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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st HarperPerennial Edition/1st Printing edition (January 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060929103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060929107
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beauty is the harmonious interactive of elements and forces that comprise the human body, human mind, and human spirit. Pratima Raichur's Absolute Beauty is an exquisite, elegant, and practical book that will help you achieve both inner and outer beauty." -- Deepak Chopra, author of The Path to Love and The Seven Laws of Success

"Pratima Raichur is the most incredible healer, combining science and ancient wisdom. Absoluet Beauty offers all readers the key to her healing touch." -- Felicia Milewicx, beauty and health director, Mademoiselle

About the Author

Pratima Raichur apprenticed with one of India's foremost Ayurvedic physicians, has a degree in biochemistry, and is the founding director of Tej Skin Care Clinic in Manhattan. She lives in Albertson, NY.

Marian Cohn is a public relations writer and marketing consultant and has been a meditation teacher and speaker on self-development for more than twenty years.


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Pratima shares a wealth of knowledge and insight.
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I love the smell of the rose and sandalwood oils and have overall been very pleased with the recipes.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By M. Coppedge on September 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is more than advice on skin care. It is a comprehensive guide to Ayurvedic living The author covers everything from nutrition to exercise and body care, explains why the body gets out of balance, how each of the three doshas reacts differently, and how we can regain health. She includes special elimination therapies, fasts, and breathing techniques, and helps you discover your skin type through a variety of quizzes.

The major part, of course, deals with body care and has simple recipes for homemade shampoos, conditioners, cleansers, baths and much more. In fact, so much more that I recommend you give up your job and hire two servants if you intend to follow her daily beauty regimen. Raichur recommends morning exercise (45 minutes), body self-massage (20 minutes), scalp massage (5 minutes), facial care (up to 15 minutes), saunas (or home alternatives, which she describes), nasal rinses, meditation, yoga, and, well, you name it. Although not all procedures need to be done every day, just following her basic daily routine takes more time than most mothers have.

Like other Ayurvedic specialists, she does not explain how people with two dosha imbalances should handle the diet recommendations. She does, however, bring good lists with dietary suggestions for each skin type, and these lists include herbs, food, and cosmetics. (According to the author's principle: "If you can't eat it, don't rub it on.")

Raichur also has her own cosmetics line which is available on the Web. When I discovered that some cosmetics listed the ingredients while others did not, I took out her book again. I was not surprised to see that she includes ingredients in her own cosmetic products that she brands as possible carcinogens or allergens in her book. Again, theory differs from reality.

But in general, her book is a thorough introduction to Ayurveda with lots of advice for healthy living and natural home-made cosmetics.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "bookaficiando3000" on March 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I really like Ms. Raichur's detailed and thorough approach to Ayurvedic philosophy. I've been very pleased with the results of the homemade products. I have been using the sensitive skin recipes, and have been getting a lot of compliments on my glowing skin. Plus, I used the concoctions while I was pregnant with very good results. I highly recommend this book. I also like being liberated from buying expensive skin care products and their wasteful packaging.
I should also note that while she does mention her own line, everything in the book can be made very easily at home. I probably will try purchasing the liposomes that the Bindi line offers, though...I was puzzled that one reviewer noted that she couldn't find amber colored eyedropper bottles, and the basic ingredients for the potions--many are straight from the food store (like orange peel, bananas, milk powder, almond powder--or you just buy almonds and grind them up in a coffee grinder) or the health food store (essential oils, bottles). Some of the ingredients are from Indian grocery stores (like chickpea or lentil flours). You can always order stuff off the web if you don't live near a good health food or Indian grocery store.
I should note that I did not care for the body cleanser (milk powder & chick pea flour) because it clogged up my tub drain...otherwise everything else has worked beautifully.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. I now understand why skin is like it is. And I can see how food alters it, store bought creams don't help it, and my mind has a huge part in it. I now make my own lotions and "potions" and I'm in possesion of my skin again. My face has cleared, and when there is a break out I see what the problem stems from, and this book helped me to get where I am, which is amazingly happier and more understanding of myself.I'm not a victim of my skin anymore, It is my friend who reminds me of whats going on inside and what I can do to restore the balance in my life. I thank you Absolute Beauty as I thank myself for finding it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By jumpy1 on July 24, 2006
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This weekend at the urging of my sister, who has been using this book for several months and has FABULOUS skin (even though she's stopped using commercial products and going for facials) I followed Pratima's advice for 2 nights. First I should say i use expensive cleansers and have expensive facials. And I could not believe how my skin looked when i went to bed, just from following her advice. It looked like it did in my early 20's on the 2nd night - no joke (I'm 36)! The lines on my forehead had become barely noticeable, even to me, and my makeup went on very smoothly. Just want to say for the reviewers who complain that her commercial products have additives and chemicals - many of those chemicals might have been extracted from the foods you're using at home. Second, if she didn't add preservatives, they wouldn't last more than a few days and would have to be kept in the refrigerator, not on the shelf. It's unfortunate that if you want convenience you have to put up with the additives. If you have the time, and this book, you don't have to.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
Raichur and Cohn could have written a much shorter, less interesting book by simply listing skin conditions and their Ayurvedic treatments, but they were more responsible than that. They have instead provided a thorough overview of Ayurvedic principles and the reasons (scientific and spiritual) behind them.
I have read many books on Ayurveda in the past several months, trying to understand its fairly complex tenants. This book stands out to me as the most straightforward, comprehensive guide I've read yet. She includes very helpful hints, particularly for beginning an Ayurvedic lifestyle, such as discovering and addressing your primary dosha only for awhile, as that is most often the first to go out of balance. Of course, the skin remedies are there and are effective, but more importantly, she encourages practical and achievable self-care.
I certainly appreciate this book being out there. I felt nurtured and informed by it.
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