GoodGuide’s Top-Rated Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

Stocking stuffers and secret Santa gifts often include cheap toys, inexpensive gadgets, and single-use plastic trinkets. With some simple strategies, we can make over these types of presents into well-loved gifts that are less toxic, won’t end up in a landfill, and carry few or no health concerns. Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between GoodGuide and EWG Ratings?

Value judgments are unavoidable in rating systems. The product rating systems from EWG and GoodGuide are no exception. While it’s hard to speak to how EWG rates products, we can highlight a few similarities and differences, based on what we know about our own rating system.

Let’s talk about similarities first:
1) Both EWG and GoodGuide provide consumers the ability to look up health concerns assigned to ingredients in product formulations for categories of products that include packaged food, household chemicals, and personal care. Continue reading

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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

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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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