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No More Dirty Looks: The Truth about Your Beauty Products--and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics Paperback – July 13, 2010
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“This book is a wake-up call for all women who think that what you put on your body is not going to hurt you. O’Connor and Spunt offer an in-depth glimpse into the dangers lurking within the beauty industry, in a quick and engaging read that is tough to put down. No More Dirty Looks will arm consumers with knowledge, opening their eyes to products they should avoid and safer, healthier alternatives. Every woman I know is getting a copy.”
Eric Schlosser, bestselling author of Fast Food Nation
“When it comes to good health, what you put on your skin can be as important as what you put in your mouth. Here’s a useful book to help you look better and feel better—without poisoning yourself.”
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, New York Times-bestselling author of The Fat Flush Plan
“I loved this book! No More Dirty Looks is a fabulous and enlightening guide to the cleanest skin, body and hair care products. It belongs in every woman’s library and should be required reading for all skin and hair professionals!”
“No More Dirty Looks can save you from many toxic ingredients in cosmetics. Authors O’Connor and Spunt open a wide window to a world where personal care products and safety can co-exist and give you a better result with less pain and danger. The book reads as if the authors are talking with your body—from head to toe.”
Jenny McCarthy, author, actress and activist
“As a mom concerned about my own health and that of my child, I consider No More Dirty Looks essential reading.”
“The book is a Fast Food Nation for the beauty industry, listing all these no-no ingredients for your face, hair, and body—and why.”
“Look fabulous without hurting yourself or the environment thanks to this fun and informative investigation into cosmetics…A must for ethical beauty junkies.”
About the Author
Alexandra Spunt is a freelance journalist and the former brand director at American Apparel. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Top Customer Reviews
The journey for the authors starts when they go to get a Brazilian Blow-Out and discover that formaldehyde is an active ingredient in the product. (Formaldehyde is used to embalm dead people, FYI and is considered a carcinogen.) From there, the authors begin research into all kinds of health and beauty products.
They discover that the FDA doesn't do a very good job in protecting the health of people. One of the most disturbing truths discovered is that endocrine disruptive chemicals are found in baby products and products pregnant women use.
What many people do not realize is that the skin is the largest organ and that it is porous. when you apply a products, it goes through the skin and into the bloodstream. All those chemicals found in makeup and perfume and inside your body! And there are literally 1000's of them.
The best art of the book is that safe and effective alternative beauty products are suggested. Ones that are also not tested on animals.
I have been using safe, chemical beauty products (and safe stuff for home, etc) for years now. I am familiar with many of the products suggested and YES they are effective! (Like anything else, you have to test and see for yourself.) Once you get used to these products, you will not miss the chemical-laden ones with their fake smells!
The reason for 4 stars? I was not pleased with the way this book was written at times, with way too casual words--as if these were two girls writing about some silly subject instead of the very serious subject matter that it is.Read more ›
1. easy to read/understand delivery. No technical jargon to wade through. Terms That the average person wouldn't know are explained in plain English.
2. Each subject (i.e. lotion, lipstick, acne cream, etc) has only a page or two to read through to get the relevant info.
3. Good organization of the information. I can find exactly what I want without wading through every thing I don't.
4. Good information. Helpful hints. Each chapter has the section "why these products are bad" followed by the section "here are products that are good and where you might find them to buy them, or how to make your own."
5. comprehensive in the types of products covered. Probably a majority I have never used, or only used once or twice in my life.
6. Also covers other ways of making yourself beautiful naturally, (i.e. good health, good lifestyle, etc.)
1. I found the use of swear words in the book to be flippant and unprofessional. While they don't occur all the time, I am one who believes that strong words should be reserved for special occasions where a strong impact is desired. That didn't happen here. There was no need, and therefore it came off as offensive rather than effective. There were also a few mild references to human sexuality that I thought didn't add to the book.
2.While it's nice not to have to read through a chapter for every cosmetic product, I felt like some things were kind of skimmed over and could have used more detail. In some places it felt more like an overview than a truly informative book. Once again, this is both a pro and a con.
3. I would have liked to see more "make at home" possibilities. Surely there's more out there that you can use to clean your hair than the old "baking soda and vinegar.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of fluff writing and poorly researched. I can't get behind a book recommending products as "clean" when they contain sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, tocopheryl... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Club Racer
i have cleared out my cabinet and make up bag due to the information given!Published 2 months ago by Dawson
It's okay if you want to read and read and read.....I was looking more for a list of items or at least a list of ingredients to avoid. Not the journey of how they found items.Published 9 months ago by White
If you care about the harmful ingredients in beauty products, and aren't afraid to find out- please read and enjoy this book. Found it very entertaining as well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karen Behymer
Amazing book for anyone wanting to go natural with their beauty - I re read this book 3x and will keep re reading it to refresh it's amazing gave copies to friends - this book... Read morePublished 11 months ago by aliza
As a Professional Makeup Artist and skincare/makeup Formulator, (www.saforganics.com), I care a great deal about what ingredients go into the products we use. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stephanie