In this blog post I’ll show you which apps that can guide you through the jungle of ingredients in makeup and skincare and show you which products that are free of endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Ingredients in makeup and personal care products are sometimes seriously tongue-twisting and how do you know whether an ingredient is an endocrine disrupting chemical? You either memorize all the 32 endocrine disrupting chemicals allowed in personal care products or you download an app that can guide you through the ingredients jungle to show you which products to steer clear of.
The following two apps are based on the same principles: You scan the barcode or search the name of the product. The app will then tell you whether your particular product contains EDCs. If the product you are looking up doesn’t exist in the app, then you just take a picture of the barcode, the list of ingredients and the front of the product for it to be analysed.
Kemiluppen (translates to The Chemistry Magnifying Glass) is a Danish app made by The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals (Forbrugerrådet Tænk Kemi). It offers a consumer-driven (requesting the products to be analyzed), constantly growing catalogue of makeup, skincare and haircare products rated by their safety.
Using chemistry bottle symbols (see below), this app rates the products according to their safety and is by default looking for ingredients that are known or suspected to be: endocrine disrupting, allergenic, carcinogenic (having the potential to cause cancer), toxic to our reproductivity or environmentally harmful.
- Green bottle: the product is a good choice (containing no EDCs, allergens or environmentally harmful substances)
- Yellow bottle: be aware of certain ingredients (allergens or environmentally harmful substances)
- Red bottle: The product is not recommended (containing an EDC or/and an allergen, carcinogenic, reproductive toxic, environmentally harmful substances)
Kemiluppen is by far the most reliable app of its kind. In my opinion it works from a “better safe than sorry”-principle, probably of great annoyance for the respective brands, but of great importance and reassurance for me as a consumer trying to avoid EDCs.
Even though Kemiluppen is in Danish I recommend you to download it anyway, as you would find rated products from international brands like Clinique, La Roche-Posay, Lancôme, Chanel, Clarins, Vichy, L’Oréal, Maybelline, Rimmel, Youngblood, Jane Iredale, The Body Shop etc.
You can download Kemiluppen for free in App Store or via Google Play, see links below.
The CosmEthics App
The English alternative to Kemiluppen is the CosmEthics App, created by the Finish entrepreneur, Katariina Rantanen. It is similar to Kemiluppen, when it comes to guidance of the consumer, however this app lets you customize your own ‘alerts’ = ingredients you want to avoid, e.g. EDCs or microplastics etc. By default it has EU banned ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, formaldehydes, triclosan and hydroquinone. Besides the aforementioned chemicals you have to know the names of the legal (but endocrine disrupting) chemicals you wish to steer clear of. But do not despair, you can find the names of The 32 Chemicals To Avoid In Makeup here on my blog later this week.
A really clever feature in this app is that it links the ingredients to Wikipedia, so you can read about them, their properties and use.
Let me hear which products you will scan in your makeup or skincare stash. Did any product surprise you?
XO Cæcilie, medical doctor, Denmark
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