Review: Good Clean Beauty by Caroline Bercaw

Review: Good Clean Beauty by Caroline Bercaw

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Good Clean Beauty by Caroline Bercaw is a book full of beautiful images and lots of ideas to create your own beauty products. It is written with a fun, upbeat style that will appeal to younger readers. While the book has quite a few recipes and tips for making many beauty items, such as face masks and eye shadow, it is one that I recommend with caution.

Review: Good Clean Beauty by Caroline BercawTitle: Good Clean Beauty: Over 100 Natural Recipes for a Glowing, Beautiful You
Author: Caroline Bercaw
Publisher: Rock Point
Genres: Lifestyle
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Tired of endlessly searching for safe and natural makeup lines free of harsh, chemical-laden ingredients, Caroline and Isabel decided to create their own natural makeup line. Good Clean Beauty includes their thoroughly researched recipes, perfect for those looking for natural and clean alternatives. Using only natural ingredients such as cocoa butter, almond oil, essential oils, and oats, you'll know exactly what you're putting onto your face and body. If you have allergies or sensitive skin, you'll appreciate and benefit from the non-toxic makeup ingredients.

Divided into two parts—makeup and skin care—both sections utilize common items readily available in the kitchen and bathroom that make luxurious scrubs, effective exfoliators, revitalizing face masks, long-lasting foundation, bright eye shadows, shiny lip glosses, and soothing lotions. Also included is a section teaching the basic methods of applying makeup, such as foundation, blush, lipstick, and eye shadow—making it a perfect guide if you are just beginning to learn how to wear makeup. Each ingredient is presented with a short overview of its natural properties and a full explanation on its use and application. The healing and therapeutic properties of the ingredients, such as charcoal, arrowroot powder, and nutmeg, are broken down and reviewed.

Whether you're looking for the perfect DIY gift for friends and family, a resource for spa party or sleepover activities, or creative projects for yourself, Good Clean Beauty has it covered.

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Review: Good Clean Beauty by Caroline Bercaw

The book is a comprehensive collection of simple homemade beauty recipes that can easily be made by tweens. Good Clean Beauty starts off with detailed explanations of the benefits of many natural ingredients and supplies that are used in the guide. It is then broken up into sections that focus on different types of beauty products. The contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Ingredients and Benefits
  • Supplies and Equipment
  • Hair
  • Body
  • Makeup
  • Eyeshadows
  • Skin Care
  • About the Authors

❀ Initial Cost Factor is High

If you have made products like these before, it is likely that you already own some of the ingredients and supplies. However, if this is your first time creating beauty products, there is a significant cost in acquiring the tools and ingredients. Therefore, if this is not something that you are wanting to commit to, it is not a cost-effective way to obtain natural products for your body.

❀ A Lack of Safety Instructions

While I appreciate the layout and the simple instructions in Good Clean Beauty, I do agree with many other reviewers that there is a lack of safety information in this book. When making products for your skin, it is important to be aware of what the risks are for certain ingredients and their combinations. Also, as the ingredients are natural, knowing how to store them and for how long is another key aspect that has been ignored in the book.

❀ Lots of Great Ideas

Good Clean Beauty by Caroline Bercaw is one book to look for if you are looking to create your own skincare and beauty items. There are a multitude of recipes in this easy to follow instruction book. That being said, this is one beauty book that should be used cautiously.

About Caroline Bercaw

For Caroline and Isabel Bercaw, it was when they were 10 and 11 years old. During the summer of 2011, their parents picked up $25 worth of ingredients to make homemade bath bombs as a science experiment. Little did their parents know that they were making a business investment that would turn into a multi-million dollar business.

Caroline and Isabel decided to make enough to sell at a local art fair near their home in Minneapolis. After three months of trial and error, they made about 150 bath bombs. When the art fair arrived, they sold their entire stock the first day.

Today Caroline and Isabel's parents have quit their day jobs to run DaBomb Fizzers, a company that they say sells 500,000 bath bombs a month and employs more than 100 people. Each bath bomb has a surprise inside such as charms or coins and can be found at stores such as Target and Ulta.


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18 thoughts on “Review: Good Clean Beauty by Caroline Bercaw

  1. Dana Matthews says:

    I really never thought much about making my own products until my daughter started experimenting a few months back. She enjoys learning about and strategizing formulas to try different things.

  2. Debbie P says:

    This book sounds like it can save people a lot of money. But the lack of safety instructions is worrisome.

  3. Rosie says:

    Wow, every now and then you read about someone whose homemade craft really takes off. I love DIY beauty products, and do know to be safe, so I’m probably too cautious, so not trying much new. This sounds like a good way to try some things new to me!

  4. megan allen says:

    I so appreciate your honesty your honesty in your reviews! I definitely do not want to spend tons of money if I don’t have to! Thanks for sharing!

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