When my sultry lips started feeling dry & crusty, I had to reach for some sort of Chapstick-ish product in a hurry. I didn’t have my beloved raw Shea butter handy (big mistake), so I grabbed whatever crap was in my work desk drawer: MAC Lip Conditioner.
As I began to smather, I thought to myself, “What the hell kind of ingredients are in this stuff, anyway?” I was mostly hoping to rule out that dangerous ingredient mineral oil, but the lip conditioner didn’t have ingredient info on the tube.
A quick Google search for “MAC Lip Conditioner ingredients” led me to CosDNA.com (which I’m assuming is short for “cosmetic DNA”). I’ve only just begun to fiddle around on this site, but it seems to be pretty useful. CosDNA is a free resource. Just type your cosmetic brand of make-up, lotion, deodorant, etc., into the “product search” box and it spits out a list of ingredients that product contains.
(screen shot) “MAC Lip Conditioner” on CosDNA:
From there you can analyze the ingredients to determine if it’s a safe product or something you should stay away from. Unfortunately, MAC Lip Conditioner does indeed contain mineral oil in the form of petrolatum. Boo!! I’m sticking with my shea butter.
Some (not all) of the individual ingredients listed are clickable hyperlinks that lead you to more information about that specific ingredient. If you don’t know the exact name of the product you’re looking for, it’s no problem. Just enter the brand name into the “product search” box and it’ll spit out a list products from that brand. From there, just click on the exact product you want for more info.
“Aveeno” product search results:
I successfully searched for other well known brands like Dove, Lubriderm, Loreal and Pantene.
CosDNA is a basic, bare bones site that will give you quick information without all the fluff of fancier sites. The forum doesn’t get a lot action and the design is very elementary. If you require a fancier user experience, try Skin Deep Cosmetics Database or the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary.
Whatever site you choose for lurking, whether bare bones or fluffy, just make sure you’re doing research on the stuff you’re smathering onto your body.