About the book:
By the time she heads out the front door, the modern woman has spritzed, sudsed, and slathered herself in more than 127 different chemicals, many of them more toxic than beautifying.
So how can you look and feel great while safeguarding your health? Get smart and go green from head to toe with the help of eco-expert Gillian Deacon. In The Green Body Guide, you’ll learn how to read the ingredients to identify and understand the preservatives that are bad for your body and damaging to the earth, including formaldehyde in deodorant, nail polish, soap, shampoo, and shaving cream; coal tar in hair dyes; lead in lipstick; and many more. This is an indispensable handbook of personal-care choices that are sustainable, both for your health and for the earth.
I want to thank Penguin Canada for allowing me to be the fifth stop on the There’s Lead In Your Lipstick blog tour. I am super excited to be a part of this tour.
I have a question for you, do you read the ingredients on your beauty products? Maybe yes, maybe no. I have to admit that up until a few years ago I never read that because honestly its so confusing. I mean half the stuff is words you can barely pronounce.
As women, we use alot of beauty and health care products succh as shampoos, conditioners, hair products, deodorant and the list goes on and on. Did you know that many of those products contain chemicals such as diethanolamine, sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate or triclosan?
Researchers in Finland tested eighty-eight colours
from twenty-five brands and found forty-nine eyeshadows
contained lead, cobalt, nickel, chromium,
and arsenic. Eyeshadows also often contain petrochemicals,
such as mineral oil, dimethicone to make the powder stick to
the eyelid, and a binding agent like methacrylate, which in
addition to being a strong skin irritant is also a contributor
to 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen. Glitter eyeshadows use
pure aluminum to create the shimmery effect; the aluminum
can migrate into the eye and cause injury to the cornea.
From There’s Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon (Penguin Canada). Copyright © Backbone Inc. FSO Gillian Deacon, 2011
Personally for me I have been trying to clean up on what I eat and use in my daily life with myself and my family. Sadly I didn’t get a copy of this book for review but after hearing so much about it I am putting this on my to get asap.
Gill Deacon is very much an advicate for women’s health after being a brest cancer survivor. She started this book when she got diagnosed and completed the book when she was finished with her treatment.
Sadly we can’t rely on someone else do to this for us we have to be an advicate for ourselves and read those labels and not purchase products that are harmful to us.
Did you know that Formaldehyde is banned in Canada, Japan and the European Union but is deemed safe for use in cosmetics in the United States, despite the US EPA classifying it as a carcinogen. Isn’t that scary?
If you can’t get out to buy the book or its not available Gill has provide a tips card that you can print from her site here. I have mine printed already and its in my purse.
A special Earth Day message from Gillian Deacon that she wrote especially for this tour:
You don’t have to be a treehugger to care about avoiding toxins in your everyday bodycare. Synthetic chemicals in personal care products contaminating groundwater and wildlife is alarming enough—but they’re also contaminating us. Those hard-to-read ingredients you squint at on the back of a product label? They’re building up inside your body and in your children’s bodies—on Earth Day and everyday.
Make today the day you start paying attention to that fine print. Turn a product over and read the ingredients label before you are seduced by the “green” imaging on the package. The good news is, there are lots of safer products on the market.
Good luck and I hope you’ll check out There’s Lead in Your Lipstick for more ideas on how to clean up your act!
Blogs that are taking part in this tour are:
April 11 Rayment’s Readings, Rants and Ramblings
April 12 My Ever Expanding Library
April 13 Jacob’s Beloved
April 14 Bella’s Bookshelves
April 15 Cindy’s Love of Books (thats me)
April 18 Rowangarth Farm
April 19 Lost for Words
April 20 Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
April 21 A Bookworm’s World
April 22 KimWerker.com
April 25 A Mom After God’ Own Heart
April 26 The Literary Word
April 27 Just a Lil Lost
April 28 In the Next Room
Give Away time:
Prize details: one prize pack of There’s Lead In Your Lipstick and an Eco Kiss kit from Saffron Rouge. SRV is $48.95
-Sorry this is Canadian only as per the publishers request with a valid mailing address (No Po Boxes)
-Please leave a way to contact you should you be the winner (IE email address)
-Answer this question: In honor on the upcoming Earth Day, what are you doing to make a difference?
Contest closes April 30th at 11:59pm. A winner will be notified on May 1st. Please note you have 48 hours to reply to the email I send.
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