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Understand Skin Care Ingredients Before You Buy

by Nandini S + India Sutra 23 Dec 2021

If you're reading this, chances are you want to know what you put on your skin. 

Skincare ingredients - Do they really matter? Does the average consumer even read them or understand what they mean? What if I told you that the skincare products that you're using daily get absorbed into your skin and some of those ingredients are actually quite harmful. 

Fun fact: The EU bans 1300 cosmetic ingredients from formulations within the EU because of toxic concerns (both human and eco). What this means is that some ingredients are known carcinogens (cancer causing) and endocrine disruptors (may mimic or interfere with the body's hormones) which can be extremely harmful to you. Other ingredients are known eco polluters which are extremely toxic to marine life (as grey waste) and hence these are banned from being used there.

So, you may say, OK that's good to know .. so, I am safe. 
Here’s where this gets interesting… No! You are not.

Because of poor regulatory laws (and these differ country to country) many cosmetic brands formulate dirty.. Which means these same dirty toxic ingredients are possibly in 7 to 10 bottles in your vanity. 

The U.S bans 11 ingredients.. You heard me right, eleven. And in India you can get away with mentioning only a few key ingredients on the back of a bottle. Now correct me if I am wrong, how many times have you come across brands and products that mention only Neem, Tulsi and aloevera as their “key” ingredients and you may have shaken your head saying .. how is that even possible?. 

Knowing well enough they aren’t telling you what’s actually in there. While skincare formulators are looking at the efficacy of the products, the ingredients they choose may not always be clean or even earth friendly. 

If you’ve ever seen a label on your cleanser or moisturizer and wondered what it meant, you aren’t alone. The ingredient labels on our skincare can seem overwhelming! How many times have you read something like “Parabens, DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) , TEA (Triethanolamine), PEGs, Petrolatum, Palm Oil, Triclosan, Fragrance, BHT, Formaldehyde, Acrylates…” and thought to yourself, ‘I bet that one does something crucial for my skin. 

These companies would greenwash you into thinking their products are “clean” and “green” while they can include all kinds of dirty ingredients. 

While you can go through the full list of ingredients in your current skincare routine and learn what each one does, that is way more work than it's worth. You can't possibly check each and every claim that comes with the product. And even if you did, how do you know if the claims are real? is the world’s first brand checker, that does all that work for you. That’s right, you can just BOP it.

All you have to do is type in your brand’s name and hit BOP! Bopping is checking to see if your brand is clean or dirty. 

All you need to do is type the brand name and hit bop... that’s it.

A clean or dirty score of the brand you use will be shown,from 0-5,with details on the kind of ingredients it carries,

its eco-footprint, animal testing policies, packaging, and overall brand ethos. 

Finding truly good brands has never been easier. 
What's more, Zoobop lists all potentially risky ingredients to avoid in the skincare of a given brand across its entire range. You'll be able to tell whether this brand is making false claims about its products or not. To ensure they only offer the highest quality products, zoobop examines each brand’s certifications and avoids selling any products that are tested on animals.

Zoobop does all the tedious work for you and checks up on all these claims so you do not get confused about your skincare purchases.


Zoobop is a unique platform that has revolutionized the way consumers shop. What’s more the platform gives you cleaner better recommendations against poor scoring brands and that too in your budget. With Zoobop you don’t need to be greenwashed or be a victim to false claims.. You can simply check and bop  before you buy. 


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