Todays post is a review of the free app Think Dirty.
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Methodology: “Think Dirty® is committed to helping consumers identify the potential risks associated with the personal care products they use every day. Unlike other ingredient databases, we focus exclusively on the chemical content of the products in question. We have consciously avoided the widely-used practice of “greenwashing”, whereby the environmental or social responsibility of a product’s manufacturer is factored into the assessment allowing a product to receive an artificially low toxicity rating. We are solely concerned about the possible impact of a given product on an individual’s health, and our ratings methodology reflects that singular commitment.
Think Dirty® is committed to helping consumers identify the potential risks associated with the personal care products they use every day. Unlike other ingredient databases, we focus exclusively on the chemical content of the products in question. We have consciously avoided the widely-used practice of “greenwashing”, whereby the environmental or social responsibility of a product’s manufacturer is factored into the assessment allowing a product to receive an artificially low toxicity rating. We are solely concerned about the possible impact of a given product on an individual’s health, and our ratings methodology reflects that singular commitment.
Our ratings are determined based on publicly available data released by non-profit and government agencies in North America regarding the health and safety of the individual components found in your personal care products. A list of our data sources can be found in Appendix A.
We assess the overall risk of a given product based on the potential health impacts of its published ingredients. Each ingredient listed on the product label or manufacturer’s website is evaluated for documented evidence ofCarcinogenicity, Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity and/or Allergenicity & Immunotoxicity, as show in the table below.
Evaluations are performed by Think Dirty’s Founder and Advisory Board, all of whom have extensive experience in relevant fields such as Medicine, Biochemistry, Biology, Physiology, Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Health & Safety and Chemical Engineering, and a track record of working with Health Canada, the US Food & Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency, Environment Canada, the US Environmental Protection Agency and other related government and not-for-profit agencies.”
By default, products receive an overall Think Dirty® rating no lower than the highest rating of any individual ingredient. If several ingredients in a given product receive high ratings, the product itself is automatically assigned a Think Dirty® rating of 10. It is important to note that even though some of the ingredients in personal care products may be present in very small quantities, the likelihood of significant repeated exposure is high due to the frequency with which personal care products are typically used. It is widely acknowledged that even low-level exposure to known toxins can have deleterious effects on human health if the exposure is repeated and long-term.
My personal experience:
I heard about this app recently from a facebook friend of mine. I immediately was intrigued because I have an acne prone face and wanted to know where my products stand. So I can ultimately decide which products to throw out and replace.
Below I will share some of the items I was able to scan that they had reviewed in their system—–
>>Dove Advanced Care Anti-antiperspirant Deodorant Pink Rosa
I personally have heard warnings about Aluminum in deodorants so I have only used this product on rare occasions such as weddings and social gatherings. I have tried some natural alternatives like Toms deodorant but it did not help at all and just made me feel even more sticky.
Feelings after seeing the ratings: Since I have no other alternative for a good “anti antiperspirant” I will keep this one in my care products. But keeping the DIRTY rating in mind I will use this not very often.
>>Garnier Frutis Color Shield Fortifying Shampoo
This is my main shampoo I use to wash my hair. What had attracted me to this product was the fact that it was a “color shield” since my hair is dyed. Ive re-bought this product a few times over the past 1-2 years.
Feelings after seeing the ratings: I read that the main DIRTY ingredient ‘Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate’. Apparently it is an Estrogenic disrupton that is linked to breast cancer. WILL NOT RE-PURCHASE.
>> Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo
I fell in love with this product when I first found it! It was the best dry shampoo I had found. In general I thought I could trust the brand Lush because it seems all natural and handmade.
Feelings after seeing the ratings: I was very surprised with its high Dirty rating. After clicking the “Fragrance & TALC” ingredients descriptions I found that apparently the Fragrance is a Hormone Disruptior & TALC ingredient is linked to being a possible Ovarian Cancer Carcinogen. That’s pretty scary for such a small product. I do not use it very often and probably not repurchase due to this information + the fact I do not use it very often anymore.
>>Dr. Bronners Lavender Pure Castile Soap
This is the item I use for body wash, makeup remover & occasionally just as a regular face wash. It is a strong clean that gets the job done nicely. It really is a great makeup remover, just be careful around the eyes!
Feelings after seeing the ratings: I am so happy this item has such fantastic ratings! It just reminds me how this item is worth the money.
>>Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream
I actually use Smashboxes CC Cream. But this was the closest product I could find to it on the search of already rated items. I assume there is not much of a difference in the ingredients. I use this item as my main foundation when I do decide to wear makeup. I have repurcased this item maybe 5 times within the last 2-3 years.
Feelings after seeing the ratings: I was very surprised with this one. I assume a lot of products go into creating makeup… but to put this on my face is very displeasing. I need to do my homework to find a good thick coverage foundation. Hopefully I can find a new makeup foundation to love because I am not really tempted to buy this one again..
“You May also <3” is the third column after the Ingredients. (image on the left). They list similar products to the one you entered and have it based on its clean ratings. This is a great place to start finding cleaner alternatives to the current dirty products you use.
Although I must say I might be skeptical on some of these items. I would recommend going on google and reading reviews on the products to see if they do good makeup coverage wise. I love that they are clean alternatives but for someone who need their foundation to be thick enough to cover my current facial acne scars.. well I just need to do some prior research x)
& This is probably where the app makes its money off of Affiliate links (not hating just stating the obvious lol).
Overall I was very surprised which products I own got very Dirty ratings on the scale. These are items I definitely will not purchase in the future.
I just wish all of the items I had happen to already be in their system.
You also need your items to have the scanning bar code to be able to enter it in…. and some of my items did not have it.
And for the items that DO have bar codes but NO current ratings, you are able to submit them into the system for them to be added at a later time by the team. So I did submit some for them to rate.
This app really makes me want to re-assess the products I use and try alternatives.
“One cleaner product a day, keeps your doctor away.”
Question of the Day: Will you download this Free app to see where your favorite items rank? Let us know in the comments!
**This is a non sponsored post, all opinions are my own.**