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Plant-Powered Beauty: The Essential Guide to Using Natural Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare (with 50-plus Recipes)

Plant-Powered Beauty: The Essential Guide to Using Natural Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare (with 50-plus Recipes)




You know your diet should be rich in plants for optimal health. So shouldn’t the products you apply to your skin, which are absorbed into your body, also be filled with plants?

If you’ve ever looked at the back of your so-called “natural” facial moisturizer or body cream and seen a list of complicated additives you couldn’t recognize or pronounce, then you know firsthand that mass-produced synthetic beauty products can be something of a mystery.

With Plant-Powered Beauty: The Essential Guide to Using Natural Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare (with 50-plus Recipes), harness the power of plant-based energy to maintain your natural beauty and let your skin glow like never before. Natural beauty experts Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault show readers how to deconstruct beauty labels, parse ingredients lists, make informed choices about the products they use—and, most important, better understand how their skin works.

At the heart of Plant-Powered Beauty, you will find more than 50 easy-to-follow recipes to make your own plant-based skincare and beauty products, such as:

  • Almond Milk Facial Cleanser

  • Anti-aging Facial Scrub

  • Blemish Gel

  • Choc-o-Mint Lip Balm

  • Coconut Whip Makeup Remover

  • Vitamin-Rich Hair Health Serum

  • Quick and Fresh Cucumber-Thyme Body Scrub

  • Moisturizing Body Oil for Super-Dry Skin

  • Natural Mouthwash

Plant-Powered Beauty unlocks sought-after wisdom for all aspects of plant-based personal skincare and celebrates the shift in beauty trends, bringing us back to natural beauty and reconnecting us with plants and healthy choices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944648855
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Amy Galper, M.A., Dipl. AT, is the Executive Director and Founder of New York Institute of Aromatherapy, and is a nationally celebrated advocate, entrepreneur, formulator, and consultant in organic beauty and wellness. She is a pioneer in the field and created the award-winning, yoga-inspired line of body care products called Buddha Nose, one of the first organic brands to create national awareness of the need for toxin-free beauty and body care products. Amy also produced a series of interactive pop-up shops called The Yoga Beauty Bar to celebrate artisan organic beauty brands while educating women to make more conscious beauty choices.

Amy has appeared as a featured speaker at the Indie Beauty Expo, Women in Flavor & Fragrance Conference, and EcoSessions. She has been a guest lecturer at New York University, NSU College of Pharmacy, and is a member of the Visiting Faculty at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, at The School of Aromatic Studies. Amy has also been featured in dozens of top media outlets including Cosmopolitan, Dr. OZ, Prevention, Well and Good, Mind Body Green, People, Allure, Refinery29, FOX news, and CUNY TV.

Christina Daigneault is an attorney and the president of Orchard Strategies, an award-winning public relations and marketing company. She is also a certified aromatherapist and beauty product formulator. Through Orchard, Christina works with lifestyle businesses and corporate leaders worldwide. She has won numerous industry awards, and regularly speaks at forums and universities about women in business and leadership. She has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The New York Law Journal, CBS Radio, NY1 News, and NBC News.

Christina discovered the benefits of natural beauty and plant-based medicine through her work representing top brands and experts, and soon started to apply natural practices to her own life. She earned a certification in aromatherapy from the New York Institute of Aromatherapy and also studied at the esteemed Maison Fragonard in Paris.

Table of Contents



Part 1: Natural Beauty Basics

Deconstructing Beauty Labels

Is Natural the Same as Organic?

The Difference Between Following a Recipe and Formulating One

How the Skin Works

Plant Extracts and Whole-Plant Parts

Essential Oils and Synergies

Beauty Ingredient Charts

Carrier Oils

Herbal Infusions






Herbs and Spices

Flours and Grains

Fruits and Vegetables

Other Ingredients

What You Need in Your Beauty Formulation Kitchen

Part 2: Beauty Recipes

Facial Care: Cleansers, Masks, Scrubs, Moisturizers, and Special Treatments

Hair Care: Scalp Serums and Hair Pomade

Body Care: Cleansers, Scrubs, Masks, and Moisturizers

Personal Care: Mouthwash, Deodorant, Bug Sprays, and More

Mind-Body Care: Baths, Inhalers, Roll-Ons, and Salves

Resources for Beauty Blending Ingredients




About the Authors


What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“A plant-based diet makes you beautiful on the inside, and Plant-Powered Beauty gives you the tools you need to make sure you’re giving your skin the best on the outside.”

—Bobbi Brown

Plant-Powered Beauty speaks to my soul. It’s an intelligently and beautifully written book, which will serve to both educate and inspire you to go as natural as possible with your beauty regimen. Amy and Christina encourage us to harness the power of plants for healing and healthy, glowing skin. Right up my street!”

—Sophie Uliano, New York Times bestselling author of Gorgeously Green

“This is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the ins and outs of beauty. Amy and Christina do an incredible job clearly explaining the function of each ingredient and the benefits for each skin type. Plant-Powered Beauty is a brilliant guide to navigate the world of clean beauty and how to have healthy radiant skin.”

—Annie Jackson, COO of Credo Beauty

Plant-Powered Beauty reminds the reader of what I’ve always believed—we should not have to compromise our health for our beauty. As a comprehensive guide to natural ingredients and their importance in every aspect of our lives, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in keeping their skin, the body’s largest organ, healthy and radiant without using synthetic chemicals.”

—Tata Harper, cofounder of Tata Harper Skincare

“Beauty radiates inside out! Beauty, life, and nature are all interconnected, and the pure essence of plants is vibrational, healing and nurturing us on a deeper level. Love how Plant-Powered Beauty taps into this and is so inspiring with the recipes for self-care and skin regimens, which will surely make us shine bright!”

—Mina Gough, development for Standard International Management and spa director at The Standard Spa, Miami

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