FAQ

What is ClearForMe?

ClearForMe is a cosmetic database that simplifies how ingredients are labeled.  Ingredient labels are confusing. There is no standardization on what name a brand or manufacturer uses for an ingredient, which means for Avocado oil, you would need to know that Alligator pear oil is a synonym for it. Fragrance, one of the most common skin allergens, has 32 different chemical names used in ingredient labels. Formaldehyde, a preservative and common irritant, has 12 different synonyms used in ingredient labels.

With ClearForMe, we’ve got you covered. Our algorithm makes it easy, transparent, and CLEAR how to find an ingredient (because we are tracking all of the synonyms and different common names people use for every ingredient).

ClearForMe lets YOU choose the ingredients you want to include and/or avoid, and we’ll scour through our database of thousands of products, and help you find products that are clear for you.

How does ClearForMe work?

We organize ingredients.

We demystify ingredients by showing you a simple, easy to understand definition for it which includes the function ie what the ingredient does.

We make ingredients searchable. Because we map all of the different names for ingredients, including common names and chemical synonyms, our search results show you exactly what you are looking for when you want to include and/or avoid something.

How do you have so many products in your database?

We’ve spent years, months, days, hours, minutes, and yes, even seconds building our database. Having a comprehensive database is a top priority for us. We want you to be able to find and search through as many products as you care about.

Note:  We work hard to ensure the accuracy of the products and their ingredients. Please be advised, cosmetics makers continuously change formulations. Sometimes retailers have an older formulation. And sometimes you'll have the latest formulation, but we won’t have it in our database yet. It’s important you check the product labels yourself and/or contact the manufacturer directly for the most current up to date information.

Does ClearForMe endorse products or brands?

No.  ClearForMe is a tool for consumers to find the right products for them. Our goal is to provide consumers with information about ingredients. We hope that our site serves as a resource for consumers to make easier, smarter, and clear choices on the products you choose to buy. 

We are here for consumers. You might come across our content on a brand or retailers’ site, but that is because we are helping them help you find unbiased, objective information about ingredients.

I can’t find my product or brand. Can it be added to ClearForMe?

We will do our best to accommodate all requests as soon as possible. Please email us at info@clearforme.com to get the process started.

Have questions, comments, suggestions, or just want to say hi?

Hi!  We would love to hear from you. Email us at iwanttosayhi@clearforme.com

What is the difference between ClearForMe and EWG’s Skin Deep Database?

ClearForMe is about YOU, the consumer.  Our tool helps you find cosmetic products based on the ingredients you want to avoid.  EWG scores the health hazards of products ranking products on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being low risk, 10 high health hazard risk).   While EWG is a valuable tool to learn about ingredients, ClearForMe gives you personalized choices based on the parameters you define, whether it’s a medical necessity or a healthier lifestyle choice.

Wait, doesn’t FDA regulation make sure cosmetic products and personal care products are safe?

In a nutshell, unfortunately no.  Under U.S. law, the FDA does not have the authority to require cosmetic companies to submit their safety data to the FDA.  In addition, the FDA doesn’t require cosmetic products to be approved by the FDA before going on the market.  They only require companies to list the ingredients on their product packaging. Also, the FDA has banned only 10 ingredients from cosmetic products in the US, compared to the EU’s governing body which has banned over 1,300. To see the list of ingredients banned by the FDA, go to this link:

http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/GuidanceRegulation/LawsRegulations/ucm127406.htm

To see the list of ingredients banned in the EU (over 1,300) go to this links:

http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.results

Are the amounts of chemicals in cosmetics too small to matter?

Personal care products contain large volumes of chemicals, both natural and synthetic.  Some may be harmless, but others could be harmful. Cosmetic companies are not required to assess how much gets into your body and what the risks might be. In addition, cosmetic companies and the FDA do not assess the safety of your cumulative exposure to cosmetic ingredients. You skin is your largest organ and what you put on your skin does absorb directly into your blood stream.

How can ClearForMe provide me with more details on specific ingredients in products like perfumes?

Fragrances are considered trade secrets. By law, because of that, companies are not required to give more specific detail on what chemicals they use to make that fragrance. To be safe, if you are allergic so some fragrance chemicals and not others, it’s best to avoid all “fragrance” items unless all the chemical names are specified for a fragrance. Some companies do disclose on their own which is why with certain products you can get that information but that is up to the manufacturer. We urge you to contact the manufacturer directly to inquire about the chemical components for the fragrance.

Is ClearForMe only for consumers suffering from allergies?

No. If you care about what ingredients are in your products, then ClearForMe is for you.  Moms, if you are looking for products that are cleaner and safer to use around your children, ClearForMe can help you. If you want to use cleaner, healthier, or more natural products, ClearForMe can help you. ClearForMe’s goal is to help people find and use better cosmetic products, whether its a medical necessity or a healthier lifestyle choice.

I represent a brand.  How can I get my products listed on ClearForMe?

Please email us at info@clearforme.com