Do you follow the EWG Skin Deep Database?

PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
I was just poking around the old Skin Deep Database and was reminded that it is still an unreliable source of information.

Basically, it wasn't put together by anyone who knows chemistry and their ratings make no sense.

What do you think?


  • DavidDavid Member
    edited July 2015
    After preparing a lot of safety assessments for cosmetic products I think a database like EWG will always be unreliable whether it is put together by chemists or not. The hazard of a chemical always have to be put in context with the concentration, application and exposure. A hair color wouldn't be very safe as a toothpaste.
  • I like EWG--they helped me get started in doing my own formulations. I put a few of the products I was using at home in their search engine, and was shocked to see all the warnings. That led me to making my own products and researching the ingredients to verify the claims that were made both by the manufacturers and EWG. I agree that EWG is often wrong, but they aren't a bad starting point. An intelligent consumer should never take anything at face value, and do their own research (or am I asking too much?).
  • ozgirlozgirl Member, PCF student
    I often use it to see how they rate certain chemicals. I do this not because I think that the information they provide is necessarily correct but so that I can see what information (or misinformation) customers would get if they searched.
  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    I think there are any number of better databases. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review for example. The EWG Database has no value for anyone trying to formulate or practice Cosmetic Science. It is too flawed and partial. Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting provides Custom Formulations for both large Commercial accounts as well as smaller entrepreneurs. We can provide Naturally compliant Formulations under the NSF, NPA, Whole Foods and USDA Organic Certifications. BS.Pharm Albany College of Pharmacy, Union University.
  • The flawed rating system and rabid fan base who solely research things from EWG and take their word as law has made me severely dislike it. 
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