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For Immediate Release: October 2nd, 2007
Contact:  Stacy Malkan, smalkan@hcwh.org


"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? … 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.

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.

For more information and background on the campaign, see www.SafeCosmetics.org.