The Green Beauty Rules: The Essential Guide to Toxic-Free Beauty, Green Glamour, and Glowing Skin

The Green Beauty Rules: The Essential Guide to Toxic-Free Beauty, Green Glamour, and Glowing Skin

by Paige Padgett


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A highly universal book that has something for everyone! Paige Padgett has been making me glamorously green and healthy for nearly a decade. Prior to working with Paige, I had never thought about chemicals in my cosmetics. But Paige explained that just like toxic chemicals in food, toxic chemicals in cosmetics are just as harmful to your body. We all want to be healthy, look beautiful, and feel sexy, but most people don't have the time to do a lot of sleuthing regarding products. Paige shows you step-by-step how to green your beauty routine and empowers you to make smart and affordable choices while keeping you gorgeous.

— From the Foreword by Jillian Michaels

In 2006, Paige Padgett revolutionized the beauty industry by launching an all-green makeup kit that was unheard of at the time, proving skeptics wrong when they said she couldn't create beautiful faces with chemically safe cosmetics. Paige is now considered the leading authority on green beauty. As she explains, "I believe in pretty, not parabens. I believe in high performance makeup without the environmental price."

In The Green Beauty Rules, Paige brings the glamour of Hollywood into your home, showing readers how they can achieve killer looks without killer toxins and chemicals. Using a simple step-by-step beauty detox plan, Padgett guides readers through the decision-making process of what to try, what to toss, and what to buy. With everything from Paige's pro tips and must-haves, she shares insider secrets and practical strategies to make green beauty easy—like how to read labels, see through misleading buzzwords, and identify toxic chemicals that are prematurely aging your skin and harming you from the inside out. Through her own trial, error and real world application, Paige brings her findings from the field to save readers time, money, and energy. She cuts through the jargon and presents accurate information in a fun, user-friendly format, providing women the necessary tools to reduce their Cosmetic Footprint and live a more sustainable, healthier, and sexier lifestyle! The Green Beauty Rules is your clean beauty bible proving that green can definitely be glamorous.

For readers who are new to the green beauty scene or already experimenting with eco-conscious makeup and skincare, this is the essential guide to clean cosmetics for a healthier future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757318702
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,361,379
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Paige Padgett, a leading authority on green beauty, has never been afraid to go against the grain. An irreverent, free spirit, she follows her instincts and her heart. At the mere age of 12 she announced to her family that she was no longer eating red meat. Ironically, her half-Native American grandfather was a cattle rancher. It was no surprise, then, that when beauty experts said she couldn't provide safe and eco-friendly makeup artistry and still create beautiful faces, she set out to prove them wrong — and did. Now considered a leading authority on green beauty Paige is the Green Beauty Expert for Dasani ECOmmunity Facebook Page,, Jillian Michaels Wellness Team and founded, a green beauty website. In addition, she is often sought out by the press and has been featured in Shape, Elle, GenLux,,, The Los Angeles Times, Vegetarian Times, Natural Health and Whole Life Times Magazine. Her television, radio, podcasts and live appearances include "Martha Stewart Radio," "San Diego Live," "The Jillian Michaels Radio Show," "Green Is Good," "The Healthy Voyager" and "The Jillian Michaels Wellness Cruise."

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The Green Glamour Promise

Is it possible to be glamorous while also having compassionate consideration for our planet? Absolutely! For many women, greening our beauty routine simultaneously excites us and scares us. We want to do it because we know it's the right thing to do for our health, yet we fear it because it may mean giving up products we love or have grown accustomed to over the years. Plus, with all the misinformation out there, it makes the transition that much more overwhelming.

Fear no more! I am going to show you how to embrace a kinder, gentler cosmetics philosophy, one that rejects toxic chemicals and animal cruelty, without sacrificing an ounce of style.

As a professional makeup artist for more than ten years, I have eliminated chemicals from my cosmetics and have helped others do the same. I have also redefined my ideas about beauty and let go of old notions about so-called premium products and makeup as a symbol of status. It wasn't always easy to work with a green kit, retain clients, and attract new clients based on being a chemically safe makeup artist. Who wouldn't want to use what is considered the gold standard of beauty products, offering the widest range and the most beautiful packaging? Not me and not my Hollywood clients either. But, with persistence and passion, I've done it, and you can, too.

This book will challenge you to redefine your own ideas about green beauty. And the mere fact that you're reading this right now shows you're open to a new way of thinking. Thank you for being on this journey with me, and I promise to lead you every step of the way to greening your beauty routine. You'll learn how to make smart and sustainable choices as you move away from conventional beauty products to chemically safe cosmetics. Doing so will make you happy and keep you looking hot!

