I have a book suggestion. It is the kind of book after finished; you might feel inspired to share with your friends and family too. It is not a fluffy, romantic summer novel or gripping mystery, but an eye-opening book. In fact, it is downright frightening. The book is “There is Lead in your Lipstick. Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them” by Gillian Deacon.
Stay with me people. Please.
There is a chance you are thinking – no thanks. Perhaps your eyes are rolling at the thought of toxic personal care products preachy/feel terrible about yourself and your lifestyle kind of book? Surprisingly, it is not.
Consumers need to make informed decisions buying/using products for our families and ourselves. According to the author, the average woman douses herself with approximately 127 chemicals before leaving the house in the morning. Apparently, men are not much better. Most North Americans trust that there is a government or protective body ensuring that products for sale are safe. Unfortunately, this is not the case when it comes to beauty products.
I considered myself decently informed when it comes to greenwashing. I am shocked to find out that many famous “organic” companies (listed in the book) are misleading consumers. It is full of surprises that left me scratching my head and angry. Why is it we require strict labelling when it comes to food and beverages but products we slather over our bodies, we trust that the ingredients inside are not dangerous. This is a mistake.
Not all is doom and gloom throughout this book though. Gillian manages to explain our toxic exposure to substances harmful to our health and the environment in a friendly, positive way. (That sounds impossible, but somehow she does it.)
Gillian shines a well researched light on companies and chemicals we should avoid. Explaining how to read labels and uncover marketing omission and misinformation. She offers a multitude of helpful suggestions for safe products to replace the toxic ones in your home. Since this is a Canadian book, they are easily found on-line and in shops.
Not only does she provide safer shopping suggestions, Gillian includes many easy recipes to create natural alternatives at home. This is appealing not only to anyone interested in making healthier choices but crafty do-it-yourself and frugal minded folk too. Win-win!
Long time MM readers out there might find this interesting (I did), Ottawa entrepreneur Gwen owner of Nayla Natural Care receives many mentions throughout the book as a trustworthy supplier of healthy, earth friendly products. Gwen had no idea Gillian was a fan of her business until one of her customers told her about the publication. Isn’t that cool? Way to go Gwen!
This book is about human health and eco-principles too. Under the Beautiful Face, Beautiful Place heading Gillian writes, “I hope you enjoy trying some new products and practices, and have fun experimenting with new ideas. Enjoyment is really the most beautifying ingredient after all.”
If you have the opportunity, check this book out. I am currently mixing up a batch of Easy Epsom Soak for our bathroom. Please share your thoughts/review too.