A step-by-step guidebook that shows you how to make your own skin creams, hair products, and perfume blends using essential oils and other natural ingredients.
Many of today's beauty products contain chemicals and oer additives that most of us have never heard of--and probably would avoid if we knew how harmful they really were. With 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty, you'll learn all that you need to know to make your own safe and healthy beauty products, with recipes and formulas such as:
Create delightful body butters, salves, balms, glosses, scrubs and more using all-natural, holistic ingredients like herbs, flowers, tea, baking soda, and coconut oil. Discover conditioning carrier oils, sumptuous butters, and aromatic floral extracts that will nourish you from head to toe. Some of the recipes can also be used for overall health, including curative herbal extracts and therapeutically effective essential oils. With step-by-step photographs, clear instructions, and expert tips, each recipe is easy to follow. Give the products you create as gifts or keep them for yourself. Regardless, you'll never want to buy beauty products from the drug store again!
Shannon Buck is an herbalist, certified aromatherapist, natural-beauty expert, and author of the popular natural beauty blog, Fresh-Picked Beauty (www.freshpickedbeauty.com). She enjoys creating home-spun skincare and beauty products at her home near Seattle, Washington and teaches classes on crafting your own skincare, aromatherapy remedies, and cosmetics.
"Does a rejuvenating argan oil and rose facial balm sound tempting? Or a happy hibiscus and cinnamon red hair rinse? Beautifully photographed and designed, Buck's guide will entice readers to turn their kitchens into beauty labs. An herbalist, aromatherapist, and blogger at freshpickedbeauty.com, the author displays her expertise in the text's attention to detail. For example, essential oil charts specify each ingredient's botanical name, extraction method, pricing, shelf life, benefits, and more. There is also a comprehensive index. A large array of recipes addresses the needs of all skin and hair types, and the focus on techniques provides context for best practices. While many ingredients are available widely (e.g., teas, baking soda, coconut oil), those such as essential oils, clays, and waxes require specialty stores or online shopping. Buck covers nearly any question a reader might have. For instance, the section on lip care discusses balms, glosses, and scrubs, as well as vegan alternatives to beeswax and container selections for finished products. VERDICT Especially suited to people seeking natural options for beauty products who are interested in experimenting with advanced and fresh methods." - Library Journal