9 More Books about Essential Oils Currently on My Reading List

Essential oils have been used by many cultures-including Greek, Egyptian, Asian, and Roman-for centuries both as medicine and cosmetics…but I personally am just now starting to explore essential oils and their many uses..Getting started with essential oils and aromatherapy as a natural and holistic way for improving your health and for treating certain health issues…not to mention for the pleasing aroma…can be more than a little confusing and overwhelming though.

As I begin my journey as a beginning user of essential oils hoping to learn learn how to make my own recipes using essential oils for both healthier hair and skin, I am sure that the following list of books will come in handy.


1.  Aromatherapy A Complete Guide To The Healing Art (Kathi Keville and Mindy Green)


      2. Art of Aromatherapy (Robert B. Tisserand)


      3.  Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele)
      4.  Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, An Introductory Guide: More Than 300 Recipes for Health, Home, and Beauty by Sonoma Press…

         5.  Essential Oils Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing


      6.  Essential Oils Pocket Reference (Gary Young)

      7.  The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health — Beauty — a Safe Home Environment (Valerie Ann Worwood)


      8.  The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism (Julia Lawless)


       9. Reference Guide for Essential Oils (Connie and Alan Higley)


        Book Review…Essential Oils: The Complete Guide: Essential Oils for Beginners, Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Recipes


        Essential Oils: The Complete Guide: Essential Oils for Beginners, Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Recipes is a guide book about essential oils written to “introduce you to the world of essential oils and aromatherapy.” 

        The book was written primarily for beginners who have absolutely no prior knowledge about using essential oils and carrier oils.to show how to use them properly…

        This book sparked my interest because so many of the natural body care and skincare products that I will be making and sharing in the near future contain them.

        The title, Essential Oils: The Complete Guide: Essential Oils for Beginners, Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Recipes, is appropriate for the book because the book explains everything in simple, easy to understand steps.. 

        The purpose of the book–showing how to use essential oils  properly-is carried out throughout the book as evident by the fact that the book tells the reader how to store your essential oils and carrier oils, and the fact that It is important to know what you are doing when you are using essential oils because some essential oils can do things such as increase UV light/sunlight sensitivity and affect your hormones.

        According to the introduction, this book promises to teach you a natural treatment that takes care of both your mental and physical health at the same time…how to cure your common cold without the use of drugand how to start the day exploding with motivation and energy, whilst finishing the day calm, content and stress-free.all through the proper application of essential oils. 

        The author of the book is Amy Joyson.

        The main idea of the book is that both your health and vitality can be improved through the use of essential oils.

        My favorite part of the book was definitely the over 100 recipes for natural body and skincare products, as well as home cleaning products because this is something that I am focusing on right now in both my life and my blog…recipes to enhance your calm or self-esteem and confidence, to uplift your mood, to support your detox and many, many more.

        Other topics discussed include what aromatherapy is and how you can use aromatherapy at home for stress relief and weight loss, what carrier oils are and how to use them, and what exactly essential oils are and how they work in the body.

         I highly recommend this book, and feel that you will also be happy that you bought it.

            How to Make Your Own Body Wash

          Lately I have been on a personal crusade to evaluate the products that I use at home and to simplify our family’s lifestyle, one product at a time.

          But often researching ingredients, reading and re-reading labels, and investigating company policies takes way more time, money, and effort than simply making the that product yourself.

          Going the all-natural route for body and skin care means knowing what exactly goes into the products you are using…and often the best way to know what’s in something is simply to make that “something” yourself.

            The basic formula for making your own unique body washes is… equal amounts of an organic Castille soap and a water-based ingredient. Let me walk you through this…


            Dissolve 1tsp sea salt with 3oz of a hydrosol, in a Pyrex measuring glass. Dissolve salt completely. (A second option would be to simply mix together ½ cup raw honey and ½ cup coconut oil.)

              Hydrosols, as I have learned so far, are basically aromatic waters that have similar therapeutic properties to essential oils, but are much less concentrated. 

              Add 1Tbsp organic moisturizing oil, as desired. Good examples would be olive, coconut, jojoba, grape seed, refined avocado, or almond oil.  Adding oils such as these allow the body wash to be easily absorbed by the skin, making it more moisturizing. 

              Another oil commonly used is Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil is a natural preservative and moisturizing antioxidant that helps lengthen the shelf life of your homemade body and skincare products. 

              If using capsules, add the content of one gel capsule to your mixture.


