‘Skin Cleanse’ Book Review & Giveaway

February 26, 2015By 14 Comments

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As a huge proponent of natural skincare and DIY beauty products, I was mega stoked to discover that Adina Grigore, the founder of S.W. Basics, recently published Skin Cleanse, a guide to switching over to a healthy skincare regimen.

In this book, Grigore teaches us how to detox from all the nasty ingredients found in conventional beauty products (you’d be surprised how toxic they are – even in the “all-natural” and “healthy” ones) and essentially become our own apothecary by making products from scratch. It’s amazing how inexpensive, everyday ingredients that can be found in your kitchen can yield highly effective and pure beauty products – no matter what your skin type is!

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I love how this book delves into diet, lifestyle, and genetics as factors that affect the quality of our skin – healthy habits are key (such as ditching sugar and fried foods). That being said, I wish this book contained exclusively vegan food and beauty recipes (there are a few mentions of fish, eggs, butter, and honey… all of which could easily be substituted). ←And I only say that because I truly believe a vegan diet is one of the healthiest (earth & animal-friendliest) lifestyle choices.

This book is a fun and easy read, and it’ll definitely help you make the transition to much healthier skin with simple tools and tips – keeping food and beauty journals, going makeup-free for a day, drinking tons of water, and making beauty products from scratch are recommended and encouraged!

OK, giveaway time! One lucky VBR reader is going to win his/her very own copy of Skin Cleanse, so peep all the deets below, and good luck! Contest is open to US residents only. xo

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  1. Nikki says:

    Oh and my favorite do it yourself recipes include essential oils and sugar or soaps that my coworker helped me to make.

  2. Nikki says:

    I am super excited to have the chance to win this book. I am transitioning to vegan and changing all of my makeup, cleaning supplies, everything about my lifestyle to make better choices. This book would definitely be helpful as I am moving from brand skincare to do-it-yourself natural products. Good luck to everyone!

  3. Erin says:

    Haven’t really tried much DIY beauty

  4. Leah Pederson says:

    My favorite DIY recipe is just sugar + a little water to make a body scrub. It leaves me feeling so soft!

  5. Nikki says:

    My favorite DIY recipe is a coffee sugar scrub (just ground up coffee, sugar, and oil- I have added other scents and given them to my mom and sister-in-law for gifts).

  6. Alejandra Corbella says:

    I love making facial masks with avocado or oatmeal

  7. Cynthia Tomusiak says:

    Thanks for all the great information you share!

  8. Heather S. says:

    My favorite DIY recipe is a ACV toner with 1/4 part ACV and 3/4 part water :)

  9. Carolyn says:

    My favorite DIY recipe is for a hair/scalp mask because I have very itchy and irritated scalp. I mix about 2 tbsp of organic, cold pressed, virgin coconut oil with about 3-4 drops of tea tree oil and about 3 drops of rosemary oil. I like to massage it all over my scalp and then have it sit on my scalp/hair for about an hour or two. I then shampoo it twice because one round of shampooing won’t cut it for my thick, coarse hair lol. The result is a calmer scalp and softer hair too!

  10. Holly E says:

    I love clay face masks.

  11. Julie says:

    I was very disappointed with Skin Cleanse. There was a lot of pushing of clarified butter, greek yogurt, eggs, honey and fish. Which doesn’t even make sense since the Adina also acknowledges that dairy and meat are two of the worst foods for your skin. Adina also promotes the imaginary oxymoron that is humane/happy meat. Worst of all, there were two separate times in the book in which she urged vegans to consider eating animal products, which is not only horrible advice from a health, ethical and environmental standpoint, but is flat out disrespectful. I love S.W. Basics products and will try some of the vegan skincare recipes (it looked like about 1/2 of them are vegan friendly), but I can’t in good conscience recommend this book to anyone.

  12. Beth says:

    My favorite diy beauty recipe has to be for deodorant!https://cherryvegan.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/vegan-diy-deodorant-and-sunblock/
    I also make what was originally supposed to be a solid perfume that I loved so much I started using it as a lotion with Shea butter a bit of coconut oil and lavender and vanilla essential oils!
    This book looks amazing, I can’t wait to check it out!

  13. Tina Faucher says:

    My fave DIY recipes are for sugar lip scrubs! I just mix brown sugar with a bit of jojoba oil, and don’t have to spend the big bucks on store bought ones.

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