[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ver had one of those moments when your heart dropped to the pit of your stomach with regret? My most recent of such moments, was when I downloaded Think Dirty, Shop Clean- an unbiased product comparison app for personal and skin-care products. The app scans the bar codes of products and educates you about their potentially toxic ingredients.
I used it to scan two products used daily on my two girls, Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion (the classic in the pink bottle) and Tom’s of Main Silly Strawberry Flouride Toothpaste. The results? Read the very first sentence of this post again.
Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion
On a scale from 1-10, 1 being harmless and 10 being high in cancer causing toxic ingredients, Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion scored a 9. Yes, a big. fat. 9! I had always heard from my crunchy mama friends that Johnson & Johnson Baby lotion was the worst thing you could put on your child. So, I pretty much steered clear of it, until a few months ago, I came across a little bottle. I looooooved the smell. Thus, I threw crunchy mama caution to the wind and began slathering it on my girls for purely selfish reasons. I wanted them to smell like my sweet little babies. (sigh) And oh they did!
But after using the Think Dirty app, that lotion went straight to the trash! Come on now Johnson & Johnson… people are using this on their newborn babies!
Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry Toothpaste
As for the Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry toothpaste, it scored a 7 and ranked in the ‘Allergies and Immunotoxicities’ category. I was under the impression that Tom’s of Maine products were the best of the best in terms of their creation of ‘good’ products, so I was quite disappointed.
Here’s What I Loved & Hated About the App
I went on to scan the bar codes of cosmetics I used fairly regularly and I was even more shocked to find that my all-time favorite products, Smashbox Primer and NARS Creamy Concealer both scored high (8 and 10 respectively). Noooooooooooooooo!!!!
I’ve yet to replace them, as the thought of going to Sephora right now isn’t really that exciting. (I’m 33 week pregnant and wobbly like a penguin. Sleep excites me these days. That, plus the idea of NOT cooking dinner for my family, because I want to sleep. That’s what excites me these days. Sad, I know.)
The best thing about this app is, it doesn’t leave you hanging after you’ve found out the score of your products. It recommends alternative products, which I was very pleased!
What I hated about this app- it’s limited to mostly skin and beauty products. I wanted to scan EVERYTHING in my house to see just how toxic things were. Ha!!! You will too!