October 8, 2007

Skin Deep - Cosmetic Database

Here's a site I thought I'd share with you:

Skin Deep - Cosmetic Database

The researchers behind Skin Deep have compiled a database of more than 25,000 cosmetic products and compared it against multiple toxicity databases.

Each product has been given a hazard rating from 1 to 10, with 10 being the most dangerous level of toxicity.

I was curious and looked up some of the products I use regularly, and I wasn't very happy with the results.


My eye shadow rated a 5.

Its ingredients are linked to: Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Violations, Restrictions & Warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Neurotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes.


My concealer rated a 5.


My blush rated a 6.

Its ingredients are linked to Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Violations, Restrictions & Warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes


My cleansing water rated a 5.

What I love most about this product is the smell. Unfortunately the fragrance of my Eau de Bienfait Clarte is a known human immune system toxicant with a hazard rating of 8!



My favorite lipstick has an hazard rating of 8!!!

Its ingredient are linked to Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Miscellaneous
Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Violations, Restrictions & Warnings, Persistence and bioaccumulation.

With this added knowledge, I wasn't sure if I wanted to laugh or cry at Sephora's description of my Dior Addict Lipstick:

Lipstick to die for
...

Will I stop using all of my products because they are slowly killing me? I don't know, but I think I will start paying more attention to natural ingredients and organic cosmetics.
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5 comments:

Suzann said...

Glad you found that list. It's amazing what we injest, rub into our skin, and pile on our eyes. I've gotten into natural cosmetics, too. Especially shampoo - the scalp absorbs things more than other parts of the body. Thanks for the blog!

Bionic Beauty said...

I love this database! I found it a few months back and it's very handy when looking for new products. I use it to check for any ingredients I'm allergic to as well.

NY Spender said...

Thank you Suzann. It's scary finding out facts like these. We take for granted the fact that anything made for our faces and bodies should be safe, and instead we find out that those things can make us pretty sick. It almost puts cigarettes companies in prospective.

pamgreeneyes said...

Check into Arbonne International. Only pure safe and beneficial Botanically based products. From skin care, make-up, aromatherapy, vitamins, baby products, sun care etc...

Maria said...

I have used this product & have been quite satisfied with it.