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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Hunter House; Original edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897935217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897935210
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Winner, 2010 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards for Cover Design

“These are simple choices we can all make without creating any negative impact on our personal lives; [they] benefit us all…. That is beautiful.” — Kyra Sedgwick, Golden Globe–winning actress

Experience a New Brand of Beauty

Yes, you can look good, feel good, and do good— without sacrificing time, money or results
Since she was old enough to buy her first lip gloss, Deborah Burnes has been obsessed with beauty products. But as she worked as a model, trained as a cosmetologist and herbologist and began to raise a family, she became a much more savvy consumer.
Lipstick with lead, powders with toxic talc, silicone that damages pores…?

Burnes knew there had to be a better way.

“We buy these products because we want to look good and feel our best, but looking good shouldn’t make us, or the planet, sick in the process.”
So Burnes set about combining all of her research about what works and what hurts with an industry insider’s tips, tricks and techniques. She debunked inflated label claims and eliminated dubious ingredients. The result was her all-natural, highly-successful, celebrity-beloved Sumbody skin-care line … and now her first book, Look Great, Live Green.
In these pages, with infectious enthusiasm and no-nonsense practicality, Burnes shares her secrets, shortcuts and even recipes. You learn to:
de-mystify label claims and ingredients in everything from soaps, lotions, and toothpaste to deodorant, shampoo and makeup
detox skincare at every age and stage — baby, kid, teen, adult
enjoy natural and organic products on any budget
You’ll also be inspired by the contributions of Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition carpenter Didiayer Snyder, Golden-Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick and former model Keisha Whitaker. Each shares her philosophy about the nature of beauty and how it guides their everyday actions as women, mothers and global citizens.
As Burnes says, once you are empowered with the green options and real-world solutions offered in Look Great, Live Green, “You save money, your skin, your health. You save the planet. That’s the best ending I could write.”

Customer Reviews

I found the book well written and easy to follow while reading.
Monica Wyant
The book raises consciousness about the use of resources in packaging, ingredients, and what it takes to actually get it to a store's shelves.
Krista Bolan
If you have any interest in living a cleaner, greener life, I would highly recommend this book!
A. Kim

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Krista Bolan on February 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I received a copy of this a few months ago and am finding myself referring to it regularly when considering which brands to select in my ongoing effort to rid my household of as many toxic products as possible. It has become one of the more useful guides I own because it actually gives lists of real brands to consider as well as providing all the information a consumer needs to make a better choice if those particular brands are hard to come by.

The book begins with a quick look at trends in makeup throughout history. It then moves into a discussion about how the ingredients in the products we use can affect our health. From the outset, the author reassures the reader that this book is for everyone, no matter how strongly you feel about limiting your exposure to toxins. Burnes accomplishes this by encouraging you to find your "comfort zone" and providing lists of products rated as "good," "better," and "best." I personally find this approach refreshing. It is too easy, with the onslaught of books coming out on this subject, to get obsessed with how toxic the world is. Most of us want to make some changes without dedicating our entire lives to avoiding everything that might harm us.

Deborah Burnes has really done her homework. I appreciate her emphasis on being an informed consumer and the importance of recognizing how companies often limit access to ingredient information, overstate the green-ness of their products, and fool consumers into thinking that because one product is really free of the scary stuff, that their entire product line is just as safe. She urges consumers to do their homework and contact companies for further information when it is either missing or vague.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angelle Gullett on February 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Look Great, Live Green is chock-full of the kind of information about exactly what we're putting on on skin (and our hair and our teeth) that it would take you years to pull together on your own.

Author Deborah Burnes owns her own all-natural (really!) skin care line and she has really gone the extra mile to find out what's in the drugstore and luxury products and how all of those synthetic products add up to a chemical soup on our largest organ - our skin.

The book includes an overview of the current manufactured cosmetic industry and the sorry state of federal regulation of topical products and toxic ingredients. Burnes offers helpful "Good-Better-Best" lists of alternative products, and while most of us may not be ready to make our own deodorant, thinking through the cumulative effects on ourselves and the planet is a good thing.

If you ARE interested in making homemade care products, Burnes includes easy-to-use recipes and handy "What To Avoid When You're Shopping" lists. The wealth of information is sometimes overwhelming, and the book would have benefited from more bulleted lists and a judicious pruning of Burnes' anecdotes. Her publisher also did her no favors in the production department. The paragraphs are way too long for this kind of book and the type is squeezed too close together, giving many pages a "gray" effect that makes them difficult to read.

But Burnes has written a good guide to those looking to make some changes, large or small.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Treenz on May 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was good but not amazing. I have been reading lots of books in this genre however so there wasn't much new in this one.
It's helpful in that it gives recommendations on safe replacements for products you currently use. I am interested in checking out her brand now too. I guess I was just looking for something more along the lines of 'do it yourself' rather than buy more stuff. For example I've heard there are more natural options for hair shampoo and conditioner that work just fine whereas I don't recall that being mentioned in this book - instead we were just pointed to brands that are less toxic. That is useful too if that's what you are looking for I guess. It was ok. I'd recommend getting this out of the local library - that's what I did. Got what I wanted out of it and now its going back :-) Not one I'd bother to go out and buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By customer on July 10, 2012
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This book is as much about the products Ms. Burnes is hawking as it is about choosing healthy and safe personal care products. I was looking for an easy to understand guide to ingredients and brands. I wanted advice in choosing products I can find at local stores. Instead, about half of this book turned out to be a sales pitch for "Sumbody Products". And the reamining "recommended" products are generally ones that must be ordered online. There was nothing in this book that I haven't aleady read online. This book was a complete waste of time and money. Save yours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monica Wyant on December 27, 2009
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When I first started this book I thought it was just going to be someone trying to tell me how I should be using certain types of personal care products and pushing their own products on me. I was truly mistaken. Look Great, Live Green is a book that teaches and informs you of the misconceptions we have been raised to believe. I found the book well written and easy to follow while reading.

If you are trying to figure out why your skin keeps looking older, dryer or just not what you are use it is most likely due to the so called 'natural' products you are currently using. Most of the cosmetics out there are not as natural as you may think. I learned that some of the products that I have now are not as natural as I thought. Anyone that is interested in saving money, time, their skin, and the environment should take a look at this book.

Deborah Burnes has her own line of personal care products that are natural. She did not force her products on you as you read the book. Deborah rates products from, Good, Better and Best. Some categories do just have Better or Best because she felt that was adequate. She also tells you not to try and change everything at once, you need to find your comfort zone and the products that are right for you.

There is a chapter on recipes to create your own natural products which I hope to try sometime. The end of the book lists resources to do research on your own. There is also a section that lists the natural products and there benefits plus a list of toxic ingredients and the cautions on how to handle them, if they are accidentally ingested or make contact with certain parts of the body and some diseases they are linked to. Now just reading those sections makes me not want to use the non natural products just out of fear of really causing severe injuries.

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