When I spotted this British organic beauty brand in Liberty I was drawn in like a beauty homing pigeon. Faultless natural credentials? Check. Pioneering ingredients promising results? Check. And expensive enough that surely it had to work? Checkeroo. Aurelia Probiotic … Continue reading
I am constantly applying hand cream (busy mum = relentless hand washing); there’s always a tube in my bag and one by my bed. At the moment I have three fabulous ones on the go so I’m ‘handing’ over my … Continue reading
After years of trying to tame my wild curls I finally have my hair routine nailed. So here’s a walkthrough of the products that are giving me happy hair days, with some tips I’ve picked up along the way. Hair … Continue reading
At last! A breakthrough in my search for high performing natural make-up. Elate Clean Cosmetics make products that are free from harsh chemicals, totally natural and vegan friendly. They score brilliantly on the Think Dirty app, boast beautiful packaging and, … Continue reading
If all that kissing under the mistletoe has left your lips in need of some TLC then read on for my natural lip balm round up. Considering how much of this stuff we get through, and the fact we swallow … Continue reading
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I’d heard so much hype about A’kin’s Radiance Rosehip Oil, and rosehip as an anti-ageing ingredient in general, that when I was looking for a new face cream their Rosehip & Shea Intensive Moisture Antioxidant Creme was high up my list. … Continue reading
Think Dirty is a Canadian app which scans the bar code on beauty products in your bathroom, or when you’re out shopping, and shows you a toxicity score based on Think Dirty’s rating criteria. You can also search by product name or brand.
As well as an overall score, ingredients are listed with their individual ratings and you can drill down to find more information around each ingredient’s usage, potential health impact and even pseudonyms so you can see where companies are trying to sneak in nasties under different guises.
The product’s ‘dirty meter’ gives an indicator of how it fares on carcinogenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and allergies and immunotoxicities. And it also suggests similar, safer products that you might consider as alternatives.
A few caveats around using it:
- It’s aimed at the North American market so don’t expect smaller European brands to be covered
- Read the ratings carefully – ingredients such as geraniol and citral push the rating up as they are potential allergens, even though they naturally occur in essential oils
- I’m not sure it’s 100% accurate: my Aveda Curl Enhancer showed as containing parabens, which surprised me. I checked the packaging and couldn’t find any listed so I double checked online and Aveda firmly state that they do not use parabens in any of their products (I will follow this up with Think Dirty)
It’s a great quick reference resource and fun to use. I’m hoping for a UK version soon and the ability to search by ingredient (currently you can only access data on an ingredient after searching for a product which contains it).
For more info visit their site: http://www.thinkdirtyapp.com/