Books for Natural Cosmetics

If you know someone really passionate about soap making or doing natural cosmetics at home (like me), know that this is the best gift you can give, especially if it is a book with recipes. If you are one yourself, and can’t get enough of knowing and trying new recipes, then this article is for you!

Here is a set of books about natural cosmetics, soap making, and natural ingredients, from both Portuguese and international authors. Some I’ve already read and some are on my to-read list. If you happen to read any of them, feel free to comment and let me know what you thought.

Natural Cosmetics

Natural Beauty: 35 step-by-step projects for homemade beauty – Karen Gilbert

Wook – 11,97€ – 7,72£

Amazon Kindle – 8,47$

I’ve received this book for Christmas and loved it! It is a really nice book with a good enough introduction on ingredients and several recipes for all kinds of skin care, including a homemade soap of olive oil, coconut oil and sunflower oil. I’ve tried the eye serum recipe, as a variation since I didn’t have all oils and I really like it.

Beleza Natural – Maria do Céu Painhas

Wook – 16,80€

Fantastic tips and recipes for hair and skin care! Learn how to use natural products, made at home, and find out how to keep yourself young, beautiful and healthy. Written by a portuguese entrepreneur.

A Senhora do Monte – Cláudia Costa e Tiago Lucena

Wook – 16,6€ Wook (ebook) – 10,99€ – 9,63£

This is so much more than a natural cosmetics book or a soap making book. It’s a book about a different lifestyle, where you make everything yourself! Recovering the Portuguese traditional past and ancestral knowledge, the authors present homemade organic solutions for everyday.

More than 70 recipes for personal hygiene and house cleaning, easy to prepare, ecological and with natural products available in any drugstore, herbalist or supermarket.

Hello Glow – 150+ Easy Natural Beauty Recipes For a Fresh New You – Stephanie Gerber – 5.51£

Amazon Kindle – 6.67$

Make your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skincare, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home with these 50 beautiful, tried-and-tested tutorials, brought to you by the popular DIY beauty and wellness website Hello Glow. Check out the website as a means to check if the book is interesting for you.

Beleza Natural: 150 Receitas de Cosméticos Naturais Para Fazer Em Casa – Stephanie Gerber

Wook – 15,50€

The Portuguese translation version of the previous book “Hello Glow”. Make your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skincare, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home with these 50 beautiful, tried-and-tested tutorials.

Handmade Beauty – Abi Righton e Juliette Goggin

Wook – 23,96€ – 18,00$

“Handmade Beauty” is an inspirational guide to making skincare and haircare products at home. A good book with plenty of recipes for hair care and skincare. It has a shampoo made of craft beer! And it provides an introduction to surfactants.

Beleza Natural – Abi Righton e Juliette Goggin

Wook – 19,99€

The Portuguese translation (and cheaper) version of the previous book “Handmade Beauty”, and inspirational guide to making skincare and haircare products at home, with a recipe of beer shampoo!

Handmade Spa – Abi Righton e Juliette Goggin

Wook – 20,35€ – 11.99£

Amazon Kindle – 10.59$

A very informative book that shows you how to make ‘spa type’ bath products in your home. The book has loads of pictures too. A perfect combination.

The Green Witch – Arin Murphy Hiscock

Wook -15,56€ 12,63$

This is a totally unconventional book, more spiritual and esoteric (but not defending any sort of religion)! You can find a fun and short read on the natural magic of herbs, flowers, essential oils and more. Green Witchery extends far beyond where your mind may be right now. In Arin’s useful book, you’ll get recipes, herbal blends … exercises, ritual suggestions, and … recipes … And this is why this book is in this list.

As Mentiras Da Cosmética – Beatrice Mautino

Wook – 15,50€

We are inundated daily with all kinds of information about cosmetics. Television bombards us with advertising, magazines promote the latest news in the field of miraculous mascara and shampoos and, especially on the Internet, we come across articles that draw our attention to products and ingredients that can cause disease.

How to know what to choose? Of what we apply to the body, we only know what marketing wants us to know, that is, little and not always what would allow us to choose consciously.

Beatrice Mautino, scientist, researcher and scientific disseminator, sought to fill this serious gap by putting herself in the shoes of those who enter a store with the intention of buying effective (and safe) products that improve their appearance and well-being, without being deceived by publicity.

Soap Making

Pure Soapmaking – Anne-Marie Faiola

Wook – 19.15€ – 15.24$

Amazon Kindle – 10.59$

This is a book to make soap from scratch.

