Not only is it great to be part of the campaign for more sustainable reads, but I was delighted to see that Beauty: Pure + Simple was said to be “For those who never contemplated reading a beauty guide, this one will surprise you.”
It was reviewed http://aisleb.tumblr.com – and they had these kind words to say:
“Kristen Ma has compiled an amazing guide to what makes her company Pure + Simple such an incredible hit with clients in the Canadian beauty industry, a chain of holistic spas that incorporate alternatives to the standard products offered in skin products. She advocates the use of environmentally friendly products & applies a Green approach to her business. The endorsement of sustainable packaging that will not harm the environment: Ma uses glass bottles that may be returned and she avoids using box packaging for their wastefulness. Case in point this book is completely printed on recycled – FSC certified paper.
Pure + Simple is a refreshing for its line of natural skincare and mineral cosmetics. Ingrained is the commitment to reaching our sense of beauty by looking at the integral elements that connect health: inner and out of the realm of the physical.
Ma explores the world of beauty by reflecting on her own experiences with problem skin and the harshness of the ascribed pharmaceuticals that damaged the skin despite the quick fix for acne. The prescribed solutions with its consequential results can not be denied and Ma provides natural alternatives in this well written guide to “beauty”.
Pure + Simple explores venues for women and men to consider when reflecting upon what is necessary for good skincare. Chapters broached include following topics: What is Natural Skincare , Skin Basics, Aryurveda, Ingredients to Avoid, The Importance of Calming Down, Glow, Protect Yourself, Beauty 911 & Skincare 101. Each segment details the pros and cons with an indepth explanation of the element on hand.
Ma incorporates Aryuvedic and East Asian medicine in the promotion of reaching a healthy mind and body approach to beauty. Aryuvedic concepts of 3 energies of Pitta (heat energy), Kaphar (water & earth energy) and Vata (air & space) are displayed with traits illustrating how profoundly they are interconnected to one’s physical appearance.
The Chinese Face Map (found on page 59) outlines how facial points are related integrally to our inner and physical well being. For example Ma denotes how under eye-circles are an indication of a weak kidney and frown lines between eyebrows are markers for an “overworked liver and spleen.”
Another bonus for the reader is the thorough look at proponents of beauty via simple products, surgical enhancements, non surgical facelifts, cosmetic acupunture, and botox. A particular segment of interest is Skin through the Ages where Ma breaks down skin in relation to age: 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
Kristen Ma’s Pure + Simple is an endorsement of beauty via body, mind and soul. Well written and a pleasure to read. I loved this book and will share this one with family & friends.”
I was just gonna link it instead of cut and paste the majority of the review here – but there is no direct link so you have to scroll down for a while to get to the review (as it was last week). Nonetheless, pretty rad eh?