Good stuff: Good guide

Have you gotten onto goodguide.com yet?  It’s my new favourite site.  It ranks all sorts of products on their health, environment and societal impact.  You know all those products you’ve been using because they are good for your skin?  Well, the reality as that they may not  be so good after all.

Here’s a list of the products I regularly use (and their ratings):

  • St. Ives Apricot Scrub: 3.7
  • St. Ives facial cleanser with chamomile: 3.1
  • St. Ives Advanced Body Moisturizer: 4.1
  • Neutrogena Healthy Defense Moisturizer (SPF 50): 4.3
  • Aveda Brilliant Damage Control: 5.5
  • Mistral Verbena soap: 3.9
  • Garnier Fructis conditioner: ~6-6.5
  • Urban decay primer potion: 4.8
  • Maybelline Define-a-lash washable black: 4.5
  • Neutrogena oil free eye makeup remover: 7.6 (woo hoo!  Not all the products I’m using are that bad)

Here’s the alternatives suggested by goodguide (and their ratings):

  • The Body Shop Aloe Body Butter: 7.8
  • The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfoliator: 7.8
  • The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser: 7.8
  • Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50: 8.1 (of course, not available in NZ)
  • The Body Shop Waterproof mascara: 7.8

Other products worth noting:

  • Olay Age Defying intensive nourishing night cream: 6.7
  • Gourmet Body Treats Vanilla Mint Conditioner: 7.2 (this one just sounds delicious!)

General comments:

Neutrogena, Garnier and Olay were generally not as bad as I thought they would be.  My urban decay primer potion doesn’t actually have anything too nasty in it, but the overall company’s environmental and societal rating is low.  St. Ives was a lot worse than I expected.  The Body Shop and Burt’s Bees generally came out on top – especially if you are interested in products that are not tested on animals (which, I am).  Dr. Bronners is another highly rated company that I had never heard of but can actually be found here in NZ!  Gourmet Body Treats is a company that has delicious sounding products and also doesn’t test on animals.  They ship to NZ, but it costs $35.  : (

Are you conscious of the environmental/health/societal impact of the products you use?  Or do you just buy the same products you always have?  Or whatever is on sale?  What about animal testing – does that impact your purchase decisions?  If you haven’t heard of Good Guide, will you refer to it from now on before purchasing?

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