Making Natural Beauty Products Has Never Been Easier

The new book, Hello Glow, offers quick DIY recipes that don’t require days of distillation or advanced training in a lab — and yet, still work magic on your pores and more.

When it comes to reading labels and knowing exactly what’s in your beauty products, it doesn’t get more transparent than making your own organic oil-cleansing balms and herbal hair masks. But, who has the time? And also, there’s a reason that cosmetic chemists exist. Sometimes mixing up items in your pantry — yes, even the most pure, natural, raw ingredients — can lead to irritation and weird, unexpected reactions. But the new book, Hello Glow, strikes a balance for DIY beauty enthusiasts, filling its beautifully-shot pages with quick and easy recipes that don’t require days of distillation or advanced training in a lab (and yet, still work magic on your pores and more).

Author Stephanie Gerber gets that life is busy — the British writer and mum to three kids started her blog, Hello Glow, in 2011, as a side project to fuel her creative interests. After tucking her kids in bed, she would whip up things like rose toners and chamomile face scrubs from her kitchen (I wish I had that kind of energy) and then post her creations. As her oeuvre expanded, and she experimented with everything from probiotic deodorant to mustard-ginger bath bombs to tea-tree-oil shampoo, so, too, did her following on Instagram — and her fans wanted more.

Hello Glow answers that call with more than 150 recipes for your face, hair and body (importantly, everything is esthetician-approved). Some fixes you can literally make in minutes. Case in point: The Gentle Blueberry Oatmeal Cleanser, which involves all of two, maybe three, ingredients: two tablespoons of oatmeal and two tablespoons blueberries. Adding water, optional. Berries are “loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that nourish your skin,” writes Gerber. “These little powerhouses also pack a punch in alpha hydroxyl acids,” which she explains, exfoliate dead cells, and makes berries “perfect for dull or acne-prone skin.”

After trying this quick concoction on a busy morning, I felt extremely pampered (fancy). Adding a drop of water to the paste help softens up the oatmeal a tiny bit so the cleanser is super gentle as it lifts away dead skin; and if you pull your blueberries out of the fridge, the mixture itself is cool and soothing (and smells delicious). Rubbing in on my skin left my pores refreshed and ready for the day. And for a simple cleanser, I really can’t ask for more.

Gentle Blueberry Cleanser

2 tbsp (uncooked) oatmeal

2 tbsp blueberries

Water (optional)

Toss the oatmeal and antioxidant-rich blueberries in a blender, and pulse until combined and coarsely ground. Make a paste, adding water if needed, and gently apply to your face by moving your fingers in small circles. Rinse with warm water.

+ Pick up your copy of Hello Glow here!

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