Natural Beauty: Homemade Recipes for Radiant Skin & Hair [NOOK Book]


Combining a wealth of tips and 75 recipes for all-natural beauty aids, using nothing but pure ingredients direct from Mother Nature, with a philosophical approach to beauty as the foremost purpose of human existence, Natural Beauty inspires readers to pursue a natural, healthful approach to caring for their mind, body and soul.

For Elizabeth TenHouten, the pursuit of beauty is cyclical: "We exist in a parallel state of reaching for beauty. So,...
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Natural Beauty: Homemade Recipes for Radiant Skin & Hair

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Combining a wealth of tips and 75 recipes for all-natural beauty aids, using nothing but pure ingredients direct from Mother Nature, with a philosophical approach to beauty as the foremost purpose of human existence, Natural Beauty inspires readers to pursue a natural, healthful approach to caring for their mind, body and soul.

For Elizabeth TenHouten, the pursuit of beauty is cyclical: "We exist in a parallel state of reaching for beauty. So, this dialectical tension of reaching for and returning to beauty is the cyclical state of beauty." In her new book, Natural Beauty, TenHouten lays out a philosophy of beauty that encompasses physical, mental and spiritual well-being, an integrated approach that addresses the whole person. Natural Beauty includes a wide variety of all-natural beauty tips and tricks drawing on everyday ingredients with amazing healthful properties.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Beauty expert Elizabeth TenHouten is here for the do-it-yourself at-home beauty enthusiast. Her upcoming book is filled with at-home tips/tricks and recipes for all natural beauty remedies to achieve A-Lister skin naturally!" - Wes Ferguson,

"Elizabeth is living proof of reaching for beautiful skin naturally. She has found what works with sincere dedication to well-being. Food is not just to satisfy, but to balance and live in harmony with our inner beauty as it radiates, your example is Elizabeth...even more so as she reaches other people with her brilliant recipes." - Emily Factor, fashion designer

"A simple, effective and natural approach to using foods for maximizing skin health and beauty.  Elizabeth is very knowledgeable in her field and offers readers a wealth of her knowledge base. This book is a must read!" - Guy Langer, Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) California Education Chair and two-time winner of the SCC Chapter Merit Award

"This is a lady who loves all-natural beauty recipes and really wants you to know how to incorporate them into your skin care regime so that you can have beautiful skin. One of my favorite things about this book are Elizabeth's simple, natural and easy skincare tips that you can do at home to help improve the quality of your skin." - Joanna Canton, actress (That 70's Show) & creator of

"Elizabeth's philosophy of beauty and health being synonymous resonates with me. As an actress, I am in front of the camera and perform best when both my interior and exterior are aligned with one another. I love her natural beauty recipes! This book is about nourishing your beauty from the inside out and my dear friend Elizabeth is a perfect example of this."  - Charlotte Ross, two-time Emmy-nominated actress (NYPD Blue & Glee)

"I adore Elizabeth TenHouten. Elizabeth's beauty is not just skin deep, though it certainly doesn't hurt that her recipes make sure her skin is beautiful too.  As a gal on the go, I appreciate how easy and fun her treatments are.  I rarely have to look further than my own kitchen cabinet, and that's refreshing." - Elaine Hendrix, actress & animal advocate

"I think some of the best health and skin care remedies are the ones that we have learned from our grandmothers.  Elizabeth TenHouten brings those old fashioned remedies back from the dark ages and makes them in vogue again, and the best part is they are affordable and they work!!" - Lori Loughlin, actress (Full House)

"The beauty recipes in Elizabeth's book are the perfect path to a glowing complexion by using all-natural ingredients.  I also love her philosophy of beauty radiating from within.  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to for a fun, natural beauty regiment." - Jennifer Nicholson, fashion designer & owner of Pearl Drop

"Elizabeth TenHouten truly knows about beauty from the inside out! Her passion, knowledge, creativity, and know-how shines through in every fabulous recipe! Elizabeth has been a guest on my radio and television shows, and every time I learn another great recipe using natural foods right in my kitchen, like her luxuriating brightening mask!  Pick up this book and get beautiful from the inside out!" — Lisa Davis, MPH, C.N.C., creator, host, and producer of It's Your Health Radio and It's Your Health TV, and producer and co-host of the radio show, Beauty Inside Out with David Pollock

