By New York Times Journalist Knvul Sheikh February 15, 2023
Cosmetics and personal care products are notoriously under regulated. Companies often spruce up labels with words like “naturally derived,” “nontoxic” and “clean” — which sound good but are basically just marketing terms. How is the average consumer supposed to sort through which chemicals might do them harm?
You can search for a product by name or bar code on apps by the Environmental Working Group and Think Dirty to find ingredients of concern. They also provide a score based on the number of hazards linked to various chemicals. Clearya’s browser extension and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ Non-Toxic Black Beauty Database have similar offerings.