EWG's (Environmental Working Group) Healthy Home Tips: Personal Care Products

EWG's (Environmental Working Group) Healthy Home Tips provide useful information in small doses.  I have found the Cosmetic Database provided by EWG to be incredibly helpful when choosing personal care products.  Also, you can check out EWG's Shoppers Guide to Safe Cosmetics.

EWG's (Environmental Working Group) Healthy Home Tips:  Know the ingredients in your personal care products

Better products are truthful in their marketing claims and free of potentially worrisome ingredients. Some products might make claims like "gentle" or "natural," but since the government does not require safety testing, personal care product manufacturers can use almost any chemical they want, regardless of risks.

How to read a label

Every personal care product must list its ingredients. Here's how to navigate the label:

* Start at the end, with preservatives. Avoid:

o Words ending in "paraben"
o DMDM hydantoin
o Imidazolidinyl urea
o Methylchloroisothiazolinone
o Methylisothiazolinone
o Triclosan
o Triclocarban
o Triethanolamine (or "TEA")

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