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There’s Lead in Your Lipstick

1 Apr

There’s Lead in Your Lipstick

Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them


ByGillian Deacon 

By the time she heads out the front door ready to begin her day, the modern woman has spritzed, sudsed and slathered herself in more than 127 different chemicals, many of them toxic.  Over 23,000 chemicals are registered for use in the Canadian market, and about 300 new ones are added to that list every year!  Many of the creams and potions we depend on are made with a staggering number of mystery chemicals, many of which are more toxic than beautifying.  The average woman eats a third of a pound of lipstick a year; that’s a lot of less-than-tasty chemicals to ingest!


So, how can you get smart at the cosmetics counter and go green from head to toe?  Eco-expert Gillian Deacon will help you identify and understand the toxins and preservatives that are bad for your body and damaging to the earth, including formaldehyde in deodorant, nail polish, soap, shampoo, and shaving cream; coal tar in hair dyes; lead in lipsticks; and many more.  Her tips will guide you through the minefield of the cosmetics aisle, helping you choose the best options to keep yourself looking fabulous while safeguarding your health.


Packed with over 200 healthy and eco-friendly personal care and beauty ideas, There’s Lead in Your Lipstick includes:


·         Toxins and preservatives to avoid

·         How to read ingredient labels

·         Fabulous products available to keep you fresh and glowing – the natural way

·         Luxurious and easy-to-make natural beauty recipes

·         Resource list


There’s Lead in Your Lipstick is an indispensable handbook of personal care choices that are sustainable, both for your health and the earth. 


Advance Praise for There’s Lead in Your Lipstick:


“Our toxic chemical exposure is nothing short of a calamity.  This book is essential to understanding what is at stake and how to make healthier choices every day – for the planet and for our families.”

          David Suzuki

“This book connects the reader to the issues and the solutions in an engaging way.  A can-do roadmap to a better and healthier life!”

          Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence and bestselling author of Slow Death by Rubber Duck

“I love this book!  Thank you to Gillian Deacon for your bravery in writing such an honest and comprehensive book about what we need to know about the products we put on our bodies.”

          Stacy Malkan, co-founder of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

“This book just made me realize I’ve unknowingly been putting cancer-causing ingredients onto my head every day in my hair conditioner!  It’s also reaffirmed my love of cocoa butter.  A wake-up call to ease the chemical burdens on our bodies and our planet.”

          Sarah Harmer

“Gillian Deacon has given us all a generous gift: a comprehensive, exhaustive and timely guidebook to the Great Unwash.”

          Gord Downie

“Gill Deacon’s There’s Lead in Your Lipstick is a wake-up call for women of all ages to look beneath the gloss of the beauty industry.  Essential reading.”

–  Emily Haines

About the Author

Award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Gill Deacon is one of Canada’s best known environmental advocates.  Gill hosted CBC television’s flagship daytime talk show, The Gill Deacon Show, and before that was host of @discovery.ca for five years on Discovery Channel Canada, and Discoveries This Week for Discovery Science Channel in the U.S.  Gill is the author and editor of Green For Life, a guide to making more environmental lifestyle choices; and co-founder of The Global Cooling Society, an event-driven organization that promotes sustainable lifestyle choices to young urban consumers.  Gill sits on the board of the Evergreen Foundation, and has served as a director of World Wildlife Fund Canada since 2002.  She lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons.

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Publication Date: January 2011

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Stevia is A Super-Beauty Food

30 Dec

By Paige Donner

30 times sweeter than sugar, Stevia, the herb-derived non-caloric sweetener that has replaced those others recently, is actually a beauty remedy as well!

It comes from a small green plant (stevia rebaudiana) found in Paraguay, the native Guarani Indians have apparently always used it to sweeten their drinks.

It’s also good for fruit salads and to sweeten whipped cream!

For your beauty regimen, its ultra-sweet power gives it its super hydrating properties, particularly for your entire body. Its “steviosides” not only moisturize but also soften the skin. Melvita makes an exquisite blend of thym infused honey and stevia called Apicosma that reveals ultra-soft, creamy rich and touchable arms, legs and all-over. You can also try blending some of your own beauty Super Potions using packets of Stevia that you find at your health food store.

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21 Sep


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– Rose Floral Water 6.76 fl oz:
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– Rose Nectar Day Cream 1.76 fl oz:
This light and comfortable day cream revitalizes and rejuvenates skin.  With the active ingredients contained in roses, it delivers an exceptional symbiosis of benefits with the repairing qualities of Moroccan rose,soothing Iranian rose flower waterrejuvenating rose hip oil from Chile and revitalizing rose seed milk.

