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The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances

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Go green and get gorgeous The promise of beauty is as close as the drugstore aisle—shampoo that gives your hair more body, lotions that smooth away wrinkles, makeup that makes your skin look flawless, and potions that take it all off again. But while conventional products say they’ll make you more beautiful, they contain toxins and preservatives that are both bad for the environment and bad for your body—including synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, and even formaldehyde. In the end, they damage your natural vitality and good looks.

Fortunately, fashion writer, nutritionist, and beauty maven Julie Gabriel helps you find the true path to natural, healthy, green beauty. She helps you decipher labels on every cosmetic product you

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  1. Alexandra says:
    245 of 249 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Self-contradicting, August 7, 2009
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    This review is from: The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances (Paperback)

    This book is somewhat enlightening — it includes thorough dictionaries of both beneficial and potentially harmful cosmetic ingredients — but the writer seems to be schizophrenic or to have not thoroughly researched the topic, which, as a former journalist, is highly concerning. I was disappointed with her recommendations of products by Avalon Organics, JASON Naturals, Stella McCartney CARE, and Kiss My Face. These lines are hardly superior and were sued by Dr. Bronner’s last year for deceptively using the word “organic” and containing petro ingredients. However, the writer later retracted her recommendation of the Kiss My Face brand on her blog.

    The retractions continue. She recommends bismuth oxychloride-containing powders by Bare Escentuals in the book (which I was shocked to read since she claims to be such a purist) but later says on her blog that bismuth oxychloride can “irritate sensitive skin like mad.” Half the people who’ve used BE and developed red, itchy skin can tell you this. She spends an entire page on avoiding toners with alcohol(duh), then recommends an alcohol-packed toner by Dr. Hauschka.

    Speaking of Dr. Hauschka, Ms. Gabriel recommends nearly every Hauschka product made. (By the book’s end, one suspects her of having too-close relations with the company.) I respect Dr. Hauschka’s biodynamic farming practices, but they use a high amount of alcohol as preservative. Combined with their heavy plant oils (e.g. peanut oil), their pricey products are infamous for breaking people out in milia. There are FAR better organic lines these days.

    The book is packed with DIY recipes that require impractical & expensive ingredients, like rose oil, elderflower water, and calendula blossoms. What full-time working woman with a kid has the time or money? And tips like “shampoo your hair with plain egg”? How would that begin to cut oil and grime??

    UPDATE: In addition to her questionable expertise, the writer has begun using her blog to bash other organic skincare lines hoping, most likely, of selling her own organic skincare line. There are now retractions on Juice Beauty (certified organic, solar-powered facilities), Jurlique (biodynamic) and L’Uvalla (a lovely new line at Whole Foods). It’s completely bizarre that she would attack these brands while gushing about Bare Escentuals’ mediocre and conventionally farmed skincare line. Not to mention, this is the same Bare Escentuals that’s being sued in California for making false and misleading statements about its sales. Where are Ms. Gabriel’s allegiances and what is her agenda?

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  2. doublefueltanker says:
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Contradictions, May 2, 2010
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    This review is from: The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances (Paperback)

    As other reviewers have noted, there are contradictions in this book that undermine it’s overall credibility. Here’s one that’s particularly egregious: On page 189, Gabriel describes lecithin as a “green emulsifier”; yet, in Appendix B (“100 Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients You Don’t Want in Your Beauty Products”) ingredient #55 is–believe it or not–lecithin. This is inexcusable to me.

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  3. Readingrat says:
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
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    The Green Beauty Guide, September 30, 2008
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    This review is from: The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances (Paperback)

    The Green Beauty Guide (GBG) is a wonderful reference that will have a place on my shelf for quite some time. I personally found this book particularly useful because I have an allergy to the paraben preservatives that are commonly used in beauty products and cosmetics so I have a little experience with what the author is talking about. However, thanks to the GBG I am now aware of several other ingredients that I should also be watching out for when I read labels and I’ve been able to add several new items to my beauty routine with confidence.

    However, the Green Beauty Guide doesn’t just put the spotlight on the things you shouldn’t be putting on your face and body, but it gives you guidelines on how to actually find the products that don’t contain the harmful ingredients which, believe me, is not as easy as it sounds. I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent searching through beauty aisles and cosmetic cases looking at itty-bitty ingredient lists – only to find parabens hiding away in products labeled as “pure”, “natural”, or “allergy-free”. The GBG goes a long way towards debunking all of these common buzz word claims and gives the reader straight facts on the whole advertising/marketing game.

    Which brings me to the part of the Green Beauty Guide that I love the most – a list (with ratings) of several recommended products grouped by function and suggestions on where these products can be purchased. And for those do-it-yourselfers out there – a list of recipes for making your own green beauty products including information on how to obtain, mix, and store any ingredients you need for the products you want to create.

    I highly recommend this book to all women. Even if you don’t have allergic reactions to your beauty products like I do, this guide will really help open your eyes to what you are actually putting on your skin everyday and might just inspire you to make some changes to the products you use. Over the just the past few years that I’ve been aware of this issue, the natural/organic/green cosmetics have really made some steps forward into the mainstream beauty aisles. It can only get better from here.

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