Your Personal Guide to Safe Cosmetics
CosmEthics helps people make smart product choices tailored to individual needs. Our app allows users to scan the product’s bar code, and cross-references it with our default settings (EU banned ingredients, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers, isothiazolinones, hydroquinone and triclosan). You can then read more about these ingredients through the Wikipedia links on the product page. Also the research articles linked with the default alerts are accessible within the app.
You are able to avoid ingredients based on individual needs such as allergies or specific requirements. This can be done by adding personal alerts with the ingredient INCI name in the settings under “My Alerts”. Users can also add targeted lists of ingredients to avoid, for example “The Vegan List” for people who want to avoid animal based ingredients, or “Plastics” for users keen on protecting the sea environment.
Your Health Matters
Choosing the right products has never been easier
Scan the Barcode
Launch the App and it turns into a barcode reader on your smartphone. Quick and easy to use, you will have an analysis of your cosmetics products in seconds. If your product has healthier alternatives, we will suggest them to you. Easy!
Personalized for You
Do you have allergies? Want to find products suitable for vegans? Add ingredients you would like to avoid to your "hotlist", and we will screen for those. Our service suggests alternatives based on your preferences. You can also follow and merge "hotlists", which other people are curating.
Our database currently consists of 40 000 unique cosmetic products, and the data consist of INCI information, image, and product details, such as the product barcode.
Our data is gathered primarily from manufacturers, retailers and importers. All parties do not provide the product data upon request, so we also enable users to submit their products for analysis via our App. Our users submit roughly 40% of our database growth. Our hit rate of products found upon scanning in the EU is roughly 75%.
If you are a manufacturer, retailer or importer of products, and wish to give us your product data for full transparency to consumers, kindly contact us here:
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CosmEthics has seven default alerts, which are linked to research articles and an abstract (overview of research on the hazard ingredient). You will see a red traffic light appear next to the ingredient name, if the product contains an ingredient from the following alert groups:
- EU Banned Ingredients
Find the complete list of CosmEthics’ default alerts here
CosmEthics offers eleven ready-made lists. They can be added as a full list in the My Alerts section by clicking on “Add new alert”.
Currently, we have following lists available:
- Aluminum in Deodorant
- Fragrance Allergens
- Chemical Sensitisers (Colorants)
- Chemical Sensitisers (Preservatives)
- UV Filter Concern List
- Conscious Consumer
- ECHA High Concern List
- Nail Products Concern List
- Fluorides in Oral Hygiene
Find the ingredients from those lists here
Product Discovery - Tailored for You!
Core to our vision is a tailored approach to making suggestions towards healthy alternative products. You determine which ingredients should be screened out of your products. Just add them to “My Alerts”, and the recommended products are filtered according to your alert preferences (they are shown in random order). The products you like can be purchased through our app. Just click “Buy online”. You will be forwarded to our affiliate partner, who handles your order. We are piloting the affiliate purchases with S-ryhmä in Finland.
We employ a dedicated, highly skilled full time team in our headquarters in Helsinki, Finland. Our team's expertise covers biochemistry, chemistry, tech and business scopes. Both of our full time scientists have a doctorate degree and broad international research and lab experience. Our founder, and CEO also has extensive experience from cosmetics design and manufacturing in France. We are happy to help you!
Lead Mobile Developer
BA (Hons.) Arts Management
BSc. in Computer Science & A.S. in Business Informatics
BA in Business Management
Victor de Saint Etienne
Key Account Manager
Doctor of Pharmacy, M.Sc. (Management, candidate)
Master of Science Toxicology