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Friday, April 22, 2011

There's Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon: Book Review

There's Lead in Your Lipstick
by Gillian Deacon
Penguin Canada
ISBN: 9780143172505
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Description: By the time she heads out the front door, the modern woman has spritzed, sudsed, and slathered herself in more than 127 different chemicals, many of them more toxic than beautifying.
So how can you look and feel great while safeguarding your health? Get smart and go green from head to toe with the help of eco-expert Gillian Deacon. In The Green Body Guide, you'll learn how to read the ingredients to identify and understand the preservatives that are bad for your body and damaging to the earth, including formaldehyde in deodorant, nail polish, soap, shampoo, and shaving cream; coal tar in hair dyes; lead in lipstick; and many more. This is an indispensable handbook of personal-care choices that are sustainable, both for your health and for the earth.

The Good Stuff
  • Really makes you think about the products you are using, and I will definitely be doing a check of my products and seeing which ones I will have to change -this makes me a little nervous let me tell you
  • Authors self deprecating humour makes some of the dryer technical information  lot more fun and interesting to read
  • Information presented in a non granola eating hippy way, which is very refreshing for the subject matter. Not at all preachy either, just gives you the facts and encourages you to do plenty of research into what you put in and on your body
  • This will be a book that I will keep readily available to consult before purchasing cosmetics, etc
  • Practical advice and some fabulous recipes for making your own skin care products
  • Fabulous Index and Reference section - hey I'm an anal Librarian, these things are important to us
  • Plenty of resources of products that are better for you and the environment. I'm a little concerned with the availability of these products in my area, may have to do some downtown shopping
  • There is a chapter on natural and environmentally friendly sex toys and lubricants -- yup we Canadian's are a hip and kinky Country

The Not so Good Stuff
  • A little repetitive 
  • Personally would have organized the Where Can I Find Stuff once at the end of the book instead of at the end of each chapter
  • No mention of Lush, which concerns me, I love their stuff and always thought it was free of chemicals and toxins - now must research them -- I will be totally pissed if they are being less than honest
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"We may be complex enough to know that true beauty  comes from within ... but we'd like to look the part on the outside, too."

"I must admit that as a teenager, I once tried a tanning bed. I guess I thought I could impress Shaun Cassidy on the off chance he rang my doorbell if I just had a suntan in the middle of February."

"He probably reads a full page about world politics and culture before I've even managed to finish moisturizing"

What I Learned
  • About Pinkwashing and Greenwashing -- this is really eye opening
  • Obviously tons of stuff about the horrific amount of unsafe chemicals in the beauty products I use
  • Tons of practical advice, especially for switching from a regular toothpaste, to a natural toothpaste
Who should/shouldn't read
  • This is a must read for everyone
  • A definite must for all libraries
4 Dewey's

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  1. I am going to have to get my hands on this one! As a stay at home mom I am using a lot less chemiclas since I dont have time to make myself as beautiful as I did before, LOL, but I want what I do use to be health friendly.

  2. I like using natural products and learning about them.Tthis seems like a good resource book. Great review, by the way!

  3. Hate to tell you but LUSH is not mentioned because LUSH still puts parabens in their products, plus other things.

  4. Seriously -- ack - now must go look into this more - I loved LUSH

  5. What is next, where were these lipsticks made is it the country that put lead in everything they made, I really wonder if America cannot make things for themselves, what really is their problem in such case.

  6. The stuffs are good and thanks for posting it for them