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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (July 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580172415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580172417
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Create Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions for Radiant Skin in Five Easy Steps!

Enter the world of aromatherapy creams and lotions with Donna Maria, and learn how easy it is to craft natural skin-care products that rival those found at the most exclusive department stores and salons. With a simple five-step method you can create personalized facial creams, body rubs, moisturizers, lip balms, and more with all-natural ingredients -- including some of the world's most exotic aromatic oils.

Free yourself from synthetic substances, experience the pleasure of homemade lotions, and preserve and protect your skin. Donna Maria reveals her secret formulas for creating light, nourishing creams that will revitalize your skin and promote a healthier, younger-looking complexion from head to toe!

About the Author

Author Donna Maria is an attorney, an aromatherapist, and the founder and president of The Handmade Toiletries Network. Her book Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions is a must-have collection of tips and recipes for creating unique body care products. Her articles have appeared in such magazines as The Aromatic Thymes, The Natural Foods Merchandiser, The Saponifier, and The Handcrafted Soap Maker's Guild Newsletter. Donna is a member of the Aromatic Plant Project, the American Society of Association Executives, the Cosmetics, Toiletries & Fragrances Association, the Handcrafted SoapMaker's Guild, and the National Association For Holistic Aromatherapy. She lives in her hometown of Washington, DC.


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This book is easy to read and the format is pleasing.
susanbratty
My suggestion would be to start slow with some recipes and give them a try to see how it will work.
Plato
Ultimately I think that this book would only appeal to a pretty small niche market.
J. Hecker

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362 of 371 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
I received the book "Making aromatherapy cream and lotions" as a gift, and I was very excited at first, but this has got to be the most frustrating book on the subject I've seen so far. If you make the mistake of judging this book by it's covers, it looks like a basic book on the subject--the back cover proclaims that in five easy steps you will be able to make the recipes. This is very misleading; I have made creams and lotions before, and I can honestly tell you that although the basic concept is easy, this book uses mostly very hard to find ingredients and is completely impractical for the home hobbyist. This book is basically for someone that has access to very obscure ingredients, and I'm not talking about essential oils, but the "basic" ingredients the author uses to formulate her recipes. Most of these items you are not going to be able to find in your local pharmacy or health food store, and if you do manage to find the ingredients on-line, be prepared to spend a lot of money. Another major problem with this book is that everything is measured in grams or occasionally ounces, but the amounts are so small, that the average home kitchen scale, like the one I own, is not capable of measuring accurately. To really measure the ingredients accurately, you would need an expensive digital scale that will measure by individual gram increments (not 5 gram increments like some inexpensive models)--as I said, not for the home hobbyist. Even the title of the book is misleading--there are not even close to 101 recipes for creams and lotions, there are approximately 20. The rest of the book has cleansers, fruit masks, balms, etc., as well as a lot of information on the different ingredients and stories about home businesses (this is the best part of the book).Read more ›
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118 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Jackson on June 16, 2004
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As the owner of a home-based Bath and Body Products business, I am always on the look out for new recipes to try, adapt, etc. Although there are some fabulous sounding recipes in this book, the use of hydrosols, Sea Berry and Rose Hip Seed Co2 (had never heard of them before, ever) make them way too complicated and expensive for someone who just wants to learn how to put together some simple cosmetics at home. Some of the ingredients, waxes in particular, I'd never even heard of. Perhaps someone living in the U.S. would have an easier time acquiring the "exotics," but my excellent Canadian suppliers do not sell them. I also am not keen on her use of Borax in recipes as it can be a sensitizer for some people and there are gentler preservatives on the market one can use. I can't say I'm completely disappointed, but a strong word of caution to those thinking that they'll find easy "first timer" recipes in here -- they won't.
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169 of 177 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2002
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It took me less than an hour after receiving this book to realize that most of the cream and lotion recipes are impractical for me to do. Not only that, the author seems to favor the use of highly processed ingredients. She appears to be far more concerned with the texture or appearance of her creams than with their being as unprocessed as possible. As I read through the book, I found myself wondering how in the world anyone with a life could find the time to hunt down all the ingredients (many are quite exotic, and she doesn't suggest substitutes), let alone prepare them. I was quite disappointed. There are many easier-to-procure-ingredients which will be just as therapeutic for the skin. The description on the back cover is definitely misleading. Most of the creams and lotions are time consuming to prepare and simply not practical (and definitely NOT easy!). I decided to return the book 1 hour after I received it from amazon. The two stars in my rating are for the presentation (it's a pretty book).
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Babushka on April 16, 2004
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I've read dozens of books over the years that use the same types of natural ingredients. Donna Maria has uncovered and made available the newest aromatheraputic technologies for the home nuetricutical maker. Some folks have had trouble locating ingredients perhaps like CO2 extracts, hydrosols, and waxes. In the years since the book was first published, these ingredients flourish on the internet...there's not one I haven't been able to find. I'm so excited to have a new direction to experiment with for facial and body preparations.
The book is presented in several sections. The first section details useful essential oils and extracts(like Sea Buckthorn Berry), many nutritious plant oils(like Tamanu Oil), and finally emulsifying and thickening agents (like Vegatable Emulsifying Wax).
Then come the recipes. The first recipes are for creams and lotions. These recipes appear to be Donna Maria's favorite. The only trouble I had with the thickened creations was the addition of some not so natural emulsifying ingredients I would choose not use (such as Vegatable Emulsifying Wax). I would however use the beeswax formulas. Donna Maria states herself that "as much as the addition of these ingredients increase the aesthetic appeal of a product, it does nothing to treat the skin." Thus the next section:
Skin Elixers. Wonderfully nutritious aromatheraputic concoctions to feed your skin and psyche. These are the 50/50 oil and water recipes. How can you resist recipes like "Dry Skin Sundae" and "Dew Drop"? This is my favorite section, even though there were more recipes for dry skin than my oilier skin.
And as wonderful as the elixers are, there's more. The final section covers Aromatic Beauty Foods.
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