The world of skincare, cosmetics and beauty is fun, fascinating, and full of different opinions on what works and what’s good for you. It can be challenging to distill the huge amounts of information down to what’s reputable, understandable and, most importantly, trustworthy. Add the topic of health into the mix and it gets even more complicated – because the science on the ingredients in skincare, makeup and personal care products is still young (even though these products have been around for decades) and generally underfunded, so it’s hard to really find out – is that unpronounceable ingredient in your daily mascara actually sketchy? How bad are the chemicals in nail polishes anyways, and if a daily foundation works great right now, why should you worry about its long-term health effects?
If you’re a bookworm, like we are here at Tata Harper (seriously – stacks of beauty, science and botany books are piled on our desks), then you love to find reference books that you can read once and then have handy forever, to give you some guidance on, in this case, natural beauty and what on earth that means and how to make it work for your unique skin, eyes, hair, etc etc.
Here’s Tata’s favorite and most-recommended books for how to tackle the world of natural beauty.
These books cover everything from serums to lotion to eyeliner to hair masks, and they’re written by real, smart, trusworthy people who did their research and whose suggestions are backed by legit science. We have these books at-the-ready, and they helped all of us to really wrap our minds around WHY it’s really important to incorporate natural, nontoxic ingredients wherever possible into your daily regimens (quick answer: small doses matter and build up in the body, and the vast majority of ingredients haven’t been tested for safety and/or come from bizarre unnatural origins, so who knows what they’re up to in your body.)
1. No More Dirty Looks: the Truth about Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics, by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt.
These girls give you the nitty gritty on what’s inside your lipstick, nailpolish, conditioner, mascara – etcetera. It’s a quick, fun book to read, and Siobhan and Alexandra lay down the facts in a way that’s easy to swallow and generally optimistic. Because yes, even though there is lead in lipstick, there are amazing natural alternative brands to investigate – and they’re all listed in this book. This book is essential for any gal looking to go to green.
2. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients: Complete Information about the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients found in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals, by Ruth Winter. This is an indispensable reference book for looking up any and all ingredients that you’re curious about. What is 1-4 Dioxane, you ask? Is mineral oil safe or not, and what is all the fuss with Jojoba oil – what does it actually do for the skin? It’s all in here. Tata recommends this book for any beauty junkie who likes to dig into the details of what they’re putting on their skin.
3. Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone, by Linda Page. This is a unique book, and it’s one that Tata loves to share with people who are looking for alternative healthy approaches to an issue, whether it’s with skin, diet, stress or illness. Written by a holistic health expert, it’s absolutely chock full of amazing natural solutions to commonplace maladies such as acne, eczema, dull skin or headaches, with recommendations that span from recipes to bath soak suggestions to supplements or essential oil treatments. It has fantastic recommendations for healing skin issues, too.
4. Not Just a Pretty Face: the Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, by Stacy Malkan. This book walks you through the ins and outs of the beauty industry, and how it is that the vast majority of ingredients go untested, while words like “natural” go unregulated. It’s a fascinating read, and you’ll come out of it as a more empowered beauty consumer who knows how to tell what brands and companies to trust, and what ingredients actually do in your body.
5. The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You, by Jessica Alba. No doubt you’ve heard of this book before – Jessica Alba’s book has taken the world of natural-living by storm. It’s a super-helpful and realistic guide to trimming toxins out of your home, everywhere from furniture to bath products to dishwasher soap, and your beauty regimen, while staying sane. A great book for anyone of any age, who have a family or not. It’s a straight-up very-helpful guide on living healthfully, from food to beauty to clothing to household products. And yes, it references her company’s products quite a bit – but from what we’ve heard, they’re fantastic and really very safe, so we think that’ awesome!
Hope these help – do you have any essential natural beauty books or references that changed the way you look at products?? Share below!
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.