Botanical Beauty by Aubre Andrus

Botanical Beauty by Aubre Andrus

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Botanical Beauty by Aubre Andrus is a book that has a multitude of essential recipes and ideas to make your own bath bombs, lotions and many other beauty products. This book is gorgeous and contains very simple instructions and tips. The only criticism that I have is the fact that some of the required items, such as essential oils are quite expensive.

Botanical Beauty by Aubre AndrusTitle: Botanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Natural Spa Products
Author: Aubre Andrus
Publisher: Capstone
Genres: Lifestyle
Publication Date: March 1, 2017
Rating: four-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Soak, scrub, and soothe your way to relaxation with simple homemade spa recipes from award-winning author Aubre Andrus. Using some of nature’s best ingredients, such as beeswax, sugar, coconut oil, shea butter, avocado, sea salt, essential oils, and more, craft everything from a Cooling Peppermint Hand Cream to a Vanilla Honey Body Scrub. Make practical products, like your own all-natural Bugs-Be-Gone Insect Repellent, Minty Homemade Toothpaste, and Natural Shaving Cream. Or pamper yourself after a long day with a Re-energizing Tub Tea, Lovely Lavender Bath Salts, and a Deep Conditioning Treatment. Nourish your body from head to toe with these organic, handmade recipes and crafts, or package them as a gift to share a fresh, fun spa experience.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Botanical Beauty by Aubre Andrus

❀ Lots of Gift-Giving Ideas

If you are like me, bath bombs and salts have become a frequent purchase that can really add up. For gift giving, they are my favourite go-to items. Since I have had a copy of this book since before the holidays, I was able to create a few of the recipes for friends as gifts. Not only did I have fun, these gifts were just a little bit more special, as they were handmade.


❀ Easy to put together

Many of the ingredients are most likely already in your cupboard, making many of the recipes super easy to put together. The tub teas are a mix of sea salt, oatmeal and essential oil. They are not only easy to make, they are customizable, as you can choose the scent that you would like. I have had lots of great feedback as well and I can honestly say that they are soothing and skin softening.


❀ Lots of Ideas for Bath Products

While there are quite a few bath products and gifts that can be made with just a few ingredients from your kitchen, some of the more elaborate recipes will require a trip to a natural food store. Items such as coconut oil, shea butter and essential oils are needed to create the lotions and lip balms. I found that a few of these products were a bit more pricey than I expected, so I suggest that you shop for deals or investigate the cost of the necessary items ahead of time. It is definitely worth the cost up front if you do intend on making a large quantity of certain recipes.

❀ Jam-packed with recipes

Botanical Beauty  by Aubre Andrus is perfect if you are looking to try your hand at creating some of your own beauty products, I highly suggest checking out this book. It is jam-packed with recipes that are easy to follow and the images are also quite stunning. I have been whipping up quite a few of the tub teas and while I love shopping for those expensive bath products, these recipes are fun and definitely well-received gifts!

About Aubre Andrus

Aubre Andrus

Aubre Andrus is an award-winning children book author with more than 20 books published by American Girl, Scholastic, Disney, Lonely Planet Kids, and more. Aubre loved her time spent as the Lifestyle Editor at the award-winning American Girl magazine.

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10 thoughts on “Botanical Beauty by Aubre Andrus

    • Candid Cover says:

      These recipes are definitely ones that can be handled by a tween, so I think that they are pretty straight forward and simple. I hope that you enjoy making a few beauty things if you do give it a try. 🙂

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    I have become a bath bomb addict recently, and man do they get expensive. Especially for the good ones. I would love to try my hand at making my own, and save some money doing it! And I never even thought about giving stuff like this as gifts, but it really is a great idea!

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