I have to tell you I sacrifice spending time with family a lot. It is time consuming! In order for me to recommend a personal care product, this is what I do.
- First, I survey the whole industry. In other words, I first read as much as I can about the industry, to see who the leading brands are in a particular industry segment.
- I next learn as much as I can in order to understand how the products in this industry are made.
- Then I study ingredients of the products by digging out scientific studies in the databases powered by GoodGuide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), and the National Library of Medicine (PubMed), and the Endocrine disruption exchange. Often automatic databases have limitations so I proceed by reading full texts of the scientific studies in the Deep Dyve library (I pay for the access to it).
- Next, I discern the safest options available to manufacturers of the products in question, and contact the manufacturers for more information, to learn more about the best choices manufacturers can make, and what and why manufacturers make the choices they do.
- Finally, I buy the product and test it for an extended period of time to learn whether it is quality-made and practical and to determine whether I have any allergic reactions. Sometimes this step is modified somewhat, and I rely on others to tell me about their experiences. For example, for obvious reasons, I’m not a good test subject for deodorants because I don’t sweat much, so I used my husband as a guinea pig.
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