Are you a do-it-yourselfer? If so, I have an excellent book for you! As cosmetics lovers we are well aware of the monetary cost of being aficionados…although our significant others may not be (ha!). Making your own products can save tons of money, plus there is a real satisfaction in choosing which quality ingredients go into your creations. And let’s face it – it’s just cool to know how to make deodorant, whipped body cream, and bath bombs. There are quite a few excellent do-it-yourself books on the market, but what makes DIY Beauty by Ina de Clercq ($17.99) different is all of her recipes are inspired by favorites from current lines. So, do you love La Mer’s The Body Crème but just can’t afford it right now? You can make your own! How about Nars the Multiple? No problem. MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil? The recipe is easy.sample, affliate links
There are over 100 recipes in DIY Beauty that range from face masks to cream eyeshadows. The recipes aren’t difficult, although some do require using a double boiler. DIY Beauty addresses proper storage for each recipe, as well as how long the homemade product will last.
The chapters include recipes for every kind of face mask, hair products, moisturizers and eye cream, deodorant, blemish cream, lip gloss and lip balm, bronzer, eye shadow, highlighter, loose powder, makeup cleanser, body scrubs, body oil, hand soap, bath bombs, foot soaks…the list is incredible! The recipes are inspired by products from lines like Kiehls, Dr. Jart+, Tom Ford, Moroccanoil, Lush, Dior, Korres, La Mer, Bumble and Bumble, The Body Shop, Nars, MAC…too many to list!
What I really appreciate are the notes on how to customize the recipes so you can create products that are perfect for you. I am also not the most artistic person, but I find these recipes to be extremely easy to follow, and the ingredients aren’t things that are difficult to find. While DIY Beauty doesn’t list specific resources for ingredients and containers, I have a few to recommend that I think are wonderful.
For supplies, I like Mary Tylor Naturals. I reviewed this company a few years ago HERE which is actually what started my love of DIY beauty products. I made a moisturizing cream that I still love and I have some friends who ask me to make it for them. Mary Tylor Naturals has almost everything that is called for in the DIY book – the only ingredient I couldn’t find was the cosmetic mica for colored cosmetics products, but you can find that at any of these links:
DIY Beauty is an excellent book with creative but easy to make recipes for beauty products, all based on our favorites from big lines. It is a ton of fun, and your products will last for months! You can find DIY Beauty at most book stores, as well as online at Amazon. – Lisa