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Founded in the Ardèche, France by beekeeper and biologist Bernard Chevilliat in 1983, Melvita (meaning “honey and life” in Latin) has always been a passionate advocate for the complete organic lifestyle. Each of Melvita’s products carries the prestigious ECOCERT certification, certifying its products are organic and ecological, including packaging and company practices. Melvita offers skin, hair and personal care for the whole family as well as nutritional supplements and its own line of organic honey, that retail between $3 and $56.

For more information and to view an inspirational video that explains the heritage and mission of Melvita, visit http://usa.melvita.com




Melvita, a pioneer in organic beauty and the number one ECOCERT certified line from France has created a complete collection of organic skincare products designed for acne prone skin. Using, lavender and additional complexion saving ingredients, such as birch and peppermint, Melvita’s Young Skin products, treat oily skin, leaving it clear and radiant.

When used together, the seven Melvita Young Skin products are designed to restore skin to its healthiest state. Excess surface oil is reduced, skin is purified, lightly hydrated and left feeling refreshed. Cleanse, tone and hydrate twice daily, and incorporate the treatment products as needed to control breakouts and keep pores clear.

Foaming Gel

Birch, lavender, zinc – Cleansing $18.00 for 200ml

This foaming gel combines the regenerating, purifying properties of zinc and lavender with the powerful rejuvenating qualities of tea tree to clean the skin deep down, while birch sap and witch hazel moisturize and soften the skin.

Skin Tonic

Birch, rice, peppermint – Matte effect $18.00 for 200ml

This lotion combines the astringent properties of lavender and witch hazel with peppermint to clean and refresh the skin. Rice powder gives the skin a matte, velvet finish, while birch sap, honey vinegar and agave syrup gently purify and moisturize.

Sebum Balancing Fluid

Birch, yogurt, willow – Moisturizing $29.00 for 50ml

This light, non-greasy moisturizer helps balance the skin by reducing oil production. Specifically designed for skin that suffers from blemishes, this rich lotion contains aloe vera to help return the skin to normal, and uses birch to treat blemishes. A combination of yogurt, and ginger help to make the skin less reactive while the zinc, will and rice powder create a matte finish on the skin’s surface.

Perfecting Cream

Birch, goji, AHA – Radiant complexion $29.00 for 50ml

This light, repairing cream is a technically sophisticated care product that offers oily and combination skins greater radiance, comfort and protection. A natural, gentle complex of AHA (fruit acids) stimulates skin renewal and helps enhance the radiance of the complexion, while goji berries from the Himalayas, raspberry pip oil, and green tea help to transform and protect the skin. Melvita Perfecting Cream can also be used after cleansing to boost the effectiveness of any daily moisturizer.

Facial Scrub

Argan, propolis, cistus – Cleansing $20.00 for 100ml

This foaming, cleansing scrub combines argan nut powder, birch sap and silica to thoroughly eliminate impurities and dead cells. Added citrus and litsea essential oils, along with propolis and calendula, purifies and refines the skin.

Clay Mask

Clay, copaiba, sage, ginger – Purifying $22.00 for 100ml

This purifying, repairing mask combines the absorbent action of white clay (15%) with the purifying properties of sage, tea tree, zinc, wasabi and copaiba balm. The combination of ginger and orange moisturize and sooth the skin.

Anti-Blemish Roll-On

Honey, Hyaluronic Acid – Extra Dry Skin $15.00 for 5.5ml

This anti-blemish care product contains a powerful combination of purifying essential oils (tea tree, citrus, sage, lavender, lime, rose wood, peppermint), skin repairing schisandra berries, tepescohuite bark and propolis, and comforting ginger and birch sap.

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French Eco Beauty Secrets

6 Sep

By Paige Donner

Beauty Secrets from France’s “Biotiful” People…


“Silky-young to the touch”

Far and away one of the most delightful and dedicated organic skin-care lines to come out of France is Iroisie. Founders Anne Bontour and Jean-Francois Cabos have just launched their product line in the U.S. Lucky US!

Creator Anne Bontour was inspired to create a beauty care line from the natural potions and beauty remedies she remembers both her grandmothers habitually dreaming up when Anne would spend summers with them at the Mer d’Iroisie in France’s northern Brittany. She infused one grandmother’s passion for ingredients from the Sea with the other’s passion for ingredients from the “campagne” and voila’, Iroisie was born. “As ‘homemade’ beauty preparations were my childhood universe, I came up naturally with the idea of developing a real skincare line using both of these two treasures, treasure from the sea and treasure from the earth,” reminisces Bontour, a former model.

