- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Canada (Dec 28 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143172506
- ISBN-13: 978-0143172505
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 22.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 544 g
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
There's Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins In Our Everyday Body Care And How To Avoid Them Paperback – Dec 28 2010
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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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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. before using it? I didn't. After reading Deacon's book, I won't ever take for granted that 'somebody' is making sure that these products are safe for us. They're not.
There's Lead in Your Lipstick is an absolutely fascinating, eye opening, educated look at every type product we use to clean, buff, touch up and make up our bodies. Toxic ingredients and ingredients to look out for are described in depth. Many words used on labels and in advertising aren't necessarily what we think. Natural does not equal organic. Indeed I found myself in the bathroom, book in hand, scouring the labels of my shampoo and body wash. (very scary...) Formaldehyde is banned in Canada, Japan and the European Union but is deemed safe for use in cosmetics in the United States, despite the US EPA classifying it as a carcinogen.
Deacon provides alternatives - organic and natural suppliers websites with an in depth review of each. I am checking out these lists for sure. She also provides 'recipes' for many products you can make yourself - facial masks and scrubs for example.
The title? The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found 61% of lipsticks tested contained detectable levels of lead, but none included lead as an ingredient on the label.
There's Lead in Your Lipstick is an excellent resource - one I will be referring to often.
In a practical and hopeful manner, the author takes a potentially overwhelming topic and offers a reader-friendly guide through some of the serious dangers and concerns associated with cosmetic chemicals.
However, it is not a "doom and gloom" book by any means. While informing us of what types of chemicals and products we should avoid, it presents helpful information of what we can do about it. Whether it is shampoo, make-up or shaving cream, Deacon provides the reader with healthier alternatives, including store bought (with both "high-end" and very affordable day-to-day options), as well as some fantastic "make it yourself" recipes.
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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