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Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?: Top Cosmetic Scientists Answer Your Questions about the Lotions, Potions and Other Beauty Products You Use Every Day

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Why does my shampoo stop working?

Are my cosmetics poisoning me?

What does hypoallergenic mean?

Are organic products better?

Every day thousands of people turn to the scientists at the popular blog for answers to their most pressing beauty questions. In Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?* you'll learn how cosmetic products work, what advertising claims actuall

Paperback, 194 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
So I don't normally review non-fiction, but I really enjoyed this one! So much so that it's now one of the only non-fiction books we have up under out 'we just like it' section (for the books that aren't even vaguely in our genre, but we like anyway).

It’s a shame this book didn’t come out for the pre-christmas rush, this is the perfect book to buy your teenage daughter to finally prove that she really doesn’t NEED that $300 shampoo she’s been nagging about.

But it’s not just a book that’s going t
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Robin by: Harlequin Publishers via Net Galley
Since I have never been without a tube of Metholatum Natural Ice or lipstick somewhere close by for over 30 years (well, one time I went away for a day without anything and dang near went nuts), I knew I had to read this book and find out if there really was such a thing as lip balm addiction. Turns out many more interesting questions are addressed and answered in this helpful book.

Topics covered are skin, hair, nails, fragrance, make-up, and more, and each chapter is formatted in an easy to rea
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Every library/book store needs to have at least one book about going to the store to buy cosmetics. We have a few books of this nature, including older copies of the one about not going to the cosmetics counter without it. We also have books about how to apply makeup for just about every skin type, how to style/cut your own hair, and making your own beauty natural beauty products. So when I saw this title while reading reviews of possible titles to add to our library collection, I decided to pic ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: harlequin, netgalley
You are never going to get your dermatologist, hair stylist, plastic surgeon, make-up artist and manicurist all together in one place. Luckily, the brains (literally) behind have written Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm (Harlequin, 2011) to answer the burning beauty questions weighing heavily on our minds.

Can You Get Hooked On Lip Balm models the basic format of the website- a person writes in and a group of cosmetic scientists answer the questions from the forum on topics abou
Jessica at Book Sake
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I’ve visited before and found their site to be insightful and informative. When I saw that they had a book coming out that put all of this knowledge together and covered some of the most frequently asked questions I was eager to read it. They covered some things I’ve always argued about with others and many things I had never even thought about. This is a book that I want to carry with me to each salon visit, so that when a hairdresser asks me what type of shampoo I’m using I ...more
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
As a person who is probably hooked on lip balm, I immediately gravitated towards this book when I saw it at the library. I found this book a great read & quite informative. I buy & use a fair amount of skin care & beauty products, so I enjoyed reading about different ingredients that are in certain products, myths, & dangerous chemicals. I've read on different blogs & seen on different Youtube videos about harmful substances in makeup & skincare, but THe Beauty Brain clea ...more
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
Beauty Brains is a blog that answers questions about beauty supplies, cosmetics, etc. In this book, some of the posts were published. The book is great and I enjoyed learning about cosmetics, how they work, how my skin works. The format of the books is Q&A. A person posts a specific question about a product or products and they answer it. Instead of issuing a yes/no answer, they seek to educate the reader by offering a some of the mechanics of how cosmetics and your skin works, followed by a ...more
May 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read this book to learn more about multiple chemical sensitivities. It was pretty much worthless in that regard. The author seems to be very pro-chemicals, which is totally weird. Claims that most chemicals in cosmetics are harmless and only briefly refers to a "tiny" population of people who may be allergic. Animal testing, the idea of using the word "natural" in cosmetics in a misleading way is also not really mentioned. Author even goes on a rant about products like Wen and shampoos that do ...more
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
my hairstylist is an idiot.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A few years ago I read "No More Dirty Looks" and got paranoid about all my products. Thank you to the Beauty Brains for introducing me to the science behind products and relieving my fear. Dabbling in natural products was fun for a while, but hard on the wallet...and the Beauty Brains say many factors go into a decision to purchase something and you can buy whatever makes you feel good. But in the end all shampoos are made with the same basic formulas, all face lotions are made with the same bas ...more
Bea  Charmed
Here in the US, we use many personal care and body care products on a daily basis, some with many chemicals. Companies have marketed all sorts of products to help us not to sweat, to lessen or hide wrinkles or dark spots ,to clean our teeth, and to improve our appearance, or at least, our perception of our appearance. Most of us have contemplated whether those products will deliver what they promise or imply and whether the more costly products are worth the extra expense.

