Good Guide Product Ratings

There are a few products that I use every single day.  The three I chose for this assignment are listed under “personal care” items in the Good Guide.  Specifically, I chose my deodorant, face wash and toothpaste.

I’ll start with the lowest rating.

Colgate Baking Soda and Peroxide Whitening Toothpaste.  This product has a rating of 4.0, while other products in the Colgate family received higher ratings such as 8.0.  Below lists the specific ratings:

  • Data Adequacy: 8
  • Other Negative Aspects: 8
  • Ingredient Hazards: 4

It appears that some of the ingredients in my toothpaste have a use restriction, lowering the score of the ingredients.  Specifically, sodium hydroxide and calcium peroxide have use restrictions because of suspected hazards related to human health.  Interestingly enough, sodium hydroxide is a restricted product in Europe.

Alternative products that I would be willing to try include: Tom’s of Maine Fluoride-Free Antiplaque and Whitening Toothpaste Gel which received a rating of 8.0 and Rembrandt Deeply White + Peroxide Fresh Mint Toothpaste which also received a rating of 8.0.

Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser.  This product has a rating of 6.0.  I chose this product because it has little beads in it and I was curious to see if the rating had anything to do with those.  I didn’t see any specific information on that particular aspect.

  • Data Adequacy: 6
  • Other Negative Aspects: 8
  • Ingredient Hazards: 4

Glycerin, Vitamin A Acetate, and Talc all have use restrictions.  Talc also has a low health concern relating to respiratory issues and has also been restricted for use in Canada and Europe.  The fragrance added to the facial cleanser is also a controversial ingredient.  The website specifies that the evidence for the adverse effects of added fragrance is inconclusive.

Other alternative products that I would be willing to try include: Vasseur Skincare Exfoliating Cleanser which received a rating of 10.0 and Melvita Cornflower Floral Water which also received a rating of 10.0.

Secret Scent Expressions Clear Gel Antiperspirant and Deodorant.  Although this product already has a rating of 8.0, I am always looking at different deodorants.  I feel like I sweat a lot, so I have tried many different products.

  • Data Adequacy: 10
  • Other Negative Aspects: 8
  • Ingredient Hazards: 10

I was a little surprised that this had such high ratings, but it only has one ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Octachlorohydrex Gly.  This ingredient has no health concerns or restrictions, however, it is restricted for use in cosmetics in Canada.

Other alternative products I would be willing to try include: Mitchum for Women Power Gel which has a rating of 8.0.

 

Before this assignment, I had never heard of Good Guide before, so I found it quite interesting to look up different products that I use.  It seems to be a good resource to gain insight into specific ingredients in the various products I use.  I think it is helpful to know what products have higher ratings in order to potentially switch to those in my daily routine.

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