The Spa Deck – Rediscovering a Treasure of Spa Recipes

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The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.

The Spa Deck

I moved at the beginning of the year. However, I still had a lease on my old apartment until the end of February so not everything made it’s way over until recently. (We saved the furniture for last.) Anyhow, I rediscovered this deck of spa recipe cards with 50 spa recipes during the move.

The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.

The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.  It’s no longer in print, however, it is still possible to find used decks online and in bookstores.

Homemade Spa Recipes

Lavender + Tea Tree Blemish Remover Recipe via The Spa Deck

Some of my favorite spa recipes that stood out while shuffling back through the cards included this super useful recipe for making a lavender & tea tree blemish remover. This simple oil acne treatment uses a blend of antibacterial essential oils proven to help fight acne including tea tree, lemon, lavender and rosemary essential oils.

Natural Neroli Complexion Serum Recipe via The Spa Deck

Another favorite, especially for those with dry and/or aging skin, is this recipe for a neroli complexion serum. Neroli essential oil is commonly used to increase circulation and stimulates new cell growth and is suitable for all skin types.

Especially beneficial for dry, irritated or sensitive skin, neroli essential oil regulates oiliness and minimizes enlarged pores. It can also help to clear up acne especially in dry skin. While pricy, a little bit of this amazing essential oil goes a long way!

Homemade Calendula Cuticle Oil Recipe via The Spa Deck

And let’s not forget those cuticles! My cuticles are the worst! And because I have a bad habit of biting my nails when I’m especially stressed, my cuticles tend to rip and tear. This calendula cuticle oil recipe is made with calendula essential oil, but you can also purchase certified organic calendula oil that’s made from infusing organically grown calendula flowers in organic cold pressed olive oil.

The Spa Deck contains 50 spa recipes in all with everything from face masks to papaya body butter. So if you can get your hands on a used deck, I highly recommend it!

Hello Glow, by Stephanie Gerber (author of Hello Glow blog.) This book contains over 150 recipes for creating your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skin care, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home!

Alternatively, you may also love the book, Hello Glow, by Stephanie Gerber (author of Hello Glow blog.) This recently released book contains over 150 recipes for creating your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skin care, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home.

This book includes recipes for fun skincare products like warming chai body oil, solid shimmering perfume, creamy marsala lip gloss and an anti-aging mocha mud mask. You can buy Hello Glow online here.

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New Beauty and Skin Care Books

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Make It Up walks you through the natural ingredients available in most kitchens, online, or at local food stores and explains how natural oils, butters, clays, and minerals can easily replace petroleum products, artificial colors, and lab-created mystery fragrances. It follows with starter makeup recipes for things like lip balm, lotions, and face masks, then moves into beauty recipes for foundations, lipsticks, eyeliners, blush, bronzers, and more.

New Beauty and Skin Care Books

Right now you can pre-order, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, by Marie Rayma – creator of Humblebee & Me blog! Marie, of Calgary, Canada, shares a wonderful collection of beauty and skin care recipes for cosmetics, soaps, lotions, and lip balms weekly on her blog – of which I’m a long time fan – here. Her goal, with both her blog and her new book, is to allow us to ditch store bought beauty and skin care products and swap them for quality, homemade natural beauty alternatives. Marie posts new recipes to her blog, Humblebee & Me, twice a week and is super excited about the upcoming release of her first book, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care.

Make It Up walks you through the natural ingredients available in most kitchens, online, or at local food stores and explains how natural oils, butters, clays, and minerals can easily replace petroleum products, artificial colors, and lab-created mystery fragrances. It follows with starter makeup recipes for things like lip balm, lotions, and face masks, then moves into beauty recipes for foundations, lipsticks, eyeliners, blush, bronzers, and more. Detailed information on each ingredient used can be in Make It Up so you understand the strengths and benefits of each ingredient used. In addition, products can be tailored for you individual skin care needs—from swapping out ingredients not suitable for sensitive skin to whipping up the perfect colors suited to any complexion.

With easy-to-follow instructions, Make It Up includes recipes for more than 40 essential beauty and skin care recipes that will replace just about everything you put on your face and body with handmade, high-performance, healthy alternatives. Learn more about this book or pre-order it now here.

