I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I have been a busy bee this past week, but I cannot help but continue to get pulled into these paleo ebooks I just purchased from the Toadally Primal Ridiculous Sale (92 percent off!) Bundle.
Today I read The Holistic Mama’s Guide to Homemade Skincare. This book makes an excellent complement to the books I reviewed yesterday, the Ultimate Cure to Acne Freedom and Cure your Skin Compulsions. While those two books focus on pieces of our internal environments and our behaviors and psychology respectively, The Holistic Mama Roxanne King HHC here shows us the wide variety of natural means by which we can clean, exfoliate, and moisturize our faces, clean, scrub, butter-up, and moisturize our bodies, and use everyday home ingredients in glorious hair care.
The Holistic Mama’s Guide covers the sections:
Diet and your Skin
How to Infuse Oils
Recipes for the Face: Cleansers, Moisturizers, Face Mask, Lip Balms
Recipes for the Body: Scrubs, Lotions, Butter
Recipes for the Hiar: Shampoo and Conditioners
Recipes for the Kids: Ointments and Salves, Insect Repellant, Hand Sanitizer
Where to Buy Ingredients
There are a few select things that I love about this guide.
First, the ingredients are accessible. Castor oil and olive oil are two staples, for example, and I can get those cheaply and easily, and in fact already have them at home. Many homemade guides focus on tinctures I have to order from Wiccas and speciality shops. Roxanne does talk about those things and use special oils such as chamomile oil or eucalyptus oil, but I find this to be a much more accessible and realistic guide for me. Coconut oil, EVOO, almond oil, grapeseed oil, macadamia oil, cocoa butter, shea butter… these form the backbone of the recipes. And I got ’em! Woohoo.
Secondly, Roxanne teaches us how to infuse oils with herbs, which is something I’ve never even considered doing and is just so cool.
Third, Roxanne breaks cleansing down into different methods or styles, and talks to us about why we want to use OIL rather than any kind of cleaning agent to wash our faces. She also categorizes different amounts of oil in different mixtures for different skin types, which is an important oversight many other homemade advocates overlook.
Fourth, the “for kids” section is totally cool and I am super excited to try out the repellant in the spring. Mosquitos gone and witout poisoning myself? Maybe even being actively good to myself? It sounds too good to be true, but I have a bit of faith, and we shall see nonetheless.
A quick, simple, and easy guide, full of richness and information I’ve never had before. Two thumbs up from PfW.
YET, of course, I have not tested any of these recipes — it’s all in the future! — so grains of salt re: my word are, as always, strongly encouraged.
Check out Roxanne’s work at her lovely blog The Holistic Mama, or get this guide as a part of the 92 percent off deal of the Toadally Primal bundle. The bundle includes 33 ebooks that normally total 479 dollars for just 39 dollars — and only until Monday, January 14. The Holistic Mama’s books, cookbooks, Abel James’s books, a handful of intros to paleo, and books on natural birth and natural pregnancy are all included. So is the first half of PCOS Unlocked!