                3.  Add thirty drops of organic essential oils, as desired.

                Typically, essential oils are added to your body wash is to make it simply smell good, but essential oils can also soothe, repair, heal, disinfect, and deodorize. For example,…

                • 1.  Chamomile…great for dry and sensitive skin, acne, eczema, and dermatitis.
                • 2.  Frankincense…great for facial and back acne
                • 3.  Geranium…great for oily complexions, acne, mature skin, eczema, and dermatitis
                • 4.  Grapefruit…great for oily skin
                • 5.  Lavender…great for very sensitive skin, mature skin, and itchy skin
                • 6.  Lemon…great for skin tone
                • 7.  Patchouli…great for acne, cracked and chapped skin, eczema, oily skin, and mature skin.
                • 8.  Peppermint…great for acne
                • 9.  Rosemary…great for acne, eczema, and dermatitis
                • 10.  Sandalwood…great for acne, dry, cracked, chapped skin, wrinkles, and mature skin.
                • 11.  Sweet Orange…great for dull or oily skin.
                • 12.  Tea Tree…great for acne, oily skin, rashes, and inflamed skin
                • 13..Yiang Ylang…great for general skin care, irritated skin, oily skin, and acne


                Add 3oz pure liquid castille soap. Funnel into your container.

                Pure liquid castile soap, scented or unscented, is one of the gentlest soaps available. It is made from non-toxic ingredients, safe on the skin and does not pollute the environment.

                Feel free to use scented or unscented  soap. If using scented  soap you can omit the essential oils, or go ahead and add them for their therapeutic benefits. (Note: Peppermint castile soap may be a little uncomfortably tingly on sensitive areas for some.) (find it here)Castile soap – Also known as vegetable soap, 

                10 More OTC Cruelty-Free Body Washes 



                1.  Kiss My Face

                • Availability…Walgreens, Whole Foods, and Bed, Bath & Beyond
                • Ingredients…extracts of elder flower, lavender, cornflower, lemongrass, and eucalyptus
                • Price…$9
                • Scents…Sensitive, Cold and Flu, Early to Bed,.Early to Rise, Anti-Stress, Silky Soft, and Peaceful Patchouli


                  2. LUSH Bath Products

                  • Ingredients…olive oil, sea salt, and mandarin juice
                  • Price…$32.95
                  • Scents
                  • Shower Gel…Dirty Springwash, Plum Rain, Happy Hippy, The Comforter, Yuzu and Cocoa, Don’t Rain on My Parade, Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair, Beautiful), It’s Raining Men 
                  • Shower Jellies...Needles and Pines, 93,000 Miles, Refresher, Whoosh
                  • Shower Smoothies..lRo’s Argan, Dreamwash, African Paradise, Turkish Delight


                    3. Method

                    • Ingredients…naturally derived hydrating ingredients like nourishing aloe 
                    •  Price…$5.99
                    • Scents…
                    • Foaming…Water Flower, Sea Mist, Ruby Orange, and Cucumber Mint
                    • Moisturizing…Coconut Milk, Magnolia, Olive Leaf, Surfside, and White Tea
                    • Refreshing…Lilac Blossom, Mandarin Orange, Green Tea and Aloe, and Waterfall


                    4. Nature’s Gate

                    • Availability…Whole Foods
                    • Founded…in 1972 by two brothers who were so inspired by the purity of rainwater that it became a main ingredient in their products
                    • Ingredients…100-percent coconut water, lavender, lupine seed, frangipani, and fig 
                    • Kudos…free of paraben, GMOs, gluten, sulfate, phthalate, and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid
                    • Scents…Aloe Vera, Papaya, Pomegranate Sunflower, Hemp, Lavender, and Coconut 

                    5.  Nourish Organic Body Wash

                    • Ingredients…organic hydrating blend of aloe, coconut milk, Vitamin E, and a blend of moisturizing essential oils
                    • Kudos…cruelty free, vegan, Leaping Bunny certified brand, gluten free, and certified USDA organic
                    • Price…$11.99
                    • Scents…Unscented, Almond Vanilla, Fresh Fig, Lavender Mint, Wild Berries, Tropical Coconut, and Lemon Thyme  

                    6.  Nubian Heritage Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed Body Wash

                    • Ingredients….Abyssinian oil, chia seeds, amaranth extract, ginseng 
                    •  Price…$12.99


                     7. PROXI Body Wash

                    • Ingredients…hydrogen peroxide, plant-derived surfactants, aloe, naturally-derived moisturizers 
                    • Kudos…98% naturally-derived, paraben-free, soap-free and pH balanced ingredients 
                    • Scents…Cucumber & Green Tea,  “Men’s”


