A few years ago I discovered an app, Think Dirty, that is designed to help one navigate the minefield of figuring out what personal care products are full of toxins, those that are safer to use, and ideas of products to use to replace these harmful products. I sang from the rafters about this app.
When I first learned about it – and I cannot for the life of me remember where I heard about it – I read their policies/procedures for how they determined what a company’s ratings were, and I was so impressed. They kept referring to themselves as independent and not swayed by a company and their opinions. I was so impressed by this, because this is what is needed for something to be a true resource.
When I first started using Think Dirty, I was constantly scanning or inputting products that came across my mind just to see their rating. I remember checking one company’s products that I had been given a sample to try (I thought they reeked of chemicals, so no way did I put it on my skin) and not being surprised that the rating given was a 10 (that’s as bad a rating a product can get).
Well, a few months later I entered in that product that had gotten a 10 to show a friend and it wasn’t in the database anymore. So, I emailed Think Dirty and asked about a product review being removed. I got a “talk our way around” answer…no answer. Then, I went to the Think Dirty Facebook page and left a review that it wasn’t all it used to be since products were removed. I thought that would be the end. Evidently my comment was read by others with the same beef (not surprisingly, all with the same company that had been removed) toward Think Dirty.
Fast forward many months, and someone posted a screenshot from the Think Dirty updated policy & procedures and this is what it says, “We are a professional review and product rating website and mobile app that receives compensation from the companies whose products we review and rate. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own interpretation of trusted sources.” So, it sounds to me like money talks with them and therefore, they’re not so independent after all. This is very disappointing, but is just an excellent reminder—we are our own best advocate and we need to educate ourselves and watch out what we are putting on our family and not rely on others to tell us.