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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:
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.