As you know, we at Delaney Bella Naturals are all about using natural and safe ingredients in our cosmetics. Reading the ingredients on personal care products and food is a given in our world. But, we have to admit, it is challenging to decipher and research every ingredient on a package. General rule, if you can’t pronounce it or it’s not something immediately recognizable, it’s probably not natural or good for you. Luckily, there are many apps and resources to help us sift through the ingredients. Here are some of our favorite mobile apps we use in the store aisle to make shopping for safe and healthy products easier.
EWG’s Healthy Living – EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics database was the OG online resource to look up any beauty product. Plug in the product and get a list of the ingredients with a ratings ranging from 1 (best) to 10 (worse) outlining cancer causing, allergy and hormone disrupting ingredients. EWG has combined their Skin Deep database and Food Scores database into one app called Healthy Living that includes over 120K food and personal care products. We love the straight forward interface. You just plug in the name of the product or scan the bar code. A list of ingredients with ratings and details will pop up. You can also create and organize lists of products in the app. The app is free and available on iOs and Android.
Think Dirty: This app isn’t as simple as EWG’s but it’s more robust. Think Dirty includes 1.4 million products (4.5K brands) in their database. Like the Healthy Living App, you can create and save lists, type in or scan a product and get a detailed list of ingredients with ratings. Bonus, you can shop for the product direct from the app AND you can also browse categories for listing of the cleanest and safest products in each category. They’ve done the homework for you! Overall, we love the company and their motto = “Think Dirty” is more than just a mobile app – it’s a consumer revolution for safer cosmetics by learning one ingredient at a time, changing to cleaner options, one product at a time. The app is free and available on iOs and Android.
GoodGuide: – At GoodGuide, the product ingredients are rated by scientists. The company created a science-based methodology scoring products between a 1.0 (negative) to 10 (positive). Their database contains over 75K products. The GoodGuide app is free and available on iOs.
Sift Food Labels: This is the best app when it comes to packaged foods. The Sift Food Labels app creator researched and learned there are nearly 61 different words for sugar(2) and most alarmingly, 80% of the foods in the average consumer’s pantry are likely to contain ingredients banned in other countries. Sift Food Labels makes it easier to know what’s in your food with over 400K items in the database. Scan the food product’s barcode. The list of ingredients will come up. If there are any added sugars or risky ingredients, it will be flagged to alert you. The app also directs and recommends better alternatives shown in their clean pantry shop. BONUS, if you are on a special diet, (i.e. 30 Whole Days , Paleo, Vegan, FODMAPS, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy-Free), you can purchase each diet for $2.99 and when you scan a product it will tell you if it is compliant with your diet! Available on iOs and Android.
Check out these apps and let us know what you think. Are there any apps you swear by? We’d love to learn about them. Share them in the comments!
Have a great weekend! xo, Delaney