The pure luxury of soaps made with coconut butter, almond oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, and green tea is one of life’s little pleasures. And with the help of author Anne-Marie Faiola, it’s easy to make luscious, all-natural soaps right in your own kitchen.

This collection of 32 recipes ranges from simple castile bars to intricate swirls, embeds, and marbled and layered looks. Begin with a combination of skin-nourishing oils and then add blueberry puree, dandelion-infused water, almond milk, coffee grounds, mango and avocado butters, black tea, or other delicious ingredients – and then scent your soap with pure essential oils.

Sabonetes Caseiros – <without author info>

Wook – 9,50€

This is a book to make soap from scratch.

Fill your bathroom with fragrances of lemon, roses and lavender or with aromas of coconut, rosemary and cedar! This book teaches you how to easily create your own soap, bath salts or oils, using fresh ingredients such as flowers, almond or avocado oil, or mango butter-based.

Manufacture personal hygiene products with your favorite aromas, using natural and sustainable methods and avoiding the use of silicone or synthetic preservatives. Precise and detailed instructions, color photographs and numerous suggestions will help you get started with these techniques.

The Everything Soapmaking Book – Alicia Grosso

Wook – 15,56€ – 8,99£

Amazon Kindle – 16.13$

This is a real “everything” book about soap making!! Make soap from scratch by cold-process, hot-process, liquid soap and use melt&pour bases. A must-have for any soap maker!

A guide for making all kinds of soap including bath soaps, liquid soaps, facial cleansers, gift soaps for special occasions, and more. It takes the reader from buying the right equipment to packaging their soaps to share with the world.

The Natural Soapmaking Book for Beginners – Kelly Cable – 11.99$

Amazon Kindle – 9.53$

This is a book to make soap from scratch. Very comprehesive and complete in its introduction, especially when it comes to ingredients: carrier oils, natural addictives, natural colorants, and natural fragrances (essential oils).

This natural choice in soap making books includes:

  • Soap making primer
  • All-natural ingredients
  • Over 55 recipes—Create specialty bars including Mulled Wine Soap, Allergy Relief Bar, and other recipes you won’t find in other soap making books.

How To Make Your Own Soap – Sally Hornsey

Wook – 20,35€ – 3,99£

This book is to make soap from scratch and also using melt & pour bases (glycerin bases). It has recipes containing palm oil, and I understand some people are against using it. Please, read this article from Lovely Greens website about the usage of palm oil.

This book enables you to design and create bars of soap using traditional methods that incorporate moisturising oils and butters, and to make fun and funky glycerine soaps that look almost too fabulous to use. This book helps you learn how to create liquid and cream soaps from scratch and how to design body washes using many easily obtainable surfactants.


Essential Oils Handbook – Amy Leigh Mercree

Wook – 15,56€

For millennia, people have used essential oils for health and wellness—and this authoritative illustrated guide shows you how to use them, too!

Oleos Essenciais – Gill Farrer Halls

Wook – 15,50€

This is a Portuguese translation of the original book.

Essential oils are one of the oldest and most renowned forms of holistic therapy; the healing they operate is very subtle but profoundly effective. These natural essences are increasingly used among us, either as a complementary healing alternative or as an integral therapy.

This comprehensive guide teaches you how to use essential oils to calm your body and mind, relieve some of the most common symptoms and discomfort and even make your own cosmetics enriched with their properties.

Carrier Oils For Beginners – Joanne Curtis: – 9.99$

Amazon Kindle – 3.17$

A great book for beginners. I thought this book was very informative and liked that it explained about alternatives to using carrier oils as well.

The book wasn’t very long but it did give some very good information all the same. It explains how carrier oils are extracted and explains about refined and unrefined.

Coconut Oil Natural Beauty – Lucy Bee

Wook – 11,98€ – 8,03$ 

Coconut oil, as we know, is nature’s perfect Ingredient. It has earned that accolade through not just its versatility in cooking but also its application as an effective and economic beauty treatment for skin, hair, and oral health.

Beeswax Workshop – Chris Dalziel

Wook – 14,36€ – 12.19$

Making all kinds of amazing, all-natural stuff out of beeswax is easy and fun. Packed with over 100 step-by-step recipes, The Beeswax Workshop shows you how to make beautiful gifts, household cleaners, beauty supplies and so, so much more

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