Beauty and Brains – Green Beauty Textbooks

 NMDL Book A little bit of everything: No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O’Conner and Alexandra Spunt
“Your lipstick. Your nail polish. Your conditioner. Most of us don’t realize that the products we use every day can expose us to thousands of chemicals that are readily absorbed through our skin. The impact on your health? It’s not pretty. In this must-read new book, Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt leave no bottle unturned. They found out all kinds of things the cosmetics industry doesn’t want you to know, and now they’re going to share it with you.”

This is one of the books that EVERYONE has on their shelves.  It’s one of the first and the best of it’s kinds in terms of talking about the green beauty industry , and toxic ingredients, and led to a great resource site appropriately named: No More Dirty Looks.  The only downside?  This book came out awhile 4 years ago, so while the information is true, things, they are a-changing, including some of the product companies and resources that are out there (like this site!) including some current industry faves.

eco-beautiful bookBeautiful basics: Eco-Beautiful by Lina Hanson
“Green can be glamorous! In Eco-Beautiful, celebrity makeup artist Lina Hanson shows you how to green your beauty routine by using products that are good to the earth—and great for your skin.
Learn how to care for and improve the quality of your skin and create the perfect makeup look for any occasion. In In Eco-Beautiful you’ll find:

Skin care and makeup techniques tailored to your age and lifestyle, The best foods to eat for glowing skin, Makeup application tips for daytime and evening looks, Easy-to-follow skin care regimens for every skin type, Do-it-yourself recipes for masks, cleansers, toners, and more”

Lina Hanson, the author is a celebrity makeup artist who has worked with some of Hollywood’s hottest names including work in such magazines as VogueWHarper’s Bazaar,Interview, and Elle, as well as on the red carpet for such events as the Academy Awards, Grammys, and Emmys. This woman uses this stuff everyday, all day, and even created her own products the Global Face Serum and Global Body Serum, when she couldn’t find products she wanted. she knows this industry.  The other reason why this book is nice? it’s pretty darn simple with GORGEOUS pictures. STUNNING pictures in fact.  It gives basic information, great for getting started, including fun DIY’s.  The problem…it’s simple.  If you’re looking for in-depth information, or to be really well informed from this book, you need another resource.

notjustaprettyfacebookIndustry Insider: Not Just a Pretty Face:the ugly side of the beauty industry by Stacy Malkan
“Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible? Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful they’ve kept themselves unregulated for decades. Not Just a Pretty Face chronicles the quest that led a group of health and environmental activists to the world’s largest cosmetics companies to ask some tough questions:

Why do companies market themselves as pink ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer, yet use hormone-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals that may contribute to that very disease?

Why do products used by men and women of childbearing age contain chemicals linked to birth defects and infertility?

As doors slammed in their faces and the beauty myth peeled away, the industry’s toxic secrets began to emerge. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover. The good news is that while the major multinational companies fight for their right to use hazardous chemicals, entrepreneurs are developing safer non-toxic technologies and building businesses on the values of health, justice and personal empowerment.”

DAAAAAAAAMN GINA (what? no one else watched Martin in the 90’s?!). This book was great for many reasons, but one of the best reasons?  It sticks it to the man…literally.  They go to the companies (run by men) that are telling you to use their unregulated products for profits and confronts them.  This is a great book for those looking to be well informed about the billion dollar cosmetics industry and the problems within it. Cons? It would be great if there was a second volume, or turning this book into a user’s guide.

Happy reading!!

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