                    8.  Puracy Body Wash

                    •  Ingredients…a rich blend of carefully chosen food-grade, plant and mineral-based ingredients, featuring Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
                    • Kudos…all natural, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, vegan, gluten-free, and biodegradable ingredients…NO sulfates, triclosan, formaldehyde, parabens, phosphates, SLS, SLES, MEA, DEA, TEA, petroleum-based ingredients, animal by-products, chlorine, dyes, or caustics
                    • Price…$12.99



                        9.  SheaMoisture Body Wash

                        • Availability…Walgreens, CVSp
                        • Founded…more than 100 years ago when founder Sofi Tucker began selling shea nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone
                        • Price…$10.99
                        • Scents…Olive & Green Tea, Coconut & Hibiscus, Raw Shea Butter, ARGAN Oil & Raw Shea, SuperFruit, Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil, Zanzibar Marine Complex, Peace Rose Oil, African Water Mint & Ginger, Fruit Fusion Coconut, 100% Vegan Coconut, and Dragons Blood & Coffee Cherry


                        10.  Yes To… Soothing Body Wash

                        • Availability…CVS, Target, Walmart, and Kroger
                        • Price… $8.99
                        • Scents..Cucumbers, Carrots, Blueberries, Grapefruit, Coconut, Tomatoes 

                        11 OTC Cruelty-Free Body Washes

                          Making the commitment to a cruelty-free lifestyle should involve every single product that you purchase and use from now on…from the minute you first wake up until the moment you go back to bed.

                        And if you’re like me, the very first thing that I do every morning is jump in the shower with loofah and lather.

                        But when you are shopping, stop grabbing the first body wash you see, the cheapest one, or the one your mom always used. Do you really feel comfortable rubbing your butt, boobs, and back with a body was that has also been rubbed into the eyes or forced into the mouths of helpless rabbits, rats, and mice.

                        Look for products that have the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo on the packaging.

                        You could also scroll through the list of ingredients, but this can often be confusing.

                        Or you could first check with a comprehensive list of cruelty-free and vegan body washes, such as this one…

                          1.  Acure–energizing body wash 

                          • Availability…Target, Kroger
                          • Ingredients…organic Argan oil, sea buckthorn oil, Moroccan Argan stem cells, coq10, and pumpkin seed oil
                          • Kudos…100% biodegradable, gluten-free, and free of any parabens or sulfates
                          • Price…$10

                          2.  Ahava—Mineral Botanic Cream Wash

                          • Availability…Ulta, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom
                          • Kudos…cruelty-free, and PETA certified vegan company 
                          • Scents Available (4)...Hibiscus & Fig, Lotus Flower & Chestnut, Tropical Pineapple & White Peach, Lemon & Sage
                          • Price…$24 


                          3. Alba Botanica Bath & Shower Gel

                          • Availability…Target, Walmart, Vitacost
                          • Ingredients…pure botanical emollients, aloe vera, (varies by scent)
                          • Kudos…hypoallergenic, made from 100% natural ingredients,  contains no parabens or synthetic fragrances
                          • Price…$12
                          • Scents…Honey Mango, Sparkling Mint, French Lavender, Midnight Tuberose, Herbal Healing, Island Citrus, Coconut Rescue

                          4.  Andalou Naturals Body Wash

                          • Ingredients…active fruit stem cell and antioxidants
                          • Price…$10
                          • Scents…Citrus Sunflower, Lavender Thyme, Mandarin Vanilla, Aloe Mint, Clementine Ginger, 1000 Roses

                          5.  Avalon Organics Bath & Shower Gel

                          • Availability…Sprouts, Whole Foods
                          • Ingredients…plant-based formula that joins quinoa protein, lavender essential oil, aloe and botanical cleansers 
                          • Kudos…packaging made from high post-consumer material content and sustainably sourced paperboard that is recyclable after use
                          • Mission…to create products that are safe, effective and conscious of the greater good…to not only nourish the body, but also nourish the mind and the soul.
                          • Price…$7
                          • Scents……Nourishing Lavender, Grapefruit and Geranium, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Ylang Ylang


                          6.  Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap 

                          • Availability... Rite Aid, Whole Foods, Walgreens, and CVS
                          • Fragrances…Almond, Unscented, Citrus, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose and Tea Tree
                          • Kudos…certified organic, fair trade, non-GMO, Kosher, 
                          • Price…$17.99



