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Bella Book: Style, Naturally

The green movement is growing quickly, and a new book aims to help shoppers track down fair-trade, organically grown, and earth-friendly fashion and beauty. Style, Naturally is a surprisingly hefty tome (printed on recycled paper, naturally) covering clothes, accessories, and beauty products. Author Summer Rayne Oakes is a model and green activist, and her passion for planet-friendly style is contagious.

The book explains why sustainable products are a wise choice not only for the planet, but also for your own personal health. (In the beauty section, you'll probably be freaked out by a long list of harmful chemicals found in most beauty products.) Along with profiles of eco-style pioneers, the pages are filled with photos of green fashion and beauty — kind of like a treehuggin' version of Lucky. That's actually the only part of the book I'm not crazy about; especially in the beauty section, I want to know why a certain product is worth buying, not just see a pretty picture of it. The book also does little to dispel the myth that buying eco-friendly products is only for the financially well-off. (Most people can't afford $50 pairs of hemp knickers and $62 bath oil.) But if you're interested in learning why shopping sustainably makes sense, and you'd like a little eye candy, this book is worth picking up.

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Cwinche Cwinche 8 years
I just bought this on amazon. Check out skin deep. It's this great website that scared me away from all my old products. Can't wait for this one!
emalove emalove 8 years
Ooh, I'm going to buy this! I try to buy as many "green" beuaty products as I can, but I do agree that some of them are just too darn pricey.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Yeah I agree with aimeeb. I don't wear much makeup anyway and the brands I do use are just fine. Perosnally, some of the "green" products I have tried really weren't that great. However, I love Tom's of Maine and Badger balms :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Pass. Way too many green products I've come across just aren't worth the money, sorry. I think for being sustainable the prices are just ridiculous. Of course I don't want to harm myself with chemicals and so forth but in this day and age EVERYTHING is a cause for something...sooooo I think I'll stick with my concealer, masacar, blush, lip liner, brow pencil and gloss from the brands I already buy from.
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