The first step in the process of greening your beauty is to understand what it means and why it matters. I didn't understand what it meant when I began my journey into living an eco-friendly lifestyle. I didn't realize that my cosmetics could have anything to do with harming our planet or myself. It was when I finally realized the impact of what I call my 'cosmetic footprint'—my cosmetic toxic burden on my health and the environment—that I made the change for good.

As you read this book, you will come to understand why it's so important to use clean products on your skin and why I consider your beauty routine a diet. Skin absorbs cosmetic products like food; chemicals are absorbed through your pores into your body. This is why chemicals are so effective in prescription and over-the-counter medicines. You will learn what toxic chemicals can do to your body, where to look for them, and how to avoid the major offenders. I will teach you about the dangers of synthetic fragrances, parabens, and petrochemicals. When you learn how toxic chemicals react in your body, you will want to buy clean, nontoxic cosmetics. Buying premium brands won't matter as much to you as making healthier choices.

Once you start viewing your beauty routine as a diet, you will want to be cleaner in all aspects of your life. As a mom to a two-year-old little girl, it is important that I stay healthy and impart a healthy lifestyle to her. Since greening my beauty routine, I have made other positive changes. I feel more in control of my health and more confident in my choices for my daughter and myself. Maintaining glamour is the standard in my line of work, and I have been able to achieve and sustain a green beauty lifestyle that I am passionate about, where I look as good as I feel.

If you are learning about toxic chemicals in makeup for the first time, you're probably feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. I've been there too and I get it. So how do you know what's good and what's green? This is where the book comes in. I have spent years researching chemicals in cosmetics and using clean products with the goal of knowing what works and what doesn't. I know what changes women can realistically make in their busy lives, and I'm going to share everything in my vault with you. We're going to cover it all: what to know about the beauty industry, how to read labels, which chemicals
to watch out for, and how to shop for pure, healthy, and high-
performance cosmetics. I want you to be inspired by this information in order to become savvier, healthier, and sexier than ever!

You can read this book cover to cover or per topic of interest. It's laid out for you to achieve ultimate success. This guide will help you easily navigate the transition to clean cosmetics. Don't panic—I won't be asking you to dump all your favorite products at once. It's a gradual process. In fact, using my 80/20 rule, you may actually be able to keep your signature scent or go-to lipstick. Does that make you breathe a little easier? Hopefully so.

You can move between chapters as you need specific information, and you can go back to the book again and again anytime you want to find the best mascara or concealer. There are no hard and fast rules. Make it work for you.

So let's get started.

©2015 Paige Padgett. All rights reserved. Reprinted from The Green Beauty Rules: The Essential Guide to Toxic-Free Beauty, Green Glamour, and Glowing Skin . No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jillian Michaels vii

Introduction: The Green Glamour Promise 1

1 Green Beauty Pioneer 5

2 Beauty from the "Outside In" 27

3 Organic, Natural, and Naturally Derived 39

4 The Nasties 57

5 Transition to Clean 83

6 Shop like a Pro! 107

7 The Green Beauty 123

8 Paige's Top Ten Beauty Secrets 157

9 Green Beauty Looks 185

10 Keeping in Real 231

Acknowledgments 241

Resources 244

Notes 247

About the Photographers and Illustrator 249

About the Author 251

Index 253

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nursemare More than 1 year ago
This was an amazingly eye opening book. Paige Padgett is a makeup artist in Hollywood and has done the makeup of celebrities. Over time, she began using all natural, cruelty free products on her clients, and in her personal life. She also did a tremendous amount of research on ingredients, which she shares in this book. I had so many pages bookmarked (I read the ebook), that I realized that I should take out pen and paper and start writing some of the things she shares down. I had a couple pages filled by the the time I finished this book. This book is broken down into sections and chapters that delve into different aspects of green, clean beauty that include some personal reflections, the science, the ingredients to watch out for, developing your own green beauty kit, beauty secrets, and a section I particularly enjoyed at the end that included multiple makeup looks and how to achieve them (she is a makeup artist). By the last page, I was thinking about what was lurking in my own makeup and toiletries. Fortunately she does not suggest throwing everything out, but does talk about transitioning over to clean, green, but that it's okay to keep some of your absolute favorites. This book has encouraged me to look a little more closely at what I'm buying and using, making some small changes, and eventually transitioning to green beauty as items I own run out. This is a life-changing book.