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Review of “The Green Beauty Recipes” book

Posted Jan 30 2011 12:00pm

Julie Gabriel the writer of “The Green Beauty Recipes” book was very lovely and send me one copy of the book to review. I’d like to point out that I was not monetarily compensated for this review. All the opinions and thoughts contained in this post are purely my own.

Review of “The Green Beauty Recipes” book

Review of “The Green Beauty Recipes” book The Green Beauty Recipes ” book is the latest book by Julie Gabriel and an extension of her first book “ The Green Beauty Guide “. I have to say when I started to read “The Green Beauty Recipes” book, I immediately understood that it is the one book that I really needed on the subject.

What is inside the book?

This book has 232 pages packed of magnificent DIY beauty recipes. It also includes instructions, explanations and helpful hints to help you become a cosmetic guru in your own kitchen.

The first part of the book called “Handmade Beauty Basics” contains instructions on different preparation techniques, storage, preservation and other essential information which you need to know in order to become a successful “DIY beauty maker”.

There is something for everyone in this book. In fact, more then half of the book is packed with recipes for cleansers & toners, moisturizers, masks and scrubs, sun care, body care, hair care products, and bath treatments. Even baby care product recipes are included.

The recipes also vary from using the simplest basic kitchen ingredients to some slightly more complex creams containing different only natural additives. All the recipes in the book are surprisingly cheap and don’t contain any ingredients that you couldn’t find at a healthy store around the corner.

Every recipe provides detailed instructions on preparation, application and storage, which are very clear and easy to understand. Even those people who never created a facial mask in their lives will not have any troubles creating the most complex beauty product in this book.

After the DIY beauty section, Julie includes metric conversion charts and the list of websites she uses to purchase the ingredients used in her recipes.

Must do recipes from the book

I had a ton of fun testing out recipes from Julie’s collection. Here are some that I loved so much I couldn’t resist sharing:

Double Apple Toner

This toner really rocks!

Use this toner to exfoliate and purify oily, blemished skin. Apple supplies anti-bacterial pectin and a host of vitamins and minerals. One apple a day (the Green Beauty way!) will surely keep the dermatologist away!

3 oz apple juice
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
5 drops tea tree essential oil

Core (don’t peel) the apple and coarsely chop it. Combine all the ingredients in the blender. Blend all ingredients using a stick blender. Strain through coffee filter paper and pour the toner into a container. Shake well before use. Smooth over the face, avoiding eye area. Rinse off with tepid or cool water. Store up to one month in a clean, cool place.

Grape and Clay Hair Volumizing Treatment

Clay helps remove excess oils that often result in limp, dull-looking hair. Grapes feed the scalp with antioxidants, while helping to gently polish away dead skin cells. Healthy, shiny, bouncy hair can emerge only from a healthy scalp. Keep that in mind!

2–3 cups grape juice (any variety)
1 tablespoon white clay
1 cup green tea
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a glass or polypropylene (PP) bottle and shake well. Shampoo your hair as usual. Pour liberally over wet hair and massage lightly into scalp and along your hair length. Allow to remain on your hair for one minute or more, and then rinse off with cool water. Towel dry your hair and style as usual. This blend can be stored up to one week in a cold, clean place, ideally in a refrigerator.

Would I recommend “The Green Beauty Recipes” book?

Without a doubt! Yes, Yes and again Yes! I have never had such a valuable source of information concerning DIY beauty in my hands ever. Believe me I have read so many books on this theme, and most of them are now collecting dust on my shelf. But “The Green Beauty Recipes” is now proudly placed amongst some of my most beloved cookbooks in the kitchen, just so it is always at hand.

P.S. You can purchase the “The Green Beauty Recipes” from the author of this book Julie Gabriel at Amazon here .

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