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Book Review: Plant-Powered Beauty

Let’s talk about ‘beauty regimes’ do you have one?

I read an article the other day by a dermatologist who claimed that we don’t really need half of the products we buy. Our skin naturally fights all the elements every day, and it protects us continuously. Our skin is, the biggest organ we have. If anything, she said, the only thing we need is to protect our skin from UV rays with a good everyday sun protector.

How many of you use sunscreen every day? I try, but I would be lying if I said I do. Anyway, now that I am 30 something, I am a little more careful with how I treat my skin. I am adamant about trying to keep as chemical-free as possible, and I love anything botanical. Which is why when the publisher asked me if I wanted to review a copy of Plant-Powered Beauty by Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault, I did not hesitate. Yes, please!

First things first, they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but come on! This book makes a fantastic aesthetic addition to anyone’s botanical library. That aside, this book was written by two amazing ladies who share with us a whole lot of knowledge condensed in one beautifully composed book.

That said, please note this book is a little hard to get into at first, especially if you have zero knowledge about botanicals, chemistry or making your beauty products. However, if you manage to stick to it, you will learn a lot! The first section talks about the techniques, recipe formulation, and understanding your oils form your waxes, hydrosols and exfoliants. The second part is where the fun begins! In there you will find many simple(ish) recipes for cleansers, scalp serums, mouthwashes and everything in between.

However, don’t be fooled; you will need to invest in some high-quality ingredients first; after all, this is going on your skin. The book is a good starting point guide for all the natural living enthusiasts.

From the book

Beauty Tip! Be on alert that some processors may wash the nuts and seeds in high heat and/or solvent solutions to loosen the shells and break down the seed coat to make the pressing process yield higher quantities. To avoid any trace residues of solvents in your beauty products, stay away from vegetable oils that are processed with either solvents or high heat, and choose only cold-pressed oils for beauty formulating.

Without a doubt, homemade natural products are on the rise. We live in a world where we have to be more conscious about our purchase decisions and the impact these have on the environment. It makes perfect sense to go back to basics and make our beauty products at home. Not only it allows us to use and reuse our glass containers, but it also helps us minimize our carbon footprint impact.

However, it is not for everyone, and that is ok too. Not everyone has the time, knowledge or disposition to make beauty products from scratch.

Remember to read your labels, and don’t fall for marketing gimmicks with ‘Organic’ and ‘Natural’ ingredients. Do your research first! And when in doubt simply make your own!

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