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Giveaway! The Natural Beauty Solution Book

by evh on September 2, 2015

The Natural Beauty Solution | Mary Helen Leonard

Giveaway! The Natural Beauty Solution ~ Most of us are often thinking about the types of food that we put into our bodies –– gluten free, vegetarian, low calorie, organic –– but I would venture to say that many of us do not think about what types of things we are putting the outsides of our bodies. Sure, we all want perfect, wrinkle-free skin (ha!) and shiny hair but what exactly does it take to achieve that? Most over-the-counter products have some sort of chemical or preservative to give them that long shelf life in the store. Can this really be something good for our skincare and our largest organ, the epidermis? Where does one even begin to transition out of the store bought product cycle and turn to for natural ingredients and simple recipes to do so? You turn to my pal, Mary Helen Leonard, of course.

Mary Helen Leonard, of Mary Makes Good, has been living the natural product lifestyle for almost a decade and has developed some of the most amazing, everyday kitchen-friendly recipes for filling your beauty routine needs in her new book: The Natural Beauty Solution. From learning how to develop and transition to an all-natural beauty routine to building your pantry up with the right goods to customizing the recipes to make them your own — this book is the most comprehensive tool one can own. 

The Natural Beauty Solution | Mary Helen Leonard

Mary Helen covers face, body, and hair products, and also gives you the lowdown as to what to expect during your transition –– both the good and the “be patient” you will get there soon. The book is laced with gorgeous photos by the talented Kimberly Davis and includes some step-by-step tutorials, ingredient pictures so you know what to look for when shopping, and what your finished products should look like.

Almond Yogurt Body Scrub | The Natural Beauty Solution

Almond and Yogurt Body Scrub

The Natural Beauty Solution | Mary Helen Leonard

I have made a few things from the book (so far — yes, that’s my tub above) but my favorite thing has been the Almond and Yogurt Body Scrub pictured above. It can be made plain –– I adore the smell of almond –– and works great on its own, but Mary Helen recommended that I add in some rose oil for scent. I admit I was apprehensive about adding “rose” because too much reminds me of an old lady smell but her recipe was spot on. The scent was subtle and feminine and it really enhanced the already wonderful scrub. It’s suggested that one takes a warm bath beforehand and sits in the tub after to let the scrub do it’s thing but I would also encourage one to either lock the bathroom door so the kiddos and the curious dog don’t ruin your moment or wait until everyone asleep then r-e-l-a-x –– yes, please & you deserve it. Mary Helen was kind enough to share the recipe for this below –– try it out, so we can all smell and feel good together, and let me know what you think. Better yet –– enter to win your very own copy of this fantastic book below.

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Be sure to visit Mary Helen Leonard over at www.MaryMakesGood.com.

The winner will be announced September 20, 2015. If you’d like to purchase the book use the discount code NBSBLOGTOUR to save 15% before 12/31.

**I received a complimentary media copy of The Natural Beauty Solution. All thoughts and words are my own, Images 1,2,3 courtesy of The Natural Beauty Solution Team. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that support Local Savour.**

 

Almond and Yogurt Body Scrub
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Excerpt from The Natural Beauty Solution by Mary Helen Leonard ­~ Used with Permission
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1 3/4 cup 5 minutes
Almond and Yogurt Body Scrub
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Excerpt from The Natural Beauty Solution by Mary Helen Leonard ­~ Used with Permission
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cup 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cup 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup plain organic yogurt
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk unsweetened or cow’s milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose or geranium essential oil optional
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Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well, adding additional yogurt if necessary.
Recipe Notes

How to Use: I recommend starting this experience with a warm bath. After a good long soak your skin will be prime for pampering! Pat yourself dry, then start coating your arms, legs, and torso with the yogurt mixture. Relax for fifteen to twenty minutes to give the lactic acids in the yogurt time to loosen your dead skin cells. To avoid making a mess (or putting on a show for the rest of your household) I suggest either lounging in an empty bath tub with a good book. If you prefer to be mobile, you can wrap your body in muslin or cheesecloth then throw on a bath robe that you won’t mind dirtying up. When you are ready, massage the scrub in a slow circular motion until it crumbles away from your skin. Rinse your skin with warm water when you are finished scrubbing, using a little soap if you feel the need.

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