Friday, September 17, 2010

Reading No More Dirty Looks

No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics
Siobhan O'Connor & Alexandra Spunt
DaCapo Press/Lifelong Books (August 2010)
Paperback 282 pgs
ISBN: 978-0-7382-13965

This was one of those books that I finished, front to back cover, overnight. It is packed with a wealth of information.

I never was a fan of makeup and thus never use more than chapstick or lipgloss. Yes, it seems odd in a society where women 'put their faces on', but I have my reasons. It mostly comes down to the way it smells and feels.

No More Dirty Looks dosen't just talk about makeup and its dirty tendencies, but about everything else you put on (and in) your body: shampoo, lotion, nail polish, face scrubs, diet.

Full of facts and numbers, it's easy to get overwhelmed and disgusted. Formaldahyde in hair straighteners and nail polish? The U.S. banning only nine dirty ingredients where Europe has banned over one thousand? The fact that companies and the FDA are still operating on a law passed in 1938 that barely stated restrictions on what can be used or not in cosmetics and is completely outdated?


Alongside the dirty ingredients, the authors recommend the 'cleanest' products for hair, nails, face, makeup, body and other areas.

It's a lot of information to take in all at once, but the book is very thorough and well laid out. I wouldn't be surprised if, after reading the book, you'd be compelled to clean out the cabinets. I certainly did.

No More Dirty Looks
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