All Natural Beauty: Organic & Homemade Beauty Products
The health and beauty industry today is worth tens of billions of dollars, as these products are used not only by the glamorous but also by everyone else. Among top trends in this industry are a move toward natural and organic products, and individualized products (including mixes that end-users would blend before use). This book leverages both trends in that it outlines how readers can make their own health and beauty products (personalizing them for individual use), and it uses all natural ingredients.
There are forty-three recipes in this book that cover facial masks, body scrubs, body lotions, foot baths, lip balm, hair oil, scrubs, creams, and other products for external use. While all the recipes are intended for topical use, some of these (such as the raspberry face mask) can be ingested. Each recipe takes a double page. One page starts with a relevant quote from one of the authors, lists the ingredients, describes how to make the product, and provides a brief explanation of why this recipe works. A “stamp” provides shelf-life and storage information. On the other page is a picture of the ingredients that are used for the recipe. An appendix titled “Key Ingredients” alphabetically lists the major ingredients and their therapeutic uses.
As with most herbal or natural products, there is little scientific evidence that verifies the efficacy of the various combinations. What we have is wisdom from the ancients that vouches for their effectiveness – sometimes that’s all that matters. It is clear that these recipes have been tried, and for those who would rather make their beauty products than buy them, this book would serve as a good reference.
Karin Berndl • Nici Hofer