Iroisie Creator Anne Bontour

There was never a doubt in her mind that the line would be entirely organic, as organic has long been her life philosophy.  Bontour also maintains that all her products had to smell good, to be inviting to use everyday not just for their efficacy but for the pleasure of texture and scent.

The French seem more fond of using nourishing and hydrating oils for both skin and hair. When the oils are 100% organic and natural-based, the absorption into the hair and skin follicles is efficient and leave no trace of oil residue – just silky soft skin and hair!



Iroisie Anti-Aging Apricot Body Oil

We are a big fan of Iroisie’s Apricot Body Anti-Aging Oil. The scent is ravishingly delicate – sun-kissed and clean with that hint of “Provence” that reminds you of warm summer days and langorous home-from-the-beach afternoons.

Its precious ingredients are Apricot, Ylang-ylang, Avocado, Cranberry, and Seaweed Extract. The oil is naturally concentrated in A, B and E vitamins and in essential fatty acids.

Iroisie Slimming Oils and Serums

French women are also known for their sleek and slim bodies. Iroisie can help you achieve this beautiful silhouette with several of their products designed to reduce cellulite and help the body rid itself of toxins.

L’HUILE MINCEUR: SLIMMING OIL: reshapes the body

Results of clinical studies : 95% more beautiful skin; 95% more toned skin

Precious ingredients : Slimming spices bio-complex


This fresh and non greasy serum is specially designed for fast and efficient slimming.

Results of clinical studies : 98% smoother skin; 78% reduction in “orange peel” skin.

Precious ingredients :Guarana – Sandalwood – Slimming seaweed bio complex

Nourished, Protected, Respected

Iroisie skincare sources its precious ingredients from the rarest of the oceans, obtaining its raw marine materials from protected natural places classified by UNESCO. The UNESCO’s Man & Biosphere program has given Iroisie express permission to harvest the seaweed from the Iroisie Sea, a protected UNESCO site, on condition they do so with total respect for and in harmony with the ecosystem. Thus, they “harvest seaweeds from May to October and only by hand to keep the roots alive.”

These precious ingredients yield extraordinary properties. For example, these marine sourced active ingredients have a concentration 20 times higher for natural anti-oxidants, 80 times higher for calcium and 35 times higher for iron than the active botanical agents commonly used. Iroisie’s active plant ingredients are harvested only from the best organically farmed plants and also in a sustainable way. Their ingredients are culled from crops yielding the highest concentrations in essential nutrients such as vitamins, restorative minerals, trace elements, amino acids, omegas 3, 6 and 9 and powerful anti-oxidants chosen specifically for their optimal performance with skin cell metabolism.


Exceptional concentration of active marine ingredients allows rapid actions of draining and slimming.

Precious ingredients : Rose – Peppermint – Bitter orange – Seaweed extracts

Iroisie’s full line of skincare luxury items include facial firming care for face and neck, Botanical Anti-Wrinkle Smoothing Care, Instant Beauty Fresh Mask, Gentle Facial and Eye Cleanser Gel…in other words, you will find a perfect solution for all your skin needs, face and body, with Iroisie. Their white and gold packaging is elegant and understated…and ever so chic!

Organic – EcoCert – Certified

Each Iroisie product is certified organic by Ecocert, Europe’s Top organic certification body which maintains the strictest of standards. All Iroisie products are formulated without parabens, silicones, chemical preservatives, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances/colorants animal extracts, phenoxyethanol or GM ingredients. Iroisie is pleased to gurantee the origins of all their skincare ingredients.

For product and  information: www.iroisie.com 346 rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris


Relatively new on the Eco Beauty scene is ekia, the French beauty care line by Carine Mudry, a veteran of l’Oréal, who launched her new regime based on two primary principles: 1. exquisite care for mature skin 2. All organic to the highest standards.

So far? Success! Since only April 2009 have the ekia products been on the market in France and already they are carried in major natural beauty care retail outlets throughout Paris and the Provence. Two new products that ekia introduced just this summer are both targeted towards the fragile skin surrounding the eyes: Le Gel Lift Paupières and Le Baume Regard.

Le Baume Regard is formulated to revitalize the eye area and can be used to stall the signs of aging in the skin that can surface around the eye area from many factors – not just age – such as stress, fatigue, free radicals, smoking, sun over-exposure and other damaging environmental conditions for the skin. Le Gel Lift Paupieres is a serum formulated to firm and lift the eye area. It works immediately upon application, its concentrated formula giving the eye area a brightening effect that seems to magically remove signs of fatigue. These two products can be used individually and have also been designed to work together. First apply the Gel Lift serum to the eyelids, wait one minute to allow for penetration, and then finish the application to the surrounding eye area with Le Baume Regard. Using the products like this allows for perfect synergy in the ingredients.

