I have compiled a list of some very useful tools and websites that make checking ingredients and information a breeze.

Beauty Truth

Founded by RMS Beauty's Rose Marie Swift, Beauty Truth has helpful information on ingredients to avoid, toxic ingredients, beauty tips and more.

Campaign For Safe Cosmetics

A brilliant resource for checking ingredients, and the research and studies related to them.

ThinkDirty App

With this app for iOS (Android coming soon!), you can scan the barcodes of just about everything in your bathroom cabinet and automatically get a list of ingredients and overall rating from 0 - 10.

It also includes an explanation of each ingredient along with a rating so you can see which are clean, and which are dirty.

EWG Skin Deep

This tool is a handy data base in which you can lookup individual ingredients. Not sure what that ingredient is? Type it in and you can get some basic information. Tocopheryl Acetate turns out to be nothing more than Vitamin E.

There is also now a SkinDeep app which is available for both iOS & Android users!

Note: I use EWG & ThinkDirty as a guide only, as some ingredients can be perfectly fine if from the correct (clean) sources. Remember it is only a program, and based on how they asses the data, they can make errors. I prefer ThinkDirty as it is more up-to-date and accurate in its information, however, I will use the EWG SkinDeep if the item is not available on ThinkDirty.

For example, Jane Iredale is not a 100% natural or organic brand, however, they are very transparent about their sources and I feel 100% comfortable that their products are safe - yet some of her products don't score too well on EWG, due to their assessment formula/methods.

If you're ever unsure of a products ingredients or source, simply contact the brand directly. All reputable brands should be willing to disclose their ingredient list and sources of any ingredients that may be of concern to you. For example, Dimethicone is usually on the 'avoid list', however, some dimethicones or other silicones used in green beauty products are from clean, natural sources (ie sand).

Research is key, and you can never ask a silly question!