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Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,024 ratings  ·  116 reviews

Breakouts. Dryness. Redness. Oiliness.

If you're like most women, you've been on a never-ending quest for perfect skin—or even just good skin—since adolescence. It's a frustrating pursuit to say the least, filled with one disappointing (and expensive) miracle solution after another. Why is it so hard to get good skin?

Adina Grigore, founder of the organic skincare line S.W.

Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Harper Wave
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Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-booklist
I was really excited to read this book. Finally, a program to encourage healthier skin through abandoning the product upon product upon product approach!

Maybe I know too much already, but I found the part about food to be a bit patronizing (essentially, don't eat processed crap). Perhaps her New York City clients do, in fact, eat French fries or ice cream five days a week and expect healthy skin, but that seems unlikely.

The author spent so much time on food and lifestyle (which I think we have
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
After hearing Adian Grigore on a podcast, I checked out the electronic version of her book from my library. I find her thoughts interesting. I have moved to a more natural way of eating, so being more natural (less processing and chemicals) with my skin/body care makes sense. I cannot say I agree with everything she says, but I am going to try some of her recipes. Her book led me to do more research on what I'm using. The biggest challenge is sunscreen, but with some research time on the app Ski ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's so scary to learn how freakish the skin care industry is, and this book also gives good advice for how to find a more natural path of self-care. Plus I love all the DIY recipes, of course.
Alyssa Davis
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book so much that I ordered a copy on amazon immediately after I returned this to the library. So many great recipes and tips that I will use for years to come.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Are you all about having perfect skin? Well I have a book for you, Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore. Ms.Grigore helps you, a reader, become more at one with your health, specifically your skin. This is a nonfiction How-to book for skin care. Skin Cleanse is a comprehensive guide to natural skin care. The less is more approach the book takes is refreshing.
The first thing she addresses in this book is how genetics affect your health and skin. How your grandma ate and how she lived is exactly what y
Read August 2015
Picked this up because lately my skin has been acting up a lot, I was almost at the point of buying expensive products and then thought, let’s give this a try first!

I wasn’t quite what I had hoped it to be though..
Over half of the book is focussed on food and not on actual skin care. While I definitely understand that a healthy diet plays a big part in having healthy skin, it wasn’t quite the advise I was looking for. I know what kind of foods are healthy and which ones are not
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Nothing i don't already know.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
I read Grigore's other book about Essential Oils and really enjoyed it, and this one was mentioned another Wellness Challenge book I read recently where the author went on a 12-month challenge to improve her autoimmune disorder. Grigore's writing style is enjoyable, and I got a ton of good ideas for more natural products--bought a bunch of supplies and now just need to make the stuff! I don't have problems with my skin, but recently I've only been moisturizing with coconut oil, and I haven't bee ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beauty, food
Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin felt like a friendly sister helping me review everything I already knew about food and health in one condensed go, which was rather more useful than I expected, and made me wish I'd read this years ago. For those who don't care to read this whole review, you need to check out this website, which is a real gem: Type in your beauty/bodycare products and see how they rank for safety. I also recent ...more
Megan Moir
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Very well written, comprehensive guidebook to skin health and overall health (since the two are very related)! I'll be coming back over and over again as it also gives a lot of info on how to DIY your own skincare. Would recommend!
Sonia Reppe
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always good for me to read something that says drink more water! This book talks about nutrition for skin and advocates using natural products on our skin, such as oils (olive, and a whole bunch more). If you have sensitive skin, you should read this. Grigore comes from a background of extremely sensitive skin. She recommends an elimination diet, where you gradually re-introduce foods that might be causing flare-ups, and doing the same with products: going product-free for a few days--just ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
If the books No More Dirty Looks and Eat Pretty had a baby in 2015, it would likely be named Skin Cleanse and read like a whip-smart older sister who knows just how to get you to pay attention and finally use all those raw natural beauty ingredients you’ve been hoarding.

I had the pleasure of finishing up S.W. Basics (formerly Sprout Skincare) founder Adina Grigore’s first book, Skin Cleanse, this week, and came away inspired to continue to pare down my beauty products (kinda hard when you’re a p
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very interesting read. The skin care industry is so corrupt and sneaky.
Case in point: I went to the pharmacist looking for moisturizing lotion at a point when my guttate psoriasis was really bad. He told me not to use anything with alcohol. He proceeded to show me popular brands of moisturizers and they all had some form of alcohol, which is drying. Even the ones he recommended did. Such a scam.
I kind of wish I owned this book so I could reference it often.
I'm going to clean out my bathroom
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some really interesting thoughts about rethinking how we categorize skin. I have been motivated to re-think the chemicals I put on my skin- it is an organ, after all!

