Hello, Readers! Mary Helen, your resident blogger here with an update on the status of my first print book, The Natural Beauty Solution.
The Natural Beauty Solution is getting closer and closer to being finished. Over the past two weeks I've been working with my editor at Spring House Press on the book's final revisions. Meanwhile, the book's designer, Lindsay Hess, has been putting the final touches on the layout and design. The draft is simply gorgeous - with full page color photos accompanying every recipe. Kimberly Davis, the book's photographer, did an outstanding job. Her work has turned The Natural Beauty Solution into a work of art - one I can't wait to share with you all!
The photography for the book was done a few months ago and took ten full days to complete! Kimberly and I worked meticulously on each and every shot, often taking over an hour to get a single photo just right. It was my first experience styling photos on such a large scale. I feel like I learned a lot from the experience and it has inspired me to improve the photos I share here on The Natural Beauty Workshop and on my personal blog, Mary Makes Good. Here are a few snapshots that I took during the book's photoshoot this past Autumn.
In case I haven't mentioned it lately, the book is a step-by-step guide to replacing commercial skin care products with all-natural homemade recipes. In the ten year's I've spent working at From Nature With Love I've amassed quite the inner library of skin care and formulation knowledge. Armed with that specialized know-how I made it my mission several years ago to replace all of the products in my own home with formulations that were all-natural and in most cases, handmade.
It took me about a year to switch over my entire routine, and even longer to tweak it into one that I really loved. The Natural Beauty Solution will serve as a guide for others who are hoping to achieve a similar goal. With my book on your side you won't need to experiment for years in order to establish an all-natural routine. You''ll have all of the fundamental recipes, ingredient information, and troubleshooting at your fingertips.
The Natural Beauty Solution will be coming out in June of this year (2015) and will be available through all major booksellers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound sellers. We'll also being carrying it at From Nature With Love.
Signed copies are available for pre-order through my personal website, Mary Makes Good. Pre-orders placed on Mary Makes Good will come with a free bonus booklet including three recipes not featured in the book. When the official pre-sale is launched I will also be sharing a special code through the book's mailing list that will add an additional bonus item to those orders. Mailing list subscribers will also receive new on book-related events such as workshops, demos, and signings. If you haven't already, you can sign up for the newsletter using the form below.