Saturday, June 18, 2011

There's Lead In Your Lipstick: A Book Review

As women, we use health and beauty products on a daily basis. Whether it is makeup, hair products, skin care products or perfume, this industry has easily been kept going by women globally.  The health and beauty industry is a multi-billion one with no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Everyday new products are being marketed, whether for women, men or children. However, do we really know what is in the products we use.

During the last few years, I have become more aware of what types of chemicals are in the products I have been using, and what exactly these chemicals could potentially be doing to my body, as well as to those in my family. Especially frightening is that I have used products that contain ingredients that are known cancer-causing, or could affect body systems in many different ways.

I was recently introduced to a book that examines the many toxins found in today's health and beauty products, and how to avoid them! I am very excited to tell you about the fantastic read, There's Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon.

About The Book:

We are living in a toxic haze, exposed every day to substances that are harmful to our health and the environment. Phthalates, parabens, lead, triclosan, mercury, coal tar - these and other toxins are hidden in common body care products, from shampoo and sunscreen to lipstick and eyeliner.

Gillian Deacon explains how you can easily reduce your chemical body burden - the number of harmful chemicals your body has accumulated - simly by knowing what to avoid. She not only helps you identify the dangerous ingredients in all types of body care products, but also recommends the best alternative products and where you can find them. There's Lead in Your Lipstick brims with advice, tips and head-to-toe solutions for living a healthier, greener life.

About The Author:

Award-winning broadcaster and writer Gillian Deacon brings her informed and friendly style to the subject that has long been her passion. A busy working mom and host of CBC-TV's The Gill Deacon Show, she understands the challenges of trying to "do it all" with a smaller environmental footprint.

Visit Gillian Deacon's website at and follow her on Twitter: @gilldeacon

My Review:

There's Lead in Your Lipstick was a fascinating look at the health and beauty industry. Written in a very easy to read manner, this book takes you through categories such as hair, eyes, face, lips, teeth, hands and feet, skin, and even armpits! You will learn about the importance of label reading (and you thought that was only for food, didn't you - it's not!), and also how to be more green and clean in your "girl stuff".

Not only will you learn about what ingredients to avoid (there is an appendix of the top 20 to avoid) but you will get great ideas about how to make your own products like mouthwash, creams (body and hand) and even makeup remover! The book is loaded with lists and recipes galore, with many of them using everyday ingredients like brown sugar, olive oil, and tea tree oil. Here is a great example:

Homemade Makeup Remover

1 tbsp castor oil
1 tbsp light olive oil
1 tbsp sunflower or safflower oil

Blend together and use to remove eye makeup

How easy is that, right? And I even tried it out and it works great!

If you are looking for a great introduction to going green with your health and beauty products, and you want to become more aware of what is in your products, and get some great ideas for alternatives this is the book for you!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase There's Lead in Your Lipstick online through Penguin Books - it is also available through your favorite local bookseller

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Penguin Canada, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. I think this is so important and glad you've shared it here. My dgt has helped me see how much chemicals are in so much of what we use.....thanks for this.....