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The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

ccgdbcoverThe Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

I am one of those people that does not like all of the chemicals and “fake” ingredients in the majority of store bought skin and hair care products. I search and search the store aisles for the ones that are truly safe for you. I don’t think anyone really wants to have questionable chemicals seeping into their pores in the name of beauty. Maybe, I thought to myself, there is another way. Maybe I can make my own. Where to start you ask. I found a great book from written by Sunny Subramanian and Chrystle Fiedler that looks like it will give me the help I need. Not only are the recipes chemical free, they are also compassionate to our animal friends.

I was excited when the book arrived for review and opened it right away.  Just paging through “The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty” sent me immediately on a quick trip to the local health food store. There are soooo many recipes I really want to try in this  book. I am able to share a few of them with you here. For the rest you are just going to have to go get the book.

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This recipe is made with such yummy ingredients, like cocoa powder and luscious ripe cherries, that you’ll need serious willpower not to bake up a vegan cake to match. Oh, what the heck, why not make both? As Oscar Wilde wrote, “The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”

Best for: All skin types

Top Tip: Cherry juice is useful for lightening skin and clearing up dark spots. Cherries contain the antioxidant vitamins A and C, plus the minerals potassium, zinc, iron, copper and manganese. The fruit and juice are anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and healing for damaged skin.

Superstar ingredient: Cocoa powder is antioxidant-rich, so it helps neutralize harmful free radicals and repair skin cells.

  • Blender

3             large ripe cherries, pitted                         3

1 tbsp      kaolin clay                                      15 mL

1 tbsp      almond milk                                    15 mL

2 tsp        unsweetened cocoa powder             10 mL

  1. In blender, purée cherries, clay, almond milk and cocoa powder until smooth. Spoon into a small bowl.
  2. Using fingers, spread mask all over damp cleansed facial skin. Let stand on skin for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse face with warm water and pat dry with a towel. Follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
  4. Cover and store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

foot.pngRefreshing Footloose Soak

It’s amazing how a little warm, mineral-laced water can work miracles on tired, achy feet. Soften and hydrate your hardworking tootsies with this simple soak while you catch up on some trashy celeb gossip magazines (guilty pleasure!) or binge-watch your fave Netflix show.

Best for: All skin types

Top Tips: Rosemary essential oil has antifungal superpowers. It has also been shown to fight bacteria, so it keeps feet smelling sweet.

If you like, add a pinch of dried rosemary and a sprig of fresh mint to your soak. It smells extra heavenly.

Superstar ingredients: Epsom salt chills out tired, aching feet, while baking soda helps eliminate and prevent foot odor. Peppermint and rosemary essential oils awaken the senses while they banish bad-smelling bacteria.

  • Glass jar with lid
  • Basin or bucket large enough to accommodate 
 feet comfortably

1 cup       fine Epsom salt                            

1⁄2 cup     baking soda                               

15            drops peppermint essential oil              

15            drops rosemary essential oil                        

               Hot water

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together Epsom salt, baking soda, peppermint essential oil and rosemary essential oil until well combined. Spoon into jar.
  2. Fill basin with hot water. Add 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) of the Epsom salt mixture and stir until dissolved. Let cool slightly.
  3. Test the temperature of the water with your toe to make sure it’s very warm but not scalding. Immerse your feet in the water and soak for 15 to 30 minutes (longer is OK, if you like).
  4. Pat feet dry with a towel. Follow with your favorite moisturizing cream or straight-up coconut or jojoba oil.
  5. Store jar at room temperature 
for up to 6 months.

Flawless Powder Foundationpowder

lurve natural powder foundation! I’ve been using it religiously since the early 2000s. Too bad I dropped beaucoup dollarinos on swanky beauty brands for years when I could have been making my own. This is the cheapest and most natural powder you can put on your face: simply arrowroot powder and natural colorants, like the cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg that are waiting in your spice rack.

Best for: All skin types

Top Tips: Lots of beauty-supply stores sell excellent jars designed for storing homemade makeup. For this powder, look for a jar with a built-in sifter top. It will keep any lumps at bay and sprinkle just the right amount of powder on your brush.

You can use a little more or less cocoa, cinnamon or nutmeg to match your skin tone. Play with the amount to find the shade that looks prettiest on you.

Superstar ingredient: Arrowroot powder is a natural starch made from the roots of the tropical South American plant Maranta arundinacea. It’s white and lightweight, so it’s a versatile base for powders and other DIY vegan beauty products.

  • Blender (optional)
  • Makeup sifter jar

2 tbsp      arrowroot powder                            30 mL

Powdered natural colorant, 
such as unsweetened cocoa 

ground cinnamon 
or ground nutmeg

5             drops lavender essential oil                  5

  1. In a small bowl, combine arrowroot powder and enough of the colorant to achieve a perfect color match with your skin. Add lavender essential oil. Whisk until well combined. (Alternatively, in blender, combine arrowroot powder, colorant and lavender essential oil. Blend until well combined.)
  2. Pour into jar.
  3. Sprinkle powder onto a large fluffy makeup brush and apply to facial skin.
  4. Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.

Publisher’s Description:

Want to look gorgeous without Mama Earth or animals paying the price? Well, now you can, with this go-to resource for making lush, yummy beauty products from scratch in your own kitchen.

Part DIY vegan beauty how-to and part self-improvement manifesto, this book will show you how to whip up luxurious, cruelty-free (and gluten-free) makeup, skin and hair products with natural ingredients for just pennies per treatment.

The recipes are super fun and convenient and they give you complete control over what goes on your skin: only the purest ingredients with no nasty chemicals, additives or preservatives.

Ready to Buy? Head over to Robert Rose and get a copy.

I was not a paid for my opinion; however I may have been given a free product for review. Thanks to all of my sponsors and their parent companies for their support in this review.


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