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A Very Complete Green Beauty Book
on 10 February 2009
I have been a 'green' beauty for quite a while now, but have never sought the opinions of beauty professionals before purchasing this book. Already a big fan of the original Beauty Bible, I was intrigued to see what Sarah Stacey and Josephine Fairly had to say about more natural face, hair and body care.
The Green Beauty Bible is not a disappointment. As expected, it covers a wide range of products from more natural to certified organic, with the traditional Tried & Tested segments providing useful verdicts on a wide range of cosmetics.
I know some people have become confused about the natural 'daisy' rating, but I found it relatively easy to understand. The more daisies a product gets, the more natural it is. If, like me, you are only interested in the most natural products then look out for anything achieving at least 2½ daisies (out of a maximum of three).
Also included is a well-being section, which didn't initially interest me, but I found the 'Eating The Evolutionary Way' article absolutely fascinating and surprisingly accurate! As a result of that article I ordered one of their recommended books: The Complete Book Of Food Combining by Kathryn Marsden.
There are also a number of interviews with 'green goddesses', and most are very interesting. Although I have two gripes here: the interview with Donna Air appears to be missing in my copy and Sheherazade Goldsmith appears completely unaware that it is hypocritical to extol the 'virtues' of her electric hybrid Toyota Prius, as it is one of the LEAST environmentally friendly cars to manufacture and recycle! (As all electric hybrid cars are, incidentally; but they don't tell you that in the brochure.)
If you're familiar with David Downton's gorgeous illustrations, rest assured, they are here in force, appropriately scattered throughout the book.
Overall, this is an informative and interesting resource book, well-written by Sarah and Jo who tackle the issues (for example animal testing or hair dye chemicals) with their usual wit and friendly attitude. Even if you're familiar with green beauty I'm sure you'll learn something new here.