About the Author:
Annie Strole is a Brooklyn-based makeup artist, natural beauty expert, and contributing editor for style, beauty, and DIY site, Lovelyish.com. A lifelong luxury beauty product junkie and hippie-at-heart, Annie eventually began researching the ingredients of her beloved beauty potions out of curiosity. Not pleased with her findings of the effects of some particularly nasty ingredients, Annie decided to take her beauty into her own hands by creating effective, all-natural beauty products at home using the freshest ingredients possible. She shares 150 of these recipes in her new release Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made from All-Natural Ingredients, out November 4, 2014.
This is a pretty simple book of homemade beauty recipes. The ingredients list for most of these recipes are never longer than 8 items. Most are 4 ingredients or less. Also most of the ingredients on the list are commonly used in the kitchen or household. There are of course some specialized ingredients like essential oils, or zinc oxide for sunscreen. But these are easily found at natural food stores online or at retail stores.
I’ve tried some of these recipes and so far my fave is the microdermabrasion recipe. Why microdermabrasion? At the time I’m writing this it’s winter, and my skin has dry, flakey patches on it. So this recipe is amazing at helping to get rid of those dry flakey patches without irritating my skin too much. Also, if you go to the spa to get microdermabrasion done it’s quite expensive, time consuming and you could walk out the door with a red face. Who wants to walk about the city looking like they got a bad sunburn? Not me. With this recipe I can do a less abrasive version of microdermabrasion from the comfort of my home. Plus I don’t need healing time as this version is so much more gentle.
The only thing I don’t like about this book is that Strole doesn’t talk much about how long each recipe will keep. Since none of these products have preservatives, they could go bad easily. While most of the recipes are easy to make on the spot, sometimes it’s nice to make things ahead of time and use when needed. I don’t always have time to do DIY on the spot and I’m sure busy mothers would have the same problem. Strole also doesn’t give any storage advice e.g. store in cool, dry place. I think that would be helpful for those who are newbies to DIY. Besides the recipes, you will also find throughout the book a pageor two devoted to an ingredient spotlight, telling us the properties for each and what it’s good for. I liked the ingredient spotlight and found it interesting.
Overall, this is a fairly good, if simple DIY book. This book is good for those who are beginners at DIY or those who like to keep things simple. For more elaborate or challenging recipes I would recommend The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel.