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The Green Beauty Bible - completely updated with lots of gorgeous new natural producrs tried & tested by hundreds of real women [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Sarah Stacey , Josephine Fairley
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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1 Oct 2009
63 per cent of us have sensitive skin, mainly due to cosmetics and our environment and so never has there been a more timely moment to look at the more natural beauty products on the market. Sarah and Jo discuss all the relevant topics including what healing plants to use for your skin type, 10 natural ways to boost your immune system, how to look after your hair more naturally as well as presenting their Green Goddesses, including Alicia Silverstone, Liz Earle and Scheherazade Goldsmith amongst others. And for the latest round of their ongoing consumer survey they recruited over 1050 new testers who report on 44 categories of natural products from miracle creams to suncare, mascara to shampoo. The result is a blueprint for a more natural, healthier way of living beautifully, which is gentler on you and the environment.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856268519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856268516
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Stacey is an award-winning beauty and health journalist, and currently Health Editor of the Mail on Sunday's YOU Magazine. She has written for many leading newspapers and magazines in the UK and abroad. In 1994, she was elected the first Honorary Chair of the Guild of Health Writeres UK and in 1996 was co-founder of the food labelling campaign, FLAG. She is married and lives partly in London with a lot of driving up and down the A303 to west Dorset to see her much-loved and rather large horses. She is the co-author (with Josephine Fairley) of the Beauty Bible series (www.beautybible.com): The 21st Century Beauty Bible, The Handbag Beauty Bible, The Green Beauty Bible, Beauty Bible Beauty Steals and The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible.

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'The Green Beauty Bible is in a league of its own.' --The Telegraph Magazine

'Don't buy anything until you buy this!' --Grazia

About the Author

Sarah Stacey is an award-winning journalist and TV producer. She is currently Wellbeing Editor of the Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine. Josephine Fairley is a Contributing Editor to the Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine, where she writes on beauty and organic living. She has also written on beauty for Tatler, Elle and Here's Health.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I have bought all of the Beauty Bibles which have come out over the years and was very excited about this one as I have made the move to more natural brands in the past year or so and wanted to see which other products might perform better than my current choices.

As many of the other reviewers have said, the products featured in the book are by no means all natural or organic, and there were very few of the 3 daisy rated products in there at all; because they only feature the items which scored the best in their consumer tests I'm not sure if this is because the testers tried the all natural products but really didn't like them, or if they were not trialled at all. Would be useful to have a run down in each category of what was actualy tested to give readers more of an idea.

I was hoping to save myself some time scouring labels for 'nasties' in the ingredients lists when shopping for products, but as many of them were only either 1 or 2 daisy rated, I ended up still having to check on the products I liked the sound of anyway to see what was actually in them before purchasing.

The section I was most interested in reading was about make up - not the authors' fault but many of the products which did well were from Origins (not really all that natural!) who withdrew their colour cosmetics range in the UK soon after the book was published. Again, I would love to know which natural/mineral ranges were actually tested as the market for these types of products has exploded recently and the same brands came up as 'winners' time & time again.

If you have only just thought about trying out more 'naturally inspired' products and would like some pointers, or have never purchased any of the other Beauty Bibles then this would be worth buying. But if like me you were hoping for a short cut to identifying as-natural-as-possible brands without the legwork then this book is not for you.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about this. 3 April 2010
I bought this hoping for reviews on a wide variety of products, but they seem to be reviewing only certain brands, which make me think it's all a marketing ploy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TIPS N HINTS INSTEAD OF GETTING THIS 6 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is touted as green yet is full of expensive products some of which contain parabens and a lot of them you dont need.
Be aware that the cosmetic industry is BIG business and these books are in themselves advertisements for products

For cleansing I would recommend you g lookle up the OCM - oil cleansing method and use this it is Castor oil with another oil usually Sunflower or Olive.
Buy microfibre cleaning cloths and use them as face cloths - a fresh cloth every day is absolutley essential NO compromise or you will just put bacteria all over your face when you reuse it - the main reason people think the OCM is not working and blame the oils when its just manky poor hygene behaviour from not using fresh cloths.
Any spots and blackheads will come out in the first six weeks after that your complexion will improve if you USE A CLEAN CLOTH each time

Toner - Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with tap water

Moisturiser - Rosehip Oil

Even for oily skin OCM and Rosehip Oil will work and not cause an oil slick as they both contain biological acids which dissolve sebum plugs and remove dead skin from the surface.If your skin is dry you could use less Castor more Sunflower/Olive in your OCM and skip the ACV toner.

I am a Critical Care Nurse and Clinical Aromatherapist.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 24 Jun 2008
I was looking forward to reading this book as I've been "going down" the Green route for awhile now.
The book doesn't cover enough products and very few of them are 100% natural. Yes, I did read the Daisy rating where it clearly states that not all products are of 100% origin but to me that's not good enough.

A fair amount of this book is dedicated to their friends and their products together with pretty pictures and profiles. Sure, that's interesting but I can read about these women (If I choose to, which I don't) in magazines.

Another thing that really irritated was the fact that ALL products tested weren't mentioned so that hardly leaves the reader with a huge choice so I'll continue using the products I do and carry on with my own investigations into what is and what isn't suitable for my skin. Also, I noticed a lot of the products are for more Normal/Dry skins. Where another variant was available, very few comments were made.

As Journalists I expected them to know the difference between less and few. Also, they used the phrase "trialled" ad nauseum. Sure, it's a recent addition to the OED but "trialled" is used out of context and isn't a verb. Maybe I'm just incredibly fussy when it comes to editing and proof reading of books but when a phrase or word is used so much, it gets really annoying, to the point where you end up losing the will to live, let alone finish the book.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative 5 July 2008
I love my organic products that I use & was really looking forward to this book arriving. I was surprised at the size of the book so found it excellent value for money. I like the idea that all products were tested on women for a reasonable amount of time, it made me feel more confident in buying the products. But saying that I was VERY DISSAPOINTED that there are hardly any products with the 3 daisy rating, seeing as there are loads of products out there which come under this catagory. I was really hoping to find more testing of products from the 3 daisy products. I thought the book let me down on this as I like many other readers were hoping to find some new products without having to waste money trying them out first.
Very good but shame about the lack of organics.
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Lovely book, has tips in it that the newer version (Ultimate Beauty Bible) doesn't. Really motivated me to change my purchasing!
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I received this lovely book on time and in excellent condition. I have already read the entire book and it had many great tips
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Published 4 months ago by Ellen Pratt
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but lots of products very expensive
It was an interesting read but most of the products were way out of my league-organic or not. Still its nice to dream!
Published 9 months ago by DC
5.0 out of 5 stars The Green Beauty Bible
Very good advise throughout and would recommend it to everyone. Originally started reading my daughters book and decided to get one for myself
Published 11 months ago by Ann Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars good beauty book
I am a beauty junkie and enjoy reading about new products and how to use and wanted to see what green beauty products are good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by helen fearnley
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely changed my outlook on 'green'- for the better!
I adored this book! I couldn't put it down. I do not own the first edition, so this was all completely fresh and new to me. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by Jess
4.0 out of 5 stars gree bauty bible
A nicely written book with a very pleasing layout. Obviously an American publication, be nice to see a UK edition, but nevertheless, much of the brand information will translate.
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Mrs. A. Fairey
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for anyone wanting to go natural with their beauty regime!
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