Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Complete Guide to Natural Homemade Beauty Products & Treatments

natural beauty recipes
I received a copy of the book The Complete Guide to Natural Homemade Beauty Products and Treatments by Amelia Ruiz to facilitate this review. This review contains my honest opinions. Links in this post may be affiliate links.

The older I get, the more concerned I am about not just what I put in my body, but what I put on my body. So, I am beginning to incorporate more and more natural products into my hair/skin routine. Since I started making natural cleaning products, I thought, why not think about making my own body care products? The book he Complete Guide to Natural Homemade Beauty Products and Treatments by Amelia Ruiz does just that.

At first glance, I was a bit overwhelmed by some of the products that are called for in recipes. However, a quick search on let me know that I can easily find most of these products at great prices. As I perused more recipes, I found that many contain items I already have around the house.

I was quite surprised at the amount of recipes and the variety of recipes. I figured this book would contain basic body care recipes such as bath salts, lotions and facial/body cleansers. It does cover those...and so much more! I will get into those in a bit, but another thing that I really like about the book is that the author, Amelia Ruiz, is a cosmetologist, an esthetician and the technical director of Fahle Ecolines. That gives me confidence that not only does she know what she is talking about, but these recipes are safe.

The book is broken up into two sections. Part 1 is The Fundamentals of Natural Beauty and covers everything from diet, to vitamins and minerals, detoxing, relaxation and the free radical aging theory. Part 2 is Recipes for the Whole Body. And I do mean the whole body. Down to your teeth and toes.

One of the first recipes I want to try after my mint comes up this spring is the Mint Astringent. It is very simple to make, using mint leaves, cider vinegar and distilled water. I imagine it feels very refreshing.  Another one I want to keep in mind is the Anti-Acne Salt Massage Treatment for cystic acne. Thankfully, I am beyond that stage of my life, but had a lot of problems with it growing up and with two daughters entering puberty, I may need this recipe! A favorite of mine is the Lemon Nail Rub. Who knew that the natural oils in lemon zest are a potent cleanser AND nail strengthener?

I love all the recipes for the feet and legs. There is even one for varicose veins, as well as tips for things to do. Unfortunately, I have varicose veins and the older I get, the worse they are.

The book even contains recipes for cologne, sunscreens and deodorant! So, if you are looking to start going natural, this book can definitely lead you in the right direction.

The book has appealing, two-page spreads with each recipe, along with tips and other valuable information and beautiful photos as shown below.

This book is nice to own for yourself or would make a lovely gift. Amazon sells it for around $20.

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