I’ve always been interested in essential oils and also used them quite frequently in the past, still I would never have thought I’d enjoy reading this wonderful book so much. Rebecca put knowledge, passion and enthusiasm into this book, and wrote it in an accessible and engaging way. It’s a real pleasure to read.
The book opens with a detailed introduction to making your own beauty products with essential oils. It gives tips and advice on which are the best carrier oils, what oils are best for the skin, which will help set a specific mood and so on. You will also find instructions on how to store your oils, how to dilute and blend them. Rebecca also enumerates all the different products that you can do with the help of this book. At the end of the introduction you find a detailed description of far over 70 essential oils, from Angelica to Ylang Ylang. Each section describes what the oil is for, how to use it and whether you have to be careful with it.
After the description comes the “recipe section”, which contains the following chapters: Bath Oils, Bath Bombs, Bath Salts, Bubble Baths, Bath Soaps, Milk Baths, Body Scrubs, Body Powders, Body Sprays, Body Lotions, Facial Scrubs, Facial Masks, Facial Creams, Facial Toners, Shampoos and Shower Gels, Toothpaste, Lip Balms and Glosses, Cuticle Oils, Hand Creams, Products for the Feet.
As you can see, the book is very rich.
I picked two recipes for you, to give you and idea
Energizing Bath Salt
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
2 cups Epsom Salt
1 cup Sea Salt
10 drops Natural Green Food Coloring
5 drops Natural Blue Food Coloring
6 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil
15 drops Peppermint essential oil
WHAT TO DO
- In a large bowl, add salts and food coloring
- Add the essential oils, one drop at a time and mix well. Let it sit overnight.
- For the bath: Add 4 heaping tablespoons of bath salts to the running water for one full tub.
Sweet ‘N Sour Nail Growth Oil
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
20 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Lemon essential oil
2 tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil
Small dark glass bottle
WHAT TO DO
- In a bottle, add the almond oil and the essential oils.
- Tighten the cap and shake the bottle vigorously for one minute to blend.
- To use, massage the nail bed once a day to encourage healthy growth.
I hope this gave you a good impression. I think Rebecca did a great job. It’s an inspiring and colorful book with tons of recipes, ideas and tips. It’s great for people who are fed up with toxic beauty products, for everyone who likes to experiment and try out new things, but also for those who are simply interested to learn more about essential oils.
Here is Rebbecca’s page.
And some more information on the author:
“Rebecca Park Totilo’s flair and passion for life bursts into living color when she writes and speaks, as you will see in the visual way she presents herself. She literally believes in the “show, don’t tell” principle in everything she does. Becca has ministered to literally millions of people via television, radio and live appearances. She is an award-winning published author of over 40 books, including “Therapeutic Blending With Essential Oil”, “Heal With Essential Oil”, and “Through the Night With God.” Her credits include working as a contributor writer on two best-selling series (“Quiet Moments with God” and “Stories for the Teen’s Heart”) which sold over one million and five million copies respectively. She is also a freelance writer for several national magazines include Christian Parenting Today, Discipleship Journal and Woman’s World.
Rebecca’s photography work has appeared in numerous national magazines such as Woman’s World, Sports Spectrum, Evangel, and Sharing the Victory. But by far, her greatest accomplishment, if you asked her, is after a decade of rejection slips (with almost 150 in one year!), Rebecca hit it big in 1999, with over 13 books contracts, ranging from teaching curriculum to gift books and devotionals for adults. Truly, its her grit determination that makes her inspirational writings draw such a mass market appeal.
Rebecca graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Information Systems. In addition, she attended Faith Bible Institute in Richmond, Virginia for instruction in ministry and University of the Nations in Hawaii. She is also trained as a Clinical Aromatherapist and is an international educator offering online courses on the art of perfume-making and how to blend with essential oils worldwide on her website http://rebeccatotilo.com. Rebecca owns a cute soap boutique, Aroma Hut, near the beach in Florida where she practices as an Clinical Aromatherapist.
