This book review is a bit of a departure for me. Instead of cooking up food, I was stirring together essential oils, witch hazel, epsom salts, cocoa butter, and spices. 100 Organic Skin Care Recipes contains instructions on how to make your own natural facial masks, body scrubs, hair treatments, and all kinds of other goodies to pamper and heal yourself (including of spa-worthy beverages). By the time I’d thumbed through the book once, it had pink sticky notes all over it. I couldn’t wait to try some of the recipes for myself.
100 Organic Skin Care Recipes was written by Jessica Ress who is the founder of Angel Face Botanicals, a small-batch boutique in Santa Cruz, CA that makes organic, all-natural, spa-quality bath and body care products and perfumes. This is a beautiful book filled with lovely photographs and the recipes are simple; it took me some time to gather up some of the “special” ingredients, but now I’m all set. To give you an idea of the kinds of things you can make for yourself, the chapter list is:
Body Scrubs and Washes
Body Butters and Oils
Whole Body Spa Treatments
Essential Oil Blends
Bonus Facial Treatments
Fun, no?! If you’re concerned about the ingredients in commercial bath and beauty products and you also love to “do it yourself,” this is the book for you. FYI for the vegans out there, some of the recipes contain honey, beeswax, and dairy yogurt. I just avoided those recipes.
Thanks to Jessica and Adams Media, I’ve got a copy of this “cookbook” to give away to one of my readers. However – I’m going to be selecting THREE winners. One winner will receive a copy of 100 Organic Skin Care Recipes; and two winners will each receive one jar of the heady Angel Soak for Cold & Flu and two luxurious Bath Fizzies, both handmade by yours truly. (Winner of the book must be from the U.S. or Canada, but the other two winners can be from any darn place on earth!) Giveaway ends at midnight U.S. CT May 29.