This week, Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash! There is certainly no shortage of beauty bloggers and each year they seem to be getting younger and younger. I’m no longer startled when a well known blogger turns out to be working out of her dorm room. Cindy is on many best beauty blogs list and I have learned to trust her experience and judgement. If you follow Prime Beauty you know what I mean. If she is new to you , you’re in for a treat.
Fashion Flash Book Review: 200 Tips, Techniques and Natural Recipes for Natural Beauty by Shannon Buck
I get weekly questions about DIY skin and hair products and I’ve uploaded a few demos on Youtube. I limited my suggestions to simple homemade masks or fortifying existing commercial products. I’ve stayed away from the real thing– cooking up original cleansers and moisturizers.. it seemed extremely technical and a bit overwhelming. 200 Tips and Techniques and Natural Remedies finally gave me the tools and confidence to create a complete line of products in my kitchen.Written by Shannon Buck, the founder of the well known site, Fresh Picked Beauty, this beautifully designed book is the best guide to DIY beauty care products I’ve ever seen– and I’ve seen many.
The book begins by offering detailed charts on natural oils, clays, emulsifiers and herbs. Ms Buck not only evaluates their impact on the skin and hair, she explains how to make oil or water based herbal infusions. Amazingly easy!
The book clearly explains what equipment is needed and illustrates exactly how to use them in cosmetic production. Many of the tools like measuring spoons, graters, a cutting board were already in my kitchen. The other items were easily found in the cooking section of my local store.
I finally got over my fear of melting waxes and using thermometers and produced my first totally home made rosemary cleanser. It smelled delicious and left my skin fresh and clean.There are recipes for both water and oil based moisturizers, and a tea tree oil lotion for oily skin that has to be seen to be believed. I rarely find an eye care product that I like, but the basic eye cream with lecithin and shea oil is now an essential in my skin care routinue.
While the equipment is easy to find, you will need special sources for items like beeswax and bentonite clay and marshmellow root. Not to worry. Buck has provided a wide range of suppliers including online sources for herbs, waxes, clays, carrier oils, labels, and bottles. This beautiful and useful book is my holiday gift for 2014.