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

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"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."

Customer Reviews:

  • Outstanding information.
    From the founder and owner of the organic skin-care line, Petite Marie, comes a revealing look at cosmetics and skin care that the most of the beauty industry would love to keep secret. For instance, all that a product needs to be labeled as "Organic" is a drop of organic essential oil. This is called greenwashing and most greenwashers spend more money on promoting themselves as environmentally friendly than they do on formulating toxin-free, environmentally sound products.

    With The Green Beauty Guide, Julie Gabriel starts with the basics of learning all about your skin and guides you through what you should look for in all your beauty products. She teaches you the how tell the difference between a good marketing campaign and truly organic products. You'll also find The Ten Commandments of Green Beauty, How to Go Green Without Going Broke and even recipes for your own organic beauty products such as cleansers, toners, facial masks, moisturizers and even acne zappers with simple easy to find ingredients.

    For me, a not so environmentally conscious consumer, the realization what most of us are doing to our skin and the environment was initially a bit intimidating and scary really but Gabriel's information makes it easy to make the green switch. I've already been through my cabinets checking labels and packaging. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in making a difference.
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  • The Green Beauty Guide
    The Green Beauty Guide (GBG) is a wonderful reference that will have a place on my shelf for quite some time. I personally found this book particularly useful because I have an allergy to the paraben preservatives that are commonly used in beauty products and cosmetics so I have a little experience with what the author is talking about. However, thanks to the GBG I am now aware of several other ingredients that I should also be watching out for when I read labels and I've been able to add several new items to my beauty routine with confidence.

    However, the Green Beauty Guide doesn't just put the spotlight on the things you shouldn't be putting on your face and body, but it gives you guidelines on how to actually find the products that don't contain the harmful ingredients which, believe me, is not as easy as it sounds. I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent searching through beauty aisles and cosmetic cases looking at itty-bitty ingredient lists - only to find parabens hiding away in products labeled as "pure", "natural", or "allergy-free". The GBG goes a long way towards debunking all of these common buzz word claims and gives the reader straight facts on the whole advertising/marketing game.

    Which brings me to the part of the Green Beauty Guide that I love the most - a list (with ratings) of several recommended products grouped by function and suggestions on where these products can be purchased. And for those do-it-yourselfers out there - a list of recipes for making your own green beauty products including information on how to obtain, mix, and store any ingredients you need for the products you want to create.

    I highly recommend this book to all women. Even if you don't have allergic reactions to your beauty products like I do, this guide will really help open your eyes to what you are actually putting on your skin everyday and might just inspire you to make some changes to the products you use. Over the just the past few years that I've been aware of this issue, the natural/organic/green cosmetics have really made some steps forward into the mainstream beauty aisles. It can only get better from here....more info
  • Become informed and make better choices!
    This book is informative and interesting. It helps one to become more informed to read cosmetic product labels, just as one reads food product labels. The "Skindeep" website also has cosmetic product safety information. ...more info
  • it's easier being green now
    The Green Beauty Guide is thoroughly researched and includes over ten pages of references. The author's passion and expertise on the subject of natural/organic body care are very clear to the reader. As someone who has recently decided to go green, this book was extremely helpful.
    Julie Gabriel explains what cosmetic ingredients to avoid and why, and gives recommendations for her favorite TRULY green products, as well as how and where to look for ones on your own, and many DIY recipes. Her writing style is enjoyable and the book is well-organized and visually appealing.

    Her product recommendations seem to be fair and cover a wide range of budgets. The DIY beauty recipes are realistic and aren't repetitive (Ever get a book with recipes where they're all basically the same, except one or two ingredients may change? This is not the case with Gabriel's recipes). She discusses all skin types, concerns, and conditions. Whether you're looking for the basic beauty staples (toothpaste, deodorant, facial skin care, shampoo) or want to pamper yourself (manicures, pedicures, hair treatments, makeup, fragrances) you will find it in the Green Beauty Guide.

    However, there's a small amount of contradiction and confusing information in the Green Beauty Guide when it comes to product recommendations. Gabriel urges readers to avoid products containing formaldehyde-releasing EDTAs (disodium and tetrasodium) and warns against phenoxyethanol, "an endocrine disruptor and carcinogen". Yet, she recommended a few Juice Beauty products which contained EDTAs and/or phenoxyethanol. Perhaps the author didn't check the product formulations as carefully as she encourages readers to, or these products' formulations changed since she wrote the book.
    Also, some of Gabriel's DIY recipes lack information on how and for how long they can be stored.