                          7.  Éclair Naturals

                          • Availability…Target
                          • Belief…”We believe that everybody deserves to have access to luxurious body care products that are also natural, efficacious and affordable.”
                          • Ingredients…food-grade ingredients…such as vegetable glycerin, aloe, vitamin e, and botanical extracts 
                          • Kudos…all products are GMO free, gluten-free, soy-free, cruelty-free, and vegan
                          • Mission…to create great natural products for great people and to bring the highest quality allergen-free body care products to everyone
                          • Scents: Grapefruit, French Lavender, Creamy Coconut, Vanilla & Sweet Orange, and Shea Butter & Oatmeal

                          8. Hugo Naturals

                          • Availability…iHerb
                          •  Ingredients…jojoba, vegetable glycerin, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Oat extract, and olive oil 
                          • Kudos…vegan, gluten, and soy free…completely free of parabens and synthetic fragrances 
                          • Price…$9
                          • Scents: Shea Butter & Oatmeal, French Lavender, Grapefruit, and Vanilla & Sweet Orange. 

                              9.  Jack BlackPrice…$21 for three tubes  @ 3 oz. and three bonus samples 


                                 10.  Jason Pure Natural Body Wash

                                • Ingredients…botanical surfactants, Vitamin E, Pro-Vitamin B5, rosewater, and calendula extract 
                                • Price…$10.99
                                • Scents…Smoothing Coconut, Gluten-Free, Calming Lavender, Purifying Tea Tree, Soothing Aloe Vera, Revitalizing Citrus, Glowing Apricot, Relaxing Chamomile, Moisturizing Herbs, Softening Mango, Rosewater, Antioxidant Cranberry and Men’s All-in-One 


                                11.  John Masters

                                • Ingredients…botanically-based ingredients such as corn and coconut
                                • Kudos…certified organic, gluten-free
                                • Price…$18
                                • Scents…Blood Orange & Vanilla, Rosemary & Arnica, and Geranium & Grapefruit 

                                  Splish Splash…I Was Taking a Shower

                                  Taking a shower has the ability to clear your head and relax your muscles as you start your day ahead….and should be both refreshing and relaxing.

                                  Although there’s really no wrong way to take a shower, there are several things to know in order to make the most of this time.

                                  The following tips will help take your everyday shower from ordinary to indulgent.


                                  Although a steaming hot shower can be a great way to warm up on cold mornings or unwind after a stressful workday, hot water can actually be bad for our bodies. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, can make common problems like eczema even worse, and damage the skin faster.

                                  Instead stick to a lukewarm, or cooler, shower.


                                    Taking too long of a shower can actually remove much-needed moisture from the skin. This will leave your skin feeling dry and itchy.

                                    The shorter the shower, the better. Keep your shower time down to no more than five to ten minutes.


                                    There is no hard-and-fast rule as to how often you should shower…but most of us can cut back to a few times a week. Just don’t cut back so much that you smell or risk having skin infections.


                                    Washing your hair no more than two times a week should help maintain the natural oil production, while achieving moisture balance.

                                    Washing your hair too often can be drying, especially for anyone with gray hair or colored hair…Washing your hair too seldom can cause a buildup of oils that lead to flaking and redness.

                                    Always brush your hair before you get in the shower to work through any tangles. This will also help prevent clogged drains. After you shower, brush your hair again. Plastic vent brushes are best because they have multiple bristles.

                                    Put a quarter size amount of shampoo in your hands. Distribute theshampoo evenly throughout the hair, instead of simply pouring it on top of your head. Avoid using too much shampoo on your ends because they’re prone to dryness and brittleness.

                                    Make sure to get the nape of the neck, scalp, and roots because this is where dirt and oils usually collect. Scrub for a complete minute before rinsing.


                                    Instead of using a regular conditioner, apply a deep conditioner once or twice a week. The heat and steam of the shower will help the deep conditioner penetrate hair strands.

                                    Apply the deep conditioner, oil-based serum, or simply olive oil to your hair immediately after rinsing the shampoo out. Leave this on while you wash the rest of your body. 

                                    Applying conditioner above your crown line will lead to grease and unnecessary oil production. Instead, focus on your roots first because this is the area that requires the most moisture and attention.

                                    Finally, wrapping your hair tightly in a towel can cause severe damage to your hair. Instead, gently squeeze out excess moisture with a cotton t-shirt or a dry towel. Pat hair dry, rubbing your hair too roughly can cause knots and frizz.


