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
This dictionary contains everything you might not want to know about chemicals found in toiletries, cosmetics and cosmeceuticals, including ingredients marketed as all natural or as safe for children. In addition to the alphabetized entries for ingredients, the guide offers discussions about standards for "organic" cosmetics, FDA standards for cosmeceuticals, and the… See more details below
This dictionary contains everything you might not want to know about chemicals found in toiletries, cosmetics and cosmeceuticals, including ingredients marketed as all natural or as safe for children. In addition to the alphabetized entries for ingredients, the guide offers discussions about standards for "organic" cosmetics, FDA standards for cosmeceuticals, and the meanings of warning labels. Annotation © 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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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.'