    Overall, though, I do highly recommend the Green Beauty Guide. It is the most complete, informative, and up-to-date resource focused on green personal care. Having read it, I feel empowered to make healthful, environmentally-friendly choices when it comes to my beauty routine. I have had the book for a couple months now and continue to refer back to it....more info
  • A few issues.
    I found this book to be a bit trendy. Do American women really have the time to mix their own beauty products? No one I know does. Page 57 warns of celebrity endorsements, yet page 75 refers to all the celebrities who use Suki Naturals. She consistently quotes opinions from the makers of natural products, but they are stated like facts. Conventional products do this too, and it is wrong. She loves Dr. Hauschka mascara in the book, but says it runs on her website. Little things like this bugged me. I did learn about ingredients to avoid so all was not lost....more info
  • The Green Beauty Guide
    This is a thorough and well-researched book. There are great recipes for making your own organic beauty products that are easy and practical. There are also plenty of recommendations for ready-made organic products from several manufacturers. ...more info
  • A Must for All Health-Conscious Beauty Mavens
    I found this book to have all I needed to enjoy a toxin-free, healthy beauty routine. Before I read this book I had no idea we have so many healthy beauty options. Green Beauty Guide shows that becoming a green beauty junkie can be very exciting and actually fun! Apparently, not everything has to be preserved with parabens and other chemicals which make us sick.

    As I tried some of the recommeded products in the book, I noticed that my skin became smoother, glowing and more taut. I love the homemade recipes of hair treatments and moisturisers, and I will now browse pharmacies, Whole Foods Market and local health foods stores with much more knowledge.

    I appreciate the in-depth section on various chemicals used in cosmetics(althought I am a bit scared, for it seems that I have consumed a lot of needless chemicals while being pregnant with my first child), and I really adore the section on baby skin care. Being pregnant with my second child, I strive to live as green as possible, and I consider this book a valuable resource for anyone who wants to live longer and healthier....more info
  • Well worth your time and money
    The Green Beauty Guide is engaging and extremely informative. The link between toxicity and poor health is only beginning to be fully exposed, and this book makes a firm case for a change in lifestyle. It's obvious that Julie Gabriel has spent much time in research mode, and the guide provides a great deal of scientific context. The material is comprehensive and arms one with the tools needed to make changes in personal care routines.

    As a (former) 15-year subscriber of Allure beauty magazine with an insatiable appetite for any mainstream beauty product, I felt increasingly liberated as I made my way through this book. It enables me not only to purchase with confidence from integrity-filled companies, but the ability to master my own creations. Don't be the victim of unregulated chemicals! Take control of your health and make educated decisions regarding your skin. Many of the beauty products on the market are made by companies with business standards- the final goal being profits, not your optimum health. As Ms. Gabriel points out, never "assume that people who make it have only good intentions in mind."
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    Green Beauty is an informative book on ingredients to avoid. However, so many beauty products contain a few of these ingredients and I think you can literally drive yourself crazy trying to avoid those but wanting to look pretty at the same time. What is a girl to do? She emphasized Juice Beauty products and although I use these myself they are not as superior as one might think. She mentioned Jurlique as just as expensive as LaMer. Yes, some of them maybe but LaMer has been around for a long time and the benefits are extraordinary. And only Max and his team truly knows whats in the product. I think it's an informative read but was confused when it came to the deoterant section as well as perfume. Are you never susposed to wear perfume? Chanel is too toxic? Well maybe, but again you just can't get away from all chemicals all the time, that is completely unrealistic. ...more info
  • Five Star Read: Very Practical, Honest and Unbiased
    I bought this book after listening to the author at Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius, and the book appeared to be exactly like Julie's interview on air: upbeat, unconventional, straightforward, and very practical.

    She is very reasonable with her recommendations, too. You can go super-green (and save lots of money) and make beauty products from kitchen staples, vitamins, and oils, but if you have no time or skills to cook, she explains how you can modify your own beauty products or find the all-natural cleanser, toner or a lipstick that suits your needs and budget.

    What makes the book really great is that the author doesn't simply praise organic beauty but also explains how to avoid organic scammers and choose products that are really green, not just greenwashed. The book also provides you with an amazing list of 100 toxic ingredients found in skincare products. I have copied and laminated my list and I carry it with me all the time when I go shopping. It's a real eye opener.

    And unlike many green authors out there, Julie practices what she preaches. What makes her really differnt, she doesn't promote her own line, Petite Marie Organics, in her book, while many authors write books to push their products. In fact, she never mentions her own products, which makes her recommendations honest and unbiased. I only found the name of the line at the humble About Me page at the back, and I have already tried two of her products for acne-prone skin. Both the moisturizer and a cleansing lotion are of great quality and totally chemical-free.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to save money and health by choosing natural beauty products....more info


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