Rebecca won the Writer of the Year in Non-Fiction (National Writer’s Association)
Thanks to Virtual Author Book Tours for letting me participate in this tour. I enjoyed it a great deal. If you’d like to enter for a giveaway, don’t miss the other tour dates, which you will find here.
31 thoughts on “Rebecca Park Totilo: Organic Beauty With Essential Oil”
I’ve never used essential oils and I don’t trust myself with the preparation of home made cosmetics.
I wouldn’t try a facila cream for the same reason but a bath oil or something like that, why not?
Good idea. But I only have time for showers -:)
Luckily there are recipes for shower gels in the book . 🙂
hey, be grateful for that!
Not sure what to make of your comment. Did you want a recipe for a shower gel?
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Thanks for taking part in the tour. I’m glad you enjoyed Organic Beauty with Essential oils so much!
You’re welcome I really did enjoy it.
Thank you for the kind words in your review! I am so glad you enjoyed reading Organic Beauty With Essential Oil. Hope you will add more recipes later with pics of the products you make!
I think you did a great job. I wouldn’t have thught that I’d read the whole book but I did.
This sounds like a fantastic book! I’ve used essential oils in the past to make soaps, but I really would like to make other things. Thanks for putting this book on my radar!
It really is. And you can feel her enthusiasm. But it’s very informative too. She’s included so many recipes, there’s something for everyone.
Sounds like a fun book
It really is. Fun and informative at the same time.
can’t you also use essential oils just as a room thing and not for make up? I’ve seen devices (for want of a better word) that I thought could be used for oils.
Absolutely. That’s the way I used them. The book can help to choose because the list she provides in the introduction is very detailed.
I can think of someone who would like this book as a gift.
I’ve seen similar books before but none was as convincing.
Have you tried any of the recipes? Sounds like a visually pretty book and one to pamper yourself with!
Not yet as I have a huge choice in orgnaic brands here. Switzerland, Germany and Frnace have some of the best brands but I’ll try her bath and shower gels and some the nails products.
Essential oils are quite expensive here though and for every recipe you need at least 2 – 4 and for the next one 2 – 4 other oils. That’s my only reservation. Maybe they aren’t as expensive in the US?
It’s a nice book. I only have the e-book but even that is very well done.
I know nothing about using essential oils but I should really give them a try. There are so many toxins in products out there.
My solution to this problem is to use only organic products like Weleda, Dr Hauschka and a few other brands like that. Kibio (French). But if these are not available or for someone who wants to choose their own scents, her book is really great.
I like the idea of recipes – I’ve taken to putting essential oils in my bath and it would be fun to know how to combine them. At the moment I just add lavender or clary sage!
It is fun and it’s good to know which ones to combine or even to avoid. She mentiosn both oils often. I find they are helpful in many situations. I often use grapefruit or bergamotte in a diffuser because they are so uplifting
Marking this post 🙂
I might use the recipe one day. Thank you for sharing it
You’re welcome. There are so many great recipes in the book. And they are so easy to make.
Nice review of an interesting book, Caroline! I didn’t know that there was something called a ‘nail growth oil’ – very interesting! I also like the name ‘Ylang Ylang’ – sounds very Chinese! I think one of my schoolmate-friends will like this book very much. Nice to know that you liked the book so much. Hope you enjoy making some of those recipes and using them.
It’s a very nice book. Ylang Ylang is from Indonesia, I think. I would have assumed you have them in India as well. The scent is almost overpowering.
I use another type of nail growth oil – from a Swiss organic brand and I can tell you it works. People always ask how I manage to have such long nails. 🙂
Nice to know more about Ylang Ylang, Caroline. Interesting to know that it is from Indonesia. Also, wonderful to know that you use nail growth oil and it works 🙂 I think I will recommend this book to my friend here – I think she will be very interested in it.
I hope she will like it.