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Toxic Beauty

Toxic Beauty (Gaia Thinking Books), Publication Date: 2 February 2009, ISBN: 978-1856753069, RRP £7.99

Did you know that your nail polish may contain formaldehyde, a suspected carcinogen? Or that four common chemicals in perfume are classified as hazardous waste by the US Environmental Protection Agency?

Every year we each absorb an estimated two kilograms of chemicals through beauty and cosmetic products. Chemicals found in lipsticks, skin lotions and hair dyes have been linked with tumours, cell mutation, allergies, reproductive complications, endocrine disruption and cancer. Isn’t it time we all paid more attention to exactly what goes into the eye shadows, body washes and deodorants we love to use?
This compelling and timely book: tells you the key chemicals you should avoid, reveals how natural ‘organic’ beauty products really are and features a directory highlighting the issues surrounding everything from hair gel to hygiene products.

More information can be found on Dawn Mellowship's website at and beauty blog at


"Lipstick, to tattoos; a full spectrum of compounds applied to skin are reviewed. Too little thought, and research, is given to this wide array of chemicals applied to the largest organ of the body. Applications can be 1-2 times a day over a lifetime, in hopes of self improvement and gain 
in attractiveness. Transdermal delivery of drugs is a growing business for commercial pharmaceutical companies, preceded by mandated safety studies, often lacking in the cosmetic and toiletry industry. 

I commend you Dawn, on this book, drawing attention to a much needed area of efficacy and safety research." 

Kris G. McGrath, M.D., Associate Professor Medicine, Northwestern University. 

"This is the definitive guide to being totally savvy about what you put on your skin in the name of beauty, from wholly synthetic to natural and organic products. It covers everything from  greenwashing due to consumer demand for 'natura'l products to nanotechnology. Mellowship has compiled a formidable list that makes you want to bathe in pristine spring waters but her 'take home messages' and information is vital for a generation seeking honesty in the  market place..This is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what is really going on in the skin care world by a vegan who sincerely wants to bring about a healthier and kinder world for all who inhabit it."

Rajasana Otiende  Founder/Editor Lifescape Magazine