Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The Green Beauty Guide ♥ Book Review x

I just picked up a really interesting book I wanted to share with you all; The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel. I bought this from Chapters at about $20.00 Canadian. It's a decent sized book, and has 400 pages. I've always been intrigued by the concept of organic and natural beauty, so this book caught my eye right away. It claims to be "Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup and Fragrances." 

It contains information on a wide range of subjects, and I'll list the table of contents for you;
  1. The Nature of Skin
  2. Beauty and the Toxic Beast
  3. Become an Ingredients List Expert
  4. Understanding Green Beauty
  5. DIY Green Beauty
  6. Green Cleansers
  7. Green Toners
  8. Green Home Facials
  9. Green Moisturizers
  10. Green Sun Protection
  11. Green Body Care
  12. Green Hair Care
  13. Green Baby Care
  14. Green Mineral Makeup
  15. Green Fragrances
  16. Green Beauty Detox
I would recommend this book not only to people who are interested in "green beauty" but for anyone who uses skin care products and makeup on a regular basis. This book has really helped me to gain a better understanding of the common ingredients found in most products, and I feel more confident now that I can actually read those mile long labels found on the back of a cleanser. 

The tone of the book is helpful yet informative. There is A LOT of information in this book, so take it in pieces. There are serious bits and there are funny bits. An amusing little article in the book is titled "The Ten Commandments of Green Beauty", with such commandments as; "Thou shalt not buy beauty products that contain phthalates, formaldehyde, phenols, sodium laureth sulfate, coal tar, toxic dyes, and synthetic fragrances," and then goes on to explain WHY you should avoid these ingredients. It has green product recommendations, and at home DIY recipes that are literally good enough to eat. 

Before reading this book I had no idea that ingredients are listed based on the quantity found in the product. So if, for example, your ingredient list looks like this: AQUA, METHYL GLUCETH-20, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, ....... (and so on), then we know that aqua (water) is the ingredient with the largest quantity in the product, with second largest quantity being methyl gluceth-20, and so on.

I've really been enjoying this book and I've actually learned a lot, which is always a great feeling. I think it's important that we know what we're putting on our skin, so the next time a smug sales assistant comes sidling up to you as your expertly scanning an ingredients list and asks you if she can "help," you can confidently tell her that your good, thanks. 

If you have any more questions just leave a comment 
Thanks for reading and have a great day x 

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