For parsing cosmetic ingredients
Think Dirty offers easy-to-understand summaries of the ingredients in health and beauty aids and other household products. Just scan the bar code and—if the product is in the 550,000-item database—the app will alert you to all known allergens, carcinogens, and other toxins.
Cosmethics was launched by a Finnish startup, so it can be worth a look for ratings and analysis of European beauty products.
EWG’s Healthy Living, developed by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, offers safely ratings for roughly 120,000 home and personal-care products, all in databases that are searchable using bar-code scans.
Detox Me and GoodGuide are two more free apps that rate beauty and other household products, highlight the dangers, and direct you to possible alternatives. Detox Me can track your progress in eliminating your exposure to toxic products.