San Francisco Department of the Environment

How do I choose safer cosmetics and personal care products?

Read the ingredients list closely.

Consult the Environmental Working Group's full list of ingredients to avoid or short lists for children, teens, women, or men to avoid.

Check a database to find out if the product may be harmful.

Explore the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep website or the Cleary website. Both databases have a free app for iPhone and Android to use while you’re shopping.

Related Content

Background on cosmetics and personal care products

Additional Resources

Watch the Story of Cosmetics on YouTube
Learn the Nine Ugly Truths Behind the Myth of Safer Cosmetics (PDF)


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