                                    Soap contains surfactants, chemicals that attract both oil and water and that are able to bond with and remove the natural oils in your skin…leaving your skin feeling tight, dry, and itchy. 

                                    Use a creamy soap-free, water-based body wash or cleansing oil instead of drying soaps. These will moisturize with natural oils, without stripping your skin of its own. 

                                    Look for products labeled as “cleanser” instead of “soap.”

                                    Avoid shower gels and body washes with excessive lather. The more bubbles or lather a cleanser has, the more it strips your skin of its natural oils.

                                    Both Dove and Olay make excellent body wash products that strip fewer lipids and proteins from the skin, leav ing the skin better hydrated than most other body washes.

                                    Be sure to rinse the soap completely off of your body. Not properly rinsing soap off can cause skin irritation and dryness. Harsh cleansers can be irritating if left on the skin, because of the chemicals and fragrance these soaps contain.


                                    Doing a mask in the shower is great because the steam from the shower opens your pores and allows the nutrients and vitamins to actually be absorbed into your skin much more easily.

                                    A gel-based mask is better than a creamy version. Although the mask is still emollient, it will not  slide off your wet skin

                                    Masks should only be applied before washing your face, not after. Washing your face both before and after a mask may be too drying for many skin types.

                                    Anything applied after a shower will be more rapidly absorbed and may cause breakouts. Instead, apply a moisturizer after your shower to add back and seal in moisture.


                                    The biggest mistake people make is responding to dry, flaking skin with harsh exfoliation. Actually exfoliating more than twice a week can actually irritate your skin.
                                    There are three different levels of exfoliation…

                                    The first level involves simply adding a bit of raw sugar or iodized sea salt to your loofah along with your normal body wash.

                                    The second option is to buy a sugar scrub or make your own.

                                    For example, try this homemade coffee sugar scrub. This scrub has so many benefits. The coffee beans reduce inflammation and redness of the skin. The cinnamon acts as a drying agent, can help clear your acne, and helps bring blood and nutrients to the skin’s surface. The coconut oil acts a moisturizer, and helps slow down the process of your skin aging.


                                      Homemade Coffee Cinnamon Scrub
                                      1/2C ground coffee
                                      1/2C used coffee grounds
                                      1C sugar
                                      1/2C coconut oil
                                      tsp cinnamon

                                      A third option is dry brushing. Dry brushing involves stroking from your feet upward with a natural-bristle brush for three to five minutes before stepping into the shower. 

                                      This improves circulation, stimulates skin cells, flushes toxins surrounding these cells, and sloughs off dull, dead skin cells. 


                                                 Giving your feet a good scrub while you are in the shower will help you avoid foot fungus or bacteria.Be sure to (Actually you should take the time every day to thoroughly wash your feet with mild soap and thoroughly dry them every day.)

                                                Rub any conditioner that is left on your hands after you condition your hair onto the heels of your feet and into your toenails.


                                                Shave at the end of your shower so that the hairs are already damp and soft and that the pores are already opened. This will allow you to get the closest shav and reduce your chances of getting an ingrown hair.

                                                Consider swapping traditional shaving cream for a hydrating shaving oil.

                                                Make sure the water is warm, not scalding hot. Scalding hot water will cause your follicles to swell and your hairs to be more likely to break before they can be removed.

                                                Drying Off

                                                How you dry off is just as important as how you shower.
                                                Rubbing your skin vigorously with a towel can cause irritation, leave you itchy, and make dry skin get even worse. 

                                                Instead pat yourself dry. This leaves some water on the skin, which can be sealed in with moisturizer after each shower.
                                                Be sure to dry certain areas-any skin folds, between your toes, in the groin area, and under your arms-in order to prevent rashes and infections.


                                                 if you don’t moisturize your skin right after your shower, you can be doing your skin a great disservice. Applying moisturizer to freshly-showered skin maximizes its absorption.

                                                Applying a thick all-over layer of moisturizer right after lightly patting skin dry, even when you’re still damp, will lock the water into the skin and protect the epidermal barrier. Moisturizing while the shower door is still closed will help your skin absorb the product 

                                                People with dry skin should try a cream moisturizer instead of lotion. Look for a cream containing ceramide or alpha-hydroxy acid. 

                                                Look for a fragrance-free cream or lotion with humectants, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which actually attract water vapor to the skin’s surface and promote its absorption. 


                                                 Always wash the loofah thoroughly and wring it out. Store it in a dry place, not in your shower.