"As a yogi, I value the natural approach to beauty that Elizabeth offers in this inspirational book. Teaching yoga makes my soul glow and Elizabeth's beauty recipes make my skin glow!" — Brigitte Bedi, yogi at Maha Yoga Studio

"Elizabeth's beauty recipes are the foundation upon which beautiful skin is built. Follow with a primer for perfect skin!" — Davis Factor, co-founder of Smashbox Cosmetics and Smashbox Studios

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578264476
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 892,651
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth TenHouten is the Editor-in-Chief of Celeb Life Magazine and also serves as Contributing Beauty Expert for and, the health and wellness social media platform created by Dr. Oz. She also has a monthly column in Beverly Hills Times Magazine titled, “Natural Beauty with Elizabeth TenHouten.” She is a member of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW), a National Affiliate of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), and is on the Board of Directors of Beauty Industry West (BIW), actively attending affiliated seminars and networking events in the world of beauty. Widely known for her all-natural skincare recipes and holistic approach to beauty, TenHouten’s sought-after tips and expert advice regularly appear on television, online, and in national publications such as Health, Natural Health, Working Mother, Natural Solutions, Discovery Channel’s Planet Green, Your Health Connection, Young Hollywood, and US Weekly. She is also the author of Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
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Excerpt from Chapter 4: A Philosophy of Beauty
[…] Is a natural beauty someone who has not enhanced or modified herself in any way, shape, or form since her natural birth? I think that perhaps such a definition is too rigid. Naturally beautiful women have been modifying or enhancing their bodies since the beginning of time. Interestingly, the process of “reaching” for beauty is actually quite an old tradition. This doesn’t mean that women have been on operating tables for centuries, but throughout history, they have found methods for attaining what they feel is their own highest form of beauty. Beauty is itself an infinite idea, like a flower that is never done blooming, like a human garden with bulbs blossoming that we didn’t know were even in our soil. Let’s just continue to water ourselves with love and see what beauty grows!

Now, it may be best to clarify what I mean by “reaching beauty.” It’s not the desire to become your most beautiful self, inside and out. What woman doesn’t want to be her most beautiful self? A true natural beauty is a woman who does feel beautiful, inside and out. It matters not what others think of any physical enhancements she has made in the name of beauty. We are all reaching, whether you try to erase fine lines by eating antioxidant-rich recipes or applying moisturizers or using injections like Botox or just drinking a lot of water and staying out of the sun.

But how far away must you reach for beauty? It’s a challenging query. It provokes an introspective thought process, and I invite you to allow yourself to engage in this way of thinking. As women, we are naturally beautiful and should be proud of our beauty. We should be proud of reaching for beauty and never judge another for her preferred methods.

Our understanding of natural beauty must be more than skin deep. As a beauty and skincare expert, I know that there is a vast array of ways to reach for beauty. Natural beauties reach for beauty via varying methodologies of attaining the desired beautiful result. For example, for smooth legs, the options range from shaving to waxing to laser-hair removal. It really doesn’t matter which avenue you choose to reach your beauty because it’s about a personal choice and a personal definition of beauty.

Of course, I don’t feel that someone is not a natural beauty simply if she removes the hair on her legs, regardless of the method used. The term natural beauty has become co-opted and challenged by the newer, less natural methodologies available to women.

With the current popularity of plastic surgery, it’s evident that plastic surgery is indeed a viable option to attain the beauty that otherwise might be pursued in a more natural way. If a woman wants to enhance her breasts, there are nonsurgical methods such as topical cream applications, pills that promise a larger bust, pectoral muscle exercises, or simply a padded bra. So, I really don’t think that it’s fair to judge one woman over another for how she goes about enhancing her beauty. Nor do I believe that such an enhancement dissipates her natural beauty. There is simply no such thing as an unnatural beauty or a phony beauty. Let’s celebrate beauty in its entire diverse splendor.

A form encapsulates the act of reaching for beauty, both inwardly and outwardly, that we are naturally inclined to do. The act of reaching for beauty (in whatever form a woman chooses) is met with the abstract concept of finding beauty within the self. The inward return to beauty complements the outward reaching for beauty. As in the infinite model (see Figure A), our reaching and returning collide, and we are met with the reality of a higher truth. And that is natural beauty. Every person is a natural beauty, so let your natural beauty infinitely shine!

