UL Science Team Rates Ingredients Used in Johnson’s Newly Formulated Baby Products

Johnson & Johnson recently announced updates to their baby product line—including new product formations, new packaging, and an initiative to expand where it discloses ingredients. Continue reading

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Ingredient Spotlight: Phthalates

Phthalates, pronounced “thal-ates”, are a group of chemicals with a wide variety of uses in commercial products. They are commonly referred to as “plasticizers” or softeners. Their binding and softening properties make them a low-cost way to increase the utility of a variety of products, from soft plastic toys to mattresses, personal care products (like shampoo and nail polish) to food packaging. These plasticizers can show up in the foods, drinks, and spices we consume even without plastic packaging, as a result of the manufacturing process. In recent years, several members of this class have been associated with adverse reproductive and endocrine health effects, leading to calls for removal from the market entirely. Continue reading

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What’s in Your Deodorant?

Deodorants are the products we depend on daily to prevent body odor. Most commonly used on under-arms and feet, they work to eliminate the bacteria that causes the odor or mask the odor. Alcohol can temporarily kill bacteria. Longer-acting antimicrobials, like triclosan, kill bacteria and slow their regrowth. Fragrances work to mask odors and minerals are added to help absorption and reduce friction on the skin. Continue reading

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Do you prefer using an Antiperspirant or Deodorant?

A basic part of our morning hygiene routine, Americans spend more than 18 billion dollars a year on antiperspirants and deodorants. With their frequent use, deodorant use can contribute to frequent exposure to potential hazards.

Classified and regulated as cosmetics by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, deodorants prevent body odors by killing the bacteria that causes the odor. Antiperspirants are considered an over-the-counter drug that affects the underarm sweat glands and prevents sweating. Some health issues associated with using deodorant and antiperspirants include: Continue reading

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GoodGuide’s Tips for a Safer Spring Cleaning

As soon as the calendar flips to April, the topic of spring cleaning takes over. Deals on products for organizing and cleaning are everywhere. Printable lists to keep you on-track are available from most of your favorite magazines, and favorite products are thoroughly covered by bloggers, media outlets, and social media personalities.

Cleaning your house, top to bottom is a good idea. Especially after keeping the house sealed up during the winter months. But it also means people are using many cleaning products for many days.

Cleaning products are responsible for about 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers.

10 quick tips that will help reduce your exposure to chemicals while cleaning your house this Spring. Continue reading

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What’s In Your Dry Shampoo?

Dry Shampoo claims to absorb oil, mask shine, and leave hair smelling fresh and clean. While this group of products isn’t meant to permanently replace water-based hair washing, dry shampoos make it easy to skip a day or two in your hair washing schedule.

Today’s dry shampoo products are a little more complicated than the baby powder or cornstarch women used long ago. They’ve come along way in form, function, and price. Relying on the same basics, the starchy active ingredients do the work of absorbing excess oils and masking shine. The newest products now include styling ingredients to add texture and volume, aerosol propellants to apply the product, solvents, conditioning agents, fragrance, and drying agents.

Here’s a look at the common ingredients by function:

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GoodGuide’s Good News Round Up – February 2018

In February, the GoodGuide App was included in a few blog posts …

1) Curbly’s Top 9 Ways to Maintain New Years Goals.

Featured as an easy way to help you purchase products that match up with your values. Whether that’s choosing more organic food, less toxic household cleaners, or cruelty-free cosmetics. We love being included in these types of lists!

2) Mind Body Green’s Sustainable Eating Tips.

Highlighted as being able to give consumers quick information on the food you are about to purchase while in the grocery store. We love hearing how consumers use the GoodGuide App to grocery shop smarter.

We love to see how consumers are using our app and product ratings to make better purchases. If you include us in an article or post, send it to us directly or tag us!

A Few Interesting Industry News Bits from February…

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