The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances

The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances

Julie Gabriel

Language: English

Pages: 416

ISBN: 0757307477

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Go green and get gorgeous

The promise of beauty is as close as the drugstore aisle―shampoo that gives your hair more body, lotions that smooth away wrinkles, makeup that makes your skin look flawless, and potions that take it all off again. But while conventional products say they'll make you more beautiful, they contain toxins and preservatives that are both bad for the environment and bad for your body―including synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, and even formaldehyde. In the end, they damage your natural vitality and good looks.

Fortunately, fashion writer, nutritionist, and beauty maven Julie Gabriel helps you find the true path to natural, healthy, green beauty. She helps you decipher labels on every cosmetic product you pick up and avoid toxic and damaging chemicals with her detailed Toxic Ingredients List. You'll learn valuable tips on what your skin really needs to be healthy, glowing, and youthful.

Julie goes one-step further―and shows you how to make your own beauty products that feed your skin, save your bank account, and are healthy for your body and the environment, such as:

• Cleansing creams and oils • toners • facials • under eye circle remedies • anti-aging serums • lip balms • scrubs • exfoliators • clay and cleansing masks
• moisturizers • acne treatments • makeup remover • teeth whiteners • shampoos, conditioners • fragrances • sun protection • bug repellants • baby products • and much more!

With her friendly, thorough, and helpful advice; fabulous beauty recipes; product recommendations and ratings; Toxic Ingredients List; and a complete appendix of online resources, Julie Gabriel gives you all the information you need to go green without going broke and become a more natural, healthy, and beautiful you.

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preservatives that are paraben- and formaldehyde-free yet are effective against the effects of air, light, bacteria, yeast, and fungi even at low concentrations. In addition to eliminating parabens from their formulations, marketers are also removing phenoxyethanol. Fenilight and Feniol have the same full bactericidal activity but are much safer than phenoxyethanol. Tinosan is a natural, silver-based preservative. Chemists are also working on creating cosmetic compounds that would not require

chemical that killed rats with cancer in 2002, is listed among ingredients in antiaging creams, designer fragrances, and sunscreen towelettes. When I made a big leap and switched to purely organic scents, the whole picture got clearer and scarier—or maybe my head was working better without all those synthetic vapors? On one side, there is a noticeable interest in truly natural scents. On the other, famous “noses” come up with yet another alluring twist and weave together scents that Mother

cause problems for the body part he or she is most familiar with. No one will conduct human studies where participants rub the cream into their eyes. Just like face creams, eye creams contain fragrances (even fragrance-free versions contain fragrances that mask or neutralize natural odors of ingredients), preservatives, and potential irritants. The only reason you may not like using your regular moisturizer under your eyes is because of the texture of your cream. Heavy moisturizers and face oils

important is to find green products that you enjoy using and that suit your skin’s current needs. The Green Product Guide: Cleansers No matter how exciting the product looks and how green the label reads, choose products that are packed in pump bottles or at least in bottles with a narrow spout. Even the best formulation will quickly go rancid if packed in a jar that leaves the product exposed to less-than-clean fingers, humidity, and the warmth of your bathroom. The following are my

but make sure to pack them in small containers according to airline specifications for onboard fluids. Some toners make a very lightweight yet potent mask: saturate a thin gauze mask with exfoliating or hydrating toner and apply it to the skin for a few minutes. This is a great way to apply a treatment toner while in the bath!You can also mix your clay-based dry mask with a little bit of toner so you enjoy double benefits from two products working in harmony. There are three types of toners

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