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Review of NO MORE DIRTY LOOKS – The Truth About Your Beauty Products

Now that the truth about what’s lurking on your beauty counter is spreading like wildfire, the publishing houses are jumping on the green wagon and putting more and more information out there. Which is really nice of them. Because as exciting as all this search for safe makeup and natural skincare can be, not all of us have the time/money/patience to do it.

And so I’m very happy to introduce you to a new essential read on the subject that recently arrived on the market.

NO MORE DIRTY LOOKS – The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics, by Siobhan O’Connor & Alexandra Spunt

No More Dirty Looks - The Truth About Your Beauty Products

So what is special about this book?

It’s practical. It’s fun. Its focus is beauty products and healthy choices, and not a political agenda (though, it’s hard to avoid some politicizing on the subject…) It presents good research with practical applications.

Personally, I love the book’s writing style. As I already mentioned – it’s fun. It uses simple language and simple explanations of convoluted terms and practices. Though I must add a warning for the extra sensitive types – sometimes the language gets a bit PG using s**t type words…. But those are always in context and, in my opinion, used totally deservedly…

The structure of the book is simple and intuitive. In an entertaining (though scary in retrospect) string of personal anecdotes the authors describe how they stumbled into questioning the beauty industry (suffering through the stench of toxic fumes just to get the hair straight should eventually ring a bell for most thinking people… ) and the shock they experienced while uncovering mountains of evidence that this stuff isn’t safe, but no one in power is doing anything about it.

And you know what — I get it. That realization can be nerve-wracking. For those of you still doubting the shadiness of the beauty industry, what do you think of this:

“They’ve read the same reports we have, and then some. So why are they selling us these things? In the words of one industry scientist whose employer charges $250 for a 2-ounce pot of face cream, “Because we can” (p.4).

However, let me assure you. This isn’t just a book about how bad things are and that you should just write to the congress (though you should). It gets practical right away.

There is a very good section on the “dirty” ingredients you should be on the lookout for in your products. (Note: I listed some of the major ingredients to avoid some time ago, but the book’s list is more detailed, plus it includes an ingredient blacklist in an appendix that is really long and scary.) The book has great description of these offenders, including how to spot them, risk associated and studies that indicate that.

No More Dirty Looks covers every major product category relevant to human appearance, gives its background, potential hazards, things to look out for, a list of products you CAN buy in that category and even tips on how to make your own. It even has a recipe for making your own mascara! (! (Disclaimer – I haven’t tried it yet, but the thought is intriguing).

I particularly loved (and was disturbed by) the background story of shampoo. Did you know that it didn’t even exist as a product we know now until 1930s? Me neither…

There is also a very basic diet/lifestyle guide at the end. Some statistics, while true, read like pure entertainment. For example, statistically, all married men are healthier, but only happily married women are (now how is that fair?). And did you know that hugging and other physical bonding has a rejuvenating effect on the skin?

In short, this book is a great overall guide for those who don’t have time to do all the research. Probably one of the most practical and realistic guides I’ve seen. And it’s an easy read – took me only a few hours to get through it.

My only criticism is that the list of recommended products seems to focus too heavily on a limited set of already well known (in the green world) manufacturers. The brand research for things we can use could’ve been wider. I think this is a missed opportunity to introduce the lesser known makers of quality organic/natural products to consumers.

But overall, I recommend this book to any woman who wants to take charge of her appearance in a healthy way. And it should probably be “the guide” given by parents to their daughters when they discover themselves in the mirror.

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19 comments

1 shawnward { 08.25.10 at 11:38 am }

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2 Skin Care and Beauty { 09.17.10 at 2:04 am }

Beauty Skin Care :Review of NO MORE DIRTY LOOKS – The Truth About Your Beauty Products…

Now that the truth about what’s lurking on your beauty counter is spreading like wildfire, the publishing houses are jumping on the green wagon and putting more and more information out there. Which is really nice of them. Because as exciting as all …

3 Naturkosmetik { 09.22.10 at 1:32 am }

Natural Products or Cosmetics nourishes your skin with minerals and vitamins and even more, their natural ingredients are actually beneficial for your skin without any harm. One should use cosmetic products that contains vitamin E, vitamin A and different vitamins of b category.

4 Dasha { 10.11.10 at 11:25 am }

Julena, great review of the book! I think this is another book to read and get more green conscious!

5 beth { 11.09.10 at 5:32 am }

yes great book, lots of good tips and advice !

6 beth { 12.15.10 at 8:54 am }

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7 skin care { 12.22.10 at 2:28 am }

Truly, organic products are considered safe when it comes to beauty products. But let’s not forget that our skin needs minerals, too. A company named expederm.com is into mineral based skin care products. Their products has undergone a process called Mineral Cosmetology that will help skin absorb all the essential minerals easily.

8 Organic Cosmetics Manufacturer { 12.30.10 at 5:09 pm }

There are bad ingredients in so many products these days, it makes me worry

9 Linda Zsa zsa { 03.01.11 at 6:55 am }

The book looks great. Natural products are by far the best way to go. It’s crazy how the cosmetic companies get away with putting crap in products.

10 Dermatologist Scottsdale { 03.30.11 at 8:16 pm }

Wow..Thanks for sharingb this fun and practical book. This will help me in obtaining a “no more dirty look”

11 Anadrol { 05.23.11 at 2:30 am }

Great tip, I’ll look this book up. Thanks for sharing.

Ana

12 Geraldine { 06.16.11 at 2:40 pm }

This is the advise that I am seeking for how many days from now because I am worried with my skin, everytime I am using make up it kinda messy to see and let say dirty? maybe it has a connection with my skin color? because I am tan? please help me.. :)

13 Sharon { 08.21.11 at 11:19 am }

Organic make up is gaining in popularity, and it’s thanks to books like this. People are horrified when they realise what they’ve been putting onto their skin!

14 Gia { 10.01.11 at 7:39 pm }

I think this is good information. Because there are a lot of people out there that do not pay a lot of attention to their skin, or think anything about skin care at all. I just read where skin bleaching, and people attempting to lighten their skin color is increasing all over the world, including places like China, Japan, and India. In Jamaica it has become such a problem that the government started an educational campaign that basically says if you are going to do it then learn how to lighten skin naturally instead of using potentially dangerous skin bleaching chemicals. I know anything to do with skin color is going to be a highly sensitive issue but I think these people are doing it for all the wrong reasons.

15 natural products { 11.02.11 at 2:50 am }

I’ve read the book and its absolutely nice and helpful. I am pretty much sure that most of the women who bought the book would also feel glad.

16 Kali { 11.30.11 at 4:59 pm }

I love this review. I had no idea there was even a book like this out there. I’m very curious to see the good and bad ingredients in my face products. My only question is does the book show just the expensive products from department stores or does it also show products from drug stores as well?

17 Amy Wickenden { 12.15.11 at 10:09 pm }

Natural and Organic products are the way to go and are the best thing for your skin. I have a salon and I have found a great product line that is 100% organic and 100% fair trade. It is the only line I would bring into the salon! You can order it off my site http://www.wickedstyles.ca if you are interested!

18 beauty products { 01.02.12 at 7:00 am }

books looks great.Thanks for sharing.

19 Millie { 01.19.12 at 6:38 pm }

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Millie

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