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Not Just a Pretty Face

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Book chronicling the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics hits shelves this month. Authored by Stacy Malkan, communications director at Health Care Without Harm and co-founder of the Campaign, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (New Society Publishers) asserts that "the $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful they've kept themselves unregulated for decades" and highlights "tough questions" extended by the safe cosmetics coalition to industry leaders, including why "companies [that] market themselves as pink-ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer ... use hormone-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals that may contribute to that very disease" and why "companies put chemicals linked to reproductive harm into products used daily by men and women of childbearing age." Consumer advocate Ralph Nader remarks: "This book should be read by women and men who have trusted for too long the companies whose products get inside their bodies and their minds, to the detriment of their health"...

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