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A Green Guide to Natural Beauty + Mango Citrus Body Butter Recipe

It’s time to review our very first Garden Therapy Book Club book,  A Green Guide to Natural Beauty: 35 step-by-step projects for homemade beauty by Karen Gilbert.

There are many different types of books we will be looking at in Book Club, but when the book is DIY or project-based, then the best way to test it out is to give the projects a try.  As the title suggests, A Green Guide to Natural Beauty boasts 35 different natural beauty projects, which made it very appealing given that I’ve been aiming to make as many of my bath and body products as I can.  As part of the Natural Skincare Series I’ve shared recipes and tutorials for soap, scrubs, and bath products all made with natural ingredients, and where possible ingredients from my garden.

First and foremost this book is beautiful.  The photography is stunning and while those who love lots of bright colour may find the pages a tad on the beige side.  There is a reason for this, however, as the projects listed use natural ingredients (read: no crazy colorants or unnatural fragrances).  I’m happy to keep my colour in the garden and the purest products on my skin, so I really the look of natural-coloured skincare products.  The first chapter of this book discusses natural skincare in detail: equipment, ingredients, preservatives, and shelf life.  All in all this is a great summary and provides a great deal of background into the benefits (many) and drawbacks (mainly preservatives and shelf-life) of natural products.  This section is worth a good read.

The rest of the book covers recipes and detailed instructions with photos on Chapter 2: For the Face, Chapter 3: For the Body, and Chapter 4: Bath and Shower.

I picked two recipes to try: Apricot Face Scrub (Chapter 2) and Mango Lime Body Butter (Chapter 3).

 

Apricot Face Scrub Recipe p. 60

This fairly simple recipe only required a few minutes to make, as long as you have the ingredients.  The ingredients aren’t that common, but since I have a natural products guru who I buy from, I was able to secure everything quite painlessly.  The concept is to mix apricot kernel oil, caster oil, and manuka honey with kaolin (white clay) and ground rice to make a paste.  They drawback with this recipe is that it will only last a few days and must be stored in the fridge to preserve it, so Karen suggests making only a tiny quantity at a time.

Review 2/5

While the recipe is super easy to make, all-natural, and fairly inexpensive, I didn’t like the feel of the product.  The ground rice is a bit harsh on the skin (she suggests trying ground oatmeal for a gentler scrub), and the oil leaves my face feeling unpleasantly greasy.  I’ve used it every day for a week and must wash afterwards with my homemade soap.  My face feels pretty good after washing a second time and moisturizing but I am still on the lookout for a different cleanser/exfoliatant recipe that suits my needs more.

 

Mango Citrus Body Butter p. 78

This recipe is listed as mango and LIME body butter, but I added a citrus essential oil blend which had an even balance of lemon, lime, sweet orange, and tangerine.

Ingredients:

Equipment

  • Double boiler
  • Metal spoon
  • Airtight 100ml jar
  • Digital kitchen scale (this wasn’t listed in the recipe but it is essential for weighing your ingredients)

Instructions:

1.  Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter & mango butter in the double boiler.  Leave mixture over a gentle heat for 20 minutes to prevent the butter from going grainy when it cools.

2. Add the almond oil and vitamin E and heat for a few more minutes until completely liquid.

3. Remove from heat and add essential oils, stirring thoroughly

4. Pour into jars and leave to set.

Review 5/5

Five stars!  This recipe is great.  It’s easy, smells delightful, and makes your skin feel amazing.  Some people may be adverse to the oilyness that takes a bit of good massaging to rub in, but I don’t mind in the least.  My skin feels delightfully soft if I apply right out of the shower and it is even healing my dry heels after a week of use when no other moisturizer has.

In summary, I liked this book a great deal and I may try a few more recipes.  I will post about them if I do.  In the meantime please share your experiences with the projects listed here or in A Green Guide to Natural Beauty, if you have a chance to try out the recipes, by leaving a comment on this post.

Update June 28, 2012: Check out this and some other great body butter recipes at Revitalise Your Health‘s article on the Top 3 Best DIY Body Butter Recipes.  I want to try the whipped coconut butter next!

 



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About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. meemsnyc
    meemsnycFebruary 9,12

    What an amazing book! How fun to make your own beauty products.

  2. Ariel
    ArielFebruary 10,12

    Great stuff. Looks interesting. I might have to try it.

  3. Lady
    LadyFebruary 10,12

    Hello,
    I found you through one of the linky parties. I love anyone who makes their own natural body products. I do too. This one is Nice. I am simplified to using pure shea butter with essential oils added for delicious scent. I even use it on my face now. An excellent scrub is oatmeal ground up fine with a bit of fine ground sea salt. There is so much to share. I’ve done this for the past 30 years and I blog about gardening and natural living too. blessings, Lady

  4. Jane @ urbanejane.com
    Jane @ urbanejane.comFebruary 11,12

    This is amazing! I’m not only a huge fan of all body butters, but if anything has mango in it, I’m totally game. I’ve never considered making a body butter of my own, so this is truly inspirational (and it might just save me a LOT of money for all the butter I slather on) :)
    thanks for sharing!

    -urbanejane.com

  5. Alisha
    AlishaFebruary 13,12

    I am currently scrapping the last bit of butter out of my store bought jar. I have wanted to make my own for so long, I just don’t know where to get the ingredients. Do you recommend a good online store?

    Came over from craft o maniac monday, and so happy I did…I cant wait to read more:)

  6. Stevie
    StevieFebruary 13,12

    Alisha, yes! I don’t know where you live, but there is a company locally here who will ship supplies to Canada and the US. Check out http://www.scentimentalcreations.com/. Call or e-mail Cheryl and she will set you up. She’ll be setting up on Etsy soon too so it will be easier to shop her catalog online.