Handmade Beauty explores the different ingredients, equipment and methods you need to make your own handmade cosmetics including basic principles, such as making infusions, as well as storage and safety. This is followed by 37 skin care recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations. These beauty and skin care recipes cater to all skin and hair types, and include recipes for face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms & more!

Another beauty and skin care book you may be interested in is Handmade Beauty: Natural Recipes for your Face, Body and Hair by authors Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton. This beauty book is a guide filled with skin care and hair care recipes you can make at home with a few basic materials and kitchen equipment.

Handmade Beauty begins by exploring the different ingredients, equipment and methods you need to make your own handmade cosmetics including basic principles, such as making infusions, as well as storage and safety. This is followed by 37 skin care recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations. These beauty and skin care recipes cater to all skin and hair types, and include recipes for face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms, body butters, bath bombs, foot sprays, shampoos and hair treatments.

In addition you’ll also find step-by-step illustrations and clear instructions throughout Handmade Beauty to ensure that all of the hair and skin care recipes are easy to follow. There are also ideas on how to package and present your completed handmade beauty products. Learn more about Handmade Beauty or buy it now here.

Other books by popular bloggers that you may like include 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife’s All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants (by the author of A Nerdy Farm Wife blog) and The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commercial Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients (by the author of The Natural Beauty Workshop blog.)

Fifteen new and fantastic books to read to nurture your creative side this summer. From recipes to writing to crafts, you’re sure to discover something wonderful inside each one!

For more great books to keep your creative side happy this summer, check out my collection of must read books for summer on my Tumblr blog here.

For a huge collection of natural beauty and skin care recipes be sure to follow my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebookTwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Homemade Beauty Recipe Books

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Homemade Beauty - 150 all-natural skin, hair and body care recipes. From turning blueberries into a lush detoxifying mask to fresh lemongrass into a non-toxic bug repellent, Homemade Beauty takes the ubiquitous eat-local, farm-to-table concept and brings it to the beauty category.

Love crafting your own natural homemade beauty recipes? Then you’ll definitely want to give the book, Homemade Beauty, a look! This book is a beautifully packaged collection of 150 all-natural skin, hair and body care recipes. From turning blueberries into a lush detoxifying mask to fresh lemongrass into a non-toxic bug repellent, Homemade Beauty takes the ubiquitous eat-local, farm-to-table concept and brings it to the beauty category. Learn more about this homemade beauty recipe book here. Have to own it now? You can purchase the kindle version of this book and save! (If you don’t have a kindle you can simply download the free kindle app for most devices here.)

The Natural Beauty Solution - A step-by-step guide to replacing commercial beauty products with a 100% natural routine. It features two-dozen easy-to-follow, customizable recipes for natural skin care that are not only provide a healthy alternative to mass-produced products, but will also make your skin and hair look their best.

If you like the aforementioned homemade beauty recipe book, you may also enjoy the beauty recipe book, The Natural Beauty Solution. The Natural Beauty Solution by Mary Helen Leonard is a step-by-step guide to replacing commercial beauty products with a 100% natural routine. It features two-dozen easy-to-follow, customizable homemade beauty recipes for natural skin care that are not only provide a healthy alternative to mass-produced products, but will also make your skin and hair look their best.

Common skin disorders, such as eczema, psoriasis,and acne are often aggravated by the chemical ingredients contained within commercial cosmetics while chemical-based hair care can cause frizz, breakage, and scalp irritation. And in many cases over the counter “cures” can worsen common skin and hair care issues. This book teaches you how to overhaul your medicine cabinet and create simple natural recipes that are both quick and affordable, as well as troubleshoot natural beauty methods to fit your specific skin and hair type. Learn more about The Natural Beauty Solution here.

To explore even more homemade beauty recipes be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. You may also be interested in my collection of soapmaking books and tutorials here. Or simply follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebookTwitterG+ or Instagram to keep up with all of my new blog posts and homemade beauty recipe ideas.


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Soapmaking Books and Tutorials

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Must have soapmaking books and resources for learning how to make soap from scratch as well as a free online soapmaking tutorial.

