By: Stasie McArthur
Spa Apothecary gives you over 100 recipes to create scrubs, lotions, soaps, and much more from everyday items you probably have in your pantry. By making small batches there is no need for preservatives. And by using the guidelines given, such as sterilizing the jars and containers and follow the storage recommendations such as “in a cool, dry space” you will have natural, fresh items on hand. The author states that most of these recipes are meant to be used immediately. By using her simple recipes, it will be easy to whip up a batch of natural lip balm, moisturizer or exfoliating leg scrub when you need them. Think of it like cooking, when you have the ingredients and a great recipe it is easy to make something homemade instead of buying takeout and most of the time it is much better for you.
The book is divided into sections; Face and Hand Care, Skin and Body Care, Hair Care, and Healing. It is hard to choose which recipes to highlight. All of them sound easy to make and use things I have in my pantry right now. There are a few things I would have to purchase such as jojoba oil, emulsifying wax and Vitamin E softgels. But each of those items would cost less to purchase than ready-made lotions, body butters, callus remover rub (can’t wait to try this one before sandal season) and spicy sore muscle salve.
Since all of the ingredients are free from chemicals or anything else that is harmful if used as directed, you not only save money but avoid things that may harm you. Preservatives that are found in purchased items gives them a shelf life of several months or years. You put fresh food inside of your body, so give the outside of your body the same consideration. Your skin and pocketbook will thank you.
DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman