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13 OF 33 EWG RATED “SAFEST” DRUGSTORE COSMETIC ITEMS NOW FALL IN UNSAFE RANGE. Ingredients were omitted.

So, what happens when companies are allowed to enter their own product ingredients into a safe cosmetics database?  Turns out I was waaay too trusting and misunderstood the degree to which the Skin Deep Cosmetics database is vulnerable to deception and has been used, by the companies that are entering their own products, to deceive consumers.

I would love to not have to send out this post. But, I believe in telling the truth no matter how foolish it may make me look. My deepest apologies for having brought you such misleading information… This has been quite the lesson.

One thing the Cosmetics Database employees could do to step up the quality of the database would be to add a symbol to a product when they have reviewed the ingredient list and have determined that all of the ingredients have been listed. Otherwise it kinda wild west in there.

READY FOR THE UGLY?

The bad news:

13 of the 33 products now fall in EWG rating’s UNSAFE range.

The (maybe) good news:

15 of the 33 products still rate safe. Can we trust the rating NOW? Only as much as we can trust companies to be honest. Every product’s ingredient list must be double checked and even then the full list of ingredients may not be on the packaging.

The woops-maybe-not news:

4 of the 33 products have been removed from EWG database

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About The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database :

Ratings, from 0-2, are in the parentheses after the specific product. 0-2 is the safe range, 0 being completely non-toxic. The EWG rating system is not perfect and it is important to review the ingredients on products. However, it is a fantastic starting place for learning about ingredients and possible toxicity. Some companies have been known to not send in the full listing and thus rate higher than they should and some ingredients have been entered into the system in such a manner as to come out in the toxic range when it is not at all toxic. See the Misinformation of “Skin Deep” and/or The Update on EWG on the Sukipure website if you are interested in knowing more about the strengths and weaknesses of the EWG skin deep database. Overall I am a huge believer in the work of theEnvironmental Working Group and this incredible database. No one can expect it to be perfect. People just have to be aware.

***** KUDOS TO PHYSICIANS FORMULA?

*** Thanks to REVLON for not faking it?

BY BRAND

LOREAL

ALMAY

COVER GIRL

BOOTS

PHYSICIANS FORMULA

NEUTROGENA

MAYBELLINE

REVLON

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

QUICK REVIEW

Almay:

  • 2/3 INCOMPLETE ENTRY
  • 1/3 NO CHANGE

Boots No. 7 :

  • 3/9  INCOMPLETE ENTRY
  • 4/9 NO CHANGE
  • 2/9 REMOVED

CoverGirl:

  • 2/2 INCOMPLETE ENTRY

L’Oreal:

  • 4/5 INCOMPLETE ENTRY
  • 1/5 REMOVED

Maybelline:

  • 1/3 INCOMPLETE ENTRY
  • 2/3 NO CHANGE

Neutrogena:

  • 1/2 IMCOMPLETE ENTRY
  • 1/2 NO CHANGE

Physicians Formula:

  • 5/6 NO CHANGE
  • 1/6 REMOVED

Revlon:

  • 2/2 NO CHANGE


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About Heather

My name is Heather Ferris. I am the founder and creator of Nurture Nature Project! I believe together we can re-imagine the future and re-create systems to support the sustainable regeneration of healthy life on our planet. Listening to your own heart and living from your inner truth is the first step to building a better world. Every person has something important to offer.

Discussion

7 thoughts on “13 OF 33 EWG RATED “SAFEST” DRUGSTORE COSMETIC ITEMS NOW FALL IN UNSAFE RANGE. Ingredients were omitted.

  1. Hi Heather! What website(s) do you use now, or do you just check the labels yourself? I notice EWG is still on your list of recommended sites…How do you check the ingredients? I’m about to be a mama so I am trying to do all the research I can! Thanks!

    Posted by Nicole | June 25, 2013, 3:09 pm
  2. I found this out quite a while back by checking the ingredients on their site and checking the ingredients of products. Granted, I have to either take a magnifying glass with me or buy the product and have to return it due to EWG error. Or write the companies, themselves–sometimes they respond, sometimes they do not. I’ve reported problems to EWG with no response and no deletion of product, as well Sad to say, I no longer use their website and have not for the past year. Thanks for the blog!

    Posted by janicecaceres | November 8, 2011, 10:57 am
  3. Iam interested to find cosmetic products which could be labelled gluten free as I am allergic to wheat additives but not had much luck yet maybe you could guide me . Thanks Norma.

    Posted by Norma Manias | April 12, 2011, 7:03 am
  4. Thanks for compiling this. It’s helpful. It’s also frightening how there aren’t any safe drugstore liquid foundations or lipsticks.

    I’d like to note that some of the Skin Deep ratings have changed. The Rimmel and L’Oreal mascaras now have a hazard score of 3.

    Posted by Megan | June 28, 2010, 9:28 pm
  5. Great job on this report! I know it must have been a lot of work to pull together. I just tweeted this out.

    Posted by Lynn Anne Miller | March 2, 2010, 4:50 pm

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