Research, research, research is the best first step to getting started in soapmaking. But that research doesn’t have to expensive. In addition to online soapmaking tutorials, a collection of good soapmaking books can go a long way to providing more in depth information on the chemistry of soapmaking that will assist you moving forward to both more complex recipes as well as getting started creating your own custom homemade soap recipes.

Soapmaking Books

One of many helpful soapmaking books to get you started in modern soapmaking that won’t break your budget is Smart Soapmaking by Anne L. Watson. The kindle version of this soapmaking book is just $.99! Not only does it contain a plethora of useful information on making cold process soap, it also contains both customary and metric measurements and a list of suppliers in FIVE countries, making it suitable for international soapmakers. In addition, after reading this book, Anne will personally answer questions you may have on soapmaking on her website.

Must have soapmaking books and resources for learning how to make soap from scratch as well as a free online soapmaking tutorial.

Other great soapmaking resources include the 2016 release Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola, The Everything Soapmaking Book by Alicia Grosso – You can read this book free if you sign up for an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Free 30-day trial – Soap Maker’s Workshop: The Art and Craft of Natural Homemade Soap by Robert S. McDaniel and Katherine J. McDaniel – this book comes with an instructional DVD, and the more traditional book, Milk Soapmaking also by Anne L. Watson, Ultimate Guide To Soap Making by Amanda McCarthy, The Soapmaker’s Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How by Susan Miller Cavitch that includes a great troubleshooting section and a chart that lists the properties of the most commonly used oils.

Must have soapmaking books and resources for learning how to make soap from scratch as well as a free online soapmaking tutorial.

Other books you may find of interest include The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century by Charlotte Denholtz – or read free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited –The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commercial Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients by Mary Helen Leonard, Soap Queen Business Handbook by Anne-Marie Faiola for those interested in selling homemade soaps, Soap Queen Cold Process Soap and Soap Queen Lotions, Scrubs, Salts and More Projects by Anne-Marie Faiola – both also free to read with Amazon Kindle Unlimited – Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive by Petra Ahnert and Honey Crafting: From Delicious Honey Butter to Healing Salves, Projects for Your Home Straight from the Hive by Leeann Coleman and Jayne Barnes.

As with most books, the kindle versions of these books, if available, are significantly cheaper in most cases than the paper version. If you don’t have a kindle you can read kindle eBooks using the free Kindle Reading App on most devices.

You may also want to read my online soapmaking tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch here which includes links to other helpful resources, tools and charts as well as my article on how to create your own custom cold process soap recipe using a lye calculator here. Or discover a plethora of homemade soap recipes on my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board.


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New Natural Beauty Recipe Book from Shannon Buck

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DIY natural beauty book - 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty

Just released is the new natural beauty recipe book, 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beautyby Shannon Buck!

This new 4 1/2 star rated natural beauty book will teach you all that you need to know to make your own organic natural beauty products. Learn how to create homemade lotions and potions at home using natural and holistic ingredients like herbs and flowers. You’ll also be instructed on the properties of conditioning carrier oils and naturally moisturizing butters as well as aromatic floral extracts. Many of these natural beauty recipes are perfect for your overall health and include curative herbal extracts and therapeutic essential oils. This natural beauty book contains clear step by step photographs and instructions as well as expert tips and easy to follow natural beauty recipes.

You can buy 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty now in paperback here. Or save by purchasing the kindle version of this natural beauty book here. (Don’t own a kindle? Download the free kindle app. Or purchase the all new kindle paperwhite.)

If you like 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty by Shannon Buck, then also be sure to check out the collection of similar books by author, Rosemary Gladstar. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, a #1 best seller with a 5 star review, is among one of her many prized favorites. You may also enjoy Fifi M. Maacaron’s book, Natural Beauty Alchemy: Make Your Own Organic Cleansers, Creams, Serums, Shampoos, Balms, and More, in addition to Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman’s book, The Home Apothecary: Cold Spring Apothecary’s Cookbook of Hand-Crafted Remedies & Recipes for the Hair, Skin, Body, and Home.

To discover even more natural beauty recipes be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’ or Tumblr as well as FacebookTwitter, G+ and Instagram for more great beauty book recommendations and natural skin care and homemade soap recipes.


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