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What's Really In Your Beauty Products (and How to Make Your Own)?

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Methylparaben. Dibutyl phthalate. Methyl aldehyde. Hydroquinone. Sodium lauryl sulfate.

It’s difficult to pronounce the names of these chemicals, let alone understand what they are and what they do. But they’re some of the most common ingredients in products we use every day, from toothpaste to deodorant to nail polish.

Most of us have been using products with these ingredients for years without giving it much thought. Lately though, there’s been a lot more attention given to the effects these substances have on our health. Many people are choosing to use products made with natural, organic ingredients or even to make their own cosmetics at home.

Are you curious about how dangerous these chemicals really are? Have you ever tried to figure out which unpronounceable cosmetic ingredients to avoid and which are actually harmless? Do you want to try making your own beauty products made from natural ingredients? If so, you may find the selection of books and online resources listed below especially helpful:


No more dirty looks : the truth about your beauty products-- and the ultimate guide to safe and clean cosmetics / Siobhan O'Connor, Alexandra SpuntNo More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products -- and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics by Siobhan O'Connor, Alexandra Spunt

Available in Print.

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.
Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health... and What You Can Do About It by Samuel S. EpsteinToxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health ... and What You Can Do About It by Samuel S. Epstein

Available in eBook.

Splashy ads and commercials for personal care products are everywhere we turn, promising to keep our appearances fresh and our partners satisfied. But do consumers really know what they're applying to their faces and bodies in their quests for youth and beauty? Do they know the health risks they're taking by simply applying lipstick, face moisturizer or deodorant? Toxic cosmetics and personal care products clutter the shelves at retail stores everywhere, and consumers don't know the avoidable risks they're taking by following a simple beauty regimen. Written by Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, a founder and chairperson of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, Toxic Beauty gives the lowdown on salon safety, health risks hiding in everyday products, how we put our children in danger and more. Toxic Beauty will also educate you and your family on easily implemented solutions through the use of a variety of positive alternatives. Through the help of Dr. Epstein and Toxic Beauty, you can protect yourself from the possible long-term effects of a simple beauty product.
What's in this stuff? : the hidden toxins in everyday products and what you can do about them / Patricia ThomasWhat's in This Stuff? : The Hidden Toxins in Everyday Products and What You Can Do About Them by Patricia Thomas

Available in Print.

The essential reference to what's really in the products we buy.

Every day Americans eat processed food and use toiletries, cosmetics, household cleaners, gardening supplies and often pet care products of some kind. It's time to ask What's in This Stuff? The answers are shocking. This fascinating book reveals how many of the products used every day contain poorly tested chemicals that are implicated in health problems, and offers simple, nontoxic alternatives.

It explains:

  • Why we are exposed to more chemicals than ever before
  • The health risks of exposure to industrial chemicals in consumer products
  • Which chemicals are most harmful
  • Why babies in the womb and young children are especially vulnerable to toxins
  • How to interpret confusing labels
  • Tips for using conventional products more wisely
Green beauty recipes : easy homemade recipes to make your own natural and organic skincare, hair care, and body care products / Julie GabrielGreen Beauty Recipes: Easy Homemade Recipes to Make Your Own Natural and Organic Skincare, Hair Care, and Body Care Products by Julie Gabriel

Available in Print.

A comprehensive, well-written and easy to understand guide into practical side of natural beauty. The book gives actual formulas for all kinds of beauty products, from cleansers to hair conditioners, plus amazing tips and techniques you wouldn't expect to find anywhere but a professional manual. Learn insider secrets to making your own organic and natural skincare, hair care, and spa products.
The complete guide to natural homemade beauty products & treatments : 150 recipes from scrubs to masks to moisturizers & shampoos / Amelia RuizThe Complete Guide to Natural Homemade Beauty Products & Treatments: 150 Recipes from Scrubs to Masks to Moisturizers & Shampoos by Amelia Ruiz

Available in Print.

These beauty-enhancing and soothing cosmetics and treatments use only completely chemical-free ingredients.

Amelia Ruiz guides the reader to effective use of all of nature's possibilities in homemade beauty treatments for complete skin, body and hair care. From aromatic and medicinal plants to flowers, fruits and essential oils, these incredible recipes and lifestyle tips enhance beauty inside and out.

The expert step-by-step instructions for preparing all kinds of cosmetics are simple and easy, plus it saves money for any consumer. Knowing what your skin needs and controlling the ingredients in these recipes assures the ultimate in skin pampering.

There is also a wealth of information on sunbathing safely with natural products. Even personal perfumes and home cleaning products can be made with essential oils, fruits, plants and other natural products.

