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Whether you are on a tight budget this holiday season, or you just want to try your hand at making high quality DIY skincare and body care products for the people on your gift list, then I have rounded up a few books and raw ingredients that can help you navigate these waters. If somebody on your gift list is very interested in natural skincare, and judiciously evaluates the ingredients that they use, then these books and raw ingredients could make the perfect gift for them. You can also find a wide range of beautiful empty glass bottles and jars to fill with your DIY skincare creations on Amazon for very reasonable prices.
The three books that I selected feature lots of beautiful, and easy-to-follow, recipes to make your own skincare and body care products that will be fun for you, and a real treat to your recipients. The ingredients that I selected, from Mary Tylor Naturals, are high quality, affordable and perfect for DIY recipes.
Botanical Beauty by Aubre Andrus ($14.95 from Amazon): Soak, scrub, and soothe your way to relaxation with simple homemade spa recipes from award-winning author Aubre Andrus. Using some of nature's best ingredients, such as beeswax, sugar, coconut oil, shea butter, avocado, sea salt, essential oils, and more, craft everything from a Cooling Peppermint Hand Cream to a Vanilla Honey Body Scrub. Make practical products, like your own all-natural Bugs-Be-Gone Insect Repellent, Minty Homemade Toothpaste, and Natural Shaving Cream. Or pamper yourself after a long day with a Re-energizing Tub Tea, Lovely Lavender Bath Salts, and a Deep Conditioning Treatment. Nourish your body from head to toe with these organic, handmade recipes and crafts, or package them as a gift to share a fresh, fun spa experience.
100 Organic Skin Care Recipes by Jessica Ress ($12.57 from Amazon): Filled with all-natural ingredients like shea butter, essential oils, and brown sugar, each recipe in 100 Organic Skincare Recipes gives you the opportunity to mix up your own beauty products--without any of the hazardous chemicals you'd find in store-bought brands. Whether you have sensitive skin or just want to switch to a natural beauty routine, these step-by-step instructions will teach you how to use oils, herbs, and other easy-to-find ingredients to make amazingly effective organic skincare recipes. You will enjoy creating your own one-of-a-kind home spa products, such as Invigorating Ginger Citrus Body Wash, Carrot-Coconut NutraMoist Mask, and Chocolate Lip Scrub.
Homemade Bath Bomb, Salts & Scrubs by Kate Bello ($12.13 for a paperback from Amazon): A revitalizing bath will transform your day, mood and health like nothing else. Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts & Scrubs offers 300 easy, fun, DIY recipes.
Mary Tylor Naturals Raw Unrefined Shea Butter ($14.00 for 16 oz. from Mary Taylor and Mary Tylor Naturals Amazon Store):
The unrefined Shea butter is rich in vitamin A, E and F as well as antioxidants, fatty acids and minerals The Shea butter is amazing for revitalizing damaged or cracked skin and is an wonderful moisturizer Shea butter helps soothe sunburns and can be used in natural sunscreen recipes because it offers a level of UV protection – about SPF-6 Shea butter makes an excellent natural lip balm You can use the Shea butter in your own body and skincare products Shea butter helps restore elasticity of aging skin and is great for stretch marks Shea butter helps prevent premature fine lines with the use of its organic fatty acids Shea butter is a natural makeup remover Shea butter soothes sore, overworked muscles 100% free of parabens, sulfates and petroleum Mary Tylor Naturals Shea butter is 100% pure, raw, natural, organic and fair traded. Our Shea butter is not whipped and not refined in any way. Unrefined Shea Butter is usually white to ivory-white color. To make the Shea butter yellow, a natural root extract is added. The color of the Shea butter will range based on the harvest time of the Shea nut and other factors like temperature and rain. The Shea butter has a nutty scent. The Shea butter is packaged in a 1 pound sealable food grade standup pouch.
