I love making my own products. I think it is fun, useful, and who doesn’t like saving money?
But then, there are instances when I just don’t have enough time to get it all done. Between running a business, trying to stay active, cook healthy meals for myself and my family and trying to be a good wife and mom, it can be hard to always make your own cleaning products and beauty supplies. Plus, there are some things for which I just haven’t found a suitable DIY project. Maybe the options I have tried haven’t worked as well as I need them to or I don’t have the supplies I need on hand. There are many reasons why you might need to buy a product.
The question for me became, how do I know what is the best option for our health? Whether it is dish soap, eye liner, or wood floor cleaner, how do I know the brand that has “natural” plastered all over the label is actually safe? And which one is the best? And where can I find it?
I recently discovered a site that does all of this for me. It is called Good Guide (goodguide.com), and it rates thousands of products on their safety, whether it be for your health, for the environment, or for society. You can type in some item that are looking for, such as mascara, and then can sort all the products by overall score, or by any of the subcategories (I usually choose health). This takes the confusion out of it. It even lists ingredients, which ones are of low, medium, and high concern, and definitions for each ingredient and why they may be considered harmful. Then, you can click the link to find it on Amazon or elsewhere and purchase it right away.
I also love that they have an app, so if you are shopping, you can take this site with you and look up items on the go while you are in the store.
From their website:GoodGuide’s ratings are developed using methodologies that are grounded in the sciences of informatics, health and environmental risk assessment, life cycle assessment and social impact analysis. We identify the issues that define health, environmental and social performance and select indicators that can be used to evaluate these at the product or company level. Data that we acquire for each indicator are then scored. Indicator-level scores are then rolled up into sub-scores and into GoodGuide’s final summary rating.
What is amazing to me is some of the “natural” products that I was using actually scored worse than other products that didn’t advertise as natural. It was also interesting to me that some brands that normally get very high ratings had some products that didn’t score very well at all, proving you can’t really have brand loyalty without some degree of research. I am gradually switching everything over as I run out of products, whether by making my own or using this site. When I use this site, I typically aim for a score of 8 or better (out of 10).
For me, one of the biggest obstacles to living a healthier, more natural lifestyle was confusion and doubt about what was truly better. I hope this site can help simplify that part of the process!
What are your favorite natural products?
Update 1: Since writing this post, I have found another company that scores products. It is called the Environmental Working Group. I personally still prefer Good Guide, but try them both out…if one doesn’t have the product you are looking for, maybe the other one will. They also both have apps!
Update 2: Since writing this post, I have found a company I trust for beauty and cosmetics. I recommend Beauty Counter for products when you want to buy them instead of make them. They are a mission-focused company who is trying to change the world, one safer beauty product at a time. And their ratings are always 1 or 2 according to the Environmental Working Group (1 is the best rating possible, and 2 is still considered very safe.) Their stuff works great and looks amazing. (If you purchase through my link I receive a small commission and, as always, half of the profit from this site goes to helping those in need.)
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