Botanical Beauty is a colourful craft book focusing on creating your own spa experience at home. Filled with natural beauty recipes and craft ideas the book is aimed at teens, however many of the tutorials are suitable for all ages. As the book itself says “there’s a homemade beauty product for everyone”.
There are eighty recipes featured, each with full-colour photographs and easy to follow instructions. Alongside these are other crafty projects to try your hand at including Pedicure Slippers and Shower Poufs which compliment the product recipes nicely. Also included is some really useful information for beginners, breaking down the ingredients used and looking at the benefits of each one as well as how to properly store the finished products. There are lots of great tips scattered throughout the book and the importance of safe use when it comes to items such as essential oils and butter/wax was clearly noted. In addition, the final section of the book shares some cute ideas for packaging up your homemade products to give as gifts.
The majority of the ingredients and supplies used in the book are either things you will already have at home or items that are easy to get hold of and generally aren’t expensive. It's great that the author is showcasing natural ingredients although the use of nail polishes in a few of the tutorials felt a little out of place. It is also worth noting that some recipes use ingredients such as beeswax, milk powder, yoghurt and honey, so substitutions may be necessary if you are vegan or dairy free.
As someone who has an interest in crafts and non-toxic products, overall I found Botanical Beauty to be a fun book with a variety of great ideas that are perfect for anyone looking to try DIY beauty.