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There’s Lead in Your Lipstick – Definitely Worth a Read


I recently finished reading Gillian Deacon’s book, There’s Lead in Your Lipstick.

If you’re at all interested in knowing what goes into the skin care products that you use today, it’s worth taking the time to read this book.  It applies equally to men and women.  In general terms, we all use a number of products each day that contain some questionable ingredients.  They are in your soap, shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant and for those who wear it, your makeup.

I’d heard about these “questionable ingredients” before, but never put much thought to it.  After all, how bad could it be?  Given that everything is so regulated, what are the chances that we were ALL using products that contained poor ingredients?

Turns out that this market is not all that regulated and there is no one truly ensuring that all of the ingredients are things that are fit to be put on the skin, the largest organ in the body!  WHAT??!!

This book takes you through each type of product (i.e. hair care, body care, perfumes etc…) and outlines some of the ingredients that are used.  Where information is available, the author outlines what studies have been done that show these aren’t the best for you to use.  If there’s an ingredient that has been associated with increased cancer rates, why would you use it on a regular basis?  And once you know that fact, would you continue to use it?  I wouldn’t.

Ms. Deacon also outlines all of the alternatives that are available.  Fortunately, there are many.  You can make many of the products you would use on your own.  If you’re not into that, you can certainly purchase the products you need.  There are many resources out there for you.  This book is easy to read and full of solutions.

You can learn more about her book on her website at  You can also check out the Facebook page at

This is definitely worth a read.

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