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)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944648855
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 174,177
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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Plant-Powered Beauty: The Essential Guide to Using Natural Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare (with 50-plus Recipes) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
rkfall 9 months ago
What an exciting thing to take time to look into and learn about natural, plant-based ways of making everyday products that I use every day on my body. This is what drew me into checking out this book and seeing what I could learn and use that was SO much better than all the harmful, chemical ladened products available at my local stores. This book gives step-by-step instructions on how to make them yourself and it will most likely be less expensive in addition to being something that is a benefit to my body’s health as well. A bonus to all this is that it’s a great inspiration to gift giving as well. I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
pattyb0625 11 months ago
This book was really informative!! Its full of recipes for skin care and hair care. I especially loved the essential oil category where they had many oil synergies, The recipes were easy to follow and the ingredients werent that hard to find. this is a great book for anyone who wants to start learning about natural ways to take care of your skin and hair. Cant wait to get my hands on the physical book!
CharJones2525 11 months ago
PLANT-POWERED BEAUTY is a comprehensive guide for using natural ingredients to make plant-based skincare and beauty products. Includes more than 50 easy-to-follow recipes to concoct such homemade goodies as Almond Milk Face Cleanser, Choc-o-Mint Lip Balm, Vitamin-Rich Hair Boost Scalp Serum, and Quick & Fresh Cucumber-Thyme Body Scrub. Chock full of tips and guidance from two seasoned aromatherapists and natural beauty experts, this wise guide shows readers how to make sense of beauty labels and ingredients, while helping them make more informed decisions about the products they already use. PLANT-POWERED BEAUTY is a beauty itself as it returns us to a more natural beauty stance based on plant-based healthy selections. 5/5 Pub Date 06 Mar 2018 Thanks to BenBella Books and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #Plant-poweredBeauty #NetGalley
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Great book There's a lot of recipes for skin, hair, and body using natural ingredients. The authors have really done their homework. The recipes look easy to do. All the things you need including tools are listed. I think it's a wonderful look for all those who want a natural, fresh beauty regimen. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no compensation otherwise.
Amanda Tipper More than 1 year ago
What a helpful book! And with beautiful photography. I came across this at the best time as I've recently been considering making my own cosmetics to have more control over what goes in them (and maybe save some money). The beginning half of the book instructs on how to read the ingredient lists of mass produced cosmetics and gives descriptions of the natural ingredients that can be used (oils, clays, infusions, etc) which is great for someone who isn't too familiar with natural cosmetics. The book also contains a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves regarding equipment - I was pleasantly surprised to find I have quite a few of the must-haves. The latter part of the book contains recipes to try. They are pretty straight forward and I've had good results with the face masks. I'll be branching out after a trip to our local natural foods store. The recipe index at the make is a great feature, making it easy to find exactly what you need. I highly suggest this book if you're looking for guidance on making your own body products.