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There’s Lead in your Lipstick, by Gillian Deacon

Reviewed by Sarah

I recently picked up this title based on a recommendation from my mother’s best friend. I am so grateful I did buy it as it has completely turned my world upside down (in a good way). This is one of those must-reads that will change your life. It’s one part consumer guide and one part horror story written by Canadian journalist and environmental advocate Gillian Deacon most well-known for her bestseller Green for Life, a guide to sustainable living.

What did I learn from reading it? I learned the dermatitis I’ve been trying to get rid of for months could’ve been caused by my laundry soap, my eyeliner, my deodorant, and even the very lotion I was applying to treat it! I learned all the dandruff shampoos in the drugstores will only make my dandruff increasingly worse. I learned the body care products I’ve been using for years that I thought were organic and eco-friendly are in actual fact not and are bad for me and the environment. My favourite body lotion that I’ve been using since I was a teenager contains four parabens and other nasties even though it’s labelled as fragrance free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and for sensitve skin — it wasn’t scientifically tested and it’s only been harming me, not helping me. I learned that all of the products we use every day and every week build up in our systems over the years and decades into a nasty toxic chemical cocktail that has never been tested for risks and health concerns. I learned the government won’t and can’t do anything about all these dangerous chemicals and that the only people responsible for new regulations, legislation, and bans are us –the consumers. If we don’t educate ourselves, make conscious choices, and demand safer standards then nothing will change.

Read the original article at: The Witch of Forest Grove

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