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Cosmetics Info: What's in my products?
Cosmeticsinfo.org is an information Web site that includes factual, scientific information on ingredients most commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products in the United States. The Personal Care Products Council, an industry trade group, sponsor this Web site. Good for ingredient uses and properties -- not so much for toxicity information.
The Derm Review
Site offers easy to read info about ingredient uses and some toxicological information. NOTE: the site is affiliated with cosmetic manufacturers and promotes their products. Consider the bias when using this site.
EWG Skin Deep (tm) database
A product of the sometimes controversial Environmental Working Group, Skin Deep was designed to create online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. May provide diagrams, functions, and links to products containing the chemical as well as citations for safety data
Patents, registration of intellectual ownership of a product formula, can often give you information about the uses of a particular ingredient, so reading the patents in which a particular chemical comes up can be worth it. Usually patent full text is freely online at patents.google.com, or through a specialized subscription at SciFinder.
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