December 18, 2010

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Making Natural Beauty Products

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products by Sally W. Trew with Zonella B. Gould - $21 - ISBN: 9781615640232 - with over 250 recipes for everything from moisturizer to lip gloss this book is perfect for anyone concerned about the ingredients in commercially made beauty products.

What I like about the book is that there are recipes that anyone could conquer, from beginner to expert and that it gives you very specific measurements and directions on how to make each product.  This would make a great gift for the tree-hugger in your life or for yourself if you have been interested in the world of natural products.  There is even a chapter for making men's products, so you can share it with the boy.

I am a lousy cook so I wasn't too sure how successful I would be but I even manged to make a sugar scrub on my first go: with oil, sugar, finely ground oatmeal and fragrance oil.  They also call for preservative but I didn't have any in the house so I skipped it, this just means I need to use it all fast, it's not going to keep.  I didn't realize that you actually cooked these products but you do but in about 20 minutes I had my very first batch of homemade scrub which actually smelled good enough to eat!  I don't know that I'll ever work my way up to makeup but there are some bath bomb recipes that intrigue me...

What about you?  Ever made your own beauty products?  Any tips you can share?

- Lisamarie -


  1. Great idea! I might have to get one of these!

    The only home made beauty product which I use (well its not home made as I do no actual 'making') is extra virgin olive oil. I put it on my dry ends and leave it for a few hours, it really re-moisturizes my hair! xo

  2. I make my own mineral shadows and blushes. It's ssoo easy if you have the right wholesaler, and you have slight knowledge of color theory.

    You can see them at

    I must have this book.... it really intrigues me to the max! I love DIY projects!

  3. Hmm interesting. And the name is soo funny, lol.

  4. Such a great book, I really should get it!

    P.S. don't forget to enter the Christmas Giveaway


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