And it’s important to understand beauty to be an enticing, electric force inside of our spirits. We naturally respond to beauty and to an aesthetically pleasing nature; beauty can recognize itself in others and rejoices in its familiarity. This inner and outer reunion of beauty in one’s self and beauty in others is nature’s way of taking us “home,” of helping us to exist in a state of symbiotic oneness. We are called upon again and again to make a return to beauty. Our existence, our natural state is one of reaching for beauty.

Excerpt from Chapter 7: Beauty Recipes
Lustrous Locks
If you’ve been spending time at the beach, you may have noticed your hair looking a bit dry. This is an easy fix and should be indulged in bimonthly during the summer months.
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon almond oil
1 cup water
Preparation and Application
In a small bowl, mix ingredients until emulsified, and apply to your hair as a conditioning treatment in the shower. Rinse with warm water.
Try not to blow-dry your hair too often because that also dries hair out. Take advantage of the season’s sunshine and let your hair air-dry.
Apple Cider Rinse
If your hair has a buildup of product, or is just tired looking from environmental residue and oils, a quick beauty recipe for shiny hair is just what you need. It’s so simple.
1 cup apple cider vinegar
Preparation and Application
Before shampooing your hair, pour the apple cider vinegar on your head in the shower, with your head tilted back. Gently work through your scalp and hair, as if you were shampooing, although the vinegar won’t produce any suds. Rinse with the warm stream of water from your showerhead and follow with a shampoo and conditioner, as usual. The shampoo will remedy the vinegar smell and will get incredibly sudsy because of the apple cider vinegar stripping the dirt and oils away for ultraclean scalp and hair.
Egg Protein Mask
Egg whites have tremendous protein benefits. We want to nourish our hair with an intensive egg-white protein mask for shiny and healthy stands of hair.
3 egg whites
5–7 drops lemon essential oil
Preparation and Application
Crack three eggs over a bowl, separating the whites (acne sufferers, save the yolks and for the Yolk Facial recipe on page 98). Once the egg whites are isolated in a bowl, whisk together until fluffy. Add the drops of lemon essential oil for a pleasing aroma. Use your fingers to apply the mask to damp hair, focusing on the ends where the hair naturally weakens. Set hair in a clip and place a shower cap over masked hair while showering. Before exiting the shower, thoroughly rinse out the protein mask with cold water. Comb through hair gently and let air-dry.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A History of Reaching for Beauty
Chapter 2: Skin Typology
Chapter 3: Seasons and Beauty
Chapter 4: A Philosophy of Beauty
Chapter 5: Create a Spa in Your Home
Chapter 6: Common Beauty Ingredients and Helpful Terms
Chapter 7: Beauty Recipes
            Hair Beauty Recipes
            Eye Beauty Recipes
            Lip Beauty Recipes
            Face Beauty Recipes
            Décolletage/Neck Beauty Recipes
            Body Beauty Recipes
            Hand Beauty Recipes
            Feet Beauty Recipes
Chapter 8: Beauty Woes and Simple Natural Remedies
Recipe Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    I was looking for a gift for a special woman and came upon Ms. T

    I was looking for a gift for a special woman and came upon Ms. Tenhouten’s book. Obviously it was not written for a non-metro-sexual, alpha-male such as myself, but is a perfect for a guy whose lady is into natural skin care products and would like to save a ton of money by using ingredients that can be easily found in her cabinets or purchased at the local grocery/produce store. Before gifting it, I read through parts (to make sure it was indeed a worthwhile book) and was impressed by the depth of her knowledge, her ability to convey information in a highly readable, entertaining fashion, and the practical, everyday usefulness of the ‘recipes’ she provides. (I also found the glossary of ingredients and helpful terms to be especially helpful.) There are more than beauty tips and recipes; she also presents a whole healthy lifestyle philosophy that the reader can choose to embrace in whole or in part, but she makes a very good case for behavioral alteration as being a core ingredient to a truly effective beauty regimen. I’ll admit that I found a few pearls of wisdom that would even apply to a Neanderthal like me (e.g., using toothpaste to dry out a pimple and I probably should take her advice and cut way down on coffee and diet sodas--unlikely to happen, but she’s right). In short, a terrific gift choice.

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