Sunday, January 21, 2001


• “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: 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 line

• On the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Web site (, 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 (

• Author and advocate Paula Begoun has a Web site ( where visitors can get updated consumer information. They can also e-mail questions about products to Ms. Begoun.

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