The Green Beauty Guide

Posted on November 14, 2008 by Allie

Part science text, part shopping guide, and part recipe book, The Green Beauty Guide is a must-have resource for anyone interested in going green.  Author, Julie Gabriel, who will be guest posting here next week, was the associate beauty editor for Harper’s Bazaar (Eastern European editions) and is a registered nutrition specialist. 

Filled with shocking facts about the personal care product industry, The Green Beauty Guide doesn’t just tell readers to go green, it tells us why.  For example, a sidebar states that as many as 90% of personal care product ingredients have never been tested for safety.  Another mentions that baby products are often more toxic than their adult counterparts.  We cannot rest easy on the idea that personal care product manufacturers have our best interests at heart.

Julie compares conventional, chemical laden personal care products to junk food.  She believes that rashes, pimples and redness are the body’s response to unfriendly chemicals, and that the build up of these chemicals in our system can take some serious tolls on our physical health, including increasing our cancer risk.  What I love about this book is that Julie doesn’t just talk about the risks, she talks about what we can do to take charge of our health in very practical terms.

Sure, if we all had limitless incomes and could afford to buy the best of the best all the time, we could just buy our way into green, healthy products, right?  Wrong.  We all know it doesn’t work that way.  And limitless budget – that’s not me, and I’m guessing if you read my site and consider making your own kitty litter and washing your face with baking soda, that’s not you either.  The Green Beauty Guide has sections on decoding product labels, avoiding “green gimmicks” and recipes for making everything from lip balm to bug spray at home for a fraction of the cost.

It’s written in an engaging and conversational tone, so even though it’s super informative, you won’t feel like you’re reading a text book.  It’s a great reference book for your own library, a great gift, and it’s full of great homemade gift ideas.  Think about pairing the book with some Baby Oatmeal Bath Pouches and presenting it to a friend who’s expecting, or with some Green Feet Fizzy Bombs for your favorite teacher.

You can read more about The Green Beauty Guide on Julie’s website, and check back here next week for her guest post on winter skin care.

Thank you to TLC Booktours for sending me a copy of the book!

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  1. I enjoy reading all the post from Hollowing Hills about “Christmas Without Religion” and I wanted to visit all who posted.

    Coffee is on.

    November 14th, 2008 at 11:50 pm
    Comment by peppylady
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    November 16th, 2008 at 6:16 pm
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  3. Thanks for the book recommendation. Definitely will be looking to get this one!

    November 17th, 2008 at 1:12 pm
    Comment by Rach
  4. [...] leave a comment below.  You can also go back and comment on Julie Gabriel’s guest post, and my review of The Green Beauty Guide, to increase your chances of winning (if you’ve already commented on those posts, that will [...]

    November 18th, 2008 at 2:43 pm
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  5. This book sounds really interesting, especially since it includes recipes to make your own products.

    November 18th, 2008 at 3:21 pm
    Comment by Katie
  6. Allie, seriously – I had never even considered these issues until you mentioned them (on FB, no less – do you remember a status post saying everyone should stop using parabens or something like that?). Now, I’m a little on the obsessed side. Whether I win the book or not, I’ll definitely be reading it.

    November 18th, 2008 at 5:34 pm
    Comment by Lara
  7. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I will also read this regardless of winning. It’s quite fascinating!

    November 18th, 2008 at 5:52 pm
    Comment by Linsley
  8. I am super picky about my personal care products. I should either be able to eat it, pronounce it or make it myself. This book looks awesome!

    November 18th, 2008 at 6:09 pm
    Comment by Rachel
  9. I have recently started making my own cleaners at home, but my make-up drawer still leaves much to be desired… My next project is going to be “greening” my beauty products and this book would be a great place to start!

    November 20th, 2008 at 3:26 pm
    Comment by Melissa W
  10. I am constantly getting on Skin Deep to check out ingredients on my baby’s products. This would be so nice to have on hand. And I’m interested in the recipes. Right now I use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for most of my cleaning.

    November 20th, 2008 at 5:49 pm
    Comment by Nicki
  11. [...] given me the solution to this shampoo and conditioner problem. A couple weeks back she reviewed The Green Beauty Guide which she loved so much she held a contest and guess who won the copy she’s giving away? Yep, [...]

    November 24th, 2008 at 3:56 pm
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    July 22nd, 2009 at 12:22 pm
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