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Title:
Wild beauty : wisdom & recipes for natural self-care
ISBN:
9780399582813
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
159 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents:
Introduction / Captain's log -- Chapter one / Trusting your nose -- The heart of plants -- Hydrosols -- Scene extractions -- Carriers -- Aromatherapy -- Primal magic -- Chapter two / Aromatics -- Base notes -- Middle notes -- Top notes -- Essential oils during pregnancy -- Vine jamine blend -- Venal neroli blend -- Venus rose blend -- Loosen the knot tension-release blend -- Sweet rest calming blend -- Forest sprite grounding blend -- Deep breath calming spray -- Emerald green woods room spray -- Good vibrations clearing spray -- Chapter three / Pursuing wild beauty -- Demystifying ingredient lists -- Ingredients I love -- Ingredients to avoid -- Emerald sea detox bath -- Aquamarine bubble bath -- Hydrating body wash -- No-more-scales body oil -- Dream-cream deodorant -- Cocoa-nut body butter -- Fly & tick spray -- Sea salt & sunshine body scrub -- Chapter four / Skin -- Oil essentals -- Treating dry skin -- Colagen & elastin -- Cocoa & spice face mask & exfoliant -- Fresh face fruit mask: 4 variations -- Maine face mask -- Clean slate makeup remover & oil-based cleanser -- Creamy shea face cleanser -- Fresh green tea clarifying toner -- Smell the roses face toner & body mist -- Golden glow face balm -- Deep sleep eye serum -- Butterfly daytime face oil -- Lick your lips balm -- Shimmer & pop highlighter -- Chapter five / Hair -- Taking care of hair -- Mermaid hair mask -- Milk & honey shampoo -- Refreshing hibiscus ACV rinse -- Shining waves hair oil -- Sea salt wave spray -- Witchy coconut leave-in conditioner & detangler -- Sail-away dry shampoo -- Chapter six / Wild nature -- Self care -- Gratitiude -- Herbal allies & medicinal foods -- Green beauty juice -- Mer-made enery drink -- Golden glow elixir -- Summer sun garden tea -- Green sprite tea -- Wild beauty tea -- Petal tea -- Rose & coconut water -- Superpower cocoa mix -- Afterword -- Acknowledgments -- Resources -- Bibliography -- Notes -- Index.
Summary:
An inspiring and easy-to-use primer on natural beauty, featuring 30 recipes for making your own essential oils, lip balm, face and body oils, bath salts, juices, tonics, and more, including an overview of important plant ingredients, the benefits of detoxing your beauty regimen, and tips for creating a cleaner self-care routine. Just like chemical additives in our food, synthetic ingredients in our hair and skin care can wreak havoc with our bodies. Luckily, there's no need to compromise luxurious, effective skin and hair care for safety. From a leader in the world of natural beauty, Wild Beauty is an inspiring and highly usable guide to harnessing the miraculous power of plants to make your own face oils, body balms, hairspray, bath salts, and more. Jana Blankenship, founder of the popular beauty company Captain Blankenship, believes that organic beauty products create a direct link with nature, and ingredients like cold pressed organic plant oils, flowers, seaweeds, sea salt, and organic essential oils not only conjure the natural world, but are highly beneficial for our skin, body, hair, and senses. Wild Beauty also shows you how to create powerful essential oil blends, the building blocks to effective skin and hair care, that can be used on their own to relieve headaches and tension, elevate mood, or be worn as natural perfumes. With gorgeous photographs and tips on creating a meaningful self-care regime, this is the only book you need for true, holistic beauty. --
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Just like chemical additives in our food, synthetic ingredients in our hair and skin care can wreak havoc with our bodies. Luckily, there's no need to compromise luxurious, effective skin and hair care for safety. From a leader in the world of natural beauty, Wild Beauty is an inspiring and highly usable guide to harnessing the miraculous power of plants to make your own face oils, body balms, hairspray, bath salts, and more. Jana Blankenship, founder of the popular beauty company Captain Blankenship, believes that organic beauty products create a direct link with nature, and ingredients like cold pressed organic plant oils, flowers, seaweeds, sea salt, and organic essential oils not only conjure the natural world, but are highly beneficial for our skin, body, hair, and senses. Wild Beauty also shows you how to create powerful essential oil blends, the building blocks to effective skin and hair care, that can be used on their own to relieve headaches and tension, elevate mood, or be worn as natural perfumes. With gorgeous photographs and tips on creating a meaningful self-care regime, this is the only book you need for true, holistic beauty.


