Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?

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Why does my shampoo stop working?

Are my cosmetics poisoning me?

What does hypoallergenic mean?

Are organic products better?

Every day thousands of people turn to the scientists at the popular blog for answers to their most pressing beauty questions. In Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?* you'll learn how cosmetic products ...

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Why does my shampoo stop working?

Are my cosmetics poisoning me?

What does hypoallergenic mean?

Are organic products better?

Every day thousands of people turn to the scientists at the popular blog for answers to their most pressing beauty questions. In Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?* you'll learn how cosmetic products work, what advertising claims actually mean, and how to make smarter buying decisions.

You'll discover that:

• Salon products are not necessarily better than products you can buy in the store.

• Some of the most expensive cosmetics are made by the same companies that make the less expensive brands, and often the same formulas are used in both.

• You do not need to spend hundreds of dollars to look and feel good.

You'll also find:

• 4 ways to tell if your cosmetic has expired

• 5 home beauty gadgets that really work

• 4 easy tips to longer, stronger nails

• and much, much more!

*You can! See chapter 6.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The average American spends approximately $588 on personal care products each year. People would like to know whether these expensive items work and whether they are safe to use. Cosmetic chemist Romanowski and the creators of have compiled the most frequently asked questions from that website along with information about the history of cosmetics, how they work, and how cosmetic companies advertise. The Q&A format offers brief explanations with basic information about topics such as how hair dyes work, why lip balm seems to be addictive, and the pros and cons of products with fragrance. The authors include a list of other useful websites for further information, an explanation of cosmetic labels and how to read them, and references for each chapter. VERDICT This useful book will answer many of the common questions that people have about beauty products. Recommended for general readers seeking consumer health info.—Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373892341
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Perry Romanowski is the public face of The Beauty Brains, a group of chemists who have more than forty combined years of experience developing and testing beauty products at major cosmetics companies, including Proctor & Gamble, Unilever and Alberto Culver. He has spent the past eighteen years researching and developing products to solve consumer problems in hair and skin care. Visit Perry and the other lobes of the Beauty Brains at

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Corinne asks: I have a very sensitive scalp with fine hair and suffer from hair loss and dandruff. Dermatologists have advised me to use a clear gel shampoo that is clarifying or deep cleansing. So I've tried Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo, Suave for Men Deep Cleaning Shampoo, Neutrogena Anti-residue Shampoo and Prell Classic Shampoo (original formula). I'm not happy with those choices and would like you to set me straight What shampoo is going to work for me?

While we hate to disagree with dermatologists, we don't understand why they recommended a deep-cleansing shampoo when you have dandruff. Deep-cleansing-type shampoos will remove the surface flakes, but only a dandruff shampoo can address the cause of flaking and itching. So we'd recommend finding a good dandruff shampoo instead of chasing deep-cleansing, clarifying and antiresidue products. This may seem confusing to you because the beauty companies tell you there are so many different kinds of shampoo. But in reality, every shampoo on the market falls into one of a few basic categories.

There are only four main shapoo types in the world

All shampoo can be categorized by their basic function. So why are there what seem like thousands of products on the market, you ask? Because companies that sell shampoo need new ways to talk about their products to keep them sounding new and exciting. There's nothing wrong with companies being creative about their names and claims as long as they are honestly depicting what their products can do. But you can be a smarter consumer if you can see beyond the marketing hype and understand the functionality of these four basic shampoo types.

1. Deep cleansing shampoos (aka volumizing, clarifying, balancing, oil control and thickening). These shampoos are designed to get gunk off your hair and scalp. They typically contain slightly higher levels of detergents so they foam and clean better. They include the examples above as well as salon products like Paul Mitchell Shampoo and Frederic Fekkai's Full Volume Shampoo.