Dragon’s Blood

What is ekia’s “magic ingredient”? It is nothing less than the mythical-sounding “dragon’s blood” or “Sang du Dragon”(in French) which comes from the sap of a tree in the Amazon. This ingredient has been proven to boost cellular regeneration by 40%. The sap is particularly interesting for the skin around the eye area because it is anti-inflammatory and it is rich in polyphenols and anti-oxidants.

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In fact, most of the ekia skincare line has at the heart of its ingredient recipe, this Dragon’s Blood, derived from the Croton Lechleri tree in South America. The sap from this tree has been used for thousands of years by the local population to treat all kinds of external and internal ailments, including ulcers.

Organic Skincare That Works

Ekia is one of those rare natural-based, organic skincare lines that has proven its efficacy with clinical tests. The line went so far as to test each line of its products on 150 women, all of whom were 50+ years old over a period of three months. They documented the product’s results using an independent dermatologist and close-up photography that used no lighting effects or photoshop retouching. The positive results on the women’s skin are clearly visible.

Ekia Skincare comes in three main lines: Crème Initial – stimulating; Crème Intense – Restorative; and Crème Extreme – Revitalizing. In Paris and throughout France you can find the line in all the top organic beauty retail outlets. You can also find it at: www.ekia-cosmetiques.com.


Around since the early 90’s, “Nature at Heart,” Melvita is France’s organic beauty brand that has been doing beauty naturally long before green was seen as glam! Walking into a Melvita Natural Beauty boutique in Paris or anywhere in “provence” and you instantly fee like you’re on safe ground.

There is also no lack of choice for products. Whatever beauty care need you might have at the moment, Melvita has a solution for you. Dry skin?Try any of their range of face and body skin care products. A couple of our favorites are the aromatic, smelling-of-provence-herbs Melvita Naturalift® crème anti-age certified cosmetique-bio; also their Huile d’Onagre which is wonderful as a decollete’ treatment. Determined to use only a natural-based deoderant for health and beauty reasons? Melvita has a range of affordable, effective and good-smelling deoderants. Shampoo? What a selection! Conditioner without parabens? How many types and scents are you willing to try in one go?

Melvita Store in Newport Beach, California's Fashion Island now open. Also find the Melvita shop in San Francisco!

Melvita is the affordable and truly organic line of beauty and personal care products that you would expect to find at your neighborhood Whole Foods store or the Organic section of your local market. Its fresh, white and green packaging is easy to spot and also made from recycled materials.

Melvita's Argan Oil is one of France's best sellers and an Eco Beauty Secret French women adore!

So how did Melvita craft such a loyal brand following ages before “paraben” became a dirty word in the beauty industry? Simple: Dedication to organically sourced products and clean, fresh ingredients. When you use a product stampled with the Melvita brand, you can be sure that:

  • A Minimum of 95% of the total ingredients are natural.
  • A Minimum of 95% of the plant-based ingredients are organic
  • A Minimum of 10% of the total formula is organic

“We adhere to these standards with passion and conviction,” commented a Melvita spokesperson when Greening Hollywood spoke to him about the EcoCert certification processes and standards. Melvita carries the EcoCert label, one of the strictest organ

ic certification labels anywhere, not just in Europe. EcoCert demands the above minimum requirements be met for any beauty and personal care products it certifies. They also oversee and monitor the application of the label CosmeBio so that it is only applied to those products that meet the strictest ecological production and organic formulation.

“An article came out on June 21st in Inside Cosmeceuticals that outlines how Whole Foods’ U.S. Stores will require all personal care products and cosmetics making “organic” claims to be third-party certified by June 1st 2011. This points to the fact that there is a wide range of products out there making all sorts of ‘organic’claims in the U.S. With Melvita, we list the percentage of the ‘total ingredients from natural origin,’ and the ‘total ingredients from organic farming,’ on each of our products. There is no grey area for us.’

EcoCert doesn’t play around – according to our research, it audits all products, production sites, production processes and waste management systems on-site twice a year. Once during the year it arrives announced and the second time their auditors arrive unannounced. The USDA and its National Organic Program (NOP) has approved EcoCert certification.

In keeping with Melvita’s philosophy never to use any ingredients that might be harmful to the body or the Earth, it does not use any of the following Big No No Ingredients: Silicons, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, EDTA, phthalates, Formol Generators, Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Troclosan, Mineral Oil or Chemical Sunscreens. Nada. Not in Melvita!

Melvita is now widely available in the U.S. Check the website for retail outlets: www.usa.melvita.com

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