                                                When you use a loofah, dead skin cells become lodged in the nooks. These dead skin cells become a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and yeast. Never share your loofah for this reason.Allow your loofah to dry completely between uses. This is the best way to keep your loofah clean. 

                                                Replace your loofah frequently, at least once a month. 

                                                  10 Cruelty-Free Beauty Subscription Boxes 


                                                  We have all heard time and time again that choosing organic foods and beauty products would be doing yourself and the planet a great deal of good….about as many times as we heard our moms tell us that we need to eat all the food on our plates because there are starving kids in China.

                                                    But how many of us have been taught about organic foods and beauty products when we were growing up in the Deep South…and how many of us have the time to actually study organic foods and beauty products now…

                                                      Perhaps subscription boxes can provide the crash course that many of us need in order to fight the growing health concerns that more and more of us are having in regards to chemically-produced makeup.

                                                        Organic subscription boxes can introduce women like you and me to those certified-organic skincare products that best cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturize our skin without using any of these noxious artificial chemicals or additives. 

                                                        1.  Bare Bliss Box

                                                        • What it will cost you…$49.99
                                                        • What you will get…four to six samples
                                                        • What others like you are saying…


                                                          2.  Glowing Beets

                                                          • What it will cost you… $29.95 per month
                                                          • What you will get…three or four deluxe-sized samples or full-size beauty products 
                                                          • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                          3.  Good Being Box

                                                          • What it will cost you… $21 per month
                                                          • What you will get…a mix of full and deluxe size samples customized to your profile
                                                          • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                          4.  Honest Beauty

                                                          • What it will cost you…$50 per month
                                                          • What you will get…three full-size items 
                                                          • What others like you are saying…Review

                                                          5.  LaRitzy

                                                          • What it will cost…$24.99 per month
                                                          • What you will get…a mix of full-size and deluxe sized samples
                                                          • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                          6.  Love Goodly

                                                          • What it will cost you…$29.99 every other month
                                                          • What you will get…full size “premium” products 
                                                          • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                          7.  Petit Vour

                                                          • What it will cost you…$15 per month
                                                          • What you will get…four samples, some of which may be full-size
                                                          • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                            8.  Terra Bella Box

                                                            • What it will cost you…$37.95 per month
                                                            • What you will get…5-6 small-batch natural beauty items 
                                                            • What others like you are saying…

                                                            9.  Vegan Cuts Beauty Box

                                                            • What it will cost you...$18.50 per month or $39.95 per quarter
                                                            • What you will get…four to seven products including at least one or two full-size products
                                                            • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                              10.  Yuzen 

                                                              • What it will cost you…$33 a quarter
                                                              • What you will get…full-sized samples along with a non-beauty item like chocolate 
                                                              • What others like you are saying…Review

                                                                Saving Money on Body Care, Skincare, and Cosmetics–Things to Know

                                                                Makeup, skincare products, haircare products, and everything else it takes to make you look good at the next Ole Miss game can add up to a pretty hefty sum…

                                                                But are there actual tried-and-true ways to save money on those products you actually do use and love…and not waste money on products you will never use and might even hate…without losing that all-important Southern belle image?!

                                                                1.  Know how much you are actually spending as compared to other similar products or sizes available in that particular product. Calculate how much a product costs per ounce/gram by dividing the product retail price by the number of ounces in the product.

                                                                2.  Know what products have won awards, such as…


                                                                 3.  Know your skin…The most important step in caring for your skin is understanding your specific skin type. To figure your skin type, gently pat a blotting paper on the different areas of your face and hold the sheet up to the light. The five different skin types are…

                                                                • a.  Combination SkinCombination skin is the most common skin type since there are so many more sebaceous, or oil-producing, glands around our noses than other areas of our faces, but people with this skin type have a consistently oily T-zone with consistent dryness in other areas of the face, such as the cheeks.
                                                                • b.  Dry Skin...Dry skin is characterized by small pores, an overall feeling of tightness, more visible lines, less elasticity and a duller complexion.  Dry skin requires moisturizer throughout the day, especially when you first wake up or after you cleanse your face. Cleansing dry skin leaves it feeling taut and dehydrated.
                                                                • c.  Normal Skin...Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. Your skin usually has an even tone,  a soft texture, and little flakiness. You may get an oily T-zone in hot weather, but generally this area is oil-free. People with normal skin will feel clean and clear after cleansing…and might still be in need of a little moisturizer, but will not need to apply moisturizer very often throughout the day as the skin stays fairly moisturized on its own.
                                                                • d.  Oily Skin...Oily skin types tend to have larger pores, a shiny and  thicker feeling complexion, frequent blackheads and pimples. Cleansing the face often and avoiding heavy creams and emollients help minimize the appearance of oil. Oily skin feels clean and oil-free after cleansing, but oil returns shortly after cleansing.
                                                                • e.  Sensitive Skin...People with sensitive skin experience a low-level of discomfort-breakouts, rashes, red spots, stinging, swelling, flakiness, itching-at all times. People with sensitive skin have trouble finding products that do not irritate the skin and cause a reaction. Look for mild products without fragrance, harsh ingredients like alcohol and menthol, and harsh scrubbing agents such as crushed walnuts, pumice, and aluminum oxide crystals.


