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There's Lead In Your Lipstick [Paperback]

Gillian Deacon
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Dec 28 2010

By the time she heads out the front door, the modern woman has spritzed, sudsed, and slathered herself in more than 127 different chemicals, many of them more toxic than beautifying.

So how can you look and feel great while safeguarding your health? Get smart and go green from head to toe with the help of eco-expert Gillian Deacon. In The Green Body Guide, you'll learn how to read the ingredients to identify and understand the preservatives that are bad for your body and damaging to the earth, including formaldehyde in deodorant, nail polish, soap, shampoo, and shaving cream; coal tar in hair dyes; lead in lipstick; and many more. This is an indispensable handbook of personal-care choices that are sustainable, both for your health and for the earth.

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"Our toxic chemical exposure is nothing short of a calamity. This book is essential to understanding what is at stake and how to make healthier choices every day – for the planet and for our families." - David Suzuki

"This book connects the reader to the issues and the solutions in an engaging way. A can-do roadmap to a better and healthier life!" - Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence and bestselling author

"I love this book! Thank you to Gillian Deacon for your bravery in writing such an honest and comprehensive book about what we need to know about the products we put on our bodies." - Stacy Malkan, co-founder of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

"This book just made me realize I've unknowingly been putting cancer-causing ingredients onto my head every day in my hair conditioner! It's also reaffirmed my love of cocoa butter. A wake-up call to ease the chemical burdens on our bodies and our planet." - Sarah Harmer

"Gillian Deacon has given us all a generous gift: a comprehensive, exhaustive and timely guidebook to the Great Unwash." - Gord Downie

"As someone who doesn't wear lipstick, I thought this book may not apply to me, but as Gill points out, anything we put on our skin finds its way into our body. There's Lead in Your Lipstick is the definitive guide to ensuring we don't inadvertently smother ourselves in chemicals and animal by-products, thereby increasing our risk of disease." - Brendan Brazier, bestselling author of The Thrive Diet and Thrive Fitness

"Gill Deacon's There's Lead in Your Lipstick is a wake-up call for women of all ages to look beneath the gloss of the beauty industry. Essential reading." - Emily Haines

About the Author

Award-winning broadcaster Gillian Deacon is one of Canada’s best-known environmental writers and host of Here & Now (Toronto) on CBC Radio One. She is the author of the bestsellers There’s Lead in Your Lipstick and Green for Life. Gillian lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
I've tried in the last few years to clean up the way I eat - less processed and more whole foods. It's absolutely helped with some of my health concerns. But I picked up a copy of There's Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon and realized I really hadn't given much thought to all the personal care products I use.

Gill Deacon was reading Stacy Malkan's 'Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of Beauty' while waiting to have an ultrasound to help diagnose her possible breast cancer. It is in Chapter 6 - "Pinkwashing" that the following appears...

"More American women have died of breast cancer in the last 20 years than the number of Americans killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined." "Many of the big cosmetics corporations that position themselves as leaders in the struggle to eradicate breast cancer - holding annual fundraisers and pink-ribbon campaigns - are in fact, makers and marketers of products that contain many ingredients known or suspected to cause breast cancer."
Deacon's diagnosis was positive. There's Lead in Your Lipstick was started before her diagnosis and finished after her treatment.

"This is not a cancer survivor's rant against the chemical industry. This book is simply a guide for all those who want to be cautious and considered when choosing the products and ingredients they use in, on and around their bodies. So when I read, and share with you on these pages, that an ingredient is linked to cancer and other health concerns, I don't take it lightly. Neither, dare I suggest, should any of us."
Most of us read food labels quite carefully, now that the ingredients and percentages are listed. But how many of us take the time to investigate what's in our shampoo, make up and deodorant etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should buy this book Sept. 9 2011
By Hanna
Everyone should read this book - not just women. It's astonishing what chemicals are in our personal care products and our everyday cleaning products. This book details what chemicals you should be looking out for when purchasing any personal care products. Certain ingredients are known carcinogens; others are hormone disruptors. Some ingredients produce allergies in certain people and most of the chemicals persist in our bodies. Gillian Deacon gives alternatives for consumers that contain only natural ingredients and essentials oils for fragrance. We are cautioned to be our own advocates and not to trust the big companies that they are using ingredients that are safe for us. Beware 'green washing'!Also, check out the web-site '' to check if the products you are using are really safe and what the long almost unpronounceable ingredients are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of information!!! March 21 2011
Like the first publication by Gillian Deacon, (Green for Life) this book is a great source of information about the use of harmful chemicals in everyday products, but also lists the good, green products and "Do It Yourself" recipes. Written in a simple language. A must-read!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars interetsing read! Jan. 29 2013
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I heard about book on radio when author was being interviewed. I've made many of the homemade remedies. Bought my sister a book as well. She is equally enjoying hers. An important read for living in our chemical laden society.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good suggestions for clean living July 24 2014
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This is an easy read, with lots of good suggestions for (real) natural products in a variety of price ranges. It gets a bit repetitive if you read it like a novel - it is designed so that you can jump in at any point, so certain points are repeated. It also includes plenty of recipes if you're interested in making your own products and most are made with easy to find ingredients. I especially appreciated that so many Canadian companies were included, so that it is easier to buy local.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Redundant and not well researched Feb. 22 2012
By MomDoc
I read this book as part of our book club. I, too, am a cancer survivor. I am also a specialist physician who sees cancer everyday. We buy organic for our family and try to buy 'natural' body/cleaning products.
I felt like the author didn't research the book well (at all). In my opinion, it behooves an author who's writing non-fiction to ensure her references are solid. I tried to look up a couple of her so-called references (studies she quoted)- I couldn't. No mention of these on pubmed, the online reference bible for medical scientists. The second beef I had with this book- it was really really redundant. Yes already, we understand that it's been shown that many chemicals in body products have estrogen analogs. I felt like this was 'mentioned' about 20 times in the book- we get it!!!
I think there is some good in this book and I like the general idea (hence the two stars rather than just one). That said, it could have been condensed to a $3 pamphlet and I would have loved being spared the opinion, and rather supplied with the facts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A eyeopener! Jan. 19 2014
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I really enjoyed this book and have since used many of the suggested alternatives to those with toxins. Everyone should read this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well researched May 20 2013
By Deanna
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This is my reference from now on. Great book. I will use it to explore other options to improve my life.
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Published 2 months ago by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy and easy read
Toronto's very own Gill Deacon write a easy to read novel on greenwashing in the beauty industry. She also provides easy tips for people looking to make their own products. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MJC
5.0 out of 5 stars A must to read
I love that book! and this is a great idea for a green gift .
It will help you to make a better choice when purchasing all kinds of products and learn about the chemicals to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Doris
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew?
This is a book I bought for myself, then bought more copies to give as gifts. There is a wealth of information inside about ingredients in products we use every day in our personal... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Diane Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Lead in Your LIpstick
A very good book that everyone should read. Lists actual products that are safe so that you know what to shop for. I refer back to this book and look things up quite regularly.
Published on Jan. 1 2012 by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable information
I found the information in this book to be invaluable. It is comprehensive and laid out in well-defined sections, making it an easy reference guide. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2011 by Maggie Gold
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of info on how to convert to chemical-free lifestyle
The book is well organized and sections of interest are easy to find. This is an invaluable resource for anyone who is looking for a more natural and chemical free lifestyle. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2011 by Kristine Piol
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