By Perry Romanowski

Harlequin, $16.95, 194 pages

All sorts of beauty myths are passed between roommates, friends, and families. Which of them will really help you look and feel your best? Perry Romanowski and his team of scientists have put together a book to clarify these issues. In Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? questions are posed by real people and answered by a group of chemists known as “The Beauty Brains.” This anonymous group has over 40 years of combined experience working in the beauty field. They share their knowledge of cosmetics and how they are developed, tested, and marketed.

The Q & A begins with a chapter on hair. You’ll learn the differences between salon and store bought products, tips on caring for damaged hair, and the ingredients that help hair thrive. Find out why gray hair looks and feels different than regular hair. Find out how much hair loss is normal. The authors have worked at major cosmetic companies and they know the scandals and secrets of the beauty business. They discuss false advertising and questionable products. The last chapter about the beauty industry is intriguing. After reading this book, you’ll be an informed consumer who is ready to shop smart.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin