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Look Great, Live Green: Choosing Bodycare Products that Are Safe for You, Safe for the Planet Paperback – October 13, 2009
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From the Back Cover
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 Globewinning 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.”
- Publisher : Hunter House; Original edition (October 13, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0897935217
- ISBN-13 : 978-0897935210
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.49 x 0.88 x 8.49 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,696,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Educational and informative.
Might be a bit overwhelming due to the amount of information, but once you get into it, you'll appreciate every word and every page. It's about your health AND beauty.
Even though the author has a product line of her own she also includes lists of comparable brands.
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. Her opinion on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database echoes my own - while it's a great tool, it has a long way to go to give us an accurate comprehensive sense about what's safe and what's not. Not that that's their fault - in many cases, product information is very hard to get, and dissecting all the research done on just one chemical is monumental by itself, let alone for everything that shows up in the things we use every day. The fact that Burnes took the time to try and verify information by tracking down primary sources referred to by the industry about the ingredients tells me she's serious about obtaining and analyzing the facts. Her tips on how to get the best use of the Skin Deep database are valuable to me, as I am someone who has been a bit frustrated by how much it still lacks but haven't yet discovered a better source for researching the safety of a product.
Her top ten lists are full of good tips in small bites. I plan to put them in my pda so they are always with me when I'm shopping.
A solid foundation in media literacy is something I think is a must for everyone, and I consider myself pretty well informed. But Burnes reveals things about personal care products that even I didn't know about - how a manufacturer can leave out ingredients it lists on the product's labels, tricks used in advertising to make a company seem "greener," and how words like "natural" and "organic" lack concrete definitions or FDA laws about how they can be used. I love the real life examples she gives in this book, such as when she takes a bottle of Suave shampoo and summarizes the scientific research on health effects for each ingredient. But health is not her only focus in this book - she is also concerned about sustainability and environmental impacts. 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.
The largest portion of the book is devoted to comparison shopping. It covers brands I see regularly in the places I shop - and sometimes reveals tidbits about those stores themselves. The author isn't shy about difficulties she's had while researching a brand, a product, a store, or an organization, but her concerns are never petty or trivial. Although it could be argued that she does have some self-interest in how this information is presented because she is also has her own line of beauty products, nevertheless, her thorough investigative work makes her a credible source of information. I feel that the author has done a lot of the legwork for me, as a consumer, in writing this book.
One thing I find a little odd is that her section on chemical-free makeovers provides analysis of products from her own company, Sumbody. It reads a bit like advertising camouflaged as strictly-informative text. But in some ways it adds to her credibility as a manufacturer because she writes about how her process of developing a product unfolds, which could be very useful to anyone wanting to start their own product line.
The book concludes with some recipes for natural products, ideas for the engaged activist, a list of resources for doing further research, appendices for both natural and toxic ingredients, a bibliography, and index.
I would have left out the excerpts from the rich and famous - this book doesn't need them. It's as if someone thought adding famous people to the book would make it more appealing, more "sparkly." But the text is solid and valuable on its own; no window dressing is needed.
In sum, this is a treasure of information on a topic the author clearly feels passionate about. I highly recommend it for anyone who wishes to make healthier, better-informed decisions about the products they use every day.
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.