Botanical Beauty by Aubre Andrus

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Soak, scrub, and soothe your way to relaxation with simple homemade spa recipes from award-winning author Aubre Andrus. Using some of nature’s best ingredients, such as beeswax, sugar, coconut oil, shea butter, avocado, sea salt, essential oils, and more, craft everything from a Cooling Peppermint Hand Cream to a Vanilla Honey Body Scrub. Make practical products, like your own all-natural Bugs-Be-Gone Insect Repellent, Minty Homemade Toothpaste, and Natural Shaving Cream. Or pamper yourself after a long day with a Re-energizing Tub Tea, Lovely Lavender Bath Salts, and a Deep Conditioning Treatment. Nourish your body from head to toe with these organic, handmade recipes and crafts, or package them as a gift to share a fresh, fun spa experience.

I've read several of these sorts over the years. Some useful, some common sense, some a little silly. Botanical Beauty is one of the better ones, filled with beautiful pictures and a wide variety of botanical products to make at home.

They don't skimp at all on the pictures. Bright colors, large details, entire pages covered with images that have overlaying text. Creative layout of images blends with the text blocks. Visually pleasing.

Try this one for creative size - homemade nail wraps using plastic shopping bags as a secret ingredient in the blend.

I was surprised the muscle cream/butter didn't use any menthol crystals. Most of the blends do in general and it makes it more effective.

There are scrub recipes a-plenty....several for the hands, the feet, and then the body scrubs.

More than just beauty product recipes, there's interesting instructions for a bath spa towel wrap that will have long-time use, temporary pedicure sandals, and something called "Shower steamers."  Never heard of the shower steamers before, which are basically showering air fresheners. The crafty instructions in this book that went above and beyond just skin recipes makes it better than a lot out there right now on the market.  There's a few crafts for hair too.

If you enjoy these types of books, I recommend this one - plenty of stuff to make and keep you occupied. The end of the book even has some creative ways to put these together by theme for gifts.

Thank you to netgalley for providing this.

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