Looking Good: 10 Top Ranked Safe, Healthy, and Ethical Beauty ProductsTamara Floyd
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
Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Soothing Organic Milk & Oat Bath, Chamomile 2 of 10
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.
Dr. Bronner’s Naked Organic Lip Balm 3 of 10
Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Conditioning Hair Rinse 4 of 10
Seventh Generation Moisturizing Lotion, Mandarin 5 of 10
Aura Cacia Jojoba Skin Care Oil 6 of 10
Aubrey Organics Creme De La Shave Orange Cream 7 of 10
Aveeno Baby Organic Harvest Foaming Wash & Shampoo 8 of 10
L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Line Minimizing Makeup 9 of 10
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.
SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Lacquer 10 of 10
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.