There’s Lead in Your Lipstick
Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them
By Gillian Deacon
By the time she heads out the front door ready to begin her day, the modern woman has spritzed, sudsed and slathered herself in more than 127 different chemicals, many of them toxic. Over 23,000 chemicals are registered for use in the Canadian market, and about 300 new ones are added to that list every year! Many of the creams and potions we depend on are made with a staggering number of mystery chemicals, many of which are more toxic than beautifying. The average woman eats a third of a pound of lipstick a year; that’s a lot of less-than-tasty chemicals to ingest!
So, how can you get smart at the cosmetics counter and go green from head to toe? Eco-expert Gillian Deacon will help you identify and understand the toxins and 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 lipsticks; and many more. Her tips will guide you through the minefield of the cosmetics aisle, helping you choose the best options to keep yourself looking fabulous while safeguarding your health.
Packed with over 200 healthy and eco-friendly personal care and beauty ideas, There’s Lead in Your Lipstick includes:
· Toxins and preservatives to avoid
· How to read ingredient labels
· Fabulous products available to keep you fresh and glowing – the natural way
· Luxurious and easy-to-make natural beauty recipes
· Resource list
There’s Lead in Your Lipstick is an indispensable handbook of personal care choices that are sustainable, both for your health and the earth.
Advance Praise for There’s Lead in Your Lipstick:
“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 of Slow Death by Rubber Duck
“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 and author of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
“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
“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 and bestselling author Gill Deacon is one of Canada’s best known environmental advocates. Gill hosted CBC television’s flagship daytime talk show, The Gill Deacon Show, and before that was host of @discovery.ca for five years on Discovery Channel Canada, and Discoveries This Week for Discovery Science Channel in the U.S. Gill is the author and editor of Green For Life, a guide to making more environmental lifestyle choices; and co-founder of The Global Cooling Society, an event-driven organization that promotes sustainable lifestyle choices to young urban consumers. Gill sits on the board of the Evergreen Foundation, and has served as a director of World Wildlife Fund Canada since 2002. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons.
Publication Date: January 2011
Printed on Ancient Forest Friendly 100% recycled paper