Natural Beauty Recipe Books

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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 natural beauty recipe books about natural cosmetics, soap making, and natural ingredients, from 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


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.

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


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.

Handmade Beauty – Abi Righton e Juliette Goggin


“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.

Handmade Spa – Abi Righton e Juliette Goggin

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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


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.

Soap Making

Pure Soapmaking – Anne-Marie Faiola


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.

The Everything Soapmaking Book – Alicia Grosso


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.


Essential Oils Handbook – Amy Leigh Mercree

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

Carrier Oils For Beginners – Joanne Curtis

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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.

Beeswax Workshop – Chris Dalziel


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

Please, also check out Portuguese Natural Beauty Books.

Hope you have enjoyed this article. If you have a question or wish to make a suggestion, please, leave a comment.

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  1. It was brought into my attention that there are so many harmful chemicals lurking into our soaps and cosmetics. I have been trying my very best to avoid that and I want to make my own. Thanks for sharing thee books. A Senhora do Monte And Natural Beauty really caught my attention. I would love to make my own eye serum. Beleza is also another good one, I heard so many good things about beer and it’s potential for rejuvenating out hair and also skin. There is a beer bath in Germany that I always wanted to visit. I will get Natural Beauty first and take it from there. 

    1. Sofia Matias

      Hello Nuttanee, I am glad you are taking a look at natural cosmetics. I am still to know someone that started to make and use their own natural soaps and skin care products and came back to the commercial ones 🙂

      Yes, there are some harsh ingredients on commercial cosmetics, please, see my post about it, if you want to know more.

      But let’s talk about happier things: either by purchasing one of these books or by trying the recipes I post on my blog (like a “How To” post about making natural lip balm), the important part is that you experiment and see for yourself if natural cosmetics are good for you. Also, whether doing them yourself is something you like to do, or you prefer to just purchase them.

      Although I have made up my mind, I want people to get convinced by themselves, and find the best solution for them. Me and my blog are here just to give options.

      About beer, I am planning to make a beer soap, I’ve heard it makes the soap very soft and creamy, but with so many options and recipes to try, it will still take some time to publish it on my website 🙂

      Happy experiences with natural cosmetics!



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