As you know, I love to make my own beauty products. It saves money, but above all it saves my body from exposure to untested or harmful ingredients found in many of the products that line the drugstore shelves.
Natural Beauty, published by DK Books, is THE handbook both for beauty DIY novices and those experienced in kitchen counter skin concoctions.
This reference book teaches you everything you never knew about your skin, including a great flow chart to determine your skin type, which will help you decide which recipes to choose.
For those not yet convinced to ditch the mainstream beauty brands, a thorough explanation of all those unpronounceable ingredients on labels may help change your mind.
The book contains recipes with many ingredients that may be completely unfamiliar to you (many were to me). There is an entire section devoted to explaining each and every ingredient we can use to make creams, scrubs, masks and lotions from scratch.
The recipes, obviously, are the biggest selling point of this book. There are products for your face, body, hair, hands and feet and a section on natural makeup. We’re talking soaps, cleansers, toners, lip balms, toothpastes, bath melts, deodorants and more. Use it on your body? You’ll find a recipe for it in this book. The only place I find the recipes lacking is in terms of shampoo. The only option is the traditional baking soda paste, and I much prefer the coconut milk-based shampoo I’ve been using for quite some time. There are, however, many conditioner, rinse and hair mask options to test out on your locks!
I love how the book qualifies each product in terms of your skin or hair type, and also points out recipes that are quick to make. The recipes are easy to follow, and your biggest roadblock will be tracking down a spot to find the necessary ingredients. I can find the majority of the ingredients I need on Well.ca, but most natural health stores and even a lot of large grocery chains will have what you need.
One thing I would love to see included with each recipe would be suggestions for possible subsitutions for harder-to-find ingredients. If you can’t find hemp seed oil, for example, will olive oil work in a given recipe instead?
The recipe I tried out first is called Minty Relief Aid:
I had most of the oils on hand and was able to order the rest at Well.ca. The recipe was easy to follow and fast. It turned out perfectly!
I would recommend this title to anyone, no matter their level of experience with beauty recipes. It’s everything you need to get started, but also everything you need to up your game if you’ve already experimented with making your own lotions and potions.
Have you tried making your own body care products from scratch?
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