Hey everyone; happy Friday! This week I decided to tell you all about the book that originally got me started on DIY natural skincare. “Organic Body Care Recipes” by Stephanie Tourles contains 175 recipes for natural and herbal skincare and health. It is an excellent resource that I have enjoyed using since 2010- 2011 and was really the launching pad for me into the world of natural and organic body care.
The book is divided into 9 chapters each of which has it’s own subsections. One of the things I really like about this book is that the first three chapters are focused on educating the reader and giving them a good foundation for the world of natural beauty. The first chapter talks about our skin, hair, and nails, and the specific anatomy and needs of each. The second chapter contains a very handy ingredient dictionary with a brief but informative description of most, if not all the ingredients used in the book’s recipes. The third chapter talks about tools for preparation, application, and storage. Chapters 4-9 contain all the recipes which is a comprehensive resource for everything from lip balm, lotion, and body scrubs, to shampoo, deodorant, and bug repellent; and many things in between.
The recipes and information is mainly tailored towards women, and includes a chapter titled “For Women Only: Delicate Subjects” but many of the recipes outside of that particular chapter can be used for men as well, such as, the sunscreen and after sun relief recipes, “bear of a headache balm”, decongesting steam and bug repellents.
One of the only things I dislike about this book is that many of the recipes contain 6 or more ingredients (and a few have a list of probably about 15). Despite that fact though, because Stephanie Tourles provides so much information about the specific properties of each ingredient in chapter 2, it makes it easy to substitute, just use the recipes as a guide, or mix and match elements from different recipes.
According to the bio on the back of the book, Stephanie “is a licensed holistic esthetician, certified aromatherapist, and the author of 7 books on natural body care and wellness”. Her background and knowledge certainly shows in the book as it is chocked full of so. much. information.
If any of you are wanting to start out in natural body care and health, I cannot recommend her book enough and would say it is definitely well worth the $12.99 that Amazon has it listed for here.
Have a wonderful weekend!