Finding time for self-care and beauty rituals is not always easy with the hectic pace of life, but carving out even a few minutes a day can have dramatic effects on mood and outlook. Making your own remedies and beauty products and establishing self-care rituals can be simple with the right tools. Give yourself a reset and feel good both inside and out with these five books.
For a simple, uncomplicated guide to adding more self-care to your life choose The Little Book of Self-Care by Joanna Gray. With bite-sized tips on every page, this pocket-sized guide is perfect for opening at random. You’ll find helpful advice on topics such as skin care, hair care, and screen use. Learn when to spend extra money (such as on comfortable underwear or direct flights.) Discover meditation apps, try a new recipe, and be inspired by famous quotations. Best pocket-sized guide for daily inspiration.
192 pages, 4 1/4 x 5 1/4
Learn to care for your body and home with Essential Well-Being: A Modern Guide to Using Essential Oils in Beauty, Body, and Home Rituals by Sara Panton. This guide is filled with recipes for scrubs, soaks, hair oils, balms, eye serums, and cleansers. Learn how to choose the the best essential oils for your skin type and mix wholesome beauty products using ingredients like coconut oil and coconut milk. Treat yourself to a massage, foot soak, or essential oil infused shower. Pressed for time? The eucalyptus steam shower takes only a minute to prepare. Make your whole home smell clean and fresh with countertop cleaners, tub scrubs, and deodorizers for every room. Best guide to essential oils for body and home.
286 pages, 8 x 9 1/2
For a comprehensive guide to making your own healing remedies choose Home Apothecary: All You Need to Know to Create Natural Health and Body Care Products with Ashley English. Beginners need not feel intimidated, the helpful introduction provides plenty of information on basics such as choosing bases, salts, oils, herbs, spices, and utensils. You’ll also find a section on safety. Learn how to make masks, scrubs, salts, salves, and deodorant. Care for the whole family with mixes like boo boo goo and diaper cream. Make medicinal mixes like elderberry syrup, fire cider, cough drops, sunburn soother, and hand sanitizer. Best for making home remedies.
118 pages, 8 x 9
Learn to nourish your body inside and out with Plant-Based Beauty by Jess Arnaudin. You’ll find plenty of information at the front of the book and easy-to-follow recipes at the back. Arnaudin explains the beauty benefits of different foods and puts key ingredients to use with helpful recipes like the iced matcha green tea and golden turmeric latte. Brush up on skincare techniques and make your own toners, masks, and moisturizers. Learn to detox by avoiding harmful ingredients and finding helpful replacers. Be inspired by seasonal and daily self-care tips. With recipes like blue dream bedtime face oil, oatmeal body soak, and cooling honey, melon, and mint mask you’ll be able to recreate a spa experience in your home. Best recipes for nourishing the body inside and out.
160 pages, 6 x 8 1/2
For those looking to add more intentionality to their self-care routines choose Ritual Baths: Be Your Own Healer by Deborah Hanekamp. While training as a Shaman in the Peruvian Amazon, Hanekamp learned how to heal body and mind with ritual bathing. This inspiring guide brings her knowledge to anyone with an in-home tub or access to water. Be soothed by the pretty cover–a picture of peonies floating in steamy, blue-green water. Learn simple practices for “calling in,” “clearing out,” and cleansing the aura. Use easy-to-find ingredients like flowers, salts, plants, crystals, and oils to create baths with purpose. With names like “healthy boundaries,” “know thyself,” and “warrior bath” you’ll find a soak for every ailment. Tea pairings allow you to warm inside and out. Whether you’re looking for a special occasion splurge or needing a quick break, you’ll find baths both simple and elaborate. Best for healing with water and intention.
264 pages, 7 1/2 x 9