Exit consumer reviews, YouTubers, Instagramers now make way for Yuka, QuelCosmetic, INCI Beauty, Pharmapocket, CosmeEthics and CleanBeauty who have become today's influencers. Those who decipher and note the compositions of cosmetic products, which have become very popular across the Atlantic, are arriving in force on our smartphones with a boom in their use which amounts to millions of downloads.
They shed light on the safety of the components by decoding the undesirable ingredients appearing in INCI language - abbreviation for Nomenclature Iinternational Ingredients VSosmetic - not very accessible to ordinary people, a trade secret obliges!
These applications respond to users' demand for transparency, scalded by health scandals. So it's in a climate of mistrust than Consumers have found in these applications the practical and easy solution to deal with sometimes unscrupulous manufacturers, first in the food aspect and now in the beauty sector.
We help you understand the differences between these platforms, How? 'Or' What the products are rated and what are the limits dtheirs analysis sometimes imprecise.
Applications shaking up the beauty and cosmetics industry
The famous application Yuka, the one who scanned the bar codes of our food, is tackling cosmetics
Already well known and widely used in the food sector, in June 2018 it broadened its application to the cosmetics field. Yuka deciphers the list of components and assigns a score based on the presence of irritating, allergenic or toxic ingredients (endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, etc.). The components deemed to be at risk are mentioned to you, thus justifying the overall rating. A score out of 100 is assigned to each product with a color code from green to red to assess the risk.
La very serious UFC-Que Choisir association launches its beauty and skincare application
The application « Quelcosmetic », launched in March 2018 through UFC-What to Choose, also deciphers the content of your cosmetics for you. It affects an assessment of the potential risk of toxicity of ingredients ranging from green meaning "that no risk has been identified to date" to red for "the existence of a significant risk". In this application, the potential toxicity of the ingredients is analyzed distinguishing each type of population: babies, adolescents (3 to 16 years), pregnant women and adults. The presence of allergens is also indicated.
A slightly different methodology for the Clean Beauty application
This platform to the peculiarity to analyze, from a photo of the list of ingredients, the composition of your cosmetic care based on a "dictionary of ingredients" and alert you so on the presence of endocrine disruptors, irritants... based on scientifically documented information. Little tip, if you want have the opinion of Clean Beauty before buying the treatment if you did not buy the care that makes you want and first want to hear from Clean Beauty, you can (if you find it) photograph the ingredient list on the web. Be careful with the framing, an annexed text could distort the conclusions reached.
Others, less known, exist... as Cosmeethics, the oldest of applications created in 2016. In addition to a free version, it offers a paid version who you gives access to research tests for example.
INCI Beauty, as for her, is a community platform with shared opinions and specifies that its ingredient evaluations are carried out by chemists. It is also distinguished by taking into account in its notation of the impact on the environment.
How do you choose the most reliable beauty app?
In any case, these platforms will allow you to inform your choices when faced with a shelf of beauty products. Whatever application is used, the result is roughly the same and these are the little extras of each one mentioned above which essentially go make the difference therefore the choice is yours.
Photo of the list of ingredients or bar code reading, you will ultimately have the choice. In the first case, you will have an answer based on the INCI list that you photographed. In the second case, you will have a response based on the bar code so as long as the manufacturer changes its INCI formula, it will have to remember to update its new INCI list immediately in the decryption applications so that the bar code can be read. can reflect the new composition. The difference between the two is potentially an update lag in the event of a change of formula.
If you can't find your cosmetic preferred in the list by your app, feel free to submit it. Each application has a specific procedure and thus will analyze the content for you. You will allow everyone to access the results since this test will be archived on the platform.
Of Evaluations that differ in the decodeage des labels cosmetics
Ingredients incriminés: a list that is the subject of debate
The idea of applications that decipher cosmetic compositions for us is a good one. It remains to understand how each algorithm identifies and reports unwanted ingredients. Capable of recognizing certain components, they are not able toTo appreciate a whole formula. Some will point to the presence of silicones while others will note the use of perfume or even essential oils.
Let us look at the case of essential oils which is the perfect example of an operation which lack of precision. La notation of cosmetics containing essential oils is often degraded... why? The reason is simple: the application reacts negatively in the presence of allergens whatever their origin! However, the presence of natural allergens is not necessarily a negative sign. Essential oils, with proven virtues, contain allergens must be mentioned at the end of the INCI list beyond a certain percentage to inform the potentially allergic people. It is only recommended for people with allergies!
To date, thee European cosmetics regulation, which is incidentally the strictest in the world, is a security framework which already imposes a maximum concentration. It is the art of the formulator to master the right dosage for the effectiveness of your products while respecting the limits imposed by regulations. Placing a cosmetic product on the market requires first carrying out eye and skin irritation tests and their validation by a toxicologist.
A source of information that pushes manufacturers to review their copy
Beauty applications, despite their limitations, are a help appreciated by many consumers and with good reason since this has prompted many manufacturers to review the formulations of their cosmetics by making them "cleaner". Few have taken the step to make the list of their ingredients public.
In as long as unconventional manufacturer, we give you the list of all our ingredients on our website, you just have to click on the product that interests you, on its right you will be able to display its composition. As a bonus, we will offrons the keys to deciphering a formula in our article “How to decipher the composition of cosmetics”.
In the meantime, we let you discover the ratings and reviews of our skincare products on these different applications or on our site. Internet. Go to your cellphones!