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We often cite resources on our Website – from a rating received from Oeko-Test to a scientific study we read about on PubMed Central. We have gathered some of our favorites here so you can learn more about them. Whether you come across an ingredient you’ve never heard of or an organization you’re not familiar with, we encourage everyone to do their own research in order to make informed decisions that work best for you.

March 22 is World Water Day

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Tuesday March 22nd is World Water Day, a day set aside by the UN to focus attention on the importance of fresh water. Many of the chemicals found in our personal care products end up in our water supply with the potential to negatively impact plants, animals, and ourselves.

Oeko-Test Magazine

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You may have seen Oeko-Test awards scattered about on our Website and wondered what all the fuss was about. This article is to share with you what is behind these prestigious ratings, and why we are so extremely proud to be the recipients of them! No matter where you purchase your skincare products, if you see a “Very Good” rating from Oeko-Test, you can be assured that you’ve found the safest products for both you and the environment - the best of the best!

Oeko-Test Magazine was started by a few journalists in 1985. It evaluates and ranks various consumer products for its effect on health & environment, helping stores and manufacturers to improve their products. It is similar to Consumer Reports in the US, but with a much stronger emphasis on consumer safety and health...


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Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its name is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning "quick") and encyclopedia. It is an excellent source for information about ingredients and chemicals used in the cosmetic, skin care and hair care industries...

PubMed Central

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PubMed Central is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

With PubMed Central, NLM has taken the lead in preserving and maintaining access to electronic literature, printed biomedical literature, scientific studies and their findings and especially many studies on the effects of various ingredients on the human body...

The Green Guide

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TheGreenGuide.com is a great educational resource from the National Geographic focused on green living. It has a section on Personal Care, with Beauty Tips, a Buying Guide, and a great Dirty Dozen section on ingredients to avoid. Also, check out their ingredient glossary.

The Environmental Working Group is a popular site for research into ingredients and skin care products. They maintain a database called Skin Deep that ranks products and ingredients with a health score. 0 is safest...

The EWG Skin Deep Database

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We've had many people ask us about the Environmental Working Group. We strongly support and commend the Environmental Working Group on their efforts to create awareness around skin care ingredients and lobby for change. We believe this effort is much needed here in the US to help women and men become more aware of what ingredients are going into their bodies....

Cosmetic Analysis

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The Stiftung zur Förderung der Hautgesundheit (Institute for the Advancement of Skin Health) has given itself the task to advance through different means and measures skin health to the broadest public. For this, we have called on cooperation with official offices of administrations, associations, communities and experts. Depending on the type of project, the measures will be carried out in German-speaking and also international contexts...

The Environmental Working Group is a popular site for research into ingredients and skin care products. They maintain a database called Skin Deep that ranks products and ingredients with a health score. 0 is safest. However, there are known problems with the submission process and rankings of products. For example, at time of writing, a search on “Clove” returns a huge number of clove based ingred...

Do your own research!

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We highly recommend that you research the ingredients in the products you currently use and those you consider buying. There are a number of well known ingredients to avoid but these same ingredients are prevalent in skin care today. Our Ingredient Watch section details a few of these – ingredients such as Parabens, SLS, PEG, Phthalates – ingredients known to be harmful to our bodies and really ha...

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