  7. Jami
    JamiFebruary 14,12

    That body butter looks amazing! Would love for you to stop by and link up to the Tuesday To Do Party (if you haven’t already.) Also, the Pretty Packages Party is going on & I would love for you to share any creative gifts, packages or party favor ideas!

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  8. Lynn @ Scrapity Anne
    Lynn @ Scrapity AnneFebruary 15,12

    LOVE this idea! I’ve been trying to add more natural recipes to my beauty routine as I make all my own cleaners for the home. I figure, I do it for the house, why not for me? I’ll have to try this one, thanks!
    Lynn

  9. Stevie
    StevieFebruary 15,12

    I hope it works well for you, Lynn! Take care you yourself first and foremost.

  10. Courtney
    CourtneyFebruary 16,12

    Sounds incredible!!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  11. Abbie
    AbbieFebruary 16,12

    Wow, that body butter looks amazing!

    Thanks for linking up at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

    ~Abbie

  12. nik
    nikFebruary 19,12

    Thanks for sharing the recipes…it all looks so easy and totally worth it the effort. Just the sound of “Mango Butter” makes me think it’s tropical nirvana for my skin! :)
    Arrived via Today’s Creative Blog…cheers!

  13. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.February 19,12

    I can almost smell it from here – yum! Another great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Stevie
    StevieFebruary 20,12

    It smells wonderful. Thank you all for stopping by!

  15. northern cottage
    northern cottageFebruary 21,12

    i think i can smell it from here & it is YUMMY! I want a batch right here! thanks for sharing!

  16. Stacy
    StacyMarch 14,12

    Hi, out of curiosity can you use Emulsifying Wax instead of Bees wax?

    Thanks

  17. Stevie
    StevieMarch 14,12

    Stacy, I’m not sure. The author of A Green Guide to Natural Beauty has a small section discussing emulsifying wax on page 22. I would suggest grabbing a copy of the book as there is good information in there that may help guide you.

  18. Terry
    TerryMarch 31,12

    What I don’t get is if you already have mango butter, cocoa butter or shea butter, why do you have to turn it into something else? That seems a little costly, am I missing something? Thanks.

  19. Stevie
    StevieApril 4,12

    Hi Terry, good question. Each butter on it’s own isn’t very appealing. They are hard or gritty or oily. Combines, they make a delightful texture and adding essential oils adds an enjoyable fragrance that the butters don’t have. I actually don’t love the aroma of the shea butter on it’s own, but feel energized by the yummy citrusy smell of the body butter. Thanks for stopping by!
    Stevie

  20. Christy parker
    Christy parkerApril 24,12

    I am just wondering if you can whip this completed butter to get a lighter texture or is it too hard for that?

  21. Stevie
    StevieApril 24,12

    Hi Christy, I think so. I haven’t tried it but I have wanted to try it. If you give it a shot,can you let me know how it turns out? I’ll do the same.

  22. Lorene
    LoreneJune 24,12

    …my question would be…where to find the various butters….the recipe does sound wonderful & my skin gets so dry in the summertime.

  23. Stevie
    StevieJune 26,12

    Hi Lorene, I don’t know where you live, but there is a company locally here who will ship supplies to Canada and the US. Check out http://www.scentimentalcreations.com/. Call or e-mail Cheryl and she will set you up.

  24. Lightleaf Studio
    Lightleaf StudioJuly 6,12

    I love balms and butters ! thanks so much for sharing. I love hand-made cosmetics, and I have everything to make it ! So I’m gonna do so ! And add your site to my fav, and suscribe to the newsletter.

  25. Aimee
    AimeeOctober 1,12

    Hi Stevie,

    I’ve been keeping up from afar! Just curious – how many 100ml jars of body butter does this make? Thanks!

  26. Stevie
    StevieOctober 1,12

    Aimee, I made this so long ago…let me think….I’m pretty sure I doubled the recipe and that filled one 250ml jar.

  27. Linda Williams
    Linda WilliamsNovember 20,12

    Wonderful recipe, can’t wait to give it a try! Mango and citrus are lovely scents. Have you ever tried ground Adzuki beans? Pour a small amount into your palm and add water to make a paste and scrub your face adding water as needed. Japanese women have been using this for decades. Let me know if you try it.

  28. Beth
    BethJanuary 1,13

    I’ve made several batches of other body butters that just use Shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil, but this one sounds AMAZING!! I’m an instant gratification kinda gal, so I’m hoping I can find all the ingredients at our local Whole Foods!! :)

    I think I will also be trying to whip it, because I LOVE LOVE LOVE whipped body butter!

    Thank you!!

  29. Stevie
    StevieJanuary 2,13

    Hi Beth, me too! I have a recipe for whipped body butter in the Handmade Gifts eBook. Check back and let me know how it turns out. Thanks!

  30. Lisa
    LisaFebruary 18,13

    Great natural body butter recipe! Thx for sharing and promoting natural skincare.

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    Hi. I’m making this body butter for my mom and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day and noticed that the ingredients include Shea butter but the instructions don’t unless I’m looking over them. Does this mean I don’t necessarily need the shea butter or was it just forgotten in the instructions. Also, I made my trial run last night and it had an odd slight fragrance that kinda smells like the butters did before I put them all together… Is there a way I can make that smell go away. It looks so yummy in your pictures but mine is a little hard and smelly. Thanks so so much!

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    Stephanie , does heating the oils denature them or do you add them once base has cooled ???

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