Clearya automatically scans the ingredient lists of personal care products, cosmetics, baby care and household products before you buy them online, and alerts you when it finds ingredients of concern.
How it works
Clearya is activated when you visit supported shopping websites. When you browse a webpage in a supported product category (beauty products, personal care, baby care and household products), Clearya "wakes up" and automatically searches the webpage for the product's ingredient list. Clearya then checks if any of the listed ingredients is identified as a substance of concern according to several official chemical databases (see which ones below). Many ingredients have tens of different trade names and synonyms, so Clearya checks if the listed ingredients may be identified as toxicants under different names.
After just a few seconds, you can find the results by clicking the Clearya button at the top of the product page, or by clicking the ingredient list that will be highlighted by Clearya.
Clearya alerts provide information about ingredients of concern that are in a product according to an official toxicant database, so you can decide what alerts are relevant to your situation. When you click an alert you can see the following details:
- Source: the agency or database that classified the ingredient as a substance of concern, e.g. the Government of California, the European Union, etc. The date the information was last updated by that source is indicated as well.
- Risk: a classification such as "may cause birth defects", "banned in cosmetics", etc. The certainty of the classification, as determined by the source, is mentioned when indicated. For example, some substances are defined as known carcinogens (can cause cancer) while other substances are only suspected carcinogens.
- Conditions: in some cases concerns are restricted by their source to certain daily exposure (e.g. "no significant risk level up to 30 microgram per day"), or specific uses (e.g. "prohibited in hair dye"). Since Clearya can't assess whether general conditions apply to the specific product, such alerts are displayed along with their restrictions, so you can consider whether the alert is relevant to your case.
You can personalize the type of alerts you'd like Clearya to display to you by modifying the default Alert Settings. For example, you can choose not to be shown alerts on allergens, or on ingredients that are only potentially toxic.
When Clearya displays an "Ingredients Not Listed" status it means that a proper Ingredients section wasn't found in the product page. In this case, Clearya cannot assess whether the product includes ingredients of concern or not. Likewise, Clearya may flag generic terms, such as "fragrance" which do not disclose the actual substances being used.
Our goal is to provide accurate and relevant information to help you decide which products are right for you. However, it's important to know that our analysis is limited by several factors:
- We only analyze the product's ingredients as published online by shopping websites. This means that if an ingredient is missing from the ingredient list, we cannot assess it.
- Likewise, in case the ingredient list published online by a shopping website is outdated, we can't tell that the formulation of the actual product sold is different than published, for better or worse.
- We rely on selected chemical databases (see below) to classify ingredients. These databases do not encompass all possible health risks. Moreover, the agencies that maintain these databases update them periodically, so they are not up to the minute with every scientific and regulatory development.
- Clearya's algorithms aren't perfect. We sometimes struggle with interpreting ingredient names. When we can't recognize the chemical substance behind a certain ingredient name we'll mark it as "Unrecognized". This indicates that the ingredient name was misspelled in the ingredient list, or processed incorrectly by us. The good news is that Clearya is a learning system which means it's getting better every day.
Please help us improve: let us know if you think something isn't right.
Supported shopping websites
Clearya currently supports Amazon, Sephora, iHerb, and Walmart. We're busy adding additional online shopping websites, so stay tuned.
Chemical databases used
We currently use the following sources in classifying ingredients as ingredients of concern:
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Toxicology Program, Report on Carcinogens, 14th Edition.
- The California Environmental Protection Agency, Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 ("Proposition 65").
- The European Commission, Substances prohibited or restricted in cosmetic products (CosIng annexes II and III).
- The European Commission, Preservatives allowed in cosmetic products (CosIng annex V).
- The European Commission, BKH report on endocrine disruptors (2000).
- The European Commission, BKH-RPS report on endocrine disruptors (2002).
- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), IPCP report on endocrine disruptors (2017).
- The Government of Canada, ingredients prohibited or restricted in cosmetics (Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist).
- The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, fragrance allergens in cosmetic products (2012), and other reports.
- The U.S. FDA, Code of Federal Regulations (Title 21, Part 700).
- The U.S. FDA, Potential contaminants in cosmetics.
- Japan's Ministry of Health and Welfare, Standards for Cosmetics.
We update our chemical and toxicology sources periodically.
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