Rebecca Park Totilo: Organic Beauty With Essential Oil

Organic Beauty

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

  1. In a large bowl, add salts and food coloring
  2. Add the essential oils, one drop at a time and mix well. Let it sit overnight.
  3. 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

  1. In a bottle, add the almond oil and the essential oils.
  2. Tighten the cap and shake the bottle vigorously for one minute to blend.
  3. 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)

Rebecca Park Totilo

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.

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31 thoughts on “Rebecca Park Totilo: Organic Beauty With Essential Oil

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    • 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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. 🙂

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