Beauty Products Geared Toward Black Girls May be More Hazardous, Study Finds

According to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), one out of 12 beauty and personal care products geared toward Black girls and women are “highly hazardous.” Ingredients in 1,177 of these products were recently tested, and the results, which were published on Tuesday (Dec. 6), showed a gang of dangers — including potential cancer, hormone, and reproductive health risks. Among the worst culprits: relaxers, lipsticks, foundations, and concealers.

“As a Black woman myself, I was disheartened that Black women have fewer options for healthier products when they are choosing from products specifically targeted to them,” Nneka Leiba, deputy director for research at EWG and the report’s co-author, told TIME in a recent interview.

You can find the full list of reviewed products here, and peep our picks of better-for-you options — from the low-risk ratings — on which to spend those coins, below:

1. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Body Wash


2. Nubian Heritage Goat’s Milk & Chai Body Lotion


3. Oyin Handmade Grand Poo Bar Succulent Solid Shampoo


4. Laws of Nature Cosmetics Foxy Finish Mineral Foundation*


5. Black Opal Splurge Eye Satin Matte in Black Shock


6. Sheeq Cosmetics Lipstick in Seriously (+ more!)*


*Not analyzed/rated by EWG, but made with ingredients that are rated low hazard by EWG



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