Mary Tylor Naturals Organic African Black Soap with Shea Butter all Natural Hand Made ($12.97 for 1 lb. from Mary Tylor and Mary Tylor Naturals Amazon Store):
Mary Tylor Naturals African black soap is 100% pure, organic and authentic natural soap imported from Ghana, Africa, has a high content of organic Shea butter...100% pure, organic, and handmade with organic Shea butter Helps treat and heal symptoms of Eczema, Psoriasis and acne, contains organic African Shea Butter Helps with reducing acne (especially in combination with African Shea Butter) Amazing Natural cleanser for the body and hair (can be used a shampoo as well) Contains iron, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E to promote a healthy skin and hair Great for all skin types (including dry, rough and sensitive skin) Can help in the prevention of stretch marks during pregnancy Can help reduce skin razor irritation and bumps after shavingIt is made by hand by the woman of a small African tribe in Ghana Africa with a recipe that goes back many, many centuries. It is made with no chemical additives, no preservatives, or artificial fragrances. With the help of the organic Shea butter and Vitamin A & E, and iron, it is used to relieve symptoms of dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and flaky skin. The soap has a natural ability to exfoliate and leave your skin soft, clean and beautiful and it is used by many as a shampoo and as a makeup remover.
Mary Tylor Naturals Organic Raw Organic Cocoa Butter ($15.95 for 1 lb. from Mary Tylor and Mary Tylor Naturals Amazon Store):
Mary Tylor Naturals raw, organic cocoa butter has a rich all natural chocolate aroma, High in essential fatty acids. Rich and creamy natural moisturizer, Extracted from the Cocoa Bean. Food grade Cocoa butter can be eaten - edible cocoa butter. Packaged in a food-grade 16 oz re-sealable pouch that keeps the cocoa fresh. The product does not contain GMO materials Cocoa butter is kosher. Cocoa butter is great for chocolate making as well and has a great taste! Extraction Method: Pure Prime Pressed (PPP).
Mary Tylor Naturals Organic Yellow Beeswax Bars ($12.00 for 8 oz. from Mary Tylor and Mary Tylor Naturals Amazon Store):
Hand Poured Organic yellow Beeswax Bars 8 x 1 oz bars total of 8 organic beeswax bars. each bar is 1 oz in weight. color is yellow. Hand poured by us in our shop in New York.
Mary Tylor Naturals Organic Beeswax Pellets ($12.99 for 1 lb. from Mary Tylor and Mary Tylor Naturals Amazon Store):
Pure and Organic. Premium Quality, Cosmetic Grade, Triple Filtered Grade A yellow pastilles. Our Organic Beeswax has a natural sweet mild aroma and a golden yellow color Organic beeswax pellets are very easy to use and melt - no large blocks of bees wax to cut Great for DIY Projects like skin care products, lotions, candle making, furniture polish and so much more. Organic Beeswax contains Vitamin A and provides long-term moisturizing for your skin. USDA Certified by our manufacturer!
Mary Tylor Naturals Organic Pure Zinc Oxide ($15.95 for 1 lb. from Mary Tylor Naturals and Mary Tylor Naturals Amazon Store):
MADE IN THE USA, 100% Pure Uncoated Non-Nano Zinc Premium Quality Pharmaceutical Grade No Additives. Great for DIY Rash Creams, Sunscreen Lotions, Facial Scrubs, Soaps, Body Lotions, and Much More. Produced in a FDA Approved Facility! Very Important When it Comes to Your Skin and Beauty Products. Uncoated Non-Mano Zinc Oxide Means Than The Zinc Oxide Particles Can Not Penetrate Your Bloodstream. Mined in the USA.
Mary Tylor Naturals Lip Balm Containers ($12.97 for 50 from Mary Tylor Naturals and Mary Tylor Naturals Amazon Store): 25-50 White Empty Lip Balm containers with caps. High Quality Made in the USA.
Overall Assessment: If you are seeking to really personalize the gifts that you give– whether or not you are on a tight budget– you might want to consider making beautiful skincare gifts for the people on your list.
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