Have you ever wondered what it might be like to make your own vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free makeup, skin & hair products? If you answered yes, then you need to add Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty recipe book to your beauty repertoire.
Over the past several years, I’ve become more conscious of the food I eat. I read ingredients like a crazy person and have moved to a whole food, plant-based diet. (Or at least I try to, most of the time.) Yet, I realized I wasn’t paying as much attention to the types of skincare, hair care, makeup products I used.
Though I’ve made few changes here and there, like switching to natural deodorant, it still was nothing major. It wasn’t until I became a blogger and started testing out numerous brands that I really began to give more thought to what I putting on my body, in my hair, and on my face. While it can make you a little bit crazy to search out better products, I actually enjoy the discovery and learning process.
DIY Beauty at Home
I’ve thought about trying to make beauty items at home, but it wasn’t until I was sent Sunny Subramanian & Chrystle Fiedler’s The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty that I actually took the plunge.
If you’re not familiar with the two authors, Sunny Subramanian is credited as being the first vegan beauty blogger. She also runs the website, Vegan Beauty Review, and has been featured in the LA Times, Allure, and Women’s World Magazine. Chrystle Fiedler is an author and has written about natural remedies for dozens of national publications.
Not only is their book filled with over 125 non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free recipes for creating your own skin, hair and makeup products, but it also features:
- 100 full color photographs
- east-to-follow charts
- a DIY gift section
- an alphabetical ingredient listing including beneficial properties
- an extensive listing of vegan resources
- tips for how to use the book
- vegan beauty basics
To really give you my take on the book, I decided to test out some of the recipes. Since there are so many choose from, I narrowed my selection down to three:
- Face Care – The Antioxidant Blueberry Delight Smoothie Facial Mask
- Hair Care – Lavender Mint no-Poo
- Unisex – Keep-It-Dry Deodorant Paste (One of Sunny’s favorites)
The Antioxidant Blueberry Delight Smoothie Facial Mask
I’m a bit obsessed with face masks, so creating my own seemed ideal. I wanted to try Sunny’s favorite Black Forest Chocolate Cake Facial Mask, but I couldn’t find any fresh cherries so I opted for the Blueberry Delight instead.
I really like how the recipe page provided me with more than just the recipe. It also let me know what skin type this mask was best for, offered top tips, and some background on the benefits of blueberries.
With only two ingredients, blueberries and yogurt, this mask was super easy to whip up in my blender. It probably cost as much as some of the sheet masks I buy because blueberries aren’t cheap. I spent around $7 on ingredients. However, unlike my sheet masks, I was able to get at least two uses of this mask. Plus, since it is edible, I could have also used the leftovers in a smoothie.
I really enjoyed the plumping affect the Blueberry Delight Smoothie Facial Mask delivered to my skin. I will say that the 10 minutes of wear time was a bit too long for my sensitive skin because the tingling started to feel more like burning, especially on very dry areas of my skin. If you try this mask out for yourself and have sensitive skin, you might want to adjust the time to under 10 minutes.
Lavender Mint No-Poo
Another one of my obsessions is dry shampoo. It’s not uncommon to find at least two bottles in my haircare rotation at any time. This can get pretty pricey, which is why I immediately jumped at the chance to make my own.
Again the recipe provided very detailed instructions, a best for recommendation, along with a top tip, and info on the superstar ingredient. For the No-Poo, the superstar ingredient was Kaolin Clay, which naturally removes dry, dead skin cells, helps remove toxins, and absorbs excess oil.
It took some internet digging to find Kaolin Clay in an amount that was affordable and didn’t take forever to receive. Thank you, Amazon. I also had to invest in some essential oils. I also made a trip to the dollar store to buy a Salt & Pepper shaker to house the No-Poo. This brought my investment cost to around $20.00. Considering how much the recipe makes, and with a self-life of 6 months, the investment was worth it.
Like the Facial Mask, the Lavender Mint No-Poo was easy to whip up. I added some cocoa powder to darken the color since I have brown hair. You can adjust the amount you use depending on the color of your hair. There is also a suggestion for creating a No-Poo for redheads. I’ve been using my homemade creation for a couple of weeks and I really like it. It smells great and works just as well as my expensive spray bottles of dry shampoo.
Keep-It-Dry Deodorant Paste (One of Sunny’s favorites)
When I saw there was a recipe for all natural deodorant, I knew I had to make it. I’m constantly on a search for the best natural deodorant, which can be a challenge to find when you have a sensitivity to baking soda (most natural deodorants are made with baking soda).
Another reason I wanted to test out Keep-It-Dry Deodorant Paste is because it is one of Sunny’s favorite recipes from the book. Since I had already purchased the kaolin clay and essential oils and had the remainder of the ingredients in my pantry, this recipe didn’t cost me anything extra.
Like the previous recipes, the Keep-It-Dry featured a best for recommendation, top tip, and information about the superstar ingredient, coconut oil. It also let me know I could use Kaolin Clay instead of the usual baking soda.
The instructions were easy to follow and within a few minutes, I had my own natural deodorant, scented with Sweet Orange and Lemongrass, to add to my existing arsenal. And just like my other natural deodorants, I found that sometimes Keep-It-Dry worked and sometimes, not so much. Hence why I rotate my deodorants.
Overall, I had a lot of fun creating these DIY beauty concoctions and look forward to trying out even more. I might even use a few recipes to create some gifts for family and friend this holiday season.
If you are looking to learn more about vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free makeup, skin & hair products, then I highly recommend checking out The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty. Not only does it give you 125 recipes to try, but it is also a great resource of information for making more informed buying decisions. I would recommend starting off small and choosing recipes that have similar ingredients, or ingredients you already have at home, as all natural can get expensive.
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