Not Just a Pretty Face The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

ISBN-10: 0865715742

ISBN-13: 9780865715745

Edition: 2007

Authors: Stacy Malkan

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Coal tar in dandruff shampoo, lead in lipstick, and 1,4-dioxane in baby soap? How is this possible? Simple: The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they've kept themselves unregulated for decades. Not one cosmetic product has to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market. Incredible? Consider this: The European Union has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics. The United States has banned just nine. Only 11 percent of chemicals used in cosmetics in the United States have been assessed for health and safety-leaving a staggering 89 percent with unknown or undisclosed effects. More than 70 percent of all cosmetics contain phthalates, which are linked to birth defects and infertility. Many baby soaps are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane. It's not just women who are affected by this chemists' brew. Shampoo, deodorant, face lotion, and other products used daily by men, women, and children contain hazardous chemicals that the industry claims are "within acceptable limits." But there's nothing acceptable about daily multiple exposures to carcinogenic chemicals-from products that are supposed to make us feel healthy and beautiful. Not Just a Pretty Face delves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Stacy Malkan is Communications Director of Health Care Without Harm and media strategist for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition working to eliminate hazardous chemicals from personal care products. Stacy is a former journalist and newspaper publisher who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Indecent Exposure
Not Too Pretty
Because We're Worth It!
Skin Deeper
Beauty Myth Busters
Pinkwashing
Because We're Worth It Too!
Tricks of the Trade
Unmasked
A Healthier Foundation
The Face of the Future
Extreme Makeover
Epilogue
Notes
Index
About the Author
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