Handmade Beauty: Natural Recipes for your Face, Body and Hair

Handmade Beauty: Natural Recipes for your Face, Body and Hair


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Handmade Beauty is an inspirational guide to making skincare and haircare products at home. Cosmetic experts Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton show how, with a few basic materials and some kitchen equipment, anyone can craft simple yet effective recipes with natural ingredients. Based on the authors' in-depth knowledge of the use of natural products and active ingredients in contemporary skin- and haircare, Handmade Beauty includes some of the latest thinking in natural cosmetics.

The first part of the book explores the different ingredients, equipment and methods you need to make the cosmetic projects. Juliette and Abi guide you through the basic principles, such as making infusions, and also explain what you need to know about storage and safety. The second part of the book is devoted to 37 luscious recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations. The featured projects cater for all skin and hair types, and include face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms, body butters, bath bombs, foot sprays, shampoos and hair treatments. Step-by-step illustrations and clear instructions throughout ensure that recipes are easy to follow. The book concludes with ideas on packaging and presenting your beautiful homemade products.

Sample Recipe: How to Make Nourishing Facial Oil

Note from Author: This light facial oil is very easy to make. It is ideal for normal to dry skins, and a lovely treat for tired skin in winter. It is surprisingly quick to absorb into the skin and really doesn't feel greasy, as you might expect. It is best applied at bedtime. Alternatively, it also works well as a light massage oil to relax the face. Vitamin E oil, which promotes the healing and fading of scars, is usually available in dilution with another oil, such as sweet almond oil.


4 tsp rice bran oil

2 tsp vitamin E oil in dilution sweet almond oil

1 1/2 tsp argan oil

2 1/2 tsp rosehip oil

2 drops geranium essential oil

Makes 3 1/2 tbsp of facial oil


Glass bottle with dropper

Step 1

Measure all the ingredients into a glass jar.

Step 2

Stir to mix the oils and then pour into a sterilized, airtight glass bottle with dropper. Label with the date and ingredients used.


Using your fingertips, apply a small amount to the face with light, upward movements.

Note: Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. The facial oil will keep for 6 months to a year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910254189
Publisher: Jacqui Small
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,174,214
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JULIETTE GOGGIN runs a consulting company specializing in product development for cosmetics and home fragrance, and has worked with many niche brands to create innovative new products. She is a regular speaker at cosmetic industry seminars. Juliette also runs crafting classes from her home in East Sussex, teaching homemade skincare, candle-making and jewellery design. She appeared in two series of Superscrimpers on Channel 4, and also presented the series Superscrimpers' Challenge in 2013. She is the co-author of Junk Genius, published in 2012.

ABI RIGHTON, co-author of Handmade Beauty with Juliette, is a respected cosmetic scientist. She has almost 40 years’ experience in formulating beauty products, including for The Body Shop, and runs her own business offering cosmetic formulations based on natural ingredients and new technologies. Her services are sought by premium skincare, haircare and spa brands worldwide.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Before You Begin 10

Sourcing Ingredients 13

In the Health-Food Store 14

In the Ethnic Grocery 16

Exploring the Garden, Hedgerow and Seashore 19

In the Kitchen and Bathroom 21

On the Internet 22

Essential Oils 24

Getting Equipped 27

Basic Equipment 28

Containers and Storage 30

Mastering Techniques 33

Infusions 34

Working with Surfactants, Preservatives and Emulsifiers 38

Using pH Strips 40

Working with Dried Materials 42

Working with Sucragel Base 43

Considering Storage and Safety 44

Product Recipes 46

Face 49

Make-Up Removers and Facial Cleansers 50

Toners and Facial Spritzes 60

Face Creams, Lotions and Oils 66

Face Scrubs and Masks 77

Eyes 86

Lips and Cheeks 89

Body 93

Bath Additives 94

Body Scrubs 104

Body Butters and Lotions 109

Hands and Feet 113

Hair 125

Shampoo and Hair Rinses 126

Treatments and Styling 130

Finishing Touches 137

Glossary of Ingredients 140

Directory of Suppliers 156

Index 158

Acknowledgements 160

About the Authors 160

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