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Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health... and What You Can Do About It Hardcover – March 17, 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Toxic Beauty is the most important book of the decade. As a medical doctor, Sam Epstein clearly understands the causes of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and other inflammatory diseases through the exposure to petrochemical and synthetic toxins found in every day consumer products. This book is a transparent truth of the consumer industry. It is a must read for everyone. --Horst Rechelbacher, Founder of Aveda products

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Most American women have no clue that the "rugged individual" model held up for emulation includes placing the responsibility for one's health and safety squarely on the consumer's shoulder! When it come to cosmetics, each woman is on her own in judging safety of products - with no meaningful information from the producer and no aid from government watch-dogs. The research, if done at all, can be withheld by the company. Dr. Samuel Epstein is the first to speak out on this "Toxic Beauty" product hazard, and to give women some guidelines for meaningful protective action. It is a "must read" for all those who care about public health!
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; 1St Edition edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933771623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771625
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The cosmetic industry historical and background information in Epstein's "Toxic Beauty" book may be of interest to some, but it's a shame that this book wasn't researched more thoroughly as it contains some information that is innacurate or inconsistent and/or confusing for the reader. This book is not a helpful guide to finding the best truly all natural or authentic organic personal care products. The book contains a two-page chart of supposedly organic companies, but it appears that the author doesn't fully understand the USDA National Organic Program regulations as the chart is presented in a confusing manner. (see the issues outlined below.)

Interestingly, there is another new book with the same "Toxic Beauty" title, also published in 2009, that provides an excellent overview and intriguing insider view of the USA's cosmetic/personal care products industry, and the shocking international "organic" personal care labeling controversy. UK researcher Dawn Mellowship, the author of "Toxic Beauty," scrutinized countless journals, scientific studies, academic works and product labels to bring us a wealth of extremely well-researched scientific background material on personal care product ingredients and their health and environmental effects. Like a jolt of strong black coffee, the data presented is eye-opening and, at times, disturbing, but the book is woven in a logical stream into a well-organized and easy-to-read work with excellent citations. The book has a helpful personal care product ingredients dictionary and, for those who want to know how to find the best certified organic products, Ms.
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I can't say I 'loved finding out what what in my make up' however I loved what I found out was in my make up, I personally think that every man woman and child should read this book to be informed. We as consumers have been dupped into believing that the FDA is looking out for us, when in reality they aren't.
I found myself engulfed in this book not being able to put it down once I started reading it. Incredible valuable read!
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Toxic Beauty is a must read for all women especially because of the products we use on our bodies daily. If I could afford to, I would buy a copy for all my female friends -- why doesn't the FDA regulate, or advise women, of the toxic chemicals in these products??
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This was such an amazing book full of info on the toxins that we surround ourselves with every day! But it is not depressing, because the author gives safe alternatives and options all throughout the book. You come away safer and healthier!
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I thought the book was eye opening. I can't believe the fda, and other gov. agencies have allowed nightmare ingredients into products we use. They are worthless to us if they're being bought by lobbyists padding their pockets. It explains all the diseases that have increased in our populations. How can all these people sleep at night knowing they are the cause of the rising diseases in our children and adults. The list on the l last page was so small it was impossible to read, thus explaining the 3 stars.
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By ck on August 27, 2013
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great guide! it taught me so much i didn't know, its very alarming. expecially that fragrance is not regulated and there are thousands of chemicals in just that one word.
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Content Somewhat aged.... What is happening now????

A good "starter book" that makes one think more when shopping & applying cosmetics
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A very informative book on the chemicals in cosmetics and body care, and what to avoid.
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