Disclaimer: I recently noticed some discrepancies with this app, namely that it labeled some lotions as being toxic, while on EWG’s site it said they were A-OK. While I find that a bit questionable, I still think this app is worthy of using, as it shows you ingredients to look out for. It’s not all-encompassing, but it’s a good starting point resource to get you used to reading labels and paying attention to what you put on your body.
I was introduced to the Think Dirty app by my friend Angie.
We are both pretty motivated to do whatever we can to be healthier and happier, so getting rid of anything toxic, particularly the products we use every day is high on our priority lists.
Case in point the makeup we wear. I openly admit to being slightly obsessed with all things beauty. (Check out this post I wrote about committing to buying less makeup.)
So many products, and so many of them are loaded with garbage ingredients. Which is why the Think Dirty app got my attention, and may or may not have been the reason I was late to the office on a few occasions. lol.
With this app you can scan a product, and it gives it a rating between 1 and 10, with 10 being the most toxic. Warning: you may get obsessed with scanning products.
As much fun as it is to use, it’s equal parts educational. I now have a list of ingredients to watch out for and know which brands offer safer options. And I was able to cultivate a “to-buy” list to replace the toxic items currently residing in my makeup bag.
And here’s something I learned that we all need to wrap our heads around: luxury doesn’t mean quality when it comes to ingredients. Just because you paid a lot of money for that fancy lipstick or blush doesn’t mean it’s any better for you than a product you bought at Walmart. I was super bummed to learn how highly toxic much of the luxury make up I had purchased over the years was.
Although I was sad to say goodbye to my favorite tinted moisturizer (It was a 9!) I now have a really fabulous new one to use, sans the toxic ingredients. And an added bonus: the less toxic one was 20 dollars cheaper. I’ll buy myself a fabulous meal on my micro holiday this weekend with that. 🙂
This app isn’t all-encompassing, as there are lots of products that aren’t registered with it. But it’s motivated me to start reading labels and to be more aware of what I’m putting on my skin. A welcome addition to the current set of apps residing on my iPhone.
Oh yeah, and it’s free.
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