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Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

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Coal tar in dandruff shampoo, lead in lipstick, and 1,4-dioxane in baby soap? How is this possible? Simple: The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they've kept themselves unregulated for decades.

Not one cosmetic product has to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market. Incredible? Consider this:

  • The European Union has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics. The United States has banned just nine.
  • Only 11 percent of chemicals used in cosmetics in the United States have been assessed for health and safety-leaving a staggering 89 percent with unknown or undisclosed effects.
  • More than 70 percent of all cosmetics contain phthalates, which are linked to birth defects and infertility.
  • Many baby soaps are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane.

It's not just women who are affected by this chemists'brew. Shampoo, deodorant, face lotion, and other products used daily by men, women, and children contain hazardous chemicals that the industry claims are "within acceptable limits."But there's nothing acceptable about daily multiple exposures to carcinogenic chemicals-from products that are supposed to make us feel healthy and beautiful.

Not Just a Pretty Facedelves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover.

Stacy Malkanis the communications director for Health Care Without Harm and founding member of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Synopsis:

The girls' guide to giving the cosmetics industry a makeover.

Synopsis:

Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible? Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful they’ve kept themselves unregulated for decades. Not Just a Pretty Face chronicles the quest that led a group of health and environmental activists to the world’s largest cosmetics companies to ask some tough questions:

  • Why do companies market themselves as pink ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer, yet use hormone-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals that may contribute to that very disease?
  • Why do products used by men and women of childbearing age contain chemicals linked to birth defects and infertility?

As doors slammed in their faces and the beauty myth peeled away, the industry’s toxic secrets began to emerge. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover. The good news is that while the major multinational companies fight for their right to use hazardous chemicals, entrepreneurs are developing safer non-toxic technologies and building businesses on the values of health, justice and personal empowerment.

About the Author

Stacy Malkan is a former cheerleader who loves make-up. She is the Communications Director of Health Care Without Harm and the media team co-leader for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition working to eliminate hazardous chemicals in personal care products which she helped to found in 2002.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865715745
Author:
Malkan, Stacy
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - Cosmetics
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Cosmetics
Subject:
Toxicology
Subject:
Cosmetics -- Health aspects.
Subject:
Cosmetics -- Toxicology.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Cosmetics
Subject:
Beauty and Fashion-Beauty General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Women's Health.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 BandW illustrations and photographs
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 11 oz

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Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible? Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful they’ve kept themselves unregulated for decades. Not Just a Pretty Face chronicles the quest that led a group of health and environmental activists to the world’s largest cosmetics companies to ask some tough questions:

  • Why do companies market themselves as pink ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer, yet use hormone-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals that may contribute to that very disease?
  • Why do products used by men and women of childbearing age contain chemicals linked to birth defects and infertility?

As doors slammed in their faces and the beauty myth peeled away, the industry’s toxic secrets began to emerge. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover. The good news is that while the major multinational companies fight for their right to use hazardous chemicals, entrepreneurs are developing safer non-toxic technologies and building businesses on the values of health, justice and personal empowerment.

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