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Homemade Cosmetics: Over 100 Recipes You Can Make at Home [Kindle Edition]

Kirsten Anderberg
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Book Description

Over 100 recipes for homemade cosmetics using primarily basic kitchen ingredients. Quality control, fresh and organic ingredients, no preservatives or additives, lower costs, better for the environment - these are some of the reasons to make your own cosmetics. Includes recipes for facials, toners, flower waters, lip balms/gloss, pine needle bath, bath salts, bubble baths, shower gel, mouthwash, tooth powders/paste, shampoo, hair rinse, dandruff cure, hair conditioner, sunburn remedies, rash remedies, body powders, body scrubs, athlete's foot treatments, foot baths, foot tonics and lotions, fake "vasoline," glitter body/hair gel, aftershave, cologne, perfume, bug repellents, fake "tigerbalm," natural deodorant, rose petal beads, dream pillows, herbal suppliers, educators, links and resources. Includes special babies', children's and women's herbals section and 31 photos by the author of herbs in nature and herbal processing techniques. Recipes come from the author's 30+ years' experience making her own cosmetics. Special bonus sections about herbs, women's herbals and herbals for babies and children. Includes 31 photos by author of herbs in nature and herb processing procedures. The author has over 30 years experience making her own herbal cosmetics. She has raised her son using almost entirely medicinal herbs for any medical problems he incurred, and had a home birth, using herbs, from midwives during and after pregnancy. Much of her herbal knowledge comes from work with women's groups, wilderness guides, midwives and herbalists, while most of the book explains her first-hand methods for using herbs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1607 KB
  • Print Length: 73 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466222824
  • Publisher: Kirsten Anderberg; 2 edition (March 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q9U17S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If only a working TOC March 16, 2012
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In this world I see more and more people getting back to basics, shying away from perservatives, and this book is filled with home remedies and recipes to help you. Many are tried and true passed down from generations. I will admit I am a bit skeptical on the pine cone bath, gathering the pine needles and cones, boiling and putting in the refrigerator for 13 hours, I do appreciate the warning of the stickiness that may occur... I think I'd rather just sleep outside than to go to that trouble.

Most of the other ingredients are eggs, honey, witch hazel, baking soda, all quality recipes to help the individual do it themselves. The author has a good website with a lot of the basic information and some recipes also.

I keep forgetting in the kindle if you like a recipe, use the bookmark feature to bookmark once, then you can use the "go to" feature later. A working TOC is a better feature imho.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I was pleasantly surprised at the wonderful content of this book. I am not one for making things at home, but this book had so many recipes for things like makeup and salves and home remedies whose ingredients are readily available outdoors near your own home, depending on your location, or available in a store for very little money, that I was intrigued just flipping through! No preservatives, no harsh chemicals -- I think I will give some of these things a try, especially the sage tea eyebrow dye! A well-researched and easily read book with clear easy recipes. A must-have!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Homemade cosmetic recipes are inspiring. November 28, 2012
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The information is clear and useful without being overwhelming. The author writes with authority and years of experience. I have already found the list of websites in the book helpful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some help finally! November 24, 2012
By Dy
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I have several allergies to over the counter products for anything that touches my skin. That includes soap,shampoo,conditioner,hair gel,lotions,toothpaste too! I found several receipes I could use and have tried the bath soap for lavendar bath liquid soap that I have made twice. I have not had the red sores break out yet. I would have had a problem by now I do think. The conditioner with honey is very good too. I got some help putting two together that is working as well for my mouth! I will use this over and over I think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rough Draft Mish-Mash Mistitled and Disappointing June 4, 2013
By SBlass
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A book about making your own "Cosmetics", this is not.

It is more a collection of cut-and-paste notes about random this that and something else you can make from herbs, ointments, creams etc. Not a "beauty cosmetics" guidebook but herbal skin care treatments maybe. To be fair I suppose the mishmashness of the book is disclosed in the introductory text saying this is a collection of "recipes" gathered by the author over a long period of years.

My mistake for not checking the Look Inside or Kindle sample. I am stretching to give it 2 stars in the format and presentation it is currently in. Check the sample or look inside for youself, it doesn't get any better further on in the book that what you see there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of recipes for making bath and body products February 25, 2013
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The author highlights the advantages of making your own bath and body products which include no preservatives, lower costs, customizing, environmentally friendly, and one I will add...FUN. I never knew I could make so many products at home, to include, lip balms, soaking bath products, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, toners, scrubs, hand lotions, deodorant, bug repellents, etc. I have not made anything yet from the book, but plan to in the near future. I enjoy knowing what the common bath and body products I normally buy are comprised of and how to make these products at home. Knowing this information contributes to my feeling of self-reliance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lotions and more January 21, 2013
By Gigi
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Liked this very much.a lot of really great things in it. Will definitely be making quite a few recipes from this book. Very easy too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition Has Major Problems December 31, 2012
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Content Grade: C-
Format Grade: F

This is a run-of-the-mill collection of formulas and recipes, none of which are new or particularly interesting.

