Home   »  About Us

Get Updates

Not Just a Pretty Face


Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (New Society Publishers, October 2007), reveals the toxic truth about the personal care products used daily by women, men, teenagers and children – and how activists are forcing the industry to clean up its act.

Author Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, tells the inside story of the activists who went knocking on the doors of the world’s largest cosmetics companies to ask tough questions: Why do beauty companies market themselves as pink ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer, yet use chemicals that may contribute to that very disease? Why do products marketed to women and children contain chemicals and heavy metals linked to reproductive harm?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may turn a blind eye while the cosmetics industry funds its own so-called regulatory panel, but you don't have to.

Stacy has visited more than 30 cities and spoken to more than 3,000 people about the problem of chemicals in cosmetics since the book's publication. Check the book's Web site to see if she'll be appearing near you in the coming months, or listen to the recording of our virtual book club webinar featuring Stacy.

If you purchase the book through this Web site, 15 percent of the sale will benefit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

More Information

Purchase Not Just a Pretty Face

Visit Stacy's blog, NotJustaPrettyFace.org

Follow Stacy on Twitter, @safecosmetics


Here’s what people are saying about Not Just a Pretty Face:

A must-read for everyone.
 - Horst Rechelbacher, founder and former owner of Aveda

This book should be read by women and men who have trusted, for too long, the companies whose products get inside their bodies and their minds, to the detriment of their health.
 - Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, author of Unsafe at Any Speed

How is it possible that our skin products continue to go unregulated by the FDA? Shame on them for neglecting the American people in this way. Thank you Stacy for exposing the truth. The jig is up!
 - Fran Drescher, star of the Emmy award-winning series The Nanny; president of Cancer Schmancer; uterine cancer survivor

This book should be required reading for all teenagers, including the young men.
 - Theo Colborn, Ph.D., president of The Endocrine Exchange; co-author of  Our Stolen Future

If you've ever thought twice about what's in your shampoo bottle or a tube of lipstick, it's thanks to the fine work of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. In Not Just a Pretty Face, Stacy Malkan introduces us to the brilliant and dedicated women behind the campaign, who have dared to take on Big Beauty and managed to reinvent the environmental movement at the same time.
 - Virginia Sole-Smith, environmental/women’s health journalist