Welcome to September’s edition of “Green & Gorgeous!” Today I have a treat for you. A few weeks ago I was contacted by the marketing manager at Da Capo Lifelong Books regarding a new book about beauty and cosmetics, and she offered me a copy for review.
The book is called No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics. It is a comprehensive, blow-by-blow look at the cosmetics and beauty industry in America, its history, and its inner-workings. It’s also a treasure trove of useful information, suggested brands for hair, face, make-up, body, and nails, and even some DIY alternatives.
Written by journalists Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, these two are not just authors and investigators, but they are also women – women who love cosmetics and beauty products. See? Check them out.
The book is eye-opening, interesting, informative, and yes, funny, too. It begins with the background information on how the beauty industry works in the U.S., and how it – well, doesn’t. For those who don’t care to know the history or details of it all, there is a short summary, and then you can jump to the next section, which details the top 20 scary ingredients that you want to avoid in health and beauty products.
Once the foundation is laid, O’Connor and Spunt then dive into each category one at a time: hair, face, make-up, body, and nails. They detail the concerns in each, describing the most typical offenders that you’ll find in mainstream products, and offering suggested clean and non-toxic brands, as well as home recipes and other alternatives, such as aloe vera for your curly hair gel. (note to self: buy some aloe vera)
One thing that I really appreciate about this book is that at the end, the authors address some of the most important issues surrounding beauty: diet and lifestyle. Despite legions of dermatologists who insist that problem skin has nothing to do with what you eat and those who say that lifestyle won’t affect what genes have already determined, it is becoming more obvious than ever that these issues intimately affect each other. O’Connor and Spunt acknowledge this, and offer helpful and practical suggestions for cultivating beauty from the inside out.
The writing style is casual and fun. Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of the book, when the authors are explaining the regulations and red tape inside of the FDA, and encouraging their readers to stick with them:
“…Because when you begin to proselytize about this to your friends and family, to your boyfriends, and to the stranger on the subway, we don’t want you to be written off as some ill-informed reactionary dork. We want you armed and dangerous with the two most convincing weapons: (1) stone cold facts, and (2) a hotter you. We’re gonna get to the latter soon. Promise.”
As you see, the tone is very approachable and laid-back, as though you’re sitting around having coffee with these ladies. But the most important part of any book is the content – and this content hits the nail on the head. I couldn’t agree more with the message of No More Dirty Looks; I think every woman needs to read it and be aware of the issues surrounding this industry that unfortunately has placed their bottom line as a higher priority than our health and safety.
This giveaway is now closed. Stay tuned for the winner!
So, today I am very excited to be able to give away one (1) copy of No More Dirty Looks to one lucky Simple Organic reader! This giveaway will be simple: one entry per person. To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell me what you are most interested in learning from No More Dirty Looks. I will close this giveaway on Saturday, September 4th, at 11:59 pm CST (that’s tomorrow – so don’t delay!). Good luck – I hope you win!
So let’s hear it – what do you look forward to learning about from No More Dirty Looks?
Note: Other than my complimentary copy, I did not receive any compensation for this review; I simply read the book and really liked it, and thought you would all like it, too!