Natural Beauty 101


Natural Beauty 101

So you want to get started with a more natural beauty routine?

Good idea.   While many of us are careful about the chemicals we put into our bodies, it can be easy to forget about the chemicals that go ON our bodies.

In reality, the chemicals we use in our daily personal care and beauty routines can be absorbed through our skin.  Nice.

So as a starting point, here’s a roundup of my favorite natural beauty recipes, websites and books.

Yes, most of these recipes are easy enough that you can get started at home, today.  So dive in!

DIY Deodorant Recipe

Anti-perspirants are one of the first things a natural beauty fan will eliminate.  You can try the natural deodorant crystal,  but I’ve found this DIY deodorant much more effective:  Coconut Lime Deodorant


DIY Skin Care

Luxe facial oil **this is great! Super easy and I use it daily.

Hot Cloth Cleanser **Like the Oil Cleansing Method…but portable!

Honey Face Mask **one of my very favorite tricks! It’s super easy.

Queen of Hungary Skin Toner, or even easier, use pure rosewater.


DIY Hair Care

Go ‘no poo

Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse


DIY Body Care

Mint Coconut Sugar Scrub

Mocha Scrub

Swap your bubble bath for a natural alternative

Make a lavender bath bomb

DIY face & body cream


DIY Tooth and Mouth Care

DIY toothpaste alternatives **I’m still looking for my favorite homemade toothpaste.  Have a recipe to share?


Other Natural Beauty Websites I Recommend

If you want to make your own products… Crunchy Betty for many amazing recipes for DIY beauty

If you’re more into buying products… No More Dirty Looks for product reviews and real women’s beauty routines

I also like browsing the zillions of health and beauty tips at TipNut

And follow my DIY Beauty Board on Pinterest


How do you know if a product is filled with nasty chemicals?  Look it up in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database!

The Skin Deep database has toxicity rankings of common products on a scale of 0-10.  You can determine your own threshold, but I would avoid anything above a 5.

It’s also kind of fun (in a geeky way) to read the ingredients that give a product its high toxicity score … because then you know what to avoid when you’re shopping for new products.


Natural Beauty Books I Use & Recommend

  My very favorite book, packed with beauty ideas and simple home remedies using herbs.  
 A thin book but filled with beauty recipes only.

 A good starting point with gorgeous pictures and simple recipes.

 All about essential oils.  This book covers every possible use of essential oils which is really helpful when customizing your own beauty products!


Now I want to hear your tips and recommendations.  What are your very favorite natural beauty books and websites??

About the author

Amanda Cook is an author, entrepreneur & alchemist. She helps entrepreneurs, business owners & executives rediscover their inner guidance, so they can create meaning, success & magic in their next stage of life & work.

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  1. I Love all things natural especially when it comes to using all natural skin and hair products.I am affiliated with 100 pure and can definetly vouch for them when I say they have some of the BEST shampoos and conditioners for dry,brittle, and damaged hair.I grew my hair from a weak and overprocessed state due to chemicals and their unique fortifying conditioners transformed my hair beautifully.

    Anyone looking for all natural hair products that really do a fantastic job I highly recommend.;)


  2. I made the coconut & lime deodorant when the brand I was buying switched its formulation. It holds together very nicely, and smells wonderful. Unfortunately, I was unable to use it. (Major disappointment!) I have extremely sensitive skin (which was why I had to look for something new in the first place), and I broke out in an awful rash. I’m not sure if it’s the baking soda I’m allergic to, but that’s my best guess. I have considered playing around with the ingredients, but to be honest, testing products that may or may not give me a horrible, itchy, painful rash in my underarm area is not very appealing. In desperation I tried a deodorant crystal and that works very well for me and with no adverse reaction. So, just an fyi — if you have sensitive skin, you may want to try more arrowroot powder and less baking soda, or make a small amount to begin with and test it first. Be prepared to try a couple different formulations before you find one that works for you without reactions.

    1. Hi Janine, sorry to hear you had a reaction to the baking soda. I do think that’s most likely the culprit, and you can reduce or eliminate the baking soda to make it more gentle. That is the tradeoff with making your own beauty products – you always have to test them on yourself first to see how you react! But I think over time you figure out which ingredients work for you personally, and then can adjust your recipes. Thanks for sharing and I hope you will try other DIY beauty recipes in the future!

  3. I find the crystal deodorant works during the winter, but once the heat sets in down here in Louisiana, I really need something stronger. Your coconut lime deodorant recipe is almost identical to the one I’ve been using for the last few years (except I use lavender essential oil instead of lime). And, yes, it is awesome!

    As far as good toothpaste goes, I tried several recipes before finding the one I’m using now, and I’ve never been half as satisfied with any of them. I actually posted about it recently –

    1. So glad to hear it works in Louisiana too! I’m in London where it’s never all that hot, so I might not be the best deodorant test subject… 🙂

  4. Here’s the tooth soap recipe I’ve been using lately:

    -2 Tbsp boiled H2O
    -4 Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap
    -1/2 cup melted virgin coconut oil
    -30 drops peppermint/spearmint essential oil (you could throw some clove oil in, too)

    -Combine everything in a blender and blend until frothy.
    -I would suggest putting this in a squeeze bottle with a small opening. A little goes a long way! I will warn…it doesn’t taste the greatest, but holy cow, does it get your teeth SUPER clean! : )

    I like this recipe because the consistency is great (doesn’t “dribble” out of mouth like a baking soda/coco oil mix), it makes me teeth feel super clean, and doesn’t damage/inhibit enamel from behaving like it should, like products with baking soda, flouride, or glycerin can sometimes do.

  5. Hi Amanda, this post is good timing, I’ve been meaning to comment on your deodorant post…I finally tried it this weekend, when it was about a million degrees and we spent the weekend outside chasing the kids, and it is amazing! The only change I made was using lavender oil instead of lime because I didn’t want to buy something new, but I am in love. I am also still loving no ‘poo (just baking soda and acv rinse every 5 days or so). Never could get the oil cleanse to work, but have been having more luck just cleaning with honey…might try the toner soon, too! Thank you for all the great inspiration!

  6. Eek, I realized I posted my comment on the wrong post by accident (the toothpaste post), and I don’t seem to be able to remove it. Sorry about that. Here it is again…

    I’ve got a blog that covers natural beauty. One of my very first projects over a year ago now was a homemade toothpaste. My husband and I still use it now. You can check it out here:

    Also, my favourite books for reference on stuff like this are:
    -1001 Natural Remedies by Laurel Vukovic and the editors of Natural Health Magazine (it has sections for health, beauty, home, and pets)
    -EcoBeauty by Lauren Cox with Janice Cox

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