Posts Tagged ‘EWG’


Thursday, December 6th, 2018

courtesy of SOKO Glam

A new EWG analysis of serums and essences, popularized by Korean beauty, or K-Beauty, finds that about 40 percent of the products were formulated with less hazardous ingredients. U.S. sales of K-beauty products have increased by almost 300 percent in the past two years alone.

EWG researchers analyzed 352 products in the Skin Deep database from U.S., European, Korean and other Asian companies, looking at the hazards posed by the ingredients and the price point per fluid ounce. Skin Deep assesses products based on the hazards associated with their ingredients. Consumers often assume that more expensive skin care products are made with healthier ingredients. This is not always the case. Many of the green-scoring products we assessed cost less per fluid ounce than did products with worse scores. Some of the most expensive products – costing as much as $640 per fluid ounce – scored in the red range.

“We analyzed the ingredients used to make the serums and essences based on their hazard scores in Skin Deep,” said Kali Rauhe, an associate database analyst at EWG. “Sixty-six of the products met the strictest criteria for health and transparency, to earn the EWG VERIFIED mark. Five of these EWG VERIFIED products made our Best Bets list, meaning they are less hazardous for you and your wallet.”

EWG researchers found that companies can make a trendy personal care product that also meets the rigorous standards for health and transparency dictated by the EWG VERIFIED program.  “We wanted to highlight that product marketing, packaging and cost often have very little to do with the safety of the ingredients used in the product,” said Nneka Leiba, director of EWG’s healthy living science program. “Consumers are drawn to the design and price point without realizing that the information on the front of the package is not vetted by the Food and Drug Administration, the agency governing personal care products. So a company can claim almost anything and use almost any ingredients without penalty because they’re so poorly regulated.” (more…)


Monday, October 15th, 2018

Undercover Agents know that just because we’ve had to say goodbye to summer, it doesn’t mean that we say goodbye to sunprotection.  SPF is our trusted year-round accessory!  Recently we discovered Love Sun Body, the first internationally COSMOS-certified sunscreen available in the United States. Love Sun Body meets and exceeds the strictest ingredient, safety, and manufacturing standards in the global market, and offers healthy, effective broad-spectrum sunscreens for both adults and children.  Using mineral filters Zinc Oxide or blending the minerals Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, Love Sun Body utilizes only 100% natural, plant-based ingredients free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes, and dyes.  Awarded the Environmental Working Group’s highest score (1 out of 10 for safety and efficacy), its hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, water and sweat-resistant, enviornmentally-safe formulas are quickly-absorbed and leave skin with a moisturized matte finish (none of that lifeguard-white cast!).

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Thursday, September 13th, 2018

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Atrazine is a weed-killer manufactured by agrochemical giant Syngenta. It is sprayed mostly on Midwest corn fields and is consistently one of the most-detected crop chemicals in drinking water.   According to the Environmental Working Group’s Tap Water Database, which aggregates testing data from utilities nationwide, in 2015, atrazine was found in water systems serving nearly 30 million Americans in 27 states.  Recent studies have shown that atrazine turns male frogs into females and may increase the risk of cancer and due to its ability to disturb the fine-tuned hormonal balance in the body, even at low doses, atrazine is believed to affect the reproductive system and the developing fetus.

The European Union has completely phased out atrazine because of its potential to contaminate drinking water.  However, according to a report in The New York Times, in a mid-July assessment of atrazine the Environmental Protection Agency reviewed and dismissed twelve recent epidemiological studies linking atrazine to childhood leukemia and Parkinson’s disease, and asserted that the chemical was “unlikely to cause cancer,” as published by its manufacturer, Syngenta.