What are French women looking for when choosing their beauty products? According to a recent Harris Interactive survey, 85% are certainly looking for effective products but they are also 67% to be sensitive to the harmlessness of products and 60% to carefully read their composition. It must be said that in recent months, undesirable ingredients, and in particular endocrine disruptors that disrupt hormonal functioning, have hit the headlines. UFC-Que Choisir, which in June had pinned more than 1,000 cosmetic products containing “unwanted ingredients”, has taken a further step: it is launching an app to help choose its cosmetics.
“It’s a long-standing fight,” confirms Olivier Andrault, project manager at UFC-Que Choisir. He recalls the “black list” of products that the association has already published, but a request came back regularly: when will a list of recommendable products be produced? Answer with this free app called QuelCosmetic. “You can use it very easily in a store or in your bathroom” describes Olivier Andrault. “You just have to flash the barcode of the product and, if it is one of the 6,000 already in our database, its file appears.” Otherwise, all you have to do is take a photo of the product and list of ingredients to report it and the UFC Que Choisir undertakes to integrate it into the database. A keyword search is also possible.
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