Amelia Ruiz shows how to enhance personal qualities and through exercise, diet, rest and a life in harmony with our natural biorhythms. Her mantra is "True beauty comes from within, from a natural lifestyle and a healthy and balanced diet.
Botanical beauty : 80 essential recipes for natural spa products / by Aubre AndrusBotanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Natural Spa Products by Aubre Andrus

Available in Print.

Soak, scrub, and soothe your way to relaxation with simple homemade spa recipes from award-winning author Aubre Andrus. Using some of nature's best ingredients, such as beeswax, sugar, coconut oil, shea butter, avocado, sea salt, essential oils, and more, craft everything from a Cooling Peppermint Hand Cream to a Vanilla Honey Body Scrub. Make practical products, like your own all-natural Bugs-Be-Gone Insect Repellent, Minty Homemade Toothpaste, and Natural Shaving Cream. Or pamper yourself after a long day with a Re-energizing Tub Tea, Lovely Lavender Bath Salts, and a Deep Conditioning Treatment. Nourish your body from head to toe with these organic, handmade recipes and crafts, or package them as a gift to share a fresh, fun spa experience.
Natural beauty alchemy : make your own organic cleansers, creams, serums, shampoos, balms, and more / Fifi M. MaacaronNatural Beauty Alchemy: Make Your Own Organic Cleansers, Creams, Serums, Shampoos, Balms, and More by Fifi M. Maacaron

Available in Print.

Offers recipes for creating more than one hundred natural beauty and organic health products in the kitchen, including hair conditioners, facial masks, perfumes, and body scrubs.
Natural hair coloring : how to use henna and other pure herbal pigments for chemical-free beauty / Christine Shahin - print and eBookNatural Hair Coloring: How to Use Henna and Other Pure Herbal Pigments for Chemical-Free Beauty by Christine Shahin

Available in Print and eBook.

Commercial hair dyes contain thousands of different chemicals, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic -- but you don’t have to choose between gorgeous color and good health. Hair care expert Christine Shahin shows you how to use nontoxic natural plant pigments -- henna, indigo, amla, and cassis -- to color your hair naturally, and with beautiful results! These pigments are readily available at natural food stores and online; they’re simple, safe, and easy to use; and they cost much less than a trip to the salon. With clearly written instructions and step-by-step photography, Shahin shows you exactly how to apply these pigments, alone or in combinations, to achieve a full range of shades of brown, black, and red. She also includes instructions for transitioning from chemical dyes to natural ones and for using chemical and natural dyes together.
200 tips, techniques & recipes for natural beauty / Shannon Buck - print and eBook200 Tips, Techniques & Recipes for Natural Beauty by Shannon Buck

Available in Print and eBook.

Many of today's beauty products contain harmful chemicals and other additives that most of us don't even know about - and if we did, we wouldn't use them--no more. With 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty you'll learn all that you need to know to make your own organic beauty products. Create delightful lotions and potions in your own kitchen, using all-natural, holistic ingredients like herbs and flowers. Discover conditioning carrier oils, sumptuous butters, and aromatic floral extracts that will nourish you head to toe. Also, use some of the recipes for your overall health, including curative herbal extracts and therapeutically effective essential oils. With step-by-step photographs, clear instructions, and expert tips, each recipe is easy to follow. Give them as gifts or keep them for yourself. Regardless, you'll never want to buy beauty products from the drug store again!
Natural beauty : [natural makeup, soothing therapies, homeade preparations] / [Susan Curtis, Fran Johnson, Pat Thomas ; makeup artist Justine Jenkins] - DK PublishingNatural Beauty: Natural makeup, Soothing Therapies, Homeade Preparations by Susan Curtis, Fran Johnson, Pat Thomas ; makeup artist Justine Jenkins - DK Publishing

Available in Print.

An organic beauty and natural remedy resource covers everything from home remedies to natural skin care to essential oils, including recipes for such homemade skin care products as face masks and creams, deodorants, and lip balms.
The compassionate chick's guide to DIY beauty : 125 recipes for vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free makeup, skin & hair products / Sunny Subramanian of veganbeautyreview. com & Chrystle FiedlerThe Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin & Hair Products by Sunny Subramanian & Chrystle Fiedler

Available in Print.

Part DIY vegan beauty how-to, part cookbook, and part self-improvement manifesto, this book showcases non-toxic, rejuvenating and restorative skin care and beauty products that you can whip up in your kitchen with simple ingredients for pennies per treatment.
Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs - 300 Natural Recipes for Luxurious Soaks by Kate Bello - eBook OverdriveHomemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs - 300 Natural Recipes for Luxurious Soaks by Kate Bello

Available in eBook.

Soothe stress, heal the body and smell fantastic with luxurious homemade bath products.

A revitalizing bath will transform your day, mood and health like nothing else. Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts & Scrubs offers 300 easy, fun, DIY recipes.

