I am happy to announce that after 2 months of hard work, we have updated our app to include these exciting features in the latest v1.1 update!
- Notifications: We got overwhelmingly positive response for user submissions. With this new feature, any product submitted or liked by you, we will send you a notification to see it’s rating once it’s inputed in database. We also will let you know if the rating of a product is changed due to regulations or change of formulations, if that product is liked or saved by you. We work diligently to input your submissions, and we want you to be the first to know!
- Badges: We want to reward you for your hard work for learning ingredients. Since we launched in August, you have earned your bragging rights, you will now see them in badges. The most you earn, the more you collect! Show them off, and share and tag us, we would love to hear from you.
- Improved searched and iOS 7 compatible: We improved overall searches accuracy and the performance for iOS 7. If you notice anything not right, please send us feedbacks at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Methodology explained in details: There were lots of questions regarding how we rate products. So we expanded and dived deep in the full scope of how we rate products. Tap the rating box or Settings > Our Rating System to learn the Think Dirty difference.
We also got quite a few mentions in the press:
- Global News In depth: What’s in your make-up?
- CTV News Toxic makeup? Two apps help you find out
- CityTV New app reveals ingredients in beauty products
Check out others including, Huffington Post, Grist, Ecouterre, App Central, BetaKits and many others at buzz section of our site.
We had a blast visiting Austin and San Francisco. Here are some of the highlights from the shows:
As always, love to hear your feedbacks, write us at email@example.com
P.S. Think Dirty blog turned 1 today! Happy Birthday to us.
In app store we have a user’s response asking how come we rated it a 7 Half n Half vs. EWG rated as 2 Low Concern. And here are the reasons:
- It’s listed in EU CosIng if mixed with TEA, it’s listed as restricted.
- If it’s being taken as food, according to Dr. Weil’s article, Dr. Tobacman published 18 peer-reviewed studies and convinced it’s harmful to human, read the her testimonial here.
- Degraded Carrageenan is an issue both as safety and sustainability to coral reef per this Now Toronto article.
- IARC listed Carrageenan as Category 2B Cacinogens
We just figured our users won’t want something that’s carcinogenic and not sustainable on their bodies, so we rated it 7 Half n’ Half, to avoid if possible. We are citizen scientists and just go by common sense approach.
In addition, there are currently 119 products contain this substance in our product database. They range from face cream to toothpaste, which is edible and you won’t want to get more of this stuff in your stomach.
We hope that clears up the confusions. If you are the reviewer and have further questions, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a die-hard organic product fan, you can attest our excitement when the pioneer and champion on anti-GMO and true organic labelling, Dr. Bronner’s Soaps, retweeted us! It’s more than an honour. Think Dirty team literally too excited to sleep tonight.
A new iPhone app created by former Toronto art director Tse wants you to ‘Think Dirty’ http://t.co/UReJtFSgml— Campaign Brief US (@CampaignBriefUS)
@DrBronner thx so much for the retweet. We are a huge fan and your support means a lot to us.— Think Dirty™ (@thinkdirty)
— Breast Cancer Fund (@breastcancerfnd)
— Little Black Book (@LBBOnline)
— LNBF (@LNBFootprints)
Think Dirty…30 days of dirty for the Breast Cancer Fund http://t.co/l7PwcZPIDx— Toronto Egotist (@torontoegotist)
— Jackie Pecquex (@jackiepecquex)
— dawn canning (@sessabel)
— Jackie Pecquex (@jackiepecquex)
We got a lot of feedbacks since the launch about our methodology. Would like to share some of our thoughts and also some of the questions from reviewers.
Q. Why don’t you list percentage of chemicals?
Simply those information are considered trade secrets by manufacturers. The ingredient information we can obtain is from packages, and manufacturers are not required to list percentage on packages, unless they are considered drugs.
Q. Why do I see so many “dirty” ingredients?
We rate BHA / BHT, PEGs, petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde releasing agents, siloxanes, sulfates, fragrance/parfum and non-biodegradable ingredients 10-8 Dirty. Because we believe those chemicals don’t belong in products we use daily, no matter how much or how little.
Some may argue low percentage is harmless. Then the debate will move from whether it’s safe or dangerous to how high or low percentage is dangerous.
Also for those we argue low dosage is ok, they simply forget the numbers of products we use, and also didn’t take into account of how each of the low dosage of controversial chemicals might react with each others. The debate on how much toxic chemicals should be in your products is similar to arguing how much MSG should be in your food. In both cases, we believe there shouldn’t be any.
Q. Why should I trust you?
It’s a great question. Our answer to you would be then don’t trust the beauty counter advisor neither.
You should read all the sources we list and make your own judgement. Our rating is our opinions from sources we read. The reality is that there are clean products sold by conventional brands and dirty products sold by “natural” brands. The beauty of our app is we just look at the ingredients, and nothing else. When reviewing the ingredients, as citizen scientists, we form our opinions based on whether we would like that chemicals to be on our bodies from health and environment perspective – no matter what amount. The difference between us and other magazines judge their award winning products is that we read all the relevant science journals, government lists and non-profit groups’ reports. And most fashion magazine editors just go by what the advertisers’ talking points.
Here are our list of sources we referenced to:
Please see the posting on InternMatch if you are interested.
Similar to our message from Mother’s Day, we should love and treat our papas kindly all the time! But, from time to time, we can give a dose of extra, extra loving with some good, nurturing gifts!
1. The Gift of Protection
Protection from the sun is important with summer in full gear! We suggest Consonant Body’s The Perfect Sunscreen as a lovely gesture for your Dad to cover-up with SPF before heading for outdoor fun! 100% natural, non-greasy and fragrance-free are 3 perfect combinations that all Dads love!
2. Explore the Arts
Check out the Luminato Festival - an arts festival with outlets in different parts of Toronto that are brought together to celebrate creativity. Starting on June 14th until the 23rd, there are paid events and free events! Spend the day with dad and check out the creative exhibits together!
3. Take Him Out to the Ball Game
Everyone loves a good ball game, filled with food, beer and home runs! Bond over a game, and share the anticipation with the crowd. The Toronto Blue Jays are playing quite often, so check out their schedule to see when is good for Father’s Day cheer!
4. Enjoy a Picnic
Find a nice spot under the shade at a nearby park to enjoy the breeze, the sunshine and the food with the company of your dad. This idea will be a great way to bond over good food and enjoy the summer air. There are many parks in the GTA. Find one nearby, and whip up some of your dad’s favourite foods!