2. Conditioning shampoos (aka moisturizing, 2-in-l, smoothing, antifrizz, strengthening, color care, straightening and hydrating). These kinds of formulas are all about leaving a moisturizing agent, like silicone or polyquaternium-lO, on the hair to smooth it. They are very good for dry hair, especially if you color-treat or heat-style, but they can weigh down fine hair. Good examples of this type include most of the Pantene formulas and some products from the L'Oreal Vive collection and Dove Advanced Care.

3. Baby shampoos (aka kids shampoo and tear-free). These are milder, lower-foaming surfactant formulas that are designed not to sting or burn your eyes. They're better for babies but they don't clean hair as well. Johnson's Baby Shampoo is the classic example, but this category also includes Touch of an Angel and The Little Bath.

4. Antidandruff shampoos (aka anti-itch, flake control and dry scalp). These are medicated shampoos that contain a drug ingredient that controls itching and flaking. In the United States these are considered to be over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Head & Shoulders is the leading dandruff product; other examples include Nizoral Dandruff Shampoo and Redken Dandruff Control Shampoo.

The Bottom Line

We hope this helps you better understand the marketing hype surrounding shampoo names. We're not saying that all shampoos are the same, or even that all shampoos in a given category type are the same. There are real performance differences so it's important for you to shop around and find a product that performs the way you like at a price that you can afford. Just don't get too hung up on the names the companies use to describe their products. That's the marketing part of the industry, not the science part.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part I Hair