                                                                4.  Know yourself...What kind of makeup wearer are you? 

                                                                We apply makeup to help us project the image we want the world to see…as contrary as this may sound, to help us  be “our true selves.”

                                                                Each of us has some sort of “beauty routine ritual” that really works for us as individuals….a routine or regimen that makes us feel fresh, grounded, whole and ready for the day…and propels us forward with confidence, grace and self-empowerment.

                                                                 This image or “true self” will be individualistic, specific, and perhaps difficult to put into exact words…but each of us has an idea of the type of person she wants looking back at her whenever she takes the time to look in a mirror.

                                                                Knowing yourself and the image that you wish to project will help you define your personal needs and aproach both the world of beauty and the world of fashion from the proper perspective.

                                                                Starting to know yourself in this arena may be easier if you first understand the following five types of makeup wearers.

                                                                  • a.  The makeup hoarder ..The makeup hoarder is an informed customer who feels confident shopping for beauty products and probably has a huge stash, but is uncomfortable actually wearing it.
                                                                  • b.   The makeup junkie…The makeup junkie is an informed customer who feels very comfortable shopping for and wearing makeup…who reads the top makeup blogs regularly,  watch Youtube videos, frequent makeup counters. She appreciates and owns good quality makeup products and brushes.
                                                                  • c.  The makeup know-it-all...The makeup know-it-all can be shown or told nothing that she haven’t seen or heard before. 
                                                                  • d.  The makeup novice…The makeup novice is interested in, but also intimidated by makeup. She knows very little about applying makeup and has worn little to no makeup in her lifetime.
                                                                  • e.  The makeup wearer…The makeup wearer is an informed consumer who feels comfortable with her makeup and skincare routine. Although she has a general knowledge of makeup and skincare and wears makeup daily, she does not consider herself an expert. 

                                                                    Saving Money on Body Care, Skin Care, and Cosmetics…Things to Take

                                                                    Take time to read blogs… There is a ton of information to be gathered from reading other people’s blogs. A few of the best beauty/fashion blogs are…  

                                                                    Take time to read online reviews…


                                                                    Take advantage of free samples. 

                                                                    • Company Websites…Request samples directly from company websites.
                                                                    • Coupons…Use coupons to get free beauty products at Target and drugstores such as Walgreens and CVS. 
                                                                    • Department Stores…Request free samples from department stores like Macy’s, Clinique, Lancome, Benefit, Origins-give free samples when you ask. 
                                                                    • Facebook…Find your favorite makeup companies and become fans of them on Facebook. 
                                                                    • Online Shopping...A lot of the beauty stores-such as Sephora and Ulta-will send you free makeup samples if you place an order online. Just look for the option of requesting makeup samples during checkout. 
                                                                    • Product Test Groups...Some companies-Allure Beauty Enthusiasts, BzzAgent, CrowdTap, Elle Inner Circle, Glamour Glam Spotters, Good Housekeeping Tester, House Party, Influenster, InStyle Trendsetters, L’Oreal, PinchMe, Redbook Club Red, Smiley 360, Swaggable, The Pink PanelToluna, Vogue Insiders-offer free samples in exchange for your writing reviews.
                                                                    • Sephora…Ask a salesperson, and you should be able to get up to three free samples per type of product.
                                                                    • Subscription…Sign up for beauty company subscription programs, such as Amazon Beauty Box and Walmart’s Beauty Box, that offer the first box free.

