Clean Beauty: How to read the labels

There are a lot of labels out there, but do you really know what they all mean? We are getting better but we still have a long way to go. It's important to do your due diligence and research products, look at labels and understand what they mean.

There is outdated government regulations when it comes to cosmetics, that hasn't been updated since 1930.

Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 finally introduced and awaiting for voting. But there's no pre-market approval requirement for cosmetics to be on sale in US and Canadian markets. Last month The Today Show had a segment on clean beauty and highlighted the lack of regulation within the industry. They made a little chart with labels and I decided to remake it.

Laws are not required to regulate the use of words like “Natural” and “Organic” on cosmetics and personal care products.

Packing can be misleading using buzzwords like "natural" "pure" "botanical" + "eco", this does not always reflect what's actually inside. It's also important to not be distracted by statements like "free of" or "benefits include" and using design elements like leaves, plants and the color green. These are all marketing tactics to appeal to a lifestyle, and if you aren't a conscious consumer you could be duped into thinking you are buying and good, natural product.

Did you know that the FDA doesn’t have to approve beauty and skin care products before they hit store shelves?

The ingredients used in products today are not well regulated (if at all) by any outside parties, so knowing what we are putting on our skin, in our mouths should be on your radar when you are shopping. Animal testing is still a thing! I for one, only buy products that are cruelty-free.

All the symbols and stamps you see on your products like USDA Organic, Non-GMO and EWG don't mean your product is any safer but it does tell you that is has passed certain guidelines but certain organizations. You should always do your research on these companies to know whether or not they are legit and can be trusted.

For more information on visit the National Resource Defence Council

How have you been researching the products you use? If you have any favorites I would love to hear about them!


  1. What a great post! I'm currently working on a post for my blog about harmful ingredients, and it's CRAZY what is allowed in common beauty products! And the scary thing is, so many people are unaware!

  2. I dont know if this makes me ignorant but I have never read any beauty product label seems like I have to start after reading your post.Thanks for the info.

    1. Hi roamy roamy! I think there are a lot who are not aware so you are not alone! This is why I made this post to hopefully get some much needed attention to the topic!

  3. Wow I had no idea. Thanks for sharing something like this, I feel like it's super informative! (commenting via my old blog, my new one is