"Can You Get Hooked on
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a lot more out this book than I thought I would. At first, I didn’t care for the layout of the book; it seems more like a blog or long magazine article. Once I got used to it and the information was easy to understand, the format didn’t bother me.

I struggled with allergies/irritations from some products so I had read up on some of the subjects before. I really never could figure out what was causing it (my guess was synthetic fragrances) and started using organics after wasting a lot of m
Jan 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was hoping to get some more scientific informations from this book. It was just opposite. I read many books about cosmetics, cosmetic industry etc., and this one was the worst. First of all it seemed to me like it contained plenty of empty statements, the list of references is very small...Then, I was suprised that authors praised the big companies. The truth is, that especially in North America, the big companies are the one controlling the industry! The FDA has little power on the ingredient ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Of all the products we use on a daily basis, the ones with the most chemicals tend to be the ones we place on our bodies. Companies have marketed all sorts of products to help us not to sweat, hide or lose wrinkles, clean our teeth, and improve our view of our appearance. Many Americans never spend a moment wondering about how those products may affect their health. However, most potential customers will have at least contemplated whether those products will actually deliver what they say and wh ...more
My friends will all vouch for me when I say that I'm not all that much of a fashionista or into makeup. That's why I usually am not interested in some of the must have tomes such as Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. I do, however, have an interest in lip balm & that's what ultimately made me curious about this book. (Much like Napoleon Dynamite, my lips chap "real bad" & I'm always on the lookout for awesome lip balm.)

The book covers a wide variety of subjects (one of which i
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Insightful, informative, and reasonable this book dispels myths, calms fears, and provides answers. Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? is broken down into easy-to-read sections dealing with hair, skin, make-up, and the industry in general. Commonly asked questions are followed by answers provided by cosmetic scientists in a calm, informative manner. Unlike No More Dirty Looks , which was written by journalists, Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? was written by cosmetic scientists who offer unbias ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: health
I really wanted to to like this! I received it as a gift (partially as a joke as I am addicted to lip balm) and looked forward to reading it. Sadly, it was quite a let down.

The authors are spectacularly bias in favour of large, mass-market companies; which isn't all that shocking when you flip the book over and learn they used to work for Proctor & Gamble and Unilever. Oddly enough these authors are giving you exactly what they are telling you to avoid - half-assed science. If you want to g
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
I'm glad that this book exists and wish there were more like it. I'm also glad it was available from the library through overdrive. I learned a some things from this book, but overall I did not feel that the answers provided enough depth to be totally convincing. Additionally, it always seems like the people who write these books tend to gloss over the myriad reasons people try to use more organic products. It's not really about thinking they'll actually work better most of the time. I'll sacrif ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. I don't really get why so many of the bad reviews discredit the book's content on the basis that the two authors are cosmetic scientists who worked for big companies. These are people who spent years learning about the science that goes behind it, and aren't basing their opinions on pseudo-science and misinterpreted scientific studies. It's like the anti-vaxxers who don't believe in doctors and medicine... experts who have spent years in their field. One review recommends ...more
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure: I won this in a first reads contest, AM addicted to lip balm, and was really excited to get it.

