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Looking Good: 10 Top Ranked Safe, Healthy, and Ethical Beauty Products

It seems like at least once a month there is a new report about a toxic ingredient in your favorite makeup brand. It can be a little difficult to sift through the mountains of research papers to really understand the actual reports. But Good Guide is an online resource that simplifies the safety rates for everyday products.

Good Guide has a team of experts who rate beauty products and the companies that make them on a scale from 1-10 into sub-scores that address health, environment, and social responsibility. These sub-scores are then averaged to provide the overall Good Guide rating. In their 1-10 numeric scale, the best products rate 8 or above, and the worst products rate 4 or below.

It’s a great way to make comparisons across the marketplace for the wide variety of cosmetics, beauty items, hair products, and more. You have the ability to filter your choices based on animal welfare, ingredients, organics, and/or labor laws. If you’re looking for sustainable products, for example, Good Guide will help you find them. Crazy, right?! It’s a shopping guide that helps you shop based on your personal values, and it’s a one-stop shop for product information. Good Guide goes beyond the marketing labels on products.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking … how can I use this?

I discovered Good Guide shortly after I had my son. There were all kinds of reports and studies linking BPA and other chemicals to cancer. I wanted to make sure that I was making my home a safe environment for my entire family. The rating system came in handy for picking the best baby, hair, body, and household products.

Below, I have compiled a list of 10 Beauty Products with the Top Good Guide ratings.

  • Burt’s Bees Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar 1 of 10
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    Burt's Bees Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar is not only refreshing and portable, but it also ranks at a 7.9 out of 10, making it the top shampoo on Good Guide. Best of all? It contains absolutely no ingredients that raise a health concern.

    See its Good Guide rating info here. Find it on Amazon for $5.99

  • Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Soothing Organic Milk & Oat Bath, Chamomile 2 of 10
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    Aura Cacia® Organic Milk & Oat Bath provides instant skin relief with the calming aromatherapy benefits of 100% pure Roman and German chamomile essential oils. As a body wash and cleanser, it has a great rating of 8.8 out of 10. The company's social responsibility rating helped them secure their score.

    See its Good Guide rating info here. Find it on Drugstore for $3.29

  • Dr. Bronner’s Naked Organic Lip Balm 3 of 10
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    Dr. Bronner's Naked Organic Lip Balm has many safety and social responsibility certifications that make it one of the top rating Good Guide Lip Balms. Its rating is 8.5.  

    See its Good Guide rating info here. Find it on Dr. Bonner for $2.99

  • Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Conditioning Hair Rinse 4 of 10
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    Dr. Bronner's Citrus Conditioning Hair Rinse has many safety and social responsibility certifications and listings just like its Lip Balm. It's understandable that it would have a Good Guide rating of 7.9

    See its Good Guide rating info here. Find it on Dr. Bonner for $9.99

  • Seventh Generation Moisturizing Lotion, Mandarin 5 of 10
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    I was not at all surprised to see a Seventh Generation brand product on this list. Seventh Generation is known for their green products for the family and home. Seventh Generation Moisturizing Lotion has a Good Guide rating of 8.6.

    See its Good Guide rating info here. Find it on Drugstore for $7.99

  • Aura Cacia Jojoba Skin Care Oil 6 of 10
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    Aura Cacia Jojoba Skin Care Oil is a certified organic skin/body oil with a Good Guide rating of 8.8, not just for health reasons, but also because its company has minimum impact on the environment.

    See its Good Guide rating info here. Find it on Drugstore for $14.49

  • Aubrey Organics Creme De La Shave Orange Cream 7 of 10
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    Aubrey Organics Creme De La Shave Orange Cream is made with rich emollients and fruit extracts that are super moisturizing. Although it has a 7.7 overall Good Guide rating, it has the highest rating of 10 for health.   

    See its Good Guide rating info here. Find it on Audrey Organic for $5.77

  • Aveeno Baby Organic Harvest Foaming Wash & Shampoo 8 of 10
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    Aveeno Baby Organic Harvest Foaming Wash & Shampoo has the highest Good Guide Health rating of 10. This will put any mama at ease to know that none of the ingredients raise any health concerns. 

    See its Good Guide rating info here. Find it on Amazon for $7.49

  • L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Line Minimizing Makeup 9 of 10
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    L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Line Minimizing Makeup is a light foundation that comes in a variety of shades. Good Guide rates this foundation above the others with a 7.9. Even though it misses the best product rating (above an 8), you can rest assured that all the ingredients are completely healthy. 

    See its Good Guide rating info here. Find it on Drugstore for $15.49

  • SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Lacquer 10 of 10
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    SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Lacquer has one of the highest Good Guide Health ratings, 8, of the all featured nail polishes. You won't have to worry about formaldehyde fumes or other potential harmful toxics. 

    See its Good Guide rating info here. Find it on Sephora for $4.00

Tamara Floyd is the Founder and Editor of Natural Hair Rules.com, a site dedicated to encouraging others to be who they are naturally. Visit anytime at www.naturalhairrules.com. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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