One thing that is gaining quite a bit in popularity among environmentally minded (and cash strapped) Americans is looking for natural alternatives to beauty care products that not only reduce their impact on the environment by using less packaging and less chemicals, but also reduce the impact on their pocketbooks.
In the new book, The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances, author Julie Gabriel goes into great detail discussing not only the effects that synthetic products have on your body but she also shares with her readers organic alternatives that are affordable. She details how to spot organic frauds and gimmicks since those are abounding like crazy with everyone jumping on the greenwashing bandwagon.
This book is chock-full of recipes for making your own cleansers, toners, facial scrubs, skin care, shampoos, conditioners, baby care and even sunscreen. Interspersed between the recipes is information on off-the-shelf products which lets you know the inside scoop on not only their ingredients but their effectiveness.
This book is a real keeper if you want some advice to help you wade through the sea of organic beauty care products out there or if you like to dabble in making your own beauty concoctions. Here's one to get you started:
Hand Rescue Cream
1/2 ounce beeswax
Juice of one freshly squeezed lemon
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
1. Melt beeswax in pan. 2. Add lemon juice and oils and stir with a wooden spoon until blended. 3. Transfer to a jar. Shake occasionally until the cream is cooled and uniform.