A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients: Complete Information about the Harmful and Desirable in Cosmetics And Cosmeceuticals / Edition 6by Ruth Winter
Pub. Date: 03/22/2005
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
You wouldn’t eat something without knowing what it was. Don’t you want to take the same care with what you put on your face, hair, and body? Find out what’s in your health and beauty products with Ruth Winter’s A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic
Take the guesswork out of choosing safe and effective cosmetics and cosmeceuticals.
You wouldn’t eat something without knowing what it was. Don’t you want to take the same care with what you put on your face, hair, and body? Find out what’s in your health and beauty products with Ruth Winter’s A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients. This updated and expanded sixth edition gives you all the facts you need to protect yourself and your family from possible irritants, confusing chemical names, or exaggerated claims of beauty from gimmick additives.
Virtually every chemical found in toiletries, cosmetics, and cosmeceuticals—from body and face creams to toothpaste, hand lotion, shaving cream, shampoo, soap, perfume, and makeup—is evaluated in this book, including those ingredients marketed as being all-natural, for children, and for people of color. The alphabetical arrangement makes it easy to look up the ingredients in the products you use.
With new substances popping up in products we utilize every day—and with the continuing deregulation of the cosmetics industry—A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients is more indispensable than ever.
- Crown Publishing Group
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- Product dimensions:
- 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.50(d)
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
I bought a copy last week, but was disappointed. It seems to be a very "dumbed down" book. It lists many chemicals, but has only vague information about them, not enough to be very helpful in learning about them. In at least one description of a chemical, I concluded that a sentence pertaining to something else was appended to the bottom of the paragraph I was reading. I just picked up the book again and read a description that referred to glycerin, so I looked up glycerin. "GLYCERIN Glycerol. Any by-product of soap manufacture ..." The word "Any" should probably be "A." There are similar blunders throughout the book, on nearly every page. I am really surprised that the book made it to the 6th edition. I would not recommend that you get a copy.
I am an esthetician student and this book is wonderful for my studies. Very handy to have as a learning guide. I also feel it is a good tool for all woman to use on a daily basis to know just what is in our cosmetics. Do you really know?? I wish I had known about half this stuff even before I started studying. Buy it.
The 6th edition of Ruth Winter's A CONSUMER'S DICTIONARY OF COSMETIC INGREDIENTS, first published in 1978, contains an excellent 40 page introduction covering everything from the state of cosmetics regulations, safety concerns, basic ingredients, and what to do if you have an adverse reaction, to an annotated list of organizations concerned with cosmetics safety. This detailed book is over 500 pages with thousands of entries of varying lengths--from a line or two to a paragraph. There are some longer entries of 2 or more pages on a key topic like sunscreen. The information covers more generic cosmetics, like cold cream or lipstick, as well as more technical ingredients and chemicals that you may find a specific products. In addition to a 3-page bibliography, there are two useful Appendices: 'Common Label Warnings--Pay Attention!' and 'Nail Safety.'