Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration doesn't ensure the safety of personal care products before they hit the market? This means that there are thousands of products available for sale right now that contain toxic, hazardous ingredients. Since the government has no plans to enforce regulations on safety labeling, it’s up to the consumer to find out which products are safe to use. That’s where the Environmental Working Group comes in. This influential watchdog organization has created a free searchable database of nearly 15,000 products, from foundation, lip gloss, and perfume, to shampoo, deodorant and contact lens cleaners, all with safety scores of one to five, five being the worst.
Some of the worst offenders include:
However, the following are considered safe:
Many harmful ingredients have been linked to cancer, and because lots of these products get washed down the drain, to rivers and streams, they end up affecting wildlife. Do yourself, your family, and the environment a favor and make safer choices in the drugstore aisles.
Reviewer: Kirstie Harless, FIDM Library Staff Member, S.F.