beautifully speaking – Think Dirty

Today’s post might have you jumping to clean out your bathroom cabinet.

the app

Don’t go throwing out ALL of your beauty products…

I’m usually good about reading product labels but after hearing about this new app I went home and read the labels on everything I used in a semi-state of panic – but before you toss anything, download this app, Think Dirty.

From lead-filled lipsticks to carcinogenic moisturizers, this app aims to help you find out what toxic chemicals you might be exposing yourself to on a daily basis through cosmetics and personal care products.

US health research and advocacy group Environmental Working Group (EWG) says that women are exposed to about 168 chemicals in beauty products each day. In 2004, the EWG launched its Skin Deep database, which lists potentially hazardous ingredients in some 78,000 products available in the US.

Think Dirty launched recently as a free iPhone app that also allows barcode scanning to find products, with ratings drawn from nonprofits like EWG, along with publicly available government databases in Canada, the US, and Europe. So far, the app contains a database of more than 12,000 cosmetic products.dirty1

The app allows you to scan the barcodes of your beauty and personal care products to get a breakdown of the ingredients and how they impact your health. The app also suggests other “cleaner” products to replace items you have that get a dirty rating.

Now the group plans to launch a new app, named Skin Deep, this autumn for both iOS and Android devices.

If you need me, I’ll be at Sephora…scanning…everything

In the meantime, check out the clean 100% mineral beauty products at MicaBeauty.  Available at:

*(I first heard about this in Alex’s post for Garance Doré)