!!

(Of course Jon is cooking the TG meal which allows me the time to hang out and write to you!)


Michelle said...

Thanks for this useful information!

Anonymous said...


It's so great to share this info. Here are my picks for enviro-friendly dishwashing products--

Trader Joe's - to Godliness auto dish soap $3.69 for 46 oz.

Earth Friendly Products - natural lavender Ultra Dishmate dishwashing cleaner $2.50 - 2.99 at Whole Foods and Mrs. Green's