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Natural Beauty Solution book & giveaway

Disclosures: I received a complimentary copy of the book and a couple products from Rose Mountain Herbs shown below (exempting sea salt and the funnel) compliments of the author; the giveaway recipient’s copy and the bundle of goodies offered from the author personally. The Amazon book link in the post magically deposits a tiny pittance in my bank account each month if you buy the book using that link, which helps me to continue to run the site and pay fees for web hosting!

I’m so excited to share with you this amazing book. Mary Helen’s book, The Natural Beauty Solution: Break free from commercial beauty products using simple recipes and natural ingredients, is a must for folks who are looking to reconnect with their beauty care products and create effective products from all natural and pantry-available items. Here’s a little more about the book:

- A practical guide to switching from a commerical skin and hair care routine using natural and handmade alternatives
- Features customizable everyday recipes for head to toe beauty and specialty recipes for home spa treatments
- Includes resources and information on commonly used ingredients, techniques and methods
- Full color photographs by Kimberly Davis featured throughout the book, accompanying every recipe

I chose to make her Scrunch Spray, recipe and method included below, since I’m a curly girl whose locks need a little extra finesse to complete their curl. I typically use a DevaCurl product that scores well on the Skin Deep app and listing, but if I can supplement something more natural and fun, then I’m game to switch things up. Ultimately this Scrunch Spray helps you achieve that beach hair feeling, the second-day hair that’s so much better than shower day hair. I’m pleased to report that I’m using much less of my DevaCurl product, and really enjoying my afternoon spritz for an afternoon hair (and self!) pick-me-up.

Scrunch Spray

recipe provided courtesy of Mary Helen Leonard from her book The Natural Beauty Solution


  • 1 Tbs sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbs aloe vera gel
  • 2 Tbs neroli hydrosol


Heat the water to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in the salt, then allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Combine the cooled salt water with the aloe vera gel and neroli hydrosol in a 4-ounce spray bottle, then shake well.

How to use:

Package your Scrunch Spray in a spray bottle for easy application. Spritz the spray onto damp hair, then scrunch it in your palm as you blow dry or air dry your hair. The Scrunch Spray will last about two weeks in the refrigerator and can be used cold or at room temperature.

I love this spray, especially in the summer months. It’s hot outside and what’s more fun than starting off the day with a cool spritzer for the hair. I love the smell of orange blossom, so this is a total win for me and what makes me happy. If you prefer another scent, you can change up the hydrosol. It’s great to spritz periodically throughout the day as well to cool down and keep curls or waves fresh!

Mary Helen is giving away an amazing prize package to folks who enter via any of the blogs on her blog tour. Enter to win a copy of her book and this fabulous natural beauty ingredients bundle by using the widget below before September 15. Rules: Open to U.S. Residents only. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash value and can only be shipped to an address within the United States. Winner will be notified September 20, 2015 and will have seven days to respond before the prize is forfeited and another winner is selected.

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Reader Comments (6)

I just received my copy of the book yesterday and can't wait to try out the recipes. I would LOVE to get the supplies to get me rolling. Thanks you ladies!

August 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I've tried a few things already (lotion bars and dry shampoo come to mind) but am always looking for new DIY natural ideas

August 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle C.

I've been trying a few things the last year. I'm so allergic to most pre made products I had to try something! I'm having great luck. Would love to have this book.

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTerri C

I can't wait for my salon scrunch spray bottle to run out so that I can fill it up with this stuff!

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I'm new to making beauty products. I bought a kit for making my own lip balm from a local shop, but haven't had a chance to do it just yet. I have done sugar scrubs - sugar and almond oil - which I rather like.

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWendy P

I've made bath salts with essential oils before, but that's about it.

August 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMartiC

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