San Francisco Environment Department

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 of ingredients 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 Clearya website. Both organizations have a free app for iPhone and Android to use while you’re shopping.

Additional Resources

Watch the Story of Cosmetics on YouTube
Learn the Nine Ugly Truths Behind the Myth of Safer Cosmetics (PDF)
Made Safe: Cosmetics and Personal Care
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics



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