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Book About Toxic Beauty Products Wins Independent Publishing Award

Contact: Stacy Malkan, 510-848-5701,smalkan@hcwh.org; for review copies of book, contact Ginny Miller, ginny@newsociety.com
June 4th, 2008

Los Angeles, Calif. – A first-of-its-kind exposé about toxic chemicals in beauty products has been chosen as one of the best independently published books of the year. “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” (New Society Publishers 2007) by Stacy Malkan, which tells the inside story of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, received a 2008 Silver Medal IPPY in the category of Health/Medicine/Nutrition from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

The contest is a huge competition among independent publishers with more than 3,000 entrants this year. “We were impressed with the in-depth research in our non-fiction and current events entries, (and) the important breakthroughs in our science and health entries,” wrote the contest judges. “We’ve tried to highlight the best of the best.”

“This award is a tribute to the breakthrough work of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and I’m honored to be able to share the inspiring story of the women and men who are changing the face of the beauty industry,” said author Stacy Malkan, who also works on the communications team for the cosmetics campaign. “I’m so pleased that people are using the book as an organizing tool to spread the word about safer products.”

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics also announced today that more than 3,000 people have attended the “Not Just a Pretty Face” Book Tour and Safe Cosmetics Road Show over the past eight months. Working in conjunction with grassroots groups and universities across the country, the campaign held 44 book-reading events in 30 U.S. cities in 13 states.

“We’re thrilled that so many people are hearing the message about the need to shift away from toxic chemicals. Congratulations to Stacy and the thousands of others across the country who are working to give the beauty industry a safety makeover,” said Lisa Archer, national coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

The IPPY Awards were announced at a special ceremony in Los Angeles on May 30. For more details about the book, see www.NotJustaPrettyFace.org.


Founding members of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics include: Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, Breast Cancer Fund, Clean Water Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, National Black Environmental Justice Network, National Environmental Trust and Women's Voices for the Earth.