Since becoming a cruelty-free makeup artist, I have also become increasingly interested in natural, organic and green cosmetics. I am currently trying to clear my kit of products with harmful chemicals. Whilst researching into ingredients and products, I came across an app called 'Think Dirty'. I think it's really helpful for people, like me, who are starting out and learning which ingredients are safe and which ones to avoid. I have found it extremely helpful when looking for new products, so I thought I would share in the hope that it will help some of you too!
How it works
Think Dirty works using its own rating system. You can search or scan the barcode of any product and it will rate it a number between 1 and 10. Anything between 1-3 has no known negative health effects, anything between 4-7 has potential moderate health effect and anything between 8-10 has potential serious health effects.
Once you've searched and selected your item, you will come to a screen that shows you an overview of the safety of that product. On this page there is information in a sort of bar graph form. The bar graph shows which parts of your health may be effected by the ingredients in the product. Whether the bar is white, yellow or red shows how 'dirty' the product is.
If you want to learn more about the individual ingredients in a product, there is a separate tab for this. On this screen, you will see all the ingredients in the product and their individual rating. You can click on each individual ingredient and view their safety, health impacts and links to sources that have contributed to its 'Think Dirty' rating.
The only problem I have with is it that being from the UK, there are a lot of products not yet entered into the system. However, there is the option to scan a product and take a photo of the packaging to submit it as a new product. I have not tried this yet, so am unsure of how long it then takes to be added and rated.
As I've already said, this has really helped me, so I hope some of you find this useful!