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The Cosmetic Chemicals Guide: What you should know before you buy Paperback – Large Print, January 25, 2011
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From the Author
I wrote this book after receiving many questions from my customers. Some common questions were " How can I tell what's actually IN the product?" and "How do I know which ingredients are harmful?"
In the past two years I have written many health and wellness articles and had a good list of chemicals to avoid when buying personal care products. My challenge with this book, was keeping that list down to a reasonable size and focusing on the most common chemicals consumers are exposed to.
The book was designed to be a quick-reference guide that consumers could look back on and find the answers they were looking for. I still flip through the book for information from time to time; especially when I'm looking for alternate names for ingredients.
Researching these chemicals did leave me a little shocked as to how obvious it is that they are a health concern. My confidence in the FDA and Health Canada is a little low, seeing how so many products are put on the market without requiring testing and if something is found to be not acceptable, there isn't a big legal consequence awaiting manufacturers.
My hope is that you benefit from reading this guide and be able to read labels with more confidence. For the long-run, I really hope our future generations learn all they can about unsafe chemicals and put the pressure on manufacturers to stop using these ingredients. Advocates for more "natural" ingredients have pressured companies like P&G Gamble and have forced changes to the concentrations of chemicals that are used in products - so anything is possible!
From the Inside Flap
Wondering what the big deal is about chemicals in products? Perhaps you are also wondering what "green" products means and what really determines if a product is green or not? If you've been looking for products that are safer for you, your family and the environment, you are not alone!
Most of the products on store shelves are full of chemicals that are harmful to our health. In moderated amounts the government has allowed them to be used in the product formulas but very little research exists to prove that these chemicals are safe for us both in the short-term and in the long-term.
The law does not require testing before these personal care products hit the shelves for consumer purchases, which open the door for any manufacturer to allow things like lead and carcinogenic compounds to be present. Even if those products are discovered, the government does not have a legal standing to pull those products and leaves it up to the manufacturer to do the right thing.
Consumer advocate groups have pressured big companies to modify their product formulations and countries like Denmark are making strong decisions to ban certain ingredients to ensure better health for individuals. Understanding the health hazards, alternative options and how to get your voice heard is part of making safer choices for our future generations. The Cosmetic Chemicals Guide will serve as your quick-reference guide and help you get the tools you need to avoiding harmful toxic ingredients.
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