As part of the Gillian Deacon/Penguin Canada blog tour for Deacon’s book There’s Lead in Your Lipstick, I had the privilege of reviewing the book as well as offer up a contest for my blog for the first time! (Even more excited that my assigned date – today – falls on my birthday! :cool:)
It’s truly amazing to read what we expose ourselves to on a daily basis. Reading the book last week so I could review it in this post, it really made me a bit paranoid about all the products that we use all the time. As a cancer survivor, Gill Deacon holds this subject very close to heart. She warns us as consumers to be smart and savvy, ensuring that we don’t get “greenwashed” (aka brainwashed) and to read the labels on the products we use. In the 2 days that it took me to finish this book, I was already starting to change my habits. The names of the toxins are quite prevalent in the book so that you will NOT forget it. I found myself checking the products around my home, shocked that some of the toxins are so high up on the list of ingredients.
While it’s quite difficult to switch cold turkey to everything natural and organic (a term, which I learned, can also be used quite loosely in the consumer market), there are little steps to changing your routine. Deacon not only posts anecdotes, facts & research findings but also recipes for DIY products to try. I was so inspired by it all that I found myself, halfway through the book, spouting everything I learned to my friends and colleagues. Met with interest and skepticism alike, it wasn’t until I was defending Deacon’s findings to a disbelieving colleague that I realized how much I was absorbing from this book.
That very day, I took a trip with another colleague to the nearby health store and picked up a few items that Deacon recommends in the book. I have always had very dry sensitive skin, so I was very anxious to try something natural that would keep my skin hydrated and not break out! Also, funny enough, drinking water was key – as those who know me know that I don’t drink much water AT all. A friend of mine even had a bet with me to drink water (more on that another day). So at the health store, I picked up Weleda’s Citrus Deodorant, Avalon Organics’ Lavender Daily Moisturizer, Aura Cacia’s Sweet Almond Oil and Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – all the items that had caught my attention while reading the book that would help me with my skin concerns. I used it that day after a nice quick shower and felt SO refreshed.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4/5 stars)
Excerpt from There’s Lead in Your Lipstick, a way to make your own natural moisturizer!
Greek yogourt is also very moisturizing and can be used as a base for this mask.
1/2 medium to large avocado
1 to 2 tbsp honey 5 to 15 mL
Puree ingredients together in a blender or whip by hand. For dry, sensitive skin, add one tablespoon of oatmeal and on tablespoon of water. Mix together into a smooth paste and apply to the face and neck area, leaving on for about ten minutes.
From There’s Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon (Penguin Canada). Copyright © Backbone Inc. FSO Gillian Deacon, 2011
Earth day shouldn’t just be an annual tip of the hat to greener living. This year, make it the day you recalibrate your everyday patterns to be more earth-friendly all year long.
You don’t have to be a treehugger to care about avoiding toxins in your everyday bodycare. Synthetic chemicals in personal care products contaminating groundwater and wildlife is alarming enough—but they’re also contaminating us. Those hard-to-read ingredients you squint at on the back of a product label? They’re building up inside your body and in your children’s bodies—on Earth Day and everyday.
Make today the day you start paying attention to that fine print. Turn a product over and read the ingredients label before you are seduced by the “green” imaging on the package. The good news is, there are lots of safer products on the market.
Good luck and I hope you’ll check out There’s Lead in Your Lipstick for more ideas on how to clean up your act!
Enter to win your own copy of There’s Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon, as well as an Eco Kiss kit from Saffron Rouge (Total prize value approximately $48.95)
Contest will run for a week, ending on May 4th. Only rule is that this contest is only open to Canadian residents.
All you have to do is fill out the form and tell my why you’d like this prize! (Don’t worry, I won’t be using your email or address for any other purpose except for this contest – promise!)
Giveaway courtesy of Gillian Deacon and Penguin Canada.
The Blog Tour!
April 11 Rayment’s Readings, Rants and Ramblings
April 12 My Ever Expanding Library
April 13 Jacob’s Beloved
April 14 Bella’s Bookshelves
April 15 Cindy’s Love of Books
April 18 Rowangarth Farm
April 19 Lost for Words
April 20 Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
April 21 A Bookworm’s World
April 22 KimWerker.com
April 25 A Mom After God’ Own Heart
April 26 The Literary Word
April 27 Just a Lil Lost
April 28 In the Next Room