Hormone Disruptors

The Think Dirty App

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This is possibly the best, most useful app, ever.

Think Dirty is an app dedicated to telling us what is in the products we are using. The app makes is super easy to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in our cosmetics and personal care products that could be harmful to our health. Do the products you buy claim to be  “all natural” and “free from toxins”?  If so, why not put them to the test?

Think Dirty allows us to compare products as we shop.  It is independent (so it’s not sponsored by one of the big brands!) and completely unbiased.  To use it, you simply load it onto your phone, scan the product’s bar code and Think Dirty gives you  easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and cleaner options.  The app is free, so there isn’t any risk involved!

I tried it out and was surprised what I found…

There has been a substantial push in our home to minimize the amount of hormone disruptors found in our household and personal care products.  However, I am still struggling to find cosmetics that are natural and that work well. I am also on the hunt for a good shampoo that does the same.

I recently went into a popular health food store and picked up some shampoo that boasts that its ingredients are:

  • Certified Organic Botanicals
  • 100% Vegetarian
  • Enriched with USDA
  • Not tested on animals
  • Sulfate, PEG, and dye free.

I made an assumption that the product was a good choice and purchased it.

I just scanned it through the Think Dirty app to find that it has a dirty reading of 8 out of 10! Why?  Well – this handy little app told me.  Although most of the ingredients listed in this shampoo are classified as being “Clean”, there are 3 that are a little suspicious, and one, Polyquaternium 7, that is really not great.   The app even goes so far as to explain what the chemical is used for, its potential health impacts, any related warnings, and the source that they received the information from.

Take a look:

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So it is clear to me that I could make a better choice.

I’m addicted to scanning the products in my house! I’d love to hear if you’ve used the app, and what you’ve learned about the products you’ve been using.  If you don’t have the app, you can download it here.

*this post is not sponsored

 

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