Useful Resources for Cosmetic Ingredients

1) Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s Skin Deep

EWG’s Skin Deep is an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products, launched in 2004 to help people find safer products, with fewer ingredients that are hazardous or that haven’t been thoroughly tested. Skin Deep combines product ingredient lists with information in more than 50 standard toxicity and regulatory databases. The database provides easy-to-navigate safety ratings for tens of thousands of personal care products. [Note that a product/ingredient that scores low for hazards by EWG does not necessarily safe. Scores are based on safety information in publicly available toxicity databases, but since safety studies aren’t required by law, there may be no publicly available data for some ingredients. Thousands of cosmetics ingredients have not been assessed for safety even by the industry’s own safety panel.]


2) Health Canada – Consumer Product Safety: Cosmetics

It is a great source of Information for industry and professionals about cosmetic safety, ingredients, notification, labelling and international cooperation.


3) Paula’s Choice – Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary

Thousands of ingredients are described and evaluated here including the detailed research used for analysis.

According to the website, Paula Begoun is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice. She is also the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup.

[Note: Paula’s Choice is a commercial website that sells its own cosmetic products. Please use the provided information as a guide or opinion by Paula’s Choice, as they are not always necessarily proven facts.]