Natural Beauty Book Authors Reveal Shocking Truths About Cosmetics (Video Interview)

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Siobhan O'Connor and Alexandra Spunt, left to right. Photo: Carolina Crespo, courtesy of No More Dirty Looks.

Last month, we gave No More Dirty Looks a rave book review, which is why we jumped at the opportunity to sit down with co-authors Siobhan O'Connor and Alexandra Spunt at their New York City book launch party, Thursday night. After offering our congratulations on writing a comprehensive guide to natural, organic, and DIY beauty products, we delved in to conversation about the lack of regulation in the cosmetics industry, and their kissing cousin the fragrance industry, whose chemical-laden concoctions are left a mystery because they are not required to list product ingredients on labels.

Shocked? We're not. But for many women this is news, which is why this book is a must-read for anyone who lathers on a beauty product from a tube, bottle, or jar on their bodies. The authors reveal what chemicals could be lurking in your beloved beauty potion, in our video interview, after the jump.

The Truth About Your Beauty Products, and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics

In our video interview with the authors, below, Siobhan O'Connor and Alexandra Spunt tell us which chemicals to look out for in commonly used shampoos, they reveal the shocking beauty news--that you won't read in the book--making headlines now, and whether women should buy cosmetics, DIY, or embrace a natural, make-up free aesthetic.

"Any beauty product you buy, even if its really high end, is going to be filled with fillers."

The authors want readers to walk away from the book with a basic understanding of how the cosmetic industry operates: Keeping in mind that companies are competing for the highest profit margin possible, Alexandra said, "Any product you buy, even if its really high end, is going to be filled with fillers, synthetic things that aren't doing you any favors. From their research, they found that most women are hesitant to believe that natural products actually work. Alexandra said, "Natural products work better, because, [they contain] more of the active ingredients--just like tea tree oil--in fact they're often way more powerful."

Readers are already taking cues from the authors. One reader was raving over a Jane Iredale eye pencil, and said she felt empowered after the purchase. Now, healthy beauty that empowers, and voting with your dollars, that's a movement we can get behind.

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