“Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me,” by Paula Begoun, Beginning Press, 2001. Ms. Begoun, a Seattle consumer advocate, reviews more than 30,000 beauty products in this giant tome.
“The Beauty Bible: From Acne to Wrinkles and Everything in Between,” by Paula Begoun, Beginning Press, 1997. In this book, Ms. Begoun explains cosmetic ingredients, claims and hype.
“Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture,” by Kathy Peiss, Metropolitan Books, 1998. This book, written by a University of Massachusetts history professor, explores the social history of the cosmetics industry and its role in creating contemporary standards of beauty.
Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, 1101 17th St. NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202/331-1770. Web site: www.ctfa.org. This trade organization can outline FDA requirements and industry standards for consumers. The organization’s Web site also addresses rumors and provides links to major cosmetic companies.
On the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Web site (www.fda.gov), readers can learn more about FDA standards for cosmetics.
The American Academy of Dermatology, the certification organization for dermatologists, has information on proper skin care (www.aad.org).
Author and advocate Paula Begoun has a Web site (www.cosmeticscop.com) where visitors can get updated consumer information. They can also e-mail questions about products to Ms. Begoun.