A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients

by Ruth Winter (Author)

Editorial Reviews

You wouldn't eat something without knowing what it was--don't you want to take
the same care with what you put on your face, hair, and body? Find out what's in
that shampoo, makeup, toothpaste, lotion, or perfume here, with more than 6,000
entries, organized alphabetically. Cosmetics are barely regulated these days,
leaving it up to you to learn what those strange-sounding names mean and how
they might affect you. For example, did you know these intriguing tidbits?
Abietic acid, a texturizer in soaps, is harmless when injected into mice but
causes paralysis in frogs.

The American Medical Association frowns on medicated makeup, because their
potential to do harm often outweighs their benefit.

Mayonnaise is as effective a dry-hair conditioner as the expensive

Milk is a good face wash, but you'd better rinse it off well, or rancidity
will give rise to bacteria that will cause pimples.

Don't skip the introduction, a provocative discussion of "cosmeceuticals,"
anti-aging products, what's really meant by the word "natural," "culture and
cosmetics," and what to do if you have an adverse reaction. This is the fifth
edition of this guide, which originally appeared in 1978. Even if you own the
fourth edition, you'll want to update, because this edition includes 1,400 newly
developed chemicals and hundreds of name changes. --Joan Price --This text
refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Description

Take the guesswork out of choosing safe and effective cosmetics and

You wouldn’t eat something without knowing what it was. Don’t you want to take
the same care with what you put on your face, hair, and body? Find out what’s in
your health and beauty products with Ruth Winter’s A Consumer’s Dictionary of
Cosmetic Ingredients. This updated and expanded sixth edition gives you all the
facts you need to protect yourself and your family from possible irritants,
confusing chemical names, or exaggerated claims of beauty from gimmick

Virtually every chemical found in toiletries, cosmetics, and cosmeceuticals—from
body and face creams to toothpaste, hand lotion, shaving cream, shampoo, soap,
perfume, and makeup—is evaluated in this book, including those ingredients
marketed as being all-natural, for children, and for people of color. The
alphabetical arrangement makes it easy to look up the ingredients in the
products you use.

With new substances popping up in products we utilize every day—and with the
continuing deregulation of the cosmetics industry—A Consumer’s Dictionary of
Cosmetic Ingredients is more indispensable than ever.

Product Details

Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 6 Rev Upd edition (March 22, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400052335



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