The major problem in the Kindle edition is the fact that there are pages after pages which repeat themselves which makes the book unusable. Further, the author included photographs as illustrations, but it looks as if many of them don't show up and there are big blank spaces with a photo caption and no photo.

I got this as a freebie, but today it's priced at $4.99. Even if the Kindle edition were perfectly formatted, this would be too much. Skip this one. You can find the same recipes on the Internet for free or in previously published books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Highly recommend. Recipes, easy to follow. Good directions. A lot of information.
Published 1 month ago by Madeleine
5.0 out of 5 stars Homemade Cosmetics Book
This is a good little book. I use it often. Great resource.
Published 6 months ago by Touchinghisgrace
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay book
It seems like more thought/research/detail could have been put into this book. A lot of the ingredients are difficult to find and there should be substitutes offered. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cordobes
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers a lot
This book not only covers the beauty aspect of Mother Nature, but the healthy side as well. There are recipes for lip balms, shampoos, and lotions. Read more
Published 8 months ago by KHans
3.0 out of 5 stars Good info!!
The book is great but I feel like it wasn't organized well. She started to go in depth about some herbs but it would have been cool to have her do that with more. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kello0509
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
I was expecting something different from this book. It was not specifically devoted to cosmetics and the recipes looked difficult.
Published 11 months ago by surfcitygal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information about these recipes.
Ideally an index by herbs and by topic would make the info easier to use instead of leaving through the pages. Read more
Published 17 months ago by DK
5.0 out of 5 stars History and stories are awesome
This book is so much fun. I love the historical information about the food. Also the author made sure that we can still get all the ingredients today. Read more
Published 18 months ago by judy
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD buy
This book really does have a lot of homemade recipes and I have yet to try them, but they all sound so good, so I'm going to rate it as I did
Published 19 months ago by Lachelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but goodness
This book gets a high five! Because of how good it is for you and I would love to see if they will work. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Irene
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Kirsten Anderberg is a journalist/historian/activist/designer/educator/performer/artist based in Ventura, CA. She earned her M.A. in History and Archiving from the CA State University at Northridge in 2010, and has her B.A. degree in Political Science and Women's Studies from the University of WA in Seattle. Her historical focus has been on the institutional history of America, especially child protection institutions and mental asylums, as well as Southern CA and women's history. Ms. Anderberg is the recipient of numerous historical awards and fellowships, including a grant from the prestigious Historical Society of Southern CA. Her journalism addressing the histories of MacLaren Hall in Los Angeles and Camarillo State Mental Hospital in Camarillo has been groundbreaking.

The bulk of Ms. Anderberg's journalism has been focused upon civil rights, feminism, poverty, politics, performing, history and health. Anderberg commonly writes about natural health, such as kitchen cosmetics, natural beauty recipes, and medicinal herbs, with much of that knowledge coming from her early exposure to the legendary Source Family. Anderberg has been a paid vaudevillian performer for 30 years, and her music has been used by activist Ann Simonton, among others. She has published more articles in first person by a woman street performer than ever published prior in history. Her historical work regarding street performance and busking is filling a gap too long neglected. Anderberg has also published many important articles on the topics of poverty, homelessness, feminism and political protest.

Kirsten Anderberg was borne in Saugus, CA, at the Wild West edge of Los Angeles County, in 1960. As a child, box turtles still walked the streets and remnants of the rancho era of CA still ruled the imaginations of children and adults alike. As a teen, she lived in the San Fernando Valley in Senator Carrell's historic adobe retirement home on Odyssey Hill, and also was a homeless teen on the streets of Seattle, where she became a street performer. Her performing career includes a 12 piece Motown band, a swing band, an original a cappella trio, and solo vaudevillian gigs. Anderberg became a journalist in 2003 during the anti-Iraq war protests in Seattle, when she felt the mainstream media was not covering the actual events in the street. She became an independent journalist thereafter and has published articles in hundreds of magazines, books, newspapers and websites. Anderberg has been published by Utne, ZNet, HipMama, Adbusters, Alternet, Mexico Magazine, Complete Mothering Magazine, Gale Publishing, the Indypendent, Susun Weed, and more. She is a strong proponent of self-publishing and independent media. You can view her literary resume online at


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