Monday, October 17, 2016

The Compassionate Chick's Guide to Beauty by Sunny Subramanian & Chrystie Fiedler

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book-

Part DIY vegan beauty how-to, part cookbook, and part self-improvement manifesto, The Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty showcases non-toxic, rejuvenating and restorative skin care and beauty products that you can whip up in your kitchen with simple ingredients for pennies per treatment.

My thoughts

When I was pregnant with my first baby in 2007, I really started reading labels and became concerned with a lot of products on the market- food products, cleaners, and especially makeup products which don't seem to be regulated at all. While the makeup industry has come a long way in the last ten years offering more naturally based makeup than ever, those makeup and bath and body products can be quite pricey. Sometimes making these things at home is even easier than people might think and way more cost effective than trying to buy them all from higher end stores. What I love about The Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty is that not only are these products safe for us they are vegan so they haven't harmed any other creatures to be made. There is also a great guide at the beginning about why it is unnecessary to test on animals and another great guide that explains many of the bad chemicals and ingredients in traditional beauty products. There are recipes for everything from body washes to muscle pain relief oil, to liquid foundation, several face masks, body washes, body lotions, and even an entire section on hair care products. Many of these recipes require things you already have in your pantry or fridge, but the ones that utilize harder to find ingredients can be found at a Whole Foods or other natural grocery store, or even on Amazon. I have plans to make several of the recipes from the book to give out with my Christmas gifts this year. 

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