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Good Gifts from the Home: Soaps, Shampoos & Other Suds: Make Beautiful Gifts to Give (or Keep) Hardcover – April 17, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: Good Gifts from the Home
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Lifestyles; English Language edition (April 17, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761503358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761503354
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,691,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shower Your Friends with Luxury

About the Author

Kelly Reno started, ran, and sold numerous successful businesses from her home. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
From the eyes of a beginner this book is great because most of the recipes don't cost a bundle or contain harmful chemicals like lye. (I dont think I want to experiment with lye just yet). This book also has ideas that are inexpensive and easy to follow. "Die-hard" soap makers that believe in only absolutly made-from-scratch recipes will most definatly not apprieciate this book. Many of the recipes start from store bought soap and shampoo which in my opinion does not reduce the quality of the end results. The things in this book are great for presents. I've actually have been asked by one of my friends if I would sell some of the things I make at her store!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1997
Format: Hardcover
So far everything that I've made hasn't reached my satisfaction. Whatever you do don't try any of the recipes for hair conditioners because you'll just end up with greasy hair. The lady at the aromatherapy store laughed at some of Reno's concoctions because they weren't made from scratch ,some of the measurements were not calculated correctly and that some of the fragrances didn't exist in essential oil form (i.e. green apple). Using unscented shampoo for shower gels doesn't work very well (and is also very hard to find). For one thing it doesn't foam up and the gel isn't thick, although the directions said it would thicken up- I don't think so! I think I'll try some of the bar soaps because I don't think anyone can mess those up. So far the Honey and Rose Water Face Wash is the only recipe that actually produced positive results. Go ahead and give this book a whirl, just avoid the hair conditioners!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mmccarty@iswt.com on April 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Kelly Reno's book is great for beginners. It has simpler recipes where one doesn't have to buy all types of exotic ingredients. I especially liked the section on melt and pour soap recipes using glycerin soap. This is a great project for kids and for those who are a little hesitant to work with lye!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Both the title and jacket-end descriptions are misleading to
the point of seeming dishonest. This is not a book of "ori
ginal recipes" for "handmade/homemade" anything - the concoc
tions rely on purchased soaps, shampoo & conditioner con
centrates and the like, which are then shredded/mixed/blen
ded with other purchased ingredients such as scents.

A waste of money, in my humble opinion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I was excited when I read this book I quickly started looking for the ingredients to make my first soap. It was easy to make and very nice.
I am, although, having a hard time locating shampoo concentrate for the shampoo recipes.
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