The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

Are your skincare and beauty products toxic? It’s estimated that the average woman uses around a dozen beauty and personal care products a day, exposing them to copious amounts of harmful ingredients – up to nearly 150 different chemicals a day. That’s staggering. If you read the back of your products, can you discern whether the ingredients are safe? In addition to using unsafe skincare, you’re paying expensive prices for the privilege. It forces one to reflect.

Here’s a list of ingredients that you do not want on your skin or in your body. Check and see if they are in your personal care products. Plus, many of the companies that use these harmful ingredients also do animal testing. It’s so cruel and unnecessary. This information alone should stop you from purchasing these products and supporting selfish and inhumane companies who lack a conscious.

*Sodium lauryl sulfate
*BHA – butylated hydroxyanisole
*BHT – butylated hydroxytoluene
*Mineral oil & petroleum products
*Formaldehyde – DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, Bronopol, 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
*Parabens – proply-, isoproply-, butyl-, isobutyl-
*Ethanolamines – carbinoxamine, clemastine, dimenhydrinate, diphenhydramine, doxylamine diethanolamine [DEA], monoethanolamine [MEA] and triethanolamine [TEA]
*Triclosan and Triclocarban
*Polyethylene – PEGS
*Oxybenzone – (benzophenone) – octinoxate, homosalate
*Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid, retinol
*Mica, silica (crystalline), talc (unless asbestos-free) and nanoparticled titanium dioxide (TiO2)

So what’s a girl to do? Well, there are many organic & vegan skincare products available online and in health food stores, or you can make your own. The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty will walk you through all the steps.

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

Part One – The Ins and Outs of Vegan Beauty

The first chapter shares what being vegan entails – from animal cruelty to being earth conscious to eating and using healthy ingredients in your everyday life. I’ve been a vegan for several decades and so I embraced this information with wide open arms.

The second chapter covers all the bases why DIY beauty products are better. IT shares a list of toxins to avoid, like the list mentioned above, and several other reasons why DIY beauty is beneficial. A list of the conventionally grown dirty dozen and clean fifteen is also shared. If I can’t get organics, I don’t avoid conventionally grown fruits and veggies — I buy and wash them with an ozone machine.

Chapter three gets you primed and ready to make your own DIY beauty products. A list of tools and supplies are given, but you’ll have most of them in your home. I didn’t have a mortar and pestle, but I picked up a marble one on Amazon for $20. You’ll want to have a few carrier oils and plant butters on hand and they mention which are the best. Vegetable waxes, clays, sugars, salt and essential oils make up the rest of the ingredients you’ll need to create the recipes in the following section.

Part Two – The Recipes

This section is where all the fun and creativity begins. There are five chapters and each deal with a different subject/body part. Each recipe will feature the superstar ingredients, top tips, ‘did you know’ and any cautions that need to be heeded.

Chapter one focuses on face care and there’s an abundance of different recipes to choose from. Many will sound delicious enough to eat – which by the way you can – just saying. Who wouldn’t want to try a Black Forest Chocolate Cake Facial Mask? You can eat the leftovers. The Pore Shrinking Basil Toner caught my eye and there are several people in my family that could benefit from this formula. Check out the recipe below.

Pore Shrinking Basil Toner

Sure, basil rocks the socks off Italian pasta, but here’s a fave beauty secret: it shrinks the appearance of pores, too. Let’s face it — enlarged pores look scary, so this toner makes a huge diff.

Best for: Oily/acne-prone and Mature skin

Superstar ingredient: Basil is antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, soothing and healing. In other words, it will tame redness, reduce acne breakouts and fight wrinkles. These are all beautiful things!
Mortar and pestle
Fine-mesh sieve
Glass spray bottle

20 fresh basil leaves 20
1⁄2 cup boiling water 125 mL
Freshly squeezed lemon juice

  1. In mortar, mash basil leaves until juicy. Pour in boiling water and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Place fine-mesh sieve over a jar or small bowl. Strain basil mixture into jar, pressing with fingers to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids. Let cool.
  3. Add a small squeeze of lemon juice and stir to combine. Pour into bottle.
  4. With eyes closed, spray toner a few times all over cleansed facial skin. Let dry. Follow with your favorite serum or moisturizer.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

The next chapter shares Bath and Body Care products. Here you’ll find recipes for body washes, body scrubs, body butters, massage oils, lotions, potions, and perfumes. I can see a lot of these recipes being created for gifts. The Holiday Pumpkin Scrub looks so divine. Chapter six will have your lovely locks bouncing, flowing and glowing with shampoos, rinses, conditioners and masks. Chapter eight is diving into making your own Makeup and Cosmetics. Did you know you can make your own mascara? No way! With a few simple and natural ingredients you can have the thickest lashes in town. This chapter also covers making your own foundation, moisturizers, lip balms and more.The last chapter, Unisex Beauty Essentials gets into making deodorants, toothpaste, shaving creams, bug repellents and various other products the whole family would benefit from.

I also want to mention that this is one of the prettiest books I’m perused through. The images are big, bold and beautiful and encourage you to get out of the store aisles and make your own DIY beauty products. You’ll be kind to animals, Mother Nature and you’ll save so much money. I’m in. But for those you just don’t want to make them or don’t have the time to make your own DIY beauty products, there is a list of all nature vegan brands at the back of the book. This was so helpful. I love this book, it offers everything you need to be the beauty you naturally are.

Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions express are my own, yours may differ.