This post is--believe it or not--a review of an App! Don't worry, this is still a farm blog, but I just have to share this great App, which I found through my interest in essential oils.
I first came across essential oils (EOs) when we lived in France in the 1990's, and a doctor suggested them as an adjunct to the medical treatment of our daughter's pneumonia.
After that I continued to use the lavender EO as an antiseptic for cuts and scrapes, but that's as far as it went for years.
I became even more interested in EOs when I discovered that the thyme, lavender and eucalyptus oils we used for our daughter's pneumonia were also great to treat edema in a newly-freshened cow. (See? You knew cows would get in here somehow!)
However, when I came down with shingles earlier this month, I decided I wanted something better than the oils I've been buying locally. That's when I ordered my first Young Living oils. (While I'd love to tell you about Young Living, that's not what this post is about, so if you want to know more, please contact me.)
The website states: "Think Dirty® is more than just a mobile app - it’s a consumer revolution for safer cosmetics by learning one ingredient at a time, changing to cleaner options, one product at a time. Join me to take back our power to vote for products that are safe, clean, and not “Dirty”. The time is now."
It sounded like a great idea, so I got the App and tried it out Sunday afternoon. Using Think Dirty is very easy and rather addictive in a fun way, although the results were a fairly damning indictment of my bathroom contents!
I've never even used the scanner thingy on my iPhone, but I could figure this App out without much trouble.
This photo is so blurry because it's easier to do this than to take a photo of oneself doing it, using a camera in the other hand! The Think Dirty scanner works so quickly I could barely get a photo of the scanning process. At least you can see how the barcode shows up in the window with the red line through it.
Here's a decent rating of 3. It's easy to remember, green means "go," so you can go ahead and keep using this one.
Look at the"Dirty Meter" on the left. You'll notice that nothing pops up under the "Carcinogen," Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity," or the "Allergies & Immunotoxin" scales.
Now look at the "Dirty Meter." The allergic index isn't too bad (unless you consider that this product is made for sensitive skin!), but do I really want a 5 out of 10 on the Carcinogen scale soaking into my skin all winter? Not really!
The "5" rating on this product corresponds to the ingredient with the highest score. It's not an average, which is a good thing because 18 low numbers averaged with one very high number could lull you into thinking the product is safe.
That makes Think(ing) Dirty a great thing to do while you're shopping. In fact, I can't wait to go shopping and Think Dirty! Last time I looked at "healthy" shampoo options, I ended up not making a selection because I couldn't narrow the choices down. With Think Dirty, I can easily weed out any that aren't "clean" enough and find good alternatives.
If you care about your family's health, I highly recommend that you start to Think Dirty! What's not to love about an App that does all this--AND has a name that just begs to make puns?
Think Dirty about the Bare Necessities of Life . . .
Think Dirty cleans up your life . . . Sorry, I couldn't resist! Try Think(ing) Dirty yourself and let me know what you think!