Skin Deep – Cosmetics Safety Database

August 7, 2010

A couple of days ago I wrote about the Environmental Working Group, which is an organization that exposes threats to both us and our environment, and then works to find sustainable, healthy solutions. One of the tools they have created is Skin Deep, a cosmetics safety database.

This description comes from their website: “It’s our mission at Environmental Working Group to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG’s Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. We launched Skin Deep in 2004 to create online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. Our aim is to fill in where industry and government leave off. Companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish. The U.S. government doesn’t review the safety of products before they’re sold. Our staff scientists compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases. Now in its eighth year, EWG’s Skin Deep database provides you with easy-to-navigate safety ratings for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market. At about one million page views per month, EWG’s Skin Deep is the world’s largest personal care product safety guide.”

Skin Deep currently contains health information on 68,032 products and 2,865 brands. You can search by product, ingredient, company, or category (ie. toothpaste, lotion, etc.). The results come back with a two-part rating score – a hazard score, and a data availability score. The ingredient hazard score has three ranges: 0-2 low hazard, 3-6 moderate hazard, 7-10 high hazard. The data availability score reflects the number of scientific studies that are available on each item.

I highly recommend checking out Skin Deep for an analysis of products you are currently using, or items you are considering buying. They have information on makeup, skin care, hair care, eye care, oral care, nails, fragrance, sunscreen, and baby products. But Skin Deep isn’t just for women. They also research men’s products as well. I have learned how overwhelming it can be to try to research information on all the toxic ingredients that are in most body products, so it is a great load off to know there is a quick place I can go, where someone else has done all the leg work! Thank you EWG!

To review body products, visit the Skin Deep database. (

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