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200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty
Store-bought beauty products are often laden with synthetic ingredients, fake fragrances, unnatural fillers, and irritating chemicals. The best thing about creating your own beauty products is that you can know exactly what you’re putting on your skin and feel confident that it is nourishing and pure. At the very heart of your handmade beauty products will be the natural, organic, and wild-harvested ingredients that you select. This chapter will guide you through choosing and using the absolute best ingredients that Mother Nature has to offer.
Tools and Supplies
One of the main advantages of creating kitchencrafted natural beauty products is that you will most likely already have in your kitchen many of the utensils and equipment needed to prepare the recipes in this book. Some folks prefer to have a separate set of tools appointed just for fashioning beauty products. In this chapter you can work out exactly what tools you need and learn some clever tips and tricks on discovering quality equipment at reasonable prices.
Naturally Lustrous Hair
Caring for your gorgeous tresses and lovely locks is very simple when it is done naturally. Your hair is happier when you steer clear of synthetic chemicals, hair-stripping sulfates, and stifling silicones, and instead choose to nurture your magnificent mane with beneficial botanical ingredients. Delight in this lush mix of plantbased hair-care formulas to cleanse, condition, treat, and nourish.
Fabulous Facial Care
Plant-based botanical skincare can keep a perfect complexion in tip-top shape but, then again, if you have other beauty worries, there will be an excellent and effective natural treatment for those as well. With the influence of healing herbs, beneficial oils, and powerful plant extracts, you may formulate and make to order a perfect product that can lessen the signs of aging, soothe and put a stop to pesky blemishes, deep clean and exfoliate pores, and calm distressed and dry skin by restoring proper levels of hydration.
Conditioning Body Care
Conventional body-care products can be overloaded with harsh surfactants, potentially risky parabens, synthetic fragrances, and other dubious ingredients. In this chapter, we will look at natural body cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing formulas that contain mild plant-based purifiers, sweet-smelling essential oils, and nourishing plant and nut oils to nurture and protect your skin.
Perfumes and Aromatherapy
Enter the intoxicating world of aromatherapy and perfume blending, and take your hand-crafted beauty formulas to new heights. Learn how to compose a balanced and harmonizing blend with top notes, middle notes, and base notes; develop that signature scent for a special someone; or create an air-diffuser aroma to fragrance your home. Discover the wonderful powers of aromatherapy oils and mix blends that will calm you, energize you, help you focus, or soothe you into a restful slumber. Once you understand the basics, you will be well on your way to creating beauty products that smell every bit as good as they feel.
Choosing the best hair-treatment ingredients for your hair type
Normal Apricot, argan, baobab, borage seed, grapeseed, jojoba, kukui nut, sweet almond Cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, lavender, rosemary, sandalwood
Every hair type can be perfectly nurtured with specific ingredients.
Oily Apricot, argan, hazelnut, jojoba, neem, sesame, shea nut, sunflower Cypress, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree
Use this chart to determine the most appropriate ingredients for your individual hair type.
Dry Almond, argan, avocado, baobab, castor, coconut, evening primrose, macadamia nut, meadowfoam seed, neem, olive, rosehip seed, soybean, tamanu, wheat germ oil Carrot seed, clary sage, Eucalyptus citriodora, Helichrysum, lavender, palmarosa, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood
Processed & damaged Argan, avocado, baobab, borage, camelina, castor, evening primrose, hemp seed, macadamia nut, olive, pomegranate, rosehip, sesame, soybean, vitamin E Calendula, carrot seed, clary sage, cypress, German chamomile, Helichrysum lavender, myrrh
Coarse & ethnic Argan, avocado, castor, coconut, hemp seed, macadamia nut, olive, pomegranate seed, rosehip, shea butter, vitamin E Carrot seed, German chamomile, Helichrysum, sandalwood, tea tree