Still not 100% in love with the word "cleanse" or adding to the multiple "elimination diets" out there. I think at it's core, we need to eat more fruits and vegetables. That being said, every book you pick up that has some direction for diet is going to have its own perspective. I appreciated the read, even if I didn't agree with a
Dawn CM
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. A lot of the information was logical, but explanations for everything were detailed and easy to read and understand. The information about the cosmetics industry was astonishing. I've been leaning towards a cleaner diet and more natural skin care and cosmetics and this book has given me the motivation to do it. I feel optimistic that following Adina's advice will actually result in clear and glowy skin (which I've never even come close to). I loved the recipes and will definit ...more
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book should have been written 40 years ago. Although best read for its advice on food and healthy living, the skin care recipes do look interesting. I do have a quibble with her recommendation of water as a primary cleanser without noting that most of the water in the United States water is treated with chlorine and fluoride. For the American audience, this statement is inconsistent with her insistence on organic, non-pasteurized food and products that are "chemical" free only. Except for t ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this book but was disappointing in the lack of recipes! Also, I thought it would go more into essential oils and oil cleansing, but it basically comes down to: stop eating sugar, drink a ton more water, use only natural ingredients on your face. We know this! It's a good reminder to clean up your diet and drink tons--just wish she would have gone more into depth with a natural skin care regimen.
May 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't have sensitive, red, dry or oily skin. I have what she calls "good" skin. I didn't pick it up based on that. I picked it up hoping I'd learn more about natural/ holistic approach to beauty regimes. Maybe I knew too much already. Basically, don't eat junk, eat tons of vegetables and drink tons of water. Haven't we all heard that a million different ways?

The three stars are for the recipes, which I did enjoy, and the illustrations.
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Good for home-made recipes

This book is wordy for the sake of "coaching" readers to sit up, pay attention and make some changes. The content is minimal and simplistic. Some of the recipes look sensible and helpful.
Debby  Debryana
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
You can get almost everything in this book from a quick research on the internet.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great information. Looking forward to trying the DIY recipes!
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
My star rating is thwarted by the fact that this book does not contain the recipe for the SW Basics cream as I had hoped, although it does include the recipe for their lip balm.

This is a book written by the slightly woo nutritionist who runs SW Basics. The first half is just about nutrition, which is a fine focus. The author is really fairly reasonable but there were a few statements I found scientifically suspicious - exactly how does one’s ancestry affect one’s dietary needs from a skin perspe
I've been working on making over over my beauty products-- my first focus was on cruelty-free, then I started learning about taking care of my waves/curls so have started the curly girl method (no sulfates; no silicones) both of which has made me more aware of looking at products' labels so this took it a step further. I've been interested in natural/clean beauty for awhile but both the curly girl method and this book has made me realize more what's going into our products and then into our skin ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
- Decent, fairly good book with nice, simple recipes for skincare.
- It's more of a beginner's book though, covering a lot of nutrition, diet and lifestyle advice.
- The journaling of beauty products is interesting as well...Most people have heard of or used food journals, but very few have ever thought of doing a products' journal. In the example Grigore gives in the book, it makes you realize how much we actually slather onto our bodies every day - from eye cream to mascara, conditioner, face s
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book thinking it was going to be fairly shallow and basically a compilation of beauty YouTubers' DIY facial treatments. This was not the case at all. Grigore goes in depth into how everything you do impacts your skin - from the food you eat to your childhood to your ancestral background! She is extremely relatable and engaging. She brings skincare back to the basics and does an excellent job of reminding readers that the cosmetics industry is full of buzzwords that don't really ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked Adina's approach + knowledge on skincare, and I originally read this on Kindle but ended up purchasing it on paperback so that I could flip through and reference some of her natural recipes + advice. A lot of it is definitely things that aren't earth-shattering, per se, but overall it felt like her advice was reiterated and put together in an approachable way that I appreciated. I'd recommend for folks who might just be delving into more natural solutions to a healthier life, and ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting, quick read. I appreciated the fact that, though the author mentioned it a few times, did not actively shill her product line of skincare. There were some interesting points made, and the author did a good job of laying out the steps that needed to be taken in order for the "cleanse" to truly succeed. With that being said, I wish there was a greater focus on the later half of the book with actual skincare rather than the dietary information. Still, it's something that could be wor ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book that focuses on taking care of your skin using natural products. It doesn’t attempt to “treat” common skin ailments, per se, and doesn’t claim to have to 100% answer, but rather just says hey look: regardless of what you may be dealing with, here are some ways to make sure you are doing the best for your skin. The book includes quite a bit of all natural recipes for everything from exfoliant to brightening toners to foot soaks, using mostly attainable ingredients that an already healt ...more
Michelle-- Fawn & Fern Books
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
After transitioning to veganism and becoming fast friends with an Esthetician, I learned a lot about skin and the impact of your diet. There was a lot of good information on this book, but I realized I disagreed with some of the information the author provided. I was always told to not wash your face with coconut or olive oil and I honestly don't know that anyone should (clogged pores anyone?) and she talks about how she finds that some vegans NEED MEAT (nobody needs meat, don't get me started).
Maybelline Tan
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love it !

This is such an awesome book! It was really what I needed as I have very sensitive skin. I thought I have been doing whatever it takes to make things better such as diet, exercise, sleep etc. Still this book offers me new insights and perspectives to my relationship with food and the products we consume and slather onto our faces. I was engulfing every word in this book like gold. I can’t wait to try out the ideas shared in the book and to also start a new routine for my overall well b
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Adina Grigore is the founder and CEO of the all-natural, sustainable skin-care line S.W. Basics, which she started out of her kitchen in 2011. A graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Adina has worked in the wellness industry since 2007 as a private holistic nutritionist, a personal trainer, and a workshop coordinator teaching people about the DIY nature of wellness. S.W. Basics prod ...more
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