Ingredient Spotlight: Parabens

What are Parabens?

What are Parabens and should they be avoided?

Marketing messages loaded with ingredient based buzzwords fill store aisles in the personal care department. There are packaging claims that target consumer desires, like all-natural and hypoallergenic. Or the ones that are more function based promising to soften, help, boost or support. The ingredient based claims often center around a class of ingredients, like phthalate-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free.

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[GoodGuide Updates] Smart Search on the Homepage

GoodGuide Site Update: Smart search on the homepage

We recently created a new search option on our homepage to make it easier to find the product ratings you are looking for.

Now, with just a couple of clicks, you can breeze through our catalog of about 100,000 products and dozens of categories before you even leave the homepage.

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What Is (your) Sunscreen Made Of?

Best Sunscreens 2017

Category Spotlight: Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a $1.85 billion industry in the US. The sun care category is among the fastest growing in skin care overall, supported by growing consumer awareness about the dangers of sun-damaged skin.

When choosing a new sunscreen, consumers generally have two options. A mineral sunscreen or a chemical sunscreen.

How do mineral sunscreens work?

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Best Way to Avoid Undisclosed Ingredients? Know Your Scents 

The term “fragrance” as listed on an ingredient label is protected under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966. Fragrance is still considered a proprietary ingredient, and unfortunately the regulation designed to conceal ingredients from the eyes of competitors also hides ingredients from consumers.

Found in most every category of formulated products including makeup, household cleaners, trash bags, and baby products, fragrance is the only ingredient allowed to hide under a generic term and doesn’t have to disclose what it really is.  Continue reading

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Behind a Product Rating – Hand Wash

Method Gel Hand Wash Gets a GoodGuide Rating of 10

Health Rating: 10

Negative Aspects: 8. There are 3 ingredients listed that are restricted for use (follow the links for more information about each ingredient): GlycerinCitric Acid, and D&C Red 33

Certifications: 10. This product is certified by Cradle to Cradle

Data Adequacy: 10 for ingredient disclosure

Consumer Question: How did this product get a 10 rating with SLS on the ingredient list?

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5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Chemicals

Reduce chemical exposure while cleaning
Cleaning products are among the most significant sources of exposure to toxic chemicals in the home. Many of the products we use to scrub, whiten and soften our loads of laundry are made with ingredients that raise concerns for human health. Cleaning products are responsible for about 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers.

Here are five easy tips to reduce your exposure

  1. Use gloves! This helps to prevent chemical to skin contact.
  2. Spray cleaners directly into a rag or sponge to reduce respiratory irritation.
  3. Avoid products with synthetic fragrances.
  4. Use as much ventilation as possible. Open windows, turn on the fan and keep air circulating while you clean.
  5. Avoid room fresheners including car deodorizers & plug-ins.

Our science team has rated more than 800 household cleaning products, including cleaners for bathrooms, floor, glass & windows, all-purpose and even household wipes. You can see how your favorite product rates, plus any ingredients that carry health concerns by searching for it by name or scanning the bar code using the GoodGuide app. If the product you are looking for hasn’t been rated, submit it for review and our science team will get it rated for you!

Questions? Drop us a line in the comments below!

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GoodGuide Partners with Good Housekeeping

As trusted voices in consumer product advocacy, GoodGuide and the GH Institute have come together to provide GoodGuide ratings and Good Housekeeping Seal information all in one place—on GoodGuide! Now, when you search GoodGuide for a product you can see which items have undergone rigorous evaluations by the GH Institute to earn the Good Housekeeping Seal and the Green Good Housekeeping Seal. Every product that earns the Good Housekeeping Seal has been tested for efficacy and performance by the experts in the GH Institute labs.

GoodGuide’s Health Ratings + Good Housekeeping’s Product Quality Information

GoodGuide Ratings now consider the Good Housekeeping Seal and the Green Good Housekeeping Seal under the product certifications rating. Consumers obviously want products that perform their function well (e.g., does it work well as a household cleaner or a personal care moisturizer). Consumers will now be able to see Good Housekeeping’s product quality information with GoodGuide’s health-based ratings on products rated by GoodGuide.

For more information about how the GoodGuide Rating system is designed, please visit our methodology page here.


This partnership fills a gap that has long plagued shoppers searching for healthy or green products – they’ve lacked information about whether the products work. Consumers will now be able to combine Good Housekeeping’s product quality information with GoodGuide’s health-based ratings whenever they shop.  

– Dr. Bill Pease, GoodGuide’s Chief Scientist.


The end result for consumers is a winning combination of science-backed ratings and testing for a growing list of products. The seals are easy to find on products that have been awarded one, you can find it displayed right next to the name of the product and under the “product certifications’” section on the product page.


To browse the complete catalog of products that have been rated by GoodGuide and carry a Good Housekeeping seal, search for “good housekeeping” in the search box on GoodGuide, or click here.

To find products that have a Good Housekeeping seal in a specific category, search for the category by name + good housekeeping. Here are a few quick links to help get you started:

Makeup + Good Housekeeping

Soap + Good Housekeeping

Shampoo + Good Housekeeping

Face Care + Good Housekeeping

Laundry Detergent + Good Housekeeping


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