What’s in Shaving Cream?

What's in Shaving Cream?

When reading ingredient labels do you ever wonder what ingredients are, or why it’s there?

The average adult in the U.S. will shave 14,000 times in their life. That’s roughly a shave every other day, for 75 years. Using 400 cans of shaving cream products per person.

Shaving products as a category include tools, razors, soaps, gels, foams, and creams. It’s the pressurized cans of shaving cream that account for the majority of purchases in this category. Considered an everyday household item, most shoppers include shaving cream and razors in the same category as soap and shampoo—a daily necessity.

What’s in shaving cream that makes it so effective?

In most formulations, 80% of shaving cream is water. The remaining 20% of the ingredients work to create the lather, bind the ingredients, soften the skin, preserve the product, and propel the ingredients out of the can.

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What’s in Your Food? Decoding the Labels

This post was posted in partnership with the team from Fix.com. You can read their complete post here.

GoodGuide Food Ratings

A walk down any grocery aisle is the best real-life illustration of American’s current eating habits. 23 variations of BBQ sauces, 12 flavors of the same cookie, and jars of everything — from clarified butter to vegetables. All in an effort to make life easier.

According to a recent government study of dietary intakes compared to recommendations, about three-fourths of the population in the United States has an eating pattern that is low in vegetables, fruits, dairy, and oils.

Unpackaged food is commonly considered the best foods for our health. Life gets busy, and many processed food options provide convenient alternatives to the homemade versions.

When buying packaged foods, shoppers can turn to the labels for what’s best. Claims like “all-natural”, “organic”, “whole grains” litter the modern grocery store. The other option is the nutrition label. The easy to read Nutrition Facts panel on the back of every packaged food gives us more clues than the front of the label claims, but it’s still not all that easy to decode. Continue reading

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Ingredient Spotlight: Parabens

What are Parabens?

What are Parabens and should they be avoided?

Marketing messages loaded with ingredient based buzzwords fill store aisles in the personal care department. There are packaging claims that target consumer desires, like all-natural and hypoallergenic. Or the ones that are more function based promising to soften, help, boost or support. The ingredient based claims often center around a class of ingredients, like phthalate-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free.

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[GoodGuide Updates] Smart Search on the Homepage

GoodGuide Site Update: Smart search on the homepage

We recently created a new search option on our homepage to make it easier to find the product ratings you are looking for.

Now, with just a couple of clicks, you can breeze through our catalog of about 100,000 products and dozens of categories before you even leave the homepage.

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What Is (your) Sunscreen Made Of?

Best Sunscreens 2017

Category Spotlight: Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a $1.85 billion industry in the US. The sun care category is among the fastest growing in skin care overall, supported by growing consumer awareness about the dangers of sun-damaged skin.

When choosing a new sunscreen, consumers generally have two options. A mineral sunscreen or a chemical sunscreen.

How do mineral sunscreens work?

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Best Way to Avoid Undisclosed Ingredients? Know Your Scents 

The term “fragrance” as listed on an ingredient label is protected under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966. Fragrance is still considered a proprietary ingredient, and unfortunately the regulation designed to conceal ingredients from the eyes of competitors also hides ingredients from consumers.

Found in most every category of formulated products including makeup, household cleaners, trash bags, and baby products, fragrance is the only ingredient allowed to hide under a generic term and doesn’t have to disclose what it really is.  Continue reading

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Behind a Product Rating – Hand Wash

Method Gel Hand Wash Gets a GoodGuide Rating of 10

Health Rating: 10

Negative Aspects: 8. There are 3 ingredients listed that are restricted for use (follow the links for more information about each ingredient): GlycerinCitric Acid, and D&C Red 33

Certifications: 10. This product is certified by Cradle to Cradle

Data Adequacy: 10 for ingredient disclosure

Consumer Question: How did this product get a 10 rating with SLS on the ingredient list?

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