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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:
Natural Beauty Products
No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products -- and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics by Siobhan O'Connor, Alexandra Spunt
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. Epstein
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.
Green Beauty Recipes: Easy Homemade Recipes to Make Your Own Natural and Organic Skincare, Hair Care, and Body Care Products by Julie Gabriel
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 by Amelia Ruiz
These beauty-enhancing and soothing cosmetics and treatments use only completely chemical-free ingredients.
Botanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Natural Spa Products by Aubre Andrus
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.
Natural Beauty Alchemy: Make Your Own Organic Cleansers, Creams, Serums, Shampoos, Balms, and More by Fifi M. Maacaron
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.
More Resources for DIY Natural Beauty Products
If Looks Could Kill by Jolene Edgar - Oprah.com
'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 Lip Scrub: A Natural Beauty Treatment - Honest.com
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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