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Simply Sustainable Beauty (Paperback)

A collection of 50 simple zero waste beauty recipes to give you naturally beautiful skin and hair

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By Emilie Woodger-Smith
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Crafts
Pages: 152
Illustrations: 150 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526795182
Published: 30th June 2021

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Sustainable Beauty is a collection of easy to follow recipes for you to create your fresh, head to toe zero waste beauty routine.

Learn how to make everything from exfoliating scrubs to body butter, face wash bars to dry shampoo, Emilie’s amazing natural deodorant recipe and everything in between.

This book is full of simple recipes using sustainable, environmentally friendly ingredients to give you naturally beautiful skin.

Containing recipes for face, hair, and body, this book provides easy-to-make recipes for creating your own cosmetics & beauty supplies with little difficulty. One very nice feature of the book is 'Emily's Tips" at the end of each recipe with great ideas.

NetGalley, Janet Perry

Simply Sustainable Beauty by Emilie Woodger-Smith is a beautiful book full of recipes for homemade beauty products. These were simple enough with basic ingredients that they are actually doable, and also very interesting at the same time. There are three parts to this book: face, body, and hair. All these have many recipes with beautiful photos, and many of them I would like to try. All in all, I really like this book for its simple recipes with ingredients that actually don't cost a fortune.

NetGalley, Ronja S

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have a drawer (and more) full of rejected beauty items. They all have a huge list of ingredients attached to them, and as each comes in and out of fashion, I have, over the years abandoned the use of many and I have no idea what to do with the part used creams and lotions etc etc
Using the guidance in this book it is possible to put together natural ingredients which are equally effective, recyclable, and I’m guessing, better for the skin on a long-term basis. The quantities are controllable so that there is no waste.
I’ve put together a few of the recipes to date, and have been very please with the results. This will be my new beauty regime! An excellent book and a great resource!

NetGalley, Inge Fullerlove

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A fascinating read for every beauty product addict. This book was informative and thought provoking, full of easy to follow ‘recipes’ to create natural beauty products. Well worth reading and full of inspirational ideas to start replacing all those expensive beauty products with a more natural alternative. Highly recommended.

NetGalley, E Rutherford

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This the THE BOOK I have been looking and waiting for! Emilie Woodget-Smith provides some lovely recipes for homemade beauty products that do not cost an arm and a leg, but are nonetheless effective. Also brilliant for anyone who wants to reduce their impact on the planet.

The book is divided into 3 sections: face, body and hair. In the face section, there are cleansers, toners, exfoliator, serums, cream and masks. My favourite is the lactic acid dermabrasion recipe, which is so easy to make and left my skin feeling really smooth.

The body section has everything you would need to pamper your body. I made the natural deodorant cream, which seems to work quite well on a slightly chilly day. The real test will be once summer hits! I have not tried any recipes from the hair section, but they do look interesting and easy to make.

I really liked the fact that Emilie provides a list of suggested retailers from whom you can buy the raw materials.

These products will make great Christmas gifts, especially for those who want something different to the mass produced beauty products.

NetGalley, Rad Bhatia

This is a nice DIY book for making natural lotions, hair rinses and other skin and beauty products. There are color photos throughout and they actually show the products as opposed to just using stock photos of ingredients or flowers.

NetGalley, Alicia Bayer

This book gives the great and easy recipe to follow!
Being zero waste in my cosmetics for the past year, I found in this book great ideas and new cosmetics to make and try!
The book is clear and nice to read. The steps are easy to follow and understandable.
I think some of the product can be tricky to find if you don't live in a big city but, I guess you can find them on sustainable websites.
I already tried the deodorant (That I loved and recommendend !) and the cinnamon lip scrub.
This book is a good inspiration if you want to change some of the product that you use for something more natural and handmade !

NetGalley, Éléa FOSTIER

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book gives great, natural recipes for all sorts of beauty products likes soaps, cleansers, and conditioners. Make your own at lower cost, higher quality, and more sustainably than commercial products.

NetGalley, Markey Olson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Simply Sustainable Beauty is a wonderful collection of environmentally-friendly beauty recipes to decrease waste and consumption. A huge variety of recipes from face to body to hair are included and the list of ingredients are all recognizable. The photography is beautiful and I loved the tips included.

NetGalley, Mara Lyons

Simply Sustainable Beauty is all about that short introduction to natural beauty products and how you can make them yourself with base ingredients. It is about knowing what it is that you are putting on your skin, and what those ingredients really can do for you. As this is something I’ve researched and tried out extensively for my small business, I would say that this is like the perfect first meeting to some of the base ingredients! In here you get recipes for making your own products (50 in total), that range from simple make up wipes to exfoliation scrubs.

It's accompanied with some amazing pictures and DIY jars for your products, and Smith also talks about how much plastic impacts the beauty world, and how we can try to reduce that by making some products on our own. Even living in a country where we recycle a lot, and almost ALL our plastic drinking bottles are recycled into new ones, we still have a long way to go in order to recycle more of our plastic and making sure that we don't use is where it isn't necessary.

A book I highly recommend to those who want to dive into this DIY natural beauty corner of the world!

NetGalley, Marlene Sjonsti-Bjørnsen

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I am so happy to receive a copy of this book!
It starts with a helpful list of ingredient and equipment essentials. There's some lovely zero waste recommendations and tips, as well as beautiful photos, throughout the whole book.
The 3 main chapters are face, body, and hair; recipes include micellar water, toner, face masks, salt scrubs, shampoos, bath bombs - this list could get very long!
The recipes vary in how technical they are; some are very simple with only two or three ingredients. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

This would make a fantastic gift for anyone interested in homemade or zero waste skincare!

NetGalley, Jenny Lodge

Confession time. I love a good lotion and potion. So I cannot wait to try these! The ingredients are easy to find (online for some) and easy to follow and for way less than I pay for my current skin care and makeup.

NetGalley, Joni Owens

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a fantastic collection of recipes with stunning photography. I can't wait to give these a try. This is a great resource and guide; one I'll definitely return to again and again.

NetGalley, Jessica Murdock

About Emilie Woodger-Smith

Emilie Woodger-Smith is on a mission to encourage and inspire people to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Her favorite way to do this is to show others how to make their own beauty and cleaning products at home. A Waste Industry professional by trade, she uses her experience, environmental degree and longtime love of sustainability to create and share natural recipes on her blog and Instagram account.


“It can seem pretty intimidating to live sustainably, as if it’s all or nothing. I aim to show you it only takes a few small changes to have a really big impact. A sustainable lifestyle really can be simple.” Emilie


Instagram - @simplysustainableblog

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