1 Hair Products from Salons to Stores 1

The shampoo secret beauty companies don't want you to know 2

Are salon products in regular stores the same as those in salons? 3

Are Paul Mitchell products making your hair break? 5

Does Ojon Restorative Treatment live up to its hype? 6

Two natural oils that make your hair shiny and strong 7

Is Pantene good or bad for your hair? 8

Do curling shampoos really work? 9

2 Tips On Caring for Your Hair 11

Drying dilemma: What's the best way to dry your hair? 12

Does antidandruff shampoo really work? 13

Can you clean your hair with conditioner? 14

Are hair extensions killing your hair? 18

Straight talk about straightening irons 19

How to kill lice and not your hair 19

3 Hair Myths 23

Are you spending too much on conditioner? 24

Are silicones bad for your hair? 25

What's the difference between a silicone and a polyquat? 26

Is baby shampoo good for adult hair? 29

Can you really rebuild your hair? 30

Do you really need to put protein on your hair? 31

How much hair loss is normal? 32

Why do gray hairs look and feel different? 33

Will honey and cinnamon help stop hair from falling out but turn hair gray? 36

Are the pictures on the back of the shampoo bottle accurate? 38

What's the difference between all those hair color products? 39

Is a relaxer the only way to get hair really straight? 40

Why does shampoo have meat tenderizer in it? 42

Does the moon cause bad hair days? 43

Can my hairspray container explode? 45

Part II Skin

4 Skin Treatments-from Silly to Sublime 51

The best skin moisturizing oils in the world 52

Three reasons why moisturizers for the hands and face should be different 53

Do pore strips really work? 54

Does Retin-A eliminate wrinkles? 54

An inexpensive, natural wrinkle remover from the dairy case 55

Are oral supplements good for your skin? 57

Is an aspirin mask good for skin? 59

A safe way to make your skin look brighter and younger 60

What's the right way to apply sunscreen? 62

How can you tell if your sunscreen has gone bad? 63

Can skin creams cause cancer? 65

Why can't sunscreen be made to last longer? 66

Does glycerin dry out skin? 68

What is galvanic stimulation and does it do anything for skin? 69

Does snake venom work as well as Botox? 70

Are expensive self-tanners worth the money? 72

Is semen good for your skin? 74

Can saliva cure acne? 75

Does the derma roller really work? 76

The magic of witch hazel 77

What is shark oil and why is it in skin cream? 78

Is starch an effective skin care ingredient? 80

Can Avon Anew get rid of crow's-feet? 81

Can mesotherapy melt away fat? 82

Is it safe to use lipstick on your cheeks? 83

Do dryer sheets cause acne? 84

The surprising secret of soap 86

5 Beauty Biology 89

Four types of wrinkles and how to get rid of them 90

What causes acne and can Skintactix cure it? 92

How to pop a pimple 94

The red-faced regret of rosacea 95

What's the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant? 96

Why armpit hair doesn't grow down to your knees 98

What's the difference between skin irritation and skin allergies? 99

Top five causes of darkened armpits 101

Part III Makeup

6 Marvelous Makeup 105

Can you get hooked on lip balm? 106

Do eye creams really reduce circles and puffiness? 107

Do lip plumpers really work? 108

Is your lip plumper making you sick? 109

Skeptical about Smashbox's O-Glow 112

How does tubing mascara work? 113

Does facial cleanser really need to be applied with an "upward motion"? 114

Why is there borax in Lush lip balms? 119

Can lip gloss help you lose weight? 120

Can Smashbox Halo Powder hydrate your skin? 122

7 Nail Knowledge 123

Can UV nail polish dryers damage skin? 124

Five ways to ruin your fingernails 125

Are nail polish fumes dangerous? 126

Why does nail polish remover stop working? 127

Why does wearing polish turn your nails yellow? 128

Four easy tips for longer, stronger nails 129

8 Fragrance: The Science of Smell 131

What makes some perfumes last so long? 132

Can the fragrance added to lotions damage skin? 133

Are perfumes made from natural ingredients? 134

Is it safe to spray perfume on your hair? 135

Can pheromone fragrances get you a date? 136

Can perfume make you thinner? 137

What's the relationship between quality and price when it comes to fragrance? 138

Can aromatherapy help you sleep? 140

Part IV The Beauty Industry

9 Scandals and Secrets of the Beauty Biz 143

The three biggest fibs that cosmetics companies tell 144

What does organic really mean? 145

Can a skin cream really lift wrinkles from the inside out? 148

Five fascinating facts about Max Factor cosmetics 149

How salon brands get away with lying to you 150

Are more expensive products worth the price? 151

Why does the beauty industry get away with making bogus claims? 153

What does hypoallergenic mean? 155

What's the difference between cosmetics and drugs? 156

10 Cosmetic Concerns and Perilous Products 157

Are your cosmetics poisoning you? 158

Should you worry about urine in your makeup? 159

The perils of parabens 160

Why are there different kinds of parabens in products? 162

Should you be worried about spermicide in your spa cream? 163

What you should know about pregnancy and cosmetics 166

Five ways beauty products can go bad 167

Is radiation from cell phones and computers bad for your skin? 168

Is foreskin good for your face? 169

Will covering your body with antiperspirant suffocate you? 170

Three reasons why it's OK to have toxins in cosmetics 172

Are natural products better than processed? 173

What is violet #2 and what does it do? 174

Why are companies allowed to use nanoparticles? 175

What's wrong with sulfates? 177

Appendix A Useful Resources 179

Appendix B Ingredients Lists 181

References 183

Index 189

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  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

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    What about total drama??? Oh yeah add bart and homer from the simpsons and add stewie brian and peter from family guy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014


    You judt scarred me... is it THE grumpy cat? The cat with de smooshed fce?

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    interesting title

    Of all the products we use on a daily basis, the ones with the most chemicals tend to be the ones we place on our bodies. Companies have marketed all sorts of products to help us not to sweat, hide or lose wrinkles, clean our teeth, and improve our view of our appearance. Many Americans never spend a moment wondering about how those products may affect their health. However, most potential customers will have at least contemplated whether those products will actually deliver what they say and whether the more costly products are worth the extra expense.

    Perry Romanowski's new book, Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? strives to answer some of those questions. A quick and easy read, the book successfully manages to take a critical look as to whether or not products deliver what they claim: a yes and no answer. They deliver what they claim. However, their careful words don't claim to do what most consumers believe.

