It's Ok to Have Lead in Your Lipstick (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/9/10
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Are you sick of outrageous beauty claims and over-priced products that don't deliver? Tired of not knowing what to believe about products? Confused about who to trust for beauty tips and tricks? Well, worry no more. The popular science bloggers, The Beauty Brains, are back with another book full of informative and fun beauty advice. "It's Ok to Have Lead in Your Lipstick" starts by debunking what the American Council on Science and Health called the number one unfounded health scare story of 2007. And that's just the beginning: this book answers dozens of important (and some oddball) beauty questions that you're dying to know. Here's what else you'll learn... - Clever lies that the beauty companies tell you. - The straight scoop of which beauty myths are true and which are just urban legends. - Which ingredients are really scary and which ones are just scaremongering by the media to incite an irrational fear of chemicals. - How to tell the difference between the products that are really green and the ones that are just trying to get more of your hard earned money by labeling them "natural" or "organic." Written in a straight talk, fact based style yet laced with plenty of humor, "It's Okay to Have Lead in Your Lipstick" is an easy and informative read for all ages.
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I spotted a few fallacies but I'm not a chemist so I was troubled. I am a long time fan of Paula Begoun's work so I am both skeptical of the cosmetic industry and the non science based detractors who view things in a black and white world.
Too many of the cosmetic/skin care product detractors are living in an either or universe disconnected from reality--either it's green and organic and preferably vegan therefore good for you (often stating a hatred of evil chemicals disregarding the fact that even the greenest most organic and vegan vetted skin product is made of chemicals) OR it's an evil brew put out by multinational corporate bad boys just TRYING to give you cancer in their rush to fulfill their greedy bottom line. (forgetting that evil caustic brews killing off their buyers tend to have a negative effect on the bottom line!)
On the other hand I look at what goes into some things like menthol--a potent irritant carefully inserted into a Eucerin lotion designed for sensitive reddened skin and it doesn't make me feel confident in the Eucerin brand at all. I saw this BEFORE I bought this book on my search for nice creams and lotions that won't irritate my sensitive allergenic skin (with rosacea). I know from past experience that anything minty fresh or menthol will drive my skin nuts. I remember thinking "Isn't Eucerin supposed to be SAFE for sensitive skin?" And I know from reading Paula Begoun Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me: A unique guide to skin care and makeup products from today's hottest brands - shop smarter and find products that really work!The Original Beauty Bible: Skin Care Facts for Ageless Beauty that lots of people with sensitive skin and even lots with NORMAL skin can't tolerate menthol. I pay attention to the fine print.
Yeah, like I said --I'm a skeptic. Just cause it has a reputation for being mild doesn't mean it is.
A few months back I bought The Beauty Aisle Insider, liked it's no nonsense cosmetic chemist authors take on things, agreeing with a lot of what he said, taking notes on things and figured whatever this guy writes on the subject is worthwhile.
Along came this book and I bought it immediately sight unseen. Glad I did.
Funnily enough this book covers that same Eucerin lotion problem I noticed. And a whole lot more.
If you like Paula Begoun's work as the "cosmetics cop" you will enjoy and appreciate this book. The author takes on the cosmetic giants AS WELL AS the scientifically illiterate cheerleaders for the green movement.
This is a brave man. I hope he has bullet proof undies as he is going to be shot at from all sides. It's really great that a chemist who works in the field stood up to tell us what is safe, and what isn't. What is hype and what is just scare mongering.
I have a friend who has breast cancer. I accompanied her to the "Look Good Feel Better" seminar put on by the cancer society in our city. She was given a goody bag filled with gentle cleansers, cosmetics, lotions and skin care donated by many of the big companies. Neither she nor I feel that parabens had anything to do with her cancer. Her prognosis is great, she will be fine, but it's sure nice I can show her the passages in this book on why NOT to worry about parabens and other preservatives. Putting on her makeup really DOES help her get thru a bad day.
And the beauty products at my local health food store are depressingly bad and expensive both. Poor performance, lousy colours, little range of selection and for the price of Dior or Chanel!
What I appreciated the most was the sense of perspective. Very often the scare tactics push you to ignore the actual math, that gives you the perspective you need to assess your OWN risk benefit ratio. And that is what Perry brings back into the discussion. The dose as the author reminds us, makes the poison. Big doses can kill you, micro doses are harmless.
Another point he brought up is how the scaremongers often profit from sales of the "green" cosmetics and skin care, while ignoring the fact that many of them use the very same "chemicals" as the non green big corporations do.
Then he takes on the business of "green washing" in which people who HAVE made their choices for their own reasons, are being suckered into paying WAY more for a product that gives a green impression, without actually sticking to the green/organic principles it purports to follow.
BTW just for clarity, I'm NOT against green products or organic products-- I choose to buy them often--in food and cleaning products but I look at what I'm buying and I DO avoid a lot of substandard stuff and green washed stuff. This book will help me pick winners from losers in the beauty products aisle and made me feel better about certain lines like Burt's Bees.
Then there is the big industry cosmetics and skin care and hair products-- Perry brings up a lot of ways that the big guns like Johnson and Johnson who have a reputation for safety are putting that on the line for various reasons. The Eucerin example above, and many other products get an evaluation from a cosmetic chemist's view regarding safety and efficacy.
I was able to spot something that might be why a lot of shampoos make me itch while a few don't. Why with my sensitive skin and scalp it's not safe to put a drop of conditioner on my hair and just leave it like a leave in conditioner. Why I don't have to worry about my favourite Elizabeth Arden lipstick and lead, or my favourite OPI nail polish is ok even though it was formulated before OPI dropped "the big 3".
Last thing I'll mention is Perry explains how to find a cheaper equivalent with the same active ingredients. I learnt to read cosmetic labels following Paula Begoun but this takes it up a notch. Very helpful to the budget. I plan to use this info to bag me some good deals in the hair care aisle now that I have an idea which things cause me trouble and what things would work especially well for my hair.
I love it, and I plan on reading it over and over along with The Beauty Aisle Insider and anything else he writes. Way to go Perry!
I love how easy they made this for us to understand with more info than just lipstick and lead.
See several products across different categories, questions/answers in this book.
Buy this book and save money on skincare/hair products.
The only shame is I didn't start reading this earlier, but i bought it immediately after hearing about it.
After all it's under USD3, less than a cup at Starbucks.
Would have paid more if they asked, but shhh don't tell the beautybrains i said this.