The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commerical Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients

The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commerical Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients

by Mary Helen Leonard


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You’ve stocked your kitchen with whole foods, and cleansed your cabinets of processed snacks, microwave

meals, and sugary desserts. After putting all of that effort into your natural, healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to slather your body in chemical-laden commercially produced beauty products. You are what you eat, and your skin can absorb chemicals and additives just as easily as your stomach. With just a little extra effort, you can work handmade, natural beauty into your daily routine.

The Natural Beauty Solution is a step-by-step guide to replacing commercial beauty products with a 100% natural routine. The Natural Beauty Solution features two-dozen easy-to-follow, customizable recipes for natural skin care. The ingredients and recipes not only provide a healthy alternative to mass-produced products, they make your skin and hair look their best, naturally. Common skin disorders, such as eczema, psoriasis,and acne are often aggravated by the chemical ingredients contained within commercial cosmetics. Chemical-based hair care can cause frizz, breakage, and scalp irritation. And, very often, it's the over the counter “cures” that are the very thing that cause common skin and hair care problems. By breaking the cycle with a natural beauty routine, you can give your body a true beauty reset. The Natural Beauty Solution will help you completely overhaul your medicine cabinet, show you how to create simple natural recipes that are quick and affordable, and troubleshoot natural beauty methods to fit your specific skin and hair type. The beautiful color photography, the insightful and inspiring editorial, and the easy to create natural recipes will have you re-examining — and re-directing — your entire beauty routine to a natural beauty solution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940611181
Publisher: Spring House Press
Publication date: 07/06/2015
Series: American Association of Woodturners Official Guide Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mary Helen Leonard has been working in the natural beauty ingredient industry since 2005, and has been professionally blogging about natural beauty since 2007. She currently works as a blogger, copywriter, and formulator for one of the country’s leading natural ingredient suppliers, Natural Sourcing, LLC.

Mary Helen’s specialty is formulating DIY recipes for natural skin care, hair care, and green living on the blog she authors at The Natural Beauty Workshop.

In addition, as Natural Sourcing’s blogger and social media coordinator, Mary Helen answers technical help and formulation questions from readers and customers on a daily basis, and has a great relationship with The Natural Beauty Workshop’s readership. She also teaches classes and workshops locally in Austin, TX.

Table of Contents

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Why Go Natural

A Natural Step Toward Healthier Living / Medicine Cabinet Cleanse / Keep it Simple / Fresh is Best / Developing a Routine / How to Use this Book

Chapter One: Building Your Pantry

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Stocking Up

The Importance of Quality / Shopping Smart / Ingredient Storage and Shelf Life

1.3 The Essential Ingredients

Cold Process Soap / Cosmetic Grade Clay / Adzuki Bean Powder / Baking Soda / Soy Lecithin / Beeswax / Witch Hazel / Apple Cider Vinegar / Sea Salt / Raw Sugar / Carrier Oils / Vegetable Butters / Essential Oils

/ Hydrosols/ Eggs / Yogurt / Almonds / Fruit

1.4 Outro

Choosing the Right Ingredients for Your Own Routine

Chapter Two: Face

2.1 Introduction

Challenges & Rewards of DIY Facial Care / What to Expect

2.2 Everyday Recipes

The Oil Cleansing Method / Washing Grain Recipe / Toner Recipe / Moisturizing Facial Oil Recipe / Facial Cream Recipe / Lip Balm Recipe

2.3 Specialty Recipes

Deep Cleansing Masque / Alpha Hydroxy Facial / Soothing Cream Mask

Chapter Three: Body

3.1 Introduction

Challenges & Rewards of DIY Body Care / What to Expect

3.2 Everyday Recipes

Hand­Milled Soap Bars / Body Oil / Body Butter / Sugar or Salt Scrub / Deodorant

3.3 Specialty Recipes

Warming Massage Oil / Cuticle Oil / Pedicure Soak and Scrub / Almond and Yogurt Body Scrub

Chapter Four: Hair

4.1 Introduction

Challenges & Rewards of DIY Hair Care / What to Expect

4.2 Everyday Recipes

Baking Soda Wash / Hand­Milled Shampoo Bars / Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

4.3 Specialty Recipes

Conditioning Oil / Egg Yolk Mask / Natural Detangler

Sidebars and Blurbs

Success Stories: Testimonials from natural beauty converts

Life After Shampoo / How I Broke my Fragrance Addiction / Giving Eczema the Axe

FAQ: Common questions about natural beauty

Is it expensive? / Does your hair smell like vinegar? / I’m just too busy.

Troubleshooting: Tips and troubleshooting for adjusting to natural beauty Itchy Scalp / Acne / Dry Skin / Bad Hair Days

Feed Your Head: Facts, history, and trivia on natural beauty

Detergent vs. Soap: The important distinctions between natural soap and sulfate detergents / Sunscreen: A notable exception to DIY skincare / Why do we shampoo?

Toxic Beauty: Information on hazardous chemicals commonly used in commercial skin care products Sulfates / Parabens / Phthalates / Fragrances / Petroleum

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