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Wikipedia

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Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its name is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning "quick") and encyclopedia. It is an excellent source for information about ingredients and chemicals used in the cosmetic, skin care and hair care industries...

PubMed Central

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PubMed Central is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

With PubMed Central, NLM has taken the lead in preserving and maintaining access to electronic literature, printed biomedical literature, scientific studies and their findings and especially many studies on the effects of various ingredients on the human body...

Oeko-Test Magazine

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Oeko-Test Magazine was started by a few journalists in 1985. It evaluates and ranks various consumer products for its effect on health & environment, helping stores and manufacturers to improve their products. It is similar to Consumer Reports in the US, but with a much stronger emphasis on consumer safety and health...

The Green Guide

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TheGreenGuide.com is a great educational resource from the National Geographic focused on green living. It has a section on Personal Care, with Beauty Tips, a Buying Guide, and a great Dirty Dozen section on ingredients to avoid. Also, check out their ingredient glossary.

The Environmental Working Group is a popular site for research into ingredients and skin care products. They maintain a database called Skin Deep that ranks products and ingredients with a health score. 0 is safest...

Cosmetic Analysis

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The Stiftung zur Förderung der Hautgesundheit (Institute for the Advancement of Skin Health) has given itself the task to advance through different means and measures skin health to the broadest public. For this, we have called on cooperation with official offices of administrations, associations, communities and experts. Depending on the type of project, the measures will be carried out in German-speaking and also international contexts...

Lavera and the EWG Skin Deep Database

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We've had many people ask us about Lavera's Hazard Ranking on the Environmental Working Group. We'd like to take this opportunity to set the record straight.

We at Lavera Skin Care North America strongly support and commend the Environmental Working Group on their efforts to create awareness around skin care ingredients and lobby for change. We believe this effort is much needed here in the US to help women and men become more aware of what ingredients are going into...

The Green Guide

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TheGreenGuide.com is a great educational resource from the National Geographic focused on green living. It has a section on Personal Care, with Beauty Tips, a Buying Guide, and a great Dirty Dozen section on ingredients to avoid. Also, check out their ingredient glossary.

The Environmental Working Group is a popular site for research into ingredients and skin care products. They maintain a database called Skin Deep that ranks products and ingredients with a health score. 0 is safest. However, there are known problems with the submission process and rankings of products. For example, at time of writing, a search on “Clove” returns a huge number of clove based ingredients with health rankings from 0 to 8. EUGENOL, which is 85% of clove oil gets a 7-8 rank, whereas EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) ESSENTIAL OIL is ranked a 0.

Inconsistencies exist for product rankings as well – a Walgreens sunscreen lotion with ingredient scores ranging from 0 thru 9 is give an overall 3 ranking. A Dr Hauschka all natural sunscreen with 1 ingredient ranking 8 (Fragrance – from essential oils), is ranked 7 overall. In light of these issues, Lavera is only selectively, and slowly submitting products.

Despite these issues, EWG & Skin Deep still provide an excellent resource for those wanting to learn more about skin care related health issues and ingredient concerns. In addition, the EWG is an excellent advocate for consumer health and safety.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics was founded by the EWG, the Breast Cancer Fund and others as an advocacy for women’s health. It has conducted a number of great studies and does an excellent job to raise awareness and effect change in the skin care industry. A read of their press releases is extremely educational! Also check out some of the studies they produced – for example “A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick”.

Lavera is one of the early signors of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.

Oeko-Test Magazine

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Oeko-Test Magazine was started by a few journalists in 1985. It evaluates and ranks various consumer products for its effect on health & environment, helping stores and manufacturers to improve their products. It is similar to Consumer Reports in the US, but with a much stronger emphasis on consumer safety and health.
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