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I had never tried making lotions before, but after becoming aware of all the harmful ingredients in commercial products and the outrageous prices for 'natural' products, I thought I would give it a try. This book gives you the perfect formula, works everytime, and I can add whatever I like as additives. At first I had difficulty finding the emulsifiers listed in the book, but they have become readily availiable and at reasonable prices. I find them at the hearbie. Read the book several times and ensure you understand the process, I convert the metric measurements to ounces by using resources on the internet to make like a little easier. It doesn't take long to make about 16 ounces of creams or lotions and I've even made hair conditioners as well. The title is misleading as making essential oils is not the only information this book offers. The emulsifiers used in the book are some the most non-toxic I've been able to locate that are availiable to the home lotion maker. I've used beeswax to make lotions before but this is too greasy for my taste, this book provides you with a way to make non-greasy, commercial quality skin care products, quite easily. I don't have a hotplate, I just use the kitchen stove and measuring cups in pans of water. I use a stick blender for the initial mixing, but then revert to a wisk as the stick blender adds too much air into the creams. I love this book and highly recommed it to anyone who wants to make a commercial quality lotion or cream at a fraction of the cost of store prices, that can be customized to your personal needs.
I love the book and all of the details in the book. My only complaint is that some of the suppliers (such as the one for the distiller kit that is used in this book) no longer carry the items that are described! That was disappointing! But otherwise the book is great!
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