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? … Thank you Stacy for exposing
the truth. The jig is up!" — Fran Drescher, star of the Emmy
award-winning series "The Nanny," uterine cancer survivor and president
of Cancer Schmancer
"This book should be required reading for
all teenagers, including the young men." — Theo Colborn, Ph.D., leading
expert on endocrine disruptors, co-author of "Our Stolen Future"
San Francisco — Why do personal care products contain toxic chemicals
suspected of causing cancer and birth defects? Simple. The $35 billion
cosmetics industry is so powerful they’ve kept themselves unregulated
for decades. A new, just-off-the-presses book by Stacy Malkan – "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.
"Not Just a Pretty Face" chronicles the
story of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of
health and environmental groups that asked some tough questions of the
world’s largest cosmetics companies:
Why do companies market themselves as pink-ribbon leaders in the
fight against breast cancer, yet use hormone-disrupting and
carcinogenic chemicals that may contribute to that very disease?
Why do companies put chemicals linked to reproductive harm into products used daily by men and women of childbearing age?
As doors slammed in their faces and the
beauty myth peeled away, the industry's toxic secrets began to emerge.
The good news is that while the multinational corporations fight for
their right to use hazardous chemicals, entrepreneurs are developing
safer non-toxic technologies and building businesses on the values of
health, justice and personal empowerment.
About the Author
Stacy Malkan is communications director of Health Care Without
Harm and a co-founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Read
the Toxic Beauty Blog: www.NotJustaPrettyFace.org. For more information about toxic chemicals in personal care products, see www.SafeCosmetics.org.