The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel
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.
I am thrilled to be hosting a book tour for Julie Gabriel's book The Green Beauty Guide from TLC Book Tours. I have been consciously working on changing my cleaning products to more greener and safer products. I am also attempting to change our food choices to more healthier, organic foods. It's a challenge to make changes and for me, it is small changes, one step at a time. My son has food allergies and I have learned a lot over the years about checking ingredients to make sure that foods are safe for him. I have realized that there are so many unnecessary additives and preservatives that are added to make these products last longer on our shelves. I have often wondered if the extra shelf life these products provide for our convenience is worth the health risks we may be exposing ourselves and our children to. I was excited to be part of this tour and read Julie Gabriels book to learn more about Green Beauty products. Ms. Gabriel emphasizes in The Green Beauty Guide, that what we put on our skin is just as important as what we eat as it is absorbed by our skin and we shouldn't put anything on our skin that we wouldn't be able to safely eat.
The Green Beauty Guide is chock full of wonderful information to help you choose safe, organic and natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup and Fragrances. I believe it is a must-have resource for anyone interested in learning about going green and choosing safe products for your body from head to toe. Not only do you learn why you should choose safer products, but you learn how to do this. This Guide is thorough and jam packed with detailed information and it includes 12 pages of references.
I appreciated that Ms. Gabriel goes into such great detail and thorough explanations in each chapter. Especially early on in the book where she describes the specific ingredients that are in most beauty products that are toxic and unsafe. One study the author refers to found that about 90 percent of cosmetic ingredients have not been analyzed for their health impacts. I went to my cabinets to check my own beauty products and found that most of my products contained many of these offending ingredients. Even products that I "thought" were more natural had some toxic ingredients. Ms. Gabriel writes that even products labeled organic and natural may still contain toxic ingredients or byproducts. That is another reason why this book is so important...it is a reference and guide that you can look back on and check these important details as you shop for beauty products.
Ms. Gabriel recommends that if you start with only one organic beauty product, that it should be your moisturizer. She explains that moisturizer stays on your face the longest and that would mean that your body is absorbing what is in the product that you choose to use. In a sidebar, the author points out that the skin can absorb up to 60 percent of substances applied to its surface. You can also develop allergies to cosmetic products. The toxic ingredients can worsen your acne or cause allergic reactions that look like acne or pimples. There is concern that the toxic ingredients may also lead to other serious diseases.
Yes, some of the products are quite expensive but there are other options that are more economical. Ms. Gabriel understands that not everyone can afford the expensive options so she is very thorough in providing alternatives. She includes product recommendations as well as many recipes for things such as lip balms, sugar scrubs, facial masks, acne zappers, baby wash and wipe solution, bath salts, bug repellant and more.
For me, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a thorough book that will help you transition to more greener, safer beauty products. I know that I will be referring to this often as I choose my own personal beauty products and routines to make it more safer and green. I will also use this information for my whole family as well. This information is not only for women but for men, babies and children. We all use soap, shampoo, moisturizer and many other things that are important to be safe products for us all.
Julie Gabriel is a passionate advocate of green lifestyle, a holistic nutritionist, and a new mom of a 18-month-old Maria. A professional journalist and former magazine beauty editor, Julie pursued her lifelong dream and have studied at Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Toronto to become a Holistic Nutritionist. As a Canadian living in the UK, Julie has a deep knowledge of environmental issues both in Europe and in North America. To help new moms save time and money, Julie has launched her own skincare line for mom and baby, Petite Marie Organics. Formulated exclusively with certified organic plant ingredients, all multipurpose products can be used by mothers and babies thus helping moms jump-start green living on a budget. The products, So Pure You Can Eat Them®, are freshly handmade, and every ingredient is scientifically proven to be safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Petite Marie Organics mom-and-baby skincare products are available online at petitemarieorganics.com, and in fine health food stores in the UK, the US and Canada since January 2o09.
Be sure to check out Ms. Gabriels website The Green Beauty Guide for even more information.
She shares more tips and tricks, recipes, product reviews and even features Green Beauty Makeovers.
You can purchase your own copy of The Green Beauty Guide HERE. I must add that I believe that the list price for this book at $16.95 is an amazing value for this HUGE book of 400 pages with a wealth of information.
If you would like to visit other stops on the booktour, you may find them here.
This is the Tour schedule for this week:
Monday, December 8th: Red Lady’s Reading Room
Monday, December 8th: She is Too Fond of Books
Tuesday, December 9th: Savvy Verse and Wit
Wednesday, December 10th: Bookopolis (will also be posted as
a Guest Review at Books on the Brain)
Thursday, December 11th: B & B ex libris
Here are the details to enter the giveaway for a chance to win this book:
- For one entry: Leave a post and comment about this review.
- For a second entry: Comment about a favorite green beauty product that you use or would like to try.
- For a third entry: Go to Ms. Gabriel's website The Green Beauty Guide and share something that you found helpful and/or interesting.
Please make sure that you post your email or there is a way for me to contact you via email through your blog/contact info. Otherwise, I cannot enter your name into the drawing. I will use random.org to pick a winner of the book.
This giveaway is open to US and Canada only(Due to the high cost of US postage) apologies to my overseas readers. This will be open through December 13th, Midnight, EST.