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Consumer Reports: Not So Natural Cosmetics

Updated: 07/15/2014 - Sales of cosmetics and personal care products labeled “natural” have soared recently. But “natural” on the package does not necessarily mean natural inside.

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Poor Portable Air Conditioners

Updated: 06/13/2014 - Portable air conditioners sound like an easy solution for cooling a room that can't accommodate a window air conditioner. But many are returned by unhappy customers. So Consumer Reports tested to see if there are some good choices.

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Tasty Salad Dressings

Posted: 05/26/2014 - Summer is salad time, and supermarkets have shelf after shelf of salad dressings. How to choose? The biggest sellers are Hidden Valley and Kraft, but Consumer Reports found tastier options.

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Toothbrush Drill Down

Posted: 05/23/2014 - Toothbrushes - for something so simple, there sure are a lot of choices. lists more than 400 different kinds. Consumer Reports ShopSmart helps you buy the right one.

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Super High Performance Tires

Posted: 05/23/2014 - Performance tires aren't just for expensive sports cars anymore. You can get them now on mainstream models like the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu. But they're pricey to replace. Consumer Reports can help you get the right ones.

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Lawn Mowers that make the cut

Posted: 05/23/2014 - Consumer Reports has tested more than 100 lawn mowers from companies like Craftsman, Toro, and Troy-Bilt. It has some recommendations so you'll get a great cut.

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Dishwashers that Deliver

Posted: 05/23/2014 - Dishwashers last about ten years, so it's not every day you have to think about buying a new one. And chances are your needs have changed, too. Fortunately Consumer Reports has tested nearly 100 and can tell you which ones will fit your budget and your lifestyle.

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Long Lasting Nail Polish

Posted: 05/23/2014 - The nail color industry has enjoyed stellar growth in the past few years, as women head to salons for specialty services like gel manicures and pedicures. But for a simple nail color change, women prefer to do it themselves. Consumer Reports tested polishes for its ShopSmart magazine to find the longest lasting nail polishes.

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Top Grills

Posted: 05/23/2014 - Sizzling burgers on the grill can set the stage for happy summer memories. But for manufacturers, these have not been the happiest of times. Sales and prices have mostly stalled. That, as Consumer Reports points out, can be great news if you're in the market for a new gas grill.

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Hacker-Friendly Hotels

Posted: 05/23/2014 - As the travel season heats up, Consumer Reports cautions - some popular hotel and motel chains could be vulnerable to hackers. Their data security systems may not conform to a standard that credit card companies require. Here's some advice before you swipe that credit or debit card for overnight stay.

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Utility Bills To Increase After Power Plant Fire

Posted: 05/15/2014 - The overall cost to cover that replacement power is estimated at $3 million a month. The number could change depending on natural gas prices and electricity demand during the summer.

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Posted: 05/14/2014 - Consumer Reports has pulled its recommendation from three midsize SUVs. That's after their poor performance in a new crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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