Winter skin. Sigh… Now I wouldn’t exactly say I repress skin issues in winter, but honestly, I have barely looked at my legs in months. Gotta love pants and dark stockings. Of course, when the first warm days arrive (now!), it’s another story.
So I was delighted to receive a copy of The Complete Guide to Natural Homemade Beauty Products & Treatments: 175 recipes from Scrubs & Masks to Moisturizers & Shampoos.
All Natural. Because, yes, I do try to be as careful about what I put ON my body as IN it!
The author, Amelia Ruiz, “is a cosmetologist, an esthetician and the technical director of Fahle Ecolines, a distributor of natural and organic cosmetics. She trained in Germany in the natural esthetic methods of the world-renowned Dr. Hauschka Skin Care.” I couldn’t wait to break it open.
Now making homemade beauty products can run the range from mixing common ingredients in your kitchen to working with dangerous chemicals. While once in awhile, I may go into my basement and make natural cold process soap, working with lye is not something to be taken lightly. But the recipes in this book are very doable—as in, it might even be fun to make some with your kids!
The book includes recipes with step by step instructions for a wide variety of products and a variety of beauty needs —items for your face, hair, nails and body. Options like Carrot Anti-Acne Mask, Nourishing Almond Oil Cream, Soothing Chamomile Toner, Herbal Lip Cream and Skin-Softening Milk Bath.
Thankfully for the casual “beauty cook,” most of the ingredient lists for these Homemade Beauty Products are short. Some are even doable with ordinary kitchen ingredients (peach, cornstarch, yogurt = Nourishing Peach Facial Mask!). Others require just a few, easy-to-acquire, special ingredients like essential oil or beeswax. The instructions are also realistic, sometimes as easy as putting the ingredients into a jar and shaking.
Take a look at the fun Rose & Poppy Bath above. I have both of these flowers in my garden (you wouldn’t want to bathe in flowers sprayed with pesticides) and can’t wait until summer to give this a try! I can just picture myself lounging in a deep tub with an herbal tea or glass of chardonnay surrounded by rosy cloud of floating petals!
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Want to give it a try? Consider this giveaway for a copy of the book, a $24.95 retail value, sponsored by publisher Robert Rose. It is open to US and Canadian residents and closes April 10, at midnight CST. To enter, leave a comment below telling what beauty or fitness goal you have for summer. For a second entry, like Art of Natural Living on Facebook and leave a second comment below letting me know you are a follower. The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with mailing information or a new winner will be chosen.