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What's In Your Products?


Learn about categories of products of particular concern, plus look up safety rankings of the products you use with EWG's Skin Deep database.


FAQ: What Should I Buy?
Finding the safest cosmetics and personal care products is not easy. Our FAQ will help to simplify the process.

EWG's Skin Deep Database
Visit the world's largest database of chemicals in cosmetics to assess the toxicity of your favorite products and find safer alternatives. Skin Deep assesses 68,000 personal care products using the most reputable science sources, and assigns each product a score from 0-10 (10 is most toxic). We recommend choosing products in the 0-2 range.

Brazilian Keratin Hair Straighteners
The news has focused mostly around one brand, Brazilian Blowout, but many brands of Brazilian keratin smoothing treatments contain high levels of formaldehyde.

Pink-Ribbon Cosmetics
Pinkwashing: A term used to describe companies that position themselves as leaders in the fight against breast cancer while engaging in practices that may be contributing to rising rates of the disease.

Raining Pink Ribbons
The pink ribbon was originally neither pink nor was it intended to be used as a marketing tool.

Fragrance
Fragrance is considered a trade secret, so companies don't have to list the often dozens or even hundreds of synthetic chemical compounds it contains.

Lead in Lipstick
Lead in lipstick? Turns out, the urban legend is true.

Contaminants in Bath Products
Does baby shampoo need to contain cancer-causing chemicals? No but it often does.

Nail Products and Salons
Nail polish, polish removers and artificial nail products contain a host of toxic chemicals.

Natural and Organic Products
Think "pure, natural and organic" really means pure, natural and organic? Surprise!

Men's Products
Think men don't use cosmetics? Think again.

Nanotechnology
This emerging technology is almost entirely untested for its health effects, and no requirements exist for either testing or labeling these products.