If you're trying to buy non-toxic personal care products, navigating store aisles can be difficult. That's why Environmental Working Group researchers have evaluated hundreds of safety studies and thousands of ingredient labels to bring you our top tips for what not to buy.

EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is an online guide with safety ratings for more than 78,000 cosmetics and other personal care products and more than 2,500 brands. It was launched in 2004 to help people find safer products with fewer ingredients that are hazardous or haven't been thoroughly tested.

And now you can access EWG’s online guide to more than 78,000 personal care products as an App for the iPhone and Android. And it’s free! Simply scan the product’s bar code with your smart phone, and the app will give you EWG’s score for the item you’re thinking of buying.

Below are a few examples of what NOT to buy when shopping for personal care products. (For more information, visit EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.)


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