September 8, 2016
The Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty | Book Review
Since transitioning to a plant-based diet over two years ago, I've also become very interested in natural beauty products and now follow many bloggers and vloggers who have inspired me to look for products with good-for-you ingredients as well as vegan and cruelty-free alternatives. One of those bloggers is Sunny Subramanian of veganbeautyreview.com. She has been running her website since 2007 and is actually the original vegan beauty blogger - now that's impressive! When scrolling though my Instagram a few weeks ago, I came across this post in which Sunny announced that she co-wrote a book with her friend Chrystle Fiedler called "The Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin & Hair Products*." I immediately added it to my reading list, and lo and behold, a few days later I was contacted by her publisher asking if I was interested in receiving a copy pre-release - talk about making my day!
Let me just start by saying that the cover and overall design of this book is absolutely s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g. The pages are filled with colourful pictures and pretty fonts and it's just so fun to look at!
The book has two parts: part one is more educational, with the authors sharing resources and valuable information when it comes to living vegan and cruelty-free with personal tidbits from Sunny's journey, whereas the second part comprises 125 easy-to-make vegan and gluten-free beauty recipes. These are highlighted with a top tip, superstar ingredient and did you know fact, and skin care recipes are tagged by skin type. There is even a gifting section, too!
What I really love is that these recipes don't require hard-to-find, expensive ingredients, and many of them you probably already have in your kitchen. Equipment required isn't too fancy either, and the authors go over essential ingredients that will be useful for multiple recipes, allowing you to get the most bang for your buck. Ever thought of making your own mascara, sunscreen or shampoo? This book has them all covered, and much more!
The Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty (272 pages, US$24.95) can be purchased on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
If you're interested in more DIY beauty reads, check out this post where I share more books I highly recommend!
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