    Initially intrigued by the title of the book, I was disappointed that the book had very little science in it. Concerns about what chemicals we place on our body were pushed to the side, with a wave of the hand and a claim that obviously all of these products have been tested and are therefore safe.

    I recommend the book for those curious about whether or not to purchase name brand or store brand products. However, if you are looking for a more informed consumer knowledge base of what you place on yoru body, this isn't the book.

    Disclaimer: A complimentray copy of the book was provided by Harlequin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    The Whisperer

    Yay!!!! More ATLA! Toph is my fave character!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Operation: Crossover 3-- Chapter 6

    ((Yeah...why Isn't there a roleplay?? Da<_>mmit, I intend start one! After I'm done with this series, of course.))<p>Vanellope motioned silently for her friends to follow her behind a small shrubbery. One by one, Yu, Finn, Jake, Patomon, Spike and Robyn crawled after her.<p>The team had opted to go after Pe<_>dobear's secret headquarters, while the Misfit Memes took on Nyan Cat. If both squads did their job well, then Grumpy Cat would be a piece of cake to finish.<p>Pe<_>dobear's HQ was a large, white building on the side of a mountain, lush with vegetation. The sun glared off of the tinted glass windows with unnatural intensity.<p>The team silently slipped through the revolving door, and into the lobby. It was an antique affair, with a rich green carpet on the floor, marble walls, and gorgeous antique busts everywhere. The team snuck through the fancy room silently, and made their way to the back.<p>Through a pair of unthematic double doors was a long, dimly-lit hallway. Before Vanellope could go trapsing down the empty hall, Spike stopped her. He motioned to the two sets of security cameras, scanning the hall for intuders.<p>Spike moved in front of Vanellope, and before the security cam could turn to see him, he melted it with a bst of his green fire. He repeated the process with the other cameras, and the whole team continued as before, albeit more cautiously.<p>Once they were through a few other dimly-lit rooms with various types of security, from motion-sensors to robot guards, the Team emerged in a much larger room, filled with cages. In each cage resided either a various meme, or a little girl under the age of 10. One meme, a chubby looking toddler with a yellow jacket and a bottle of bubbles, took one look at the crew and smiled. Other girls began to shake the bars of their cages, demanding release.<p>"Please, quiet down!! I promise we'll release you all!!" Jake said as he shifted into a stairwell for Finn to climb. One by one, each padlocked cage was opened with a swift slice of Finn's sword.<p>Once all the girls and memes had quieted down a little, Vanellope asked Patomon. "Is that everyone?" On little girl shook her head. "Nope. There's one more girl in the back. She got a special cage. I don't know why, though." The little girl pointed towards a single wooden door all the way in the back. Finn nodded. "I'll get her. Come on, Jake." And they ran through the door together.<p>Inside the door was a massive room, twice as big as the last room. Most of the room was a large, indented lake, filled with water. All the way in the middle of the room, was a wooden cage that dangled low from the celing on a wooden chain. In the cage sat a furious looking girl.<p>She wore a rather fancy looking green shirt with a cream shirt ontop, and green silk pants. She had her raven-black hair up in a large bun on the back of her head, held there by a green beret. She had very pale skin, and for some reason, wore no shoes at all. Her face was hidden from Finn and Jake, as she was facing the other way.<p>Jake shrugged and waved his hand. "Hey girl! Come on, let's go!!" The girl jumped at Jake's voice and turned around. Her eyes were a very pale grey. "Sure, let me just walk out of my cage here..." she said, voice dripping with sarcasm. <p>"Oh yeah. Mybad." Finn said, hopping onto Jake's back as he elongated to reach the cage. Once the lock had been slashed and the girl brought back to land, the girl grinned.<p>"Finally!! Sweet earth! My name's Toph."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014


    Dibs on Pedobear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014


    Keep going!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014


    I wonder why we are yelling at he poor man to add characters instead of yelling at him to continue

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012


    Very informative in an easy to read format.

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