Ever pick your way through shelves of expensive face and body creams, toners, lip balms, shampoos, or bath salts? Eventually you shake your head and walk away confused and frustrated. The high prices are intimidating and the fancy labels make all kinds of extravagant claims. But the truth is, these expensive commercial items are concocted with all the same old chemical stuff, while maybe an herb or two has been thrown in for appearance.
Heather Lee Houdeck’s The Herbal Bath and Body Book (Sept. 2014) offers eye-opening information about how to make many of these products at home with pure, natural ingredients. And it sounds like they’ll be more effective than the store-bought version.
Houdeck’s book opens with elegant photographs of the herbs and flowers that fill the recipes. She includes valuable information about how to buy and store the herbs and use them to their best advantage, as well as her top twenty list of favorite herbs.
Part two is a treasury of easy-to-follow recipes for making sunscreen, shampoos (for oily and dry hair, as well as to fight dandruff), a sore muscle soak, a sugar scrub, herbal face masques, skin toners, shaving balm and aftershave, perfume, body butters, deodorant, and more.
While I have occasionally thought about trying to make some of these products, after reading The Herbal Bath and Body Book, I feel totally confident that I have all the information I need to make what I especially want: my own body butter and perfume. The Bay Rum aftershave and toner sound like great gifts for the men in my life.
And guess what? At the end of the book, there’s tons of information on where to find containers and how to package the products (including making gift baskets, and great labels). The author also provides conversion charts and advice on where to buy the ingredients. I’m psyched! Now, what to choose for my first project?