Author Notes

JANA BLANKENSHIP started her nautically inspired beauty company Captain Blankenship in 2009 while living in Berkeley, California, and inspired by the eucalyptus groves and blooming jasmine around her. Captain Blankenship has a full line of hair and body products and is carried in about 250 US stores, including Sephora, Anthropologie, numerous small retail outlets, and Target, which has a new exclusive line called Sailor.


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Excerpts

Chapter 2 Aromatics   Imagine you could dive into a bottle of natural perfume and inspect and savor every ingredient and each distinct smell. The perfumer creates work that is more than a sum of its parts, like an alchemist who transmutes matter into spirit. Perfume reacts differently on each body it touches because everyone's body chemistry and sense of smell are different. In addition, each plant essence has its own structure that, when combined into a perfume, becomes something else entirely, a harmonious work of art. A perfume is traditionally made of base notes, middle notes, and top notes, which is a direct reference to music. When certain scents align and enhance each other, they are called chords. To create a well-balanced perfume is to develop a real harmony, one in which each element depends on the others to make it sing. Let's delve into how we grow a harmonious perfume from the ground up.   In a simple blend, you could choose one base note, one middle note, and one top note to start. In more complicated perfumes, you could have three or four of each note. Before diving in, it is helpful to take some time to reflect on the character of the perfume you want to create. If you want orange blossom to be a star in your perfume, you should try not to bury it with heavier scents. Take some time to brainstorm before you start blending. You can always add more drops, but you cannot subtract them. There is nothing sadder than creating mud out of precious materials and needing to start over.   In this chapter, I want to introduce you to some of my favorite essential oils and then some simple recipes for scent blends for well-being, room sprays, and perfumes. That said, scent is entirely subjective, and you may have different preferences than I do. Feel free to adjust the scent blends to your liking, and above all, trust your nose. You are the most important ingredient.   Base Notes Mandy Aftel uses the metaphor of a tree to talk about plant essences. The base notes are the roots of the tree, the resinous scents that build the foundation of a perfume. They often are made from actual roots, like vetiver. Other popular base notes include frankincense, myrrh, vanilla, patchouli, palo santo, sandalwood, seaweed, oak moss, and violet leaf. These base notes are heavy, rich, and syrupy in smell and are what gives perfume longevity. When building a perfume, you work from the ground up.   Middle Notes From the roots, we come to the flowers and leaves of the tree: the middle notes, which are the precious heart of a scent. Flowers such as jasmine, rose, tuberose, ylang ylang, geranium, and orange blossom are middle notes. Leaves, needles, and grasses are also in this category, including eucalyptus, pine, spruce, cypress, and palmarosa.   Top Notes The first wave of a perfume that you smell are the top notes, but they are fleeting. The top notes, the fruits of the tree, also include spices and herbs. All citrus fruits, spices, and most herbs are classified as top notes.   A Note on Ingredients I suggest using organic and wild-harvested essential oils, organic CO2 extracts, and organic carrier oils, but you can experiment and see what you like best. As always, follow your nose.   Citrus essential oils should be kept in the fridge to keep them fresh. I like to use golden jojoba oil (not deodorized) for scent blends, but sunflower and safflower are also options. All three carrier oils are easily absorbed by the skin and don't carry much of a scent themselves, making them the perfect vehicle for essential oils.   A Note on Blending Please think of these as sketches that you can adapt to your liking. Scent is personal, and you should feel free to make changes and substitutions and make these your own work of art. Always remember you can add, but you can't subtract. Start slow with drops and add more if you desire. Cutting up scent strips made out of small strips of drawing paper and dipping them into your draft is a good way to get a sense of where the scent is and where you want to take it.   Equipment Most of the equipment used in these recipes includes common kitchen items, such as a small pot, small strainer, mixing bowls, large and small heatproof spouted glass measuring cups, measuring spoons, metal spoons for stirring, spatula, and metal funnel. You will also need eyedroppers.   