Natural Homemade Beauty by Leoniek Bontje

Publisher BT Batsford Ltd.

ISBN 978-1-84994-876-0

This is an instructive guide and illustrated with beautiful photographs about how to make your own beauty products. Many of the plants and flowers used in the recipes are well known, easy to find as you might even be growing these in your garden.

The recipes are easy to follow and Leoniek explains her reasons for the plant/s she has chosen for that beauty product. Contained within the pages of the book, you will find 90 recipes for the skin, hair and home. There is a chapter explaining the benefits of making your own beauty products and another on natural basic ingredients required for making these.

As someone who is allergic to most of the ingredients found in mass made beauty products, I was very excited to read this book and I wasn’t disappointed. I am looking forward to gathering the plants needed for the products and make my own, especially the Rosewater and Witch Hazel recipe, Nele Odeur’s Day and Night Cream, Rosehip Face Mask and the Conditioner recipes for hair, which uses herbs such as chamomile, rosemary, thyme and nettle!

This book is a must for those who would like to use clean ingredients on their skin and enjoy the process of making your own products. I know this is a book I will use often.

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