No more doubts about the presence of undesirable ingredients in his day cream, his shaving foam or the washing gel for his baby. Our free QuelCosmetic application allows an easy, fast and informed choice of several thousand cosmetic products. And for the second version, we have taken your comments into account to offer you an even clearer, more precise and personalized application.
cosmetic becomes product
The Quel Cosmetic application now gives way to QuelProduit. This new free application makes it possible to verify the harmlessness and the composition not only of cosmetic products but also of food and household products . To avoid foods that are too fatty, identify household products containing dangerous substances and use cosmetics free of endocrine disruptors, download QuelProduit from Apple Play or Google Play .
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This is a fine example of interactivity between UFC-Que Choisir and consumers! When we launched the free QuelCosmetic app last March, the database already had 5,000 products. But it is thanks to the users, who sent us barcodes and photos of the missing products, that it has grown considerably. Today, there are more than 120,000 references (approximately 99,000 at risk and 24,000 without risk) for which you can consult the assessments established by our experts. This ability to get an idea, in a simple and quick way, of the composition of cosmetics is clearly appreciated since nearly 800,000 people have downloaded the app via the App Store or Google Play. However, there is no question of resting on our laurels: we have taken your comments into account and have just launched a second version which will meet your expectations even better. The update will be done automatically. Here are the essential improvements.
It’s hard to remember, between two visits to the supermarket or the parapharmacy, if you’ve already scanned a product and what the app’s verdict was. It now keeps the history of your scans.
MORE SPECIFIC POPULATION CATEGORIES
Until now, the results were presented for three population categories: adults, babies and pregnant women, children and adolescents. From now on, babies and pregnant women are the subject of separate categories, because if many ingredients, endocrine disruptors, are just as harmful for both populations, there are also substances to be avoided only in toddlers but a priori harmless. for expectant mothers. This is particularly the case with phenoxyethanol. QuelCosmetic’s responses are therefore now more appropriate, especially since we have removed the “babies” category from products that do not concern them, and there are many of them (shaving products, anti-wrinkle products, deodorants, to take just a few examples) .
Is it precisely for your baby that you use our application in particular? Are you pregnant and want to take maximum precautions during your pregnancy? On the contrary, are you a man who has nothing to do with warnings intended for the most fragile populations? You can now enter your profile right away and only see the answers that apply to you. At any time while browsing the app, you can change these preferences. A filter also allows you to see only risk-free products. In addition, you can decide to be alerted on the presence of allergens or not. We are talking here about the 26 perfume allergens whose declaration has been made compulsory by the European Commission. Other allergens, which very frequently trigger reactions, such as methylisothiazolinone or paraphenylenediamine, are systematically reported. The 26 perfume allergens are particularly to be avoided in toddlers and if you have an allergic background. On the other hand, even if it is possible to trigger a reaction at any age and with no history, adults who are fortunate enough not to have reactive skin can reasonably decide to ignore the presence in a product of one or more of these 26 allergens, very often found in all types of cosmetics.
More convenient use
The “search” mode has been improved. You can now associate a type of product and a brand, for example “Narta deodorant”, “Roche Posay moisturizer”, etc. In addition, for greater clarity, the presentation of the glossary has been modified. You can refer to it to learn more about unwanted ingredients in the products you scan and why they are harmful. Finally, we added a FAQ. You will find the answers to the questions most often expressed by users via our contact form in particular.
Understand the result
As the potential toxicity of the ingredients can vary according to the populations, the evaluation differs according to the person concerned: a pictogram is displayed for toddlers (from birth to 3 years), one for pregnant women, another for children and adolescents (from 3 to 16 years old), a fourth for adults. The color goes from green (no risk identified to date) to red (significant risk) and is accompanied by letters from A to D for color blind people. It corresponds to that of the most harmful ingredient of all those present: a cream can contain ten components above all suspicion, if the eleventh is a proven endocrine disruptor, its red color will prevail. Attention, the result only concerns the composition of the product. In no case does it provide information on its intrinsic quality or its effectiveness. These criteria can only be measured in the laboratory and we do so during the comparative tests that we regularly publish on such and such a family of products. But inevitably, the number of references concerned is disproportionate to those present in the app.