All of the 1/2-ounce recipes require glass aromatherapy roll-on bottles (use either a single 1/2-ounce bottle or two 1/4-ounce bottles). All of the 4-ounce recipes require 4-ounce glass bottles with fine-mist sprayers. Additional items will be noted after the ingredient lists.   Loosen the Knot Tension-Release Blend This powerful blend of essential oils is great for relieving anxiety, tension, headaches, migraines, and PMS. Dab onto wrists and temples, breathe in, and close your eyes.   Yield: 1/2 ounce   Ingredients 1 tablespoon carrier oil of choice 8 drops peppermint essential oil 7 drops eucalyptus essential oil 5 drops clary sage essential oil 3 drops rosemary essential oil Optional: 5 drops lavender essential oil*   *Use if you or your friends love lavender; some people don't.   1. Add carrier oil to small spouted measuring cup. With separate eyedroppers, add essential oils to carrier oil and combine with spoon. With funnel, pour slowly into roll-on bottles. Press on roll-on lid and screw on cap.   2. Use as needed. If stored out of direct sunlight, will keep for up to 2 years.   Cocoa & Spice Face Mask & Exfoliant This is a sumptuous mask and gentle exfoliant that I love in wintertime, but it is a great year-round treatment. It smells like spicy cocoa and soothes and clarifies skin without drying it out. Using activated charcoal and bentonite clay, which detoxify, along with antioxidant-rich raw cocoa powder and a potent blend of invigorating spices will leave your skin and senses feeling revived.   Yield: 1 1/2 ounces   Ingredients 1 tablespoon bentonite clay or kaolin clay 1 teaspoon activated bamboo charcoal powder 1 tablespoon raw cocoa powder 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger   Additional Equipment 2-ounce glass jar with lid   Mix all ingredients together in small bowl. Pour into jar and close with lid. Will keep fresh for up to a year.   AS FACE MASK Combine 1/2 teaspoon mix with 1/8 teaspoon water or hydrosol in small dish. Mix into paste and add more liquid if necessary for desired consistency. Apply to moist face and neck with fingers or brush. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Pat dry with clean towel; apply toner and face oil or face balm.   AS EXFOLIANT Apply quarter-size amount to wet face with fingers, massage gently into skin, and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat dry with clean towel; apply toner and face oil or face balm. Excerpted from Wild Beauty: Wisdom and Recipes for Natural Self-Care by Jana Blankenship All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Introduction
Captain's Logp. 8
Chapter 1 Trusting Your Nosep. 16
The Heart of Plantsp. 19
Hydrosolsp. 22
Scent Extractionsp. 22
Carriersp. 28
Aromatherapyp. 29
Primal Magicp. 32
Chapter 2 Aromaticsp. 34
Base Notesp. 37
Middle Notesp. 38
Top Notesp. 43
Essential Oils During Pregnancyp. 45
Vine Jamine Blendp. 49
Vernal Neroli Blendp. 50
Venus Rose Blendp. 50
Loosen the Knot Tension-Release Blendp. 53
Sweet Rest Calming Blendp. 54
Forest Sprite Grounding Blendp. 54
Deep Breath Calming Sprayp. 57
Emerald Green Woods Room Sprayp. 57
Good Vibrations Clearing Sprayp. 58
Chapter 3 Pursuing Wild Beautyp. 60
Demystifying Ingredient Listsp. 63
Ingredients I Lovep. 67
Ingredients to Avoidp. 72
Emerald Sea Detox Bathp. 77
Aquamarine Bubble Bathp. 77
Hydrating Body Washp. 78
No-More-Scales Body Oilp. 79
Dream-Cream Deodorantp. 80
Cocoa-Nut Body Butterp. 82
Fly & Tick Sprayp. 83
Sea Salt & Sunshine Body Scrubp. 84
Chapter 4 Skinp. 86
Oil Essentialsp. 88
Treating Dry Skinp. 89
Collagen & Elastinp. 91
Cocoa & Spice Face Mask & Exfoliantp. 96
Fresh Face Fruit Mask: 4 Variationsp. 99
Maine Fate Maskp. 100
Clean Slate Makeup Remover & Oil-Based Cleanserp. 100
Creamy Shea Face Cleanserp. 103
Fresh Green Tea Clarifying Tonerp. 105
Smell the Roses Face Toner & Body Mistp. 106
Golden Glow Face Balmp. 108
Deep Sleep Eye Serump. 109
Butterfly Daytime Face Oilp. 110
Lick Your Lips Balmp. 113
Shimmer & Pop Highlighterp. 114
Chapter 5 Hairp. 116
Taking Care of Hairp. 118
Mermaid Hair Maskp. 120
Milk & Honey Shampoop. 122
Refreshing Hibiscus ACV Rinsep. 123
Shining Waves Hair Oilp. 125
Sea Salt Wave Sprayp. 126
Witchy Coconut Leave-In Conditioner & Detanglerp. 126
Sail-Away Dry Shampoop. 127
Chapter 6 Wild Naturep. 128
Self Carep. 132
Gratitudep. 134
Herbal Allies & Medicinal Foodsp. 137
Green Beauty Juicep. 140
Mer-Made Energy Drinkp. 143
Golden Glow Elixirp. 144
Summer Sun Garden Teap. 147
Green Sprite Teap. 147
Wild Beauty Teap. 148
Petal Teap. 149
Rose & Coconut Waterp. 150
Superpower Cocoa Mixp. 150
Afterwordp. 153
Acknowledgmentsp. 154
Resourcesp. 156
Bibliographyp. 157
Notesp. 157
Indexp. 158