Introducing Ailish Lucas, green beauty guru behind The Glow Getter. She’s partnered with us to give an honest review of our ingredients using third party websites such as the EWG Skin Deep Database (considered to be the gold standard of beauty ingredient information – highlighting the good, the bad and the ugly).
When you’re a beauty blogger that focuses specifically in the natural, organic and non-toxic realm, you start to realise that *actually* listening in your chemistry classes at school might have been handy. This is because, not only are you trying to achieve the perfect flat lay, but you also need to look into Every. Single. Ingredient that a brand includes in their products, to assess if it’s firstly, good for your skin and secondly, you’re not being ‘greenwashed’.
So, when you want to purchase a product, it’s no wonder you can get confused about the ingredients on the label, what’s good, what’s bad and what’s the latest innovation in natural skincare. This is where I (and Tailor Skin) can help you. Recently Sara and I were being ladies that brunched and were discussing ingredients, the different websites I used to do my research and the conclusions I came up with. It was such an interesting discussion that Sara asked if I would mind writing about this for her blog. Naturally (no pun intended), I was delighted to, and here I am (and so are you), being able to give you a little more insight into the ingredients Tailor Skin uses, the websites you can use yourself to check ingredients, and some of the pitfalls you can avoid.
When researching a new product, the first two sites that I compare ALL of the ingredients (note, ingredients and not the full product) on are the EWG Skin Deep Database and Paula’s Choice. This is because they normally have the most comprehensive research on ingredients and rate them on a scale of 1-10 (1 being excellent to 10 being highly toxic) or Best, Good, Average or Poor. This helps me to identify where the brand is using amazing, clean and non-toxic ingredients in their products or if they are ‘greenwashing’ and claiming they are natural, but really they’re not.
With this in mind, I decided to go through each and every one of Tailor Skin’s products and their respective ingredient lists to see how natural the products really were. The overall results for each product are listed below. They are based off what each website has said on every ingredient in each product.
Before you delve in, I want to point a couple of things out for you. EWG and Paula’s Choice are not 100% reliable in that, ingredients like essential oils will be rated higher because of the allergens in them. Allergens can cause irritation for people with dermatitis, eczema, etc. so this is where you have to decide, based on your research, if you’re happy using that ingredient or not. I am personally a fan of essential oils, but if I had contact dermatitis then I would more than likely avoid, so I didn’t irritate the problem more. If you’re unsure, Google is your friend.
- EWG – 1-2 – Low Hazard, 3-6 – Moderate Hazard, 7-10 – High Hazard
- Paula’s Choice: Best, Good, Average and Poor (side note: Best is hardly ever used)
Tailor Skin Products:
Tailor renew – Overall rating on EWG 2. Overall rating on Paula’s Choice ‘Good’.
Tailor Hydrate – Overall rating on EWG 2/3. Overall rating on Paula’s Choice ‘Good’.
Tailor Oil Cleanse – Overall rating on EWG 1. Overall rating on Paula’s Choice ‘Good’.
Tailor Moisture – Overall rating on EWG 2. Overall rating on Paula’s Choice ‘Good’.
Extract 1 – Overall rating on EWG 2. Overall rating on Paula’s Choice ‘Good’.
Extract 2 – Overall rating on EWG 2. Overall rating on Paula’s Choice ‘Good’.
Extract 3 – Overall rating on EWG 2. Overall rating on Paula’s Choice ‘Good’.
Extract 4 – Overall rating on EWG 2. Overall rating on Paula’s Choice ‘Good’.
Extract 5 – Overall rating on EWG 2. Overall rating on Paula’s Choice ‘Good’.
Tailor Polish – Overall rating on EWG 2. Overall rating on Paula’s Choice ‘Good’.
Tailor Skin would fall in the overall category of 2 on the EWG database (in my opinion). On Paula’s Choice, I would rate it overall as ‘Good’.
This is pretty amazing.
What stood out on one or two of the products was the word ‘fragrance’. Normally I would run a mile when presented with that word on a label because a company can hide up to 200 ingredients under the ‘fragrance’ term and claim it as Intellectual Property. Luckily, Tailor Skin being who and what they are, gave me their full ingredient list of what was included within that term, and what I found were six, naturally derived essential oils, that were no cause for concern in my opinion (Full disclosure: I entered these ingredients (which were components of an essential ingredient) into EWG and Paula’s Choice and the ingredients came out between 5 and 7 or ‘Average to Poor’, but upon further research, this was because they were essential oils and could cause irritation and/or sensitivity if you had dermatitis or eczema. If however, you researched the essential oil in its entirety, EWG would rate it as a 1. Hence why you need to research further when you think something looks odd). They also totalled up to less than 0.5% of the overall product.
To sum up, Tailor wins skin care of the day!
SIDENOTES + Reference Section
Why did I give Tailor Skin that rating?
I rated them overall as 2 so it incorporates the only ingredient that is listed as a 3 (Potassium Sorbate) and one ingredient listed as 5 (Benzyl alcohol).These ingredients are rated ‘Good’ on Paula’s Choice. The explanations of these ingredients are below to help you understand why they AREN’T a concern (in my opinion).I also rate Tailor as ‘Good’ rather than ‘Best’ just because ‘Best’ doesn’t really happen for one product on Paula’s Choice, so I’m being conservative.
Ingredients rated higher on EWG and Paula’s Choice.
Potassium Sorbate – “Potassium sorbate is a potassium salt of sorbic acid, a naturally occurring antimicrobial compound; used as a preservative”. Ref. EWG Skin Deep. Rated ‘Good’ on Paula’s Choice.
Benzyl Alcohol – “Benzyl alcohol is a naturally occurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy”. Ref. EWG Skin Deep. Rated ‘Good’ on Paula’s Choice.
If you are concerned about the essential oil components that Tailor Skin uses, please contact them as they are happy to share what those ingredients are.