I often get asked for my favourite books and resources for anyone just getting started with natural beauty or wanting to read more on the topic; so today I thought I would share with you three great reads that I own and love. All three of these books are an interesting read, accessible and perfect for anyone with an interest in natural beauty.
Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore – For anyone not familiar with Adina Grigore, she is the founder of US beauty brand SW Basics. After starting making products at her kitchen table, Adina’s less is more approach resonated with many and the brand is now stocked at Target in the US. This book has simplicity at it’s heart, it is about using less products, finding the right ingredients for your skin and is packed full of useful tips and easy DIY recipes. This book is an excellent read for anyone with sensitive or easily aggravated skin. Adina found her skin became increasingly sensitive to cosmetics and wanted to take charge of her own health. The book will talk you through how to strip back your routine, ideas of easy homemade recipes to incorporate instead and a useful section on how to read ingredients labels. A very well rounded book with lot’s of interesting information.
The Nature of Beauty by Imelda Burke – This is perhaps the most comprehensive of all three of the books I am showing you today. It is a must read for anyone interested in green beauty and takes you through everything you need to know from what ingredients are in mainstream cosmetics, to at home skincare rituals for every occasion. Imelda Burke is the founder of one of my favourite beauty destinations, Content Beauty. Tucked away in London, Content has a treasure trove of products lining its walls from top to bottom. Having met Imelda on several occasions and chatted to her about all things beauty, I have no doubt she is one of the most knowledgeable and smart people in the industry. Something I appreciated about this book was it’s down to earth approach, it is all too easy to go down the road of scaremongering when talking about natural vs conventional beauty, but Imelda manages to strike the perfect balance of information, thoughtful recommendations and science to back it all up.
Clean Beauty by Elsie Rutterford and Dominika Minarovic – If one of your goals this year is to dabble in DIY beauty but you don’t know where to start, this is the book for you. Containing recipes for skin, hair and body the book is beautifully presented and all the recipes easy to follow. I am not much of a recipe follower, but this book is one I reach for when I am looking for inspiration, whether it’s for a DIY facemask or simply for thinking about simple ingredients to incorporate in my routine. I have also have the pleasure of meeting Elsie and Dominika on several occasions and they are very impressive business women in their own right. I have reviewed their brand ByBi Beauty (By Beauty Insiders) here, so if DIY isn’t for you do take a look. The book is beautifully presented, with lots of great information on ingredients and their tropical bliss lips (lip scrub) recipe is a particular favourite.
I would love to know what is on your reading list?
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