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Chock-full of recipes, hints, tips, and a glossary of terms. -- The Indianapolis Star

Dorie's approach gently prompts the reader to learn, experiment, and take care of oneself. -- Earthsisters Inc

Easily read with intelligible instructions _ an all-in-the-family, do-it-yourself marvel! -- The Book Reader, Spring/Summer 2001

About the Author

Dorie Byers is a registered nurse, master gardener, and herb enthusiast. A graduate of Indiana State University, she has spent many years growing herbs and researching their uses. Ms. Byers wrote Natural Beauty Basics because she saw the need for a guide to homemade natural body care products that are effective, economical, and allergen-free, and that

emphasize a natural, healthy lifestyle.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers; 2 Revised edition (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890612197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890612191
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By T. Campbell on November 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I like the explanations for different oils, additives etc and what type of skin is best for them. I also like that the book included cautions for different EO's (i.e. for pregnant women and sun exposure) as beginners would not know about needing to be careful of these things.

One thing that I WAS NOT impressed with was that she has you buy an organic base for different things (soaps, shampoos, etc) and just add the EO's rather than tell you how to make it completely from scratch yourself.

One word of caution - DO NOT USE THE SHAMPOO RECIPES for everyday use. The author is an RN and herbalist not a cosmetologist. She has you buy a baby shampoo for your base and just add the rest. I am a licensed cosmetologist and can tell you that baby shampoo is the worst shampoo you can use on your hair for everyday use. It is a clarifying shampoo used to strip your hair completely of everything and you will end up with dry, brittle, split end prone hair. It is ok for babies as babies have different kind of hair that is coated and needs the harsh shampoo in order to get it cleaned. It doesnt bother babies hair for one because you should only wash their hair at the most 3 times a week and for two their hair produces more oils to protect it. Bottom line - if you are going to use this shampoo, limit your usage to no more than once every two weeks to remove product buildup (use less than that if you dont use a lot of product). Consult another book for better hair care recipes - I highly recommend the book "Organic Body Care Recipes" by Stephanie Tourles (a licensed esthetician.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Heather Flournoy on July 19, 2005
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This book is great- I've tried a bunch of the recipes and they were actually pretty easy to make and worked well, unlike another book I have on making your own lotions and shampoos. I've tried the Lavender-Rosemary Deoderant and the Silky Smooth Liquid Soap that we use in our office. I've also recommend making these things with children- they make great presents. One of the unique things in this book is the Picnic Cleanser which works really well when travelling. The mouthwashes work great too!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By VICKI TEFFETELLER on October 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is great if you want to buy unscented soaps and add oils to scent them but no information on truly createing your own formulas.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Eastwood on February 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book was a total disappointment. The title of it is Natural Beauty Basics subtitled Create Your Own Cosmetics and Body Care Products. No where does it explain how to make liquid or pressed foundation, concealler, blush, or mascarra. The book implies instructions that are not included.

As other readers have stated the shampoo section just adds to baby shampoo. What they didn't say was the soap section has you just adding essential oils to castile soap in all the recipes. Don't waste your money on this book, you can find the same recipes on the internet. If you want a good book try Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care by Aubrey Hampton written by the cosmetic chemist of Aubry Organics.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By H. HARRELL on March 24, 2007
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I found the information to be very simple. The products are available in most health food stores and they are fun to make.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anne Peterson on November 12, 2007
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I liked this book since the ingredients are obtainable and the recipes are fairly simplistic. The recipes in another book I read were so complicated that I wasn't even interested to try them but not so with this book - these are possible to do without alot of time invested.

I also like the explanation of the attributes for the ingredients so if you want to substitute, you can look at the