Flash Post: Skin Deep


What It Is: I read this book last week and was pretty blown away. The CBC’s Gillian Deacon has deconstructed a ton of myths – like the fact someone is actually regulating the potions and lotions and cosmetics we slather on every day – to reveal a pretty ugly truth: we are exposed to some pretty frightening toxins on a daily basis. The book highlights what nasty ingredients to stay far, far away from, and provides DIY and natural alternatives to everything from your shampoo to your eyeliner to your sunscreen. Personally, it’s really inspired me to look into swapping out a bunch of my cosmetics and body care products for safer options, and I’m hoping to bring some new, less toxic brands to you through my blog (as I’ve already done with amazing companies like Pelle Beauty and Consonant). I don’t like getting too preachy or standing on a soap box just because I’ve got a blog and a great, captive audience, but if one of my goals is to come up with the best in gift-giving ideas, that’s gotta take into account the healthiest as well. So start with this book, and join me on the ride – expect to see a bunch of great natural beauty alternatives mixed in with the content you’re already used to here on the CGG.

Who It’s For: Your early adopter mom (um, like mine), that has been toting reusable shopping bags and rocking natural toothpaste for decades. Your cosmetics-obsessed sister, because it’s worth knowing what exactly that $30 mascara is doing to your bloodstream. Your freshly minted new mama friend, because the world suddenly becomes a lot scarier when you’ve got a little one under your wing.

What It Costs: $26 list / $16 online.

Where It’s At: Your favourite local bookseller (and plenty of indie beauty stores) or you can pick it up at Amazon.ca

I’ve also got a copy of the book to give away to one of you folks that’s about to be fully on the green beauty train! Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by March 15th with the name of one natural beauty company or product you’re already familiar with or use.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around March 16th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Add this book to your ‘to-read’ list on GoodReads and leave a comment below with a link back to your list. 

39 Responses to “Flash Post: Skin Deep”
  1. Taps says:

    I use ‘reen Beaver’ products which i find are quite economic and work very well for a Green Canadian Brand

  2. Dreena says:

    We use various natural beauty products. Here is one: Kiss My Face.

  3. Dreena says:

    I’ve added the book on my To-Read Shelf. It is at number 436.

  4. leah says:


  5. Victoria Ess says:

    I need to read this book!! I use Physician’s Formula Organic Line, and Pure & Simple.

  6. Sandy says:

    I love the organic skincare line Nude!

  7. Stacey M says:

    I buy my lotions, lip balms, soaps, sunscreen from Di Erbe. A local Winnipeg woman started the company and makes all her own products. I love them!

    You can buy online – http://www.dierbe.ca/store/ but i prefer going down to her shop to see what new creations she is making.

  8. kittypride says:

    I use Avalon products. Love Gill Deacon, she is on of the dedicated, savvy eco crusaders 😀

  9. Alison Braidwood says:

    I say you can’t go wrong with Lush products. They’ve recently branched out into cosmetics, but they’ve been doing yummy, healthy potions, lotions, and bath products for years.

  10. Leah M says:

    I like Alba and nature’s gate

  11. diane p says:

    I use Natureclean and Nature’s gate.

  12. Susan says:

    I have been trying Made On products and really like them.

  13. linnett says:

    I have been using the Lush line of products, thanks

  14. Joan G says:

    I use Avalon products.

  15. mousecat says:

    I use argan oil and I love it.

  16. mousecat says:

    I’d most like to try their soaps, especially the Avocado Grapefruit soap!

  17. stacey says:


  18. Amy Heffernan says:

    I am an Olay girl! Love that stuff!

  19. Annie Demill says:

    My daughter works at Lush and now I’m a total Lushie! Love their all natural products and they have branched out into makeup. Love their lipgloss! Added to my Goodreads bookshelf to read:

  20. Mike Gismondi says:

    Burt’s Bees

  21. Angela Griffin says:

    Kiss my Face

  22. sandra mitchell says:

    I use Kiss My Face as well

  23. Sparkle says:

    I’ve used Lush products.

  24. debra says:

    burts bees

  25. Christine S says:

    I’m familiar with Burt’s Bess & Pure & Simple

  26. Tracey says:

    Burt’s Bees

  27. Jody says:

    Johnson’s Natural

  28. Megan Young says:

    I know of the body shop naturals.

  29. Jessica says:

    I love Burt’s Bees

  30. lucy says:

    love Burt’s Bees

  31. Sara MacDonald says:

    I use California Baby sunscreen and lotions on my children – love them!

  32. Debbie Petch says:

    I love the Body Shop!

  33. Lynn A says:

    I use Lush products and the Body Shop

  34. Lori P says:

    I have a lot of products from The Body Shop.

  35. Anne Derkat says:

    I use Natures Gate

  36. eleanor says:

    I like products from Lush and The Body Shop

  37. Natalie says:

    Sounds very interesting. The only makeup I really use is Physician’s Formula!

  38. stacey h says:

    i use the Consonant foaming face wash – which i love!!!

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