Plant-Powered Beauty: Updated Edition

The Essential Guide to Using Natural Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare (with 50-plus Recipes)

You know your diet should be rich in plants for optimal health. So shouldn’t the products you apply to your skin, which are absorbed into your body, also be filled with plants?

If you’ve ever looked at the back of your so-called “natural” facial moisturizer or body cream and seen a list of complicated additives you couldn’t recognize or pronounce, then you know firsthand that mass-produced synthetic beauty products can be something of a mystery.

With Plant-Powered Beauty: The Essential Guide to Using Natural Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare (with 50-plus Recipes), harness the power of plant-based energy to maintain your natural beauty and let your skin glow like never before. Natural beauty experts Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault show readers how to deconstruct beauty labels, parse ingredients lists, make informed choices about the products they use—and, most important, better understand how their skin works.

At the heart of Plant-Powered Beauty, you will find more than 50 easy-to-follow recipes to make your own plant-based skincare and beauty products, such as:

• Almond Milk Facial Cleanser
• Anti-aging Facial Scrub
• Blemish Gel
• Choc-o-Mint Lip Balm
• Coconut Whip Makeup Remover
• Vitamin-Rich Hair Health Serum
• Quick and Fresh Cucumber-Thyme Body Scrub
• Moisturizing Body Oil for Super-Dry Skin
• Natural Mouthwash

Plus, in this updated edition of Plant-Powered Beauty, meet the hottest wellness and beauty ingredient: cannabidiol, a very unique molecule within the Cannabis sativa plant. Research shows that CBD has a remarkable effect on the skin, including supporting tissue repair, evening skin tone, and promoting a youthful glow.

New CBD recipes—for men and women!—include a salve to reduce pain, bath soak to address inflammation, facial serum for balancing, roll-on for stress relief, body butter, and more.

Plant-Powered Beauty unlocks sought-after wisdom for all aspects of plant-based personal skincare and celebrates the shift in beauty trends, bringing us back to natural beauty and reconnecting us with plants and healthy choices.

About the Authors

Amy Galper, M.A., Dipl. AT, is the Executive Director and Founder of New York Institute of Aromatherapy, and is a nationally celebrated advocate, entrepreneur, formulator, and consultant in organic beauty and wellness. She is a pioneer in the field and created the award-winning, yoga-inspired line of body care products called Buddha Nose, one of the first organic brands to create national awareness of the need for toxin-free beauty and body care products. Amy also produced a series of interactive pop-up shops called The Yoga Beauty Bar to celebrate artisan organic beauty brands while educating women to make more conscious beauty choices.

Amy has appeared as a featured speaker at the Indie Beauty Expo, Women in Flavor & Fragrance Conference, and EcoSessions. She has been a guest lecturer at New York University, NSU College of Pharmacy, and is a member of the Visiting Faculty at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, at The School of Aromatic Studies. Amy has also been featured in dozens of top media outlets including Cosmopolitan, Dr. OZ, Prevention, Well and Good, Mind Body Green, People, Allure, Refinery29, FOX news, and CUNY TV.

Christina Daigneault is an attorney and the president of Orchard Strategies, an award-winning public relations and marketing company. She is also a certified aromatherapist and beauty product formulator. Through Orchard, Christina works with lifestyle businesses and corporate leaders worldwide. She has won numerous industry awards, and regularly speaks at forums and universities about women in business and leadership. She has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The New York Law Journal, CBS Radio, NY1 News, and NBC News.

Christina discovered the benefits of natural beauty and plant-based medicine through her work representing top brands and experts, and soon started to apply natural practices to her own life. She earned a certification in aromatherapy from the New York Institute of Aromatherapy and also studied at the esteemed Maison Fragonard in Paris.

Featured Recipe

Fresh Enzyme Facial Mask

1 use

We paired fresh blueberries and raspberries to double up on the enzyme power in our supercharged healing facial mask that works to repair skin from acne, stress, and exposure to sun and pollution. This super-fresh recipe is for one-time immediate use.


1 ounce sugar-free soy yogurt
1 ounce fresh blueberries
1 ounce fresh raspberries
1 drop lavender essential oil


  1. Place the yogurt, blueberries, and raspberries into a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the ingredients are partly liquefied.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a small glass or stainless steel bowl. Add the lavender essential oil and stir into the mixture.
  3. Apply the mask to your face immediately and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse off the mask with warm water and then pat your skin dry with a clean cotton towel.

Publication Details

  • Title: Plant-Powered Beauty: Updated Edition
  • Subtitle: The Essential Guide to Using Natural Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare (with 50-plus Recipes)
  • Author: Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication Date: July 14, 2020
  • Price: $22.95
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Trim Size: 7 x 9
  • Page Count: 320
  • ISBN: 9781950665679


A plant-based diet makes you beautiful on the inside, and Plant-Powered Beauty gives you the tools you need to make sure you're giving your skin the best on the outside.

Bobbi Brown

Plant-Powered Beauty reminds the reader of what I've always believed—we should not have to compromise our health for our beauty. As a comprehensive guide to natural ingredients and their importance in every aspect of our lives, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in keeping their skin, the body's largest organ, healthy and radiant without using synthetic chemicals.

Tata Harper, cofounder of Tata Harper Skincare

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