                                                                    Cruelty-Free Body and Skin Care Brands…#4

                                                                    1. Queen Helene

                                                                    • Availability…Albertson’s
                                                                    • Focus…famous for their Mint Julep Masque 
                                                                    • Founded…in 1930
                                                                    • Ingredients… ingredients like cocoa butter which is rich with vitamins and natural emollient properties, pomegranate oil for its antioxidant protection against the skin-aging effects of environment, and essential oils to help relax tired muscles and ease tension
                                                                    • Mission…to provide a full line of affordable and effective body care products that are passed on from generation to generation
                                                                    • Philosophy…
                                                                    • Price Range…$7 for body lotion


                                                                    2. Renee Rouleau

                                                                    • Availability…spas in Dallas and Plano, Texas
                                                                    • Focus…effectively correcting every skin type’s concerns
                                                                    • Founded…established in 1996 by celebrity esthetician, Renée Rouleau 
                                                                    • Mission…to help people maximize their skin’s potential with a propietary line of natural, high-performance products based on nine unique skin types
                                                                    • Philosophy…that the skin care industry’s one-size-fits-all approach was not in-sync with what the modern client wants, or needs, in their pursuit of balanced, healthy skin
                                                                    • Price Range…$46.50 for body serum


                                                                    3.  Rodial

                                                                    • Availability…Nordstrom
                                                                    • Focus…famous for products like “Bee Venom” and “Dragon’s Blood” 
                                                                    • Price Range…$78 for body serum


                                                                     4. Radical Skincare

                                                                    • Availability…Sephora
                                                                    • Founded…by Liz and Rachel, the daughters of Dr. Richard F. Edlich MD.PHD, world renowned Professor of Plastic Surgery
                                                                    • Ingredients…extract of paracress, seaweed extracts, macadamia and desert date palm oils, glycerine
                                                                    • Mission…to provide solutions that are as effective as possible for all skin types.
                                                                    • Price Range…$78 for body serum


                                                                    5. S.W. Basics

                                                                    • Availability…Target
                                                                    • Focus…using as few ingredients as possible, usually 5 or less per products
                                                                    • Price Range…$20 for body oil


                                                                      6. Suntegrity

                                                                      • Focus…offers sun care and nothing but sun care
                                                                      • Founded…in memory of all of those who lost their lives to skin cancer
                                                                      • Ingredients…only the best known physical block ingredient (non-nano size zinc oxide)
                                                                      • Mission… to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and super anti-oxidants and amino acids to enhance that protection and help with skin repair
                                                                      • Philosophy… It doesn’t make sense to use these types of sunscreens to prevent skin cancer only to get another kind of cancer.
                                                                      • Price Range…$24 for sunscreen 


                                                                      7.  Sukin 

                                                                      • Focus…Australia’s Number One Natural Skincare Brand
                                                                      • Founded…in Melbourne, Australia in 2007
                                                                      • Ingredients…the highest grade essential oils, antioxidants, and botanicals
                                                                      •  and 100% natural botanical extracts…naturally derived, cruelty free and vegan
                                                                      • Mission…to provide high efficacy, environmentally sustainable and affordable natural skincare products that restore the natural vitality and radiance of your skin and hair
                                                                      • Philosophy…producing the highest standards of natural skin, hair and body care products begins with sourcing quality ingredients
                                                                      • Price Range…$14 for body lotion

                                                                      8.  The Wonder Seed

                                                                      • Focus…hempseed oil
                                                                      • Founded…by Theresa Ruiz-Hellings and her daughters Elena and Juliet and formerly known as The Healing Seed
                                                                      • Ingredients…100% natural, vegan, with no parabens, and no artificial colors or perfumes
                                                                      • Mission…to nurture, heal and protect skin and hair with a complete line of products rich in virgin organic hempseed oil, the most nutritious oil on Earth
                                                                      • Philosophy…From our families to yours, we wish you vibrant health for your most wonderful life!
                                                                      • Price Range…$17 for body lotion


                                                                      9. Tatcha

                                                                      • Availability…Sephora
                                                                      • Focus…based on the rituals of the Japanese geisha
                                                                      • Founded…in Japan by Victoria Tsai
                                                                      • Ingredients…complete list here
                                                                      • Philosophy…less is more
                                                                      • Price Range…$48 for body butter

                                                                      10. Yes To

                                                                      • Availability…Ulta, drugstores all over the world
                                                                      • Focus…products in their carrot, blueberry, tomato, cucumber, and grapefruit ranges
                                                                      • Ingredients..95% NATURAL INGREDIENTS…no parabens…packaged in recyclable packaging whenever possible.
                                                                      • Mission…to make skin feel good while bringing a smile to your face
                                                                      • Price Range..$13 for body lotion.