These personalized creations utilize fragrant petals, powerful essential oils and exotic ingredients like:

Sage, Rose, Lavender, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Peppermint, French Green Clay, Jasmine, Kukui Nut, Bergamot, Neroli, and Himalayan Sea Salt.

Made of all-natural ingredients, these bath additions elevate your soak and help to relieve everyday ailments, including: Allergies, Common Cold, Stress, Acne, Dry Skin, and Sunburn.
Organic Body Care Recipes - 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin and a Vibrant Self by Stephanie Tourles (book and eBook available)Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self by Stephanie Tourles

Available in Print and eBook.

Radiantly healthy skin, hair, feet, hands, eyes, and nails. Commercial beauty products make this promise every day and live up to it with varying degrees of success. Stephanie Tourles offers a better solution to everyone frustrated with the endless cycle of expensive, synthetic, famous-name cosmetics that often fall short of expectations. Take control of beauty treatments with homemade products that use safe, nourishing ingredients to pamper the body and soothe the senses.

Tourles, a licensed esthetician, herbalist, and aromatherapist, has developed 175 recipes that are fun, simple, and immensely satisfying to make in home kitchens. Her natural beauty treatments deliver the results promised by department store brands — skin, hair, and nails that glow with vitality and inner wellness. Lotions, scrubs, toners, balms, and masks polish and balance the skin, soothe current problems, and prevent future ones. Shampoos, rinses, and conditioners tone the scalp, boost highlights, and leave hair soft and shiny. The book's whole-body coverage also includes recipes for hand and footcare, nail treatments, shaving cream, and even popular spa treatments such as microdermabrasion exfoliants, detox and cellulite soaks, ayurvedic oils, and herbal cold salves. Most important, there is never any doubt about the purity of these ingredients!

Each formula is clearly presented in recipe style, with notes on prep time, storage, and uses. Many products can be customized according to personal needs, whim, or mood, and they all use readily available, natural ingredients. Organic Body Care Recipes is a natural treasure for every body.
Herbs for natural beauty : create your own herbal shampoos, cleansers, creams, bath blends, and more / Rosemary Gladstar - print and eBookHerbs for Natural Beauty: Create Your Own Herbal Shampoos, Cleansers, Creams, Bath Blends, and More by Rosemary Gladstar

Available in Print and eBook.

Look great, smell wonderful, and feel good as you make your own homemade natural body care products. In this Storey BASICS® guide to holistic beauty, Rosemary Gladstar shares more than 30 simple recipes for cleansers, moisturizers, and creams comprised of essential oils and herbs. Make unique shampoos for lustrous, fragrant hair and learn Gladstar's amazing five-step system for glowing skin. Skip the harsh commercial ingredients and use nature's closet to keep your body healthy and beautiful.
Beauty Recipes, Herbal Remedies And Natural Beauty Care Guide - eBook hooplaBeauty Care Guide: Beauty Recipes, Herbal Remedies And Natural Beauty Care Guide (3 Books in 1 boxed set)

Available in eBook.

Beauty has less to do with natural inheritance than it does with work and effort, and they more you learn about beauty products, the more you grow to realize that you are better off making them yourself! In the first place, beauty recipes allow you to make beauty products for far less money than it would cost to purchase the products themselves. You can make many beauty products simply by raiding your kitchen! Also remember that beauty products made by home recipes are also free of most of the harmful chemicals that occur in regular products.


If Looks Could Kill by Jolene Edgar -

'Dirty Dozen' Cosmetic Chemicals to Avoid - David Suzuki Foundation

Personal Care Products - Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

20 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid When Buying Body Care Products and Cosmetics by Maria Morri - TreeHugger

DIY Recipes

DIY Lip Scrub: A Natural Beauty Treatment -

Homemade Lotion: A Natural Hand and Body Moisturizer - DIY Natural

How to Make DIY Natural Make-Up and Why You Should Make the Switch - One Green Planet

Seven Ingredients 21 Natural Beauty Recipes - Wellness Mama

Over 50 Recipes and Tutorials for Easy DIY Natural Beauty & Non-Toxic Makeup - Real Food Whole Health


Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics coalition, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (formerly the Breast Cancer Fund), works to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment through public education and engagement, corporate accountability and sustainability campaigns and legislative advocacy designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.

EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Databases
The Environmental Working Group's mission is to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG's Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. They launched Skin Deep in 2004 to create online profiles for cosmetics and personal care products and their potential hazards and health concerns. And their aim is to fill in where industry and government leave off. Companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish and the U.S. government doesn't review the safety of products before they're sold. EWG's staff scientists compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases. Now in its eighth year, EWG's Skin Deep database provides you with easy-to-navigate ratings for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market.

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