I got it expecting it to be more of a chemistry of beauty products and it was...kind of. I consider myself a really fast reader and it took me forever to plow through this. It has some science thrown in there but in a really dry way and often they just list products to use without really explaining how things work. Maybe I'm not the fasionista/beauty queen this book was targeting but
Brianna Andre
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of the Beauty Brains blog for awhile (so I'm biased). I find the Brains straightforward and refreshing after being sucked into the worlds of Naturally Curly and No More Dirty Looks. They are professional cosmetic chemists, and they are honest about their background and which companies they have worked for.

Their main points are that a lot of the beauty industry is marketing, we don't need to be spending as much money on products as we are, and a lot of the rumors and myths we hea
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
I picked this book up from the library on an impulse because my daughter is hooked on lip balm and reading the title was what made me consciously realize this. The book is written by a couple of cosmetic industry scientists. I was disappointed in how biased they were in discounting health risks of cosmetic products. I may have learned a few interesting tidbits but overall I wouldn't recommend the book. I might have recommended it to a teenage audience if it weren't for the bias, but I wouldn't w ...more
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting and informative. Sometimes it gets a bit science-heavy, which is cool because that's what distinguishes this book from all the other makeup and beauty-product guides out there. It explains the chemistry behind your favorite skincare products, in the simplest possible terms. That said, it's still science and some of the concepts are complicated. That makes the author's attempts to lighten the mood with jokey reminders that cellular turnover has nothing to do with mobile phone minutes, ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads

This is a **First Reads Winner Book Review**

"Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?" by Perry Romanowski
published by Harlequin Publishers

This is one of the few nonfiction books I have found interesting. Written by people who work with science and can tell you the facts about everyday items we use: shampoo, soap, nailpolish, lip balm. Very useful information that untangles some of the preconceived and false notions we have and enlightens with the truth about basic products.
I can't believe how many of my
Sep 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, tidbits
Yes, you can. This book was super interesting, often with very detailed answers to common (and not-so-common) beauty questions. It's organized in such a way that it's very easy to skip to what you want to read about. Very little investment of time for a great payoff in "Did you know..." beauty information. It's just a printed version of "The Beauty Brains" blog, so if you don't want to read this book, skip on over to their website for the same deal. Incidentally, because of this book I bought Tr ...more
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The title is what drew me in on this one...I am addicted to lip balm (well, dependent on it anyway). I really enjoyed this collection of answers to life's beauty/cosmetic questions. The answers were easy to read and informative without getting boring. I picked up some tips and discovered some alternatives to try that are less expensive than the name brands. Thanks Perry for putting together this collection-especially loved the hair info as I was considering purchasing one of those outrageously p ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book taught me how to be a smart consumer and opened my eyes to the chemistry side of cosmetics. I'm really glad I picked this up because if not I would still be wasting time and money on products that don't actually do anything for my hair and skin. Not only that but it also helped me to understand how our anatomy works, like how eating certain foods might not really help your skin, and why most products can't really reverse the damage in our hair. I now have a more critical eye for produc ...more
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Written by the chemists who run popular website The Beauty Brains, this book gives you the science behind common questions about everyday beauty products. Will covering your body with antiperspirant suffocate you? Are nail polish fumes dangerous? Does snake venom work as well as botox (apparently a Swiss company is peddling an anti-wrinkle treatment called Syn-ake!)? An interesting read, well-suited to the domain of the pooper. The Q&A format keeps thing short and sweet, more factoid than co ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A quick little read that I enjoyed through NetGalley, I was first caught by the title and then intrigued by the subject matter. With as many cosmetic lines that are in the world today in all different price points, it was great to read an unbiased, scientific opinion on where to splurge and where to save.

I would say this would be a great book for both young and old, new to the makeup world and those who have been buying these products for years. I may steer my readers to grab this one from the l
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Females
Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?
By Perry Romanowski

Have you ever wondered if you can get hooked on lip balm? or What is best, a high price product or a cheaper brand? If you have, this book helps you with your questions.

The book does answer a lot of beauty questions and is very informative but when I was reading it I felt I was reading a school book. I'm aware it is important to know what is in your beauty products. But it is kind of boring reading about it in this book. I give this book 3 1/2 st
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