Everything In My Bathroom is Dangerous: Think Dirty
*This post is NOT sponsored by Think Dirty, but may however have affiliate links*
Recently, I’ve learned that ‘apparently’ everything in my bathroom is dangerous, toxic and not natural.
Now since I’ve had my son, I’ve considered myself a crunchy mom, give or take some things. I wanted organic formula for my son (never happened because of price and unavailability from WIC), I wanted natural bath products for him, I tried the whole make your own baby food thing (which as a working mom just didn’t cut it). Basically, I do what I can when I can to provide the healthiest options for my son. Call me overprotective.
Anyways, I’m sure most of you have heard the negative things about Johnson & Johnson. First it was their baby powder linked to ovarian cancer because of talc being an ingredient. *Cue paranoia because that’s basically all I used was Johnson & Johnson products; and if one product was bad, the rest of their products must be crap*. So leave it to my over analytic brain to start researching and trying to find replacements.
How I Came Across The App
Upon posting in Facebook groups and researching other blogs, I came across the app “Think Dirty”. It basically rates bathroom products (among other things) on a scale of one to ten, ten being the most horrible, chemical infused product. Of course, I downloaded the app and started scanning everything in my bathroom. I thought I was doing pretty good buying products without sulfate and parabens and junk, but even brands I thought that were “better”, were not (such as the Carols Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing & Conditioning 4-In-1 Combing Creme, 8 Ounce I use for my son. This is a product I will NOT give up because of how manageable it makes his hair. I even use it in the bath on MY hair sometimes).
I’ll give you a run through of how the app works, showing you screenshots of my experience.
Here’s some glances at the screen when you open the app. It shows the items you’ve scanned, and the ones you’ve added to your bathroom shelf, giving you an overall rating of how healthy your products are. (EYE MAKEUP REMOVER SCORED A TEN??? WHAT? I thought it was just water and oil?!) You can search for brands, specific and general products (for example, just type in conditioner). Also, if you scan a product that’s not in their database, you have the option to create a spot for it.
What The App Gives You
Alright so for reference, I went ahead and clicked on a product to show where the app takes you. Here is the overview of my beloved Biore Charcoal Face Wash… Obviously you see the overall rating. Then it breaks down how it got that rating and what types of ingredients are bad for you.
The next tab breaks down all the ingredients in the product and their individual ratings. Not sure what the hell you’re looking at? Neither was I. Thankfully, you can tap on each individual ingredient to get even more of a breakdown. I tapped on fragrance and got the next screen.
Keep scrolling down, there’s more.
You get this huge breakdown for each ingredient to help you understand why it’s “bad”. Lastly, they make sure not to leave you hanging while you’re having an anxiety attack over all your products being trash. There is another tab giving you their alternatives to similar products.
Why Am I Skeptical?
This is where my joy for this app starts to go south. First of all, I have a whole other issue (not regarding the app) on why these “dangerous” products are the mainstream choices in our stores and why are we creating these horrible products that are bad for us. Because the ingredients are cheap? Because they will cause issues and make the healthcare industry more money?
Let me get off that tangent. So. Upon putting these recommended ingredients into a search bar to see the price range and how realistic it is that I buy them; there’s just absolutely no way I’m spending $40-$100 on each of my skincare/bathroom products. I am not living on a doctors salary. So if I’m not rich, I’m stuck using what’s mainstream and affordable?
One thing that helped me find cheaper recommended products is to look at the hearts by the recommended products to see what other people favorited. Most people “like” the cheaper ones. Also, how can I compare how well these products work for me. For example, an all natural cleanser if probably not going to keep my face as blemish free as the Biore one I currently use that have chemicals fighting it. And surely, I don’t want to spend $40 on a face wash that might work for me.
Here’s another thing that made me skeptical of the app.
They’ve got a little disclaimer tab hiding at the bottom of the app. Hopefully you can read it. It states that they may be compensated for some of their reviewed products. Meaning they promote recommended products most likely. I don’t really dig that. I get the app needs to make money, and I’m hoping they only accept compensation for the products they actually personally have a good opinion on.
Another weird thing: I have seen other people talk about this app in comments on Facebook and they have shown screenshots of the same product having different ratings. I’m going to try and give some benefit of the doubt and say that the app is still not fully developed. They’re still adding products to the database and working on some details it seems like. So maybe there’s some glitches they may need to patch up.
(AFFORDABLE!) Products I Will Trust
My son I biracial, and when he was born he had straight silky hair. But now at 9 months, it is starting to curl and become more coarse. I use this when he gets out of the bath and comb it through. MOST of Shea Moisture has good ratings on this app. I started using their shampoo and conditioner with castor oil to help with hair growth.
I would recommend getting these products at a grocery store rather than a drugstore because you will find them cheaper and on better sales. You can also purchase them in sets online to get them cheaper than buying one product at a time. This is the set I’m currently using.
So the bottom line? I definitely will keep products in mind that I won’t be purchasing anymore. I’ll keep the app downloaded and probably scan the hell out of stuff at the store for my own curiosity. Will I buy the recommended products? Nope. Will I buy what has better ratings at the drugstore? Absolutely! Will I still buy bad rated products when I’m tight on money and they’re on sale? Probably, but will try my hardest not to.
How many of you have this app? Do you like it? Have you made changes? What are you using (and what’s your budget)?