These Apps Decipher Your Beauty Product Ingredients

It’s not easy to decipher the list of ingredients on beauty products. Are they really as natural as they claim? Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Benzophenone, Butylated Hydroxyanisole… these molecules with complicated names are all considered toxic by clean beauty standards. These five apps and websites help to decrypt complicated ingredient lists, making it easier to see if your products are harmful to your health or the environment.

Think Dirty

Think Dirty is one of the easiest apps to use – simply scan the product barcode and it will give easy-to-understand information on the ingredients. The app also offers alternative products when the product you scan contains harmful ingredients. With over one million products in their database, Think Dirty is almost guaranteed to have information on your favorite creams and makeup. Since it’s independently owned, big-brand companies don’t have any influence on product ratings and reviews, making it even more trustworthy for consumers.


Cosmethics App is a great solution for those with allergies, a vegan lifestyle and clean beauty users. With this app, you can set up a personal profile and alerts customized according to your preferences. The app helps you make safe cosmetic choices by just scanning the product bar code which will reveal a hazard or allergy profile warning. Each time you scan a product, the app gives you a recommendation tailored to your individual needs, perfect for avoiding bad skincare choices.


Ingred is extremely useful for those who live a toxic-free life. It helps consumers clean out bad cosmetic products and educates them about all the toxic chemicals in their beauty routines. All you have to do is snap a photo of the label ingredients – including everything from skincare items to food – the perfect way to begin leading a holistic lifestyle. The app’s amazing database of food additives and cosmetic ingredients comes from sources such as the Red Ecoestética and Wikibelleza, world-renowned organizations surrounding health and wellbeing.


Skincarisma is the most comprehensive website and is the SU beauty editor’s personal go-to when it comes to skincare. Just copy and paste the product’s ingredient list into the analyzer to learn more about the ingredients in your product, and to help make better skincare choices as you go. The site also covers the best ingredients for your individual skin needs – Acne-Fighting, Brightening, UV Protection, Wound Healing, or Anti-Aging.

EWG Skin Deep

EWG’s Skin Deep is a website and an app with a great cosmetic database that gives practical solutions to protect consumers from potentially toxic chemicals. The lists are easy-to-navigate, including consumers ratings and reviews for nearly 70,000 products and 9,000 ingredients on the market. Learn about different topics including sun, skin, hair, nails and makeup products (even baby products) to lead your toxic-free life.

By: Radja Kettouche

Post comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *