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Garden Inspired Bath and Beauty Treats

Stella's fall photo

It’s officially starting to feel like fall in Oklahoma. There is a slight chill in the air and the last of my late summer blooms are fading fast. I’ve got pumpkins on the porch, taken Stella the Dog’s annual fall photo amongst an array of beautiful mums, had my first pumpkin-flavored beverage of the season (a pumpkin milkshake from Tucker’s, if you must know), and have started to harvest herbs from my garden to preserve in anticipation of the cold months ahead.

Traditionally, I use my dried herbs for teas, cocktails, baked goods, and roasted dinners, but last year I branched out and used them, along with fresh herbs from indoor pots, to create homemade bath bombs and other DIY bath treats to give to friends and family as holiday gifts. I even gifted some of my garden creations to myself and bask in their delicious aromas and healing properties daily.

This fall I invite you to indulge in something new and made especially by you! Relax, unwind, and treat yourself (and your loved ones!) to homemade bath and beauty products made with local ingredients sourced directly from your own garden and your local farmers’ or grocery market. Look no further than your favorite library system for all the know how you need to get started and don’t forget to check out our collection of Home & Garden Magazines in person or online for gardening tips that will help you prepare your yard for the winter and spring seasons ahead.


101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home by Jan Berry

This beautifully illustrated book by Jan Berry features chapters on nontoxic herbal skin care, soothing salves and balms, all natural creams and lotions, bath melts, lip care, and more. It also provides information on nontoxic solutions for the home and all natural pet care recipes. Create vinegar hair rinse with green herbs, rose balm with dried rose petals, and sore muscle bath bags featuring dried mint.

The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs

This informative book by Reader’s Digest is chock-full of information about homegrown herbs, gardening, herbal medicine, natural beauty, nature crafts, cooking, and home care. It’s a one stop shop for everything you need to know about herbs and how to utilize them in more than just your cooking adventures. Fun factoids, gorgeous photographs, and step by step instructions make this book a joy to explore.

For additional reading that features gardening, beauty, and nature craft projects check out The Ultimate Book of Vegetables by Reader’s Digest.

Crafting with Nature: Grow or Gather Your Own Supplies for Simple Handmade Crafts, Gifts & Recipes by Amy Renea

Amy Renea moves beyond homemade bath and beauty products in this gorgeous book and includes a variety of recipes for homespun nature crafts that are guaranteed to inspire you throughout the seasons. Start by making a luxurious salt scrub and solid perfume using dried lavender flowers, a lemongrass, coconut, and aloe healing whip using juice from your aloe plants, and homemade rosemary soap bars using dried rosemary leaves. Then jump into explore the basics of wood burning, wreath making, and more. This is hands down one of my favorite books of 2016 and not to be missed.

Handmade Beauty: Natural Recipes for Your Face, Body, and Hair by Juliette Goggin

Learn how to craft your own make-up remover, facial spritzes, hair treatments, bath soaks, and more with this colorful how to guide by Juliette Goggin. This book features information on sourcing your ingredients, equipping your kitchen, and mastering techniques. It also includes a section on how to add those little finishing touches that are sure to make your creations oh so gift worthy.

The Herb Lover’s Spa Book: Create a Luxury Spa Experience at Home with Fragrant Herbs from Your Garden by Sue Goetz

Create spa delights at home and reflect on the generosity of Mother Nature with this delightful read by Sue Goetz. This book goes beyond product recipes and details everything you need to know about creating a serene spa sanctuary in your home, growing herbs throughout the seasons, and harvesting them as delicious spa ingredients. As informational as it is inspirational, this is a must read for gardeners and home spa enthusiasts.

The Herbal Bath & Body Book: Create Custom Natural Products for Hair and Skin by Heather Lee Houdeck

This fabulously fun book by Heather Lee Houdeck features a top 20 list of the author’s favorite herbs to use in homemade beauty products and a quick reference guide for each herb. Recipes for first aide, hair care, and bath, face, and body care are included along with packaging ideas for gift baskets and more.

Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts & Scrubs by Kate Bello

Bath bombs are my go to homemade bath product and this book by Kate Bello features a variety of recipes that I plan to add to my personal repertoire. Not only is this book simple yet informative, it’s downright entertaining. My favorite chapters feature salts, scrubs, and bath bomb recipes based on your astrological sign, the seasons, and chakras.

The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commercial Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients by Mary Helen Leonard

This lovely book by Mary Helen Leonard features every day and specialty recipes for the face, body, and hair. It also suggests the best ingredients for your personal routine, outlines basic techniques, and recommends products for stocking up your pantry. Learn how to create every bath and beauty product you need from a pedicure soak and scrub to hair detangler.


Jessica Gonzalez

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Jessica is a Librarian at the Downtown Library. Her passions include historic home remodeling, gardening, travel, cooking, and spending time with her husband and their adorable animals, Stella and François.

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