I often forget that my blog isn’t just out there for my regular readers, but for new readers who might be just getting into green beauty, so I thought I’d start a series for Green Beauty Newbies so there is something here on my blog for those who are transitioning to a greener beauty regime and are looking for advice, tips & recommendations. All the posts will be put onto a page dedicated to green beauty for newbies so keep an eye out for that as I’ll be updating it every time a new post goes up!
I’ve started off the series with books because you can find out a lot from a good book and I’ve picked up a few over the last year that I think are really helpful. Yes, there is a lot on the internet these days but I personally think it’s much easier and nicer to have it all in one place.
I just picked up “200 Tips/Techniques & Recipes for Natural Beauty” in The Works for just £2.99. What a bargain. It was only published this year by blogger turned author Shannon Buck who writes over at FreshPickedBeauty.com and retails for £12.99 so I’m not sure how or why it was in The Works for £2.99 but I certainly wasn’t going to leave it on the shelf! It is FULL of DIY’s, information on essential oils, facial steams, aromatherapy, balancing your chakras, herbs, hair rinses…so much stuff! You all need to go and buy this now….and thank me later! 😉
*UPDATE* It was in The Works for £2.99 because it has since had a makeover and is now available with a different front cover and name…”200 Home-made Treatments for Natural Beauty“. As far as I could see (browsing quickly in WH Smith) the inside is exactly the same it just has a “prettier” front cover.
If you want to start making your own beauty products using natural ingredients, look no further than “Natural Beauty” by Karen Gilbert. With beautiful photography and 35 step-by-step how to’s from bath melts to balms and moisturisers, you’ll have your own skincare collection in no time. It takes you through equipment that you’ll need, basic recipes and helpful tips. I used this to make my DIY Massage Bars that I’ll be doing a post/video on soon!
Eco-Beautiful: The Ultimate Guide to Natural Beauty & Wellness is written by none other than Lina Hanson whose products you may well have seen via other green beauty bloggers or whilst shopping online. This book takes you right through from cleansing for all skin types to make-up tips and advice. Lina recommends her favourites in the book such as Korres, Jane Iredale, Miessence. The book was published in 2009 so some of the brands are a little out-dated and I think you could personally find better one’s now as the green beauty industry has boomed but it’s helpful if you’re just getting started, especially on the make-up side.
Lastly but certainly not least is one that I picked up recently in TK Maxx for half price as the front cover was slightly damaged. Nourish: Mind Body & Soul is written by three ladies who each have their own section in the book which is full of green beauty, wellness, lifestyle and eating. There’s lots of healthy recipes in Amber’s section, then Sadie talks about green beauty, ingredients, facial massage techniques, yoga and wellness and it’s finished off with Holly talking about mindset, fitness and exercise and there’s even a 4 week exercise plan in there too! For me, using green beauty products has opened up a lot about my whole well-being and taking care of myself from the inside out so this book is really helpful as it covers all aspects.
Mmmmmm how delicious does this Blackberry & Rose Cheesecake look…
Last but certainly not least (not a book though…) is Natural Health Magazine. I absolutely love this monthly magazine as its full of everything natural health and beauty along with wellbeing, yoga, skincare advice, nutritional articles and loads more. You can subscribe on magazine.co.uk.
I hope this post is helpful! If you are new to green beauty, please do leave me a comment or tweet me (@AmberBeautyTalk) letting me know what sort of things you are looking for advice on and I will try to help. In this series I’ll be covering ingredients (good & bad!), how to read labels & what to look for, budget green beauty brands & a lot more if you are still interested!
My friend Tamara who writes over at Rainbow Feet has also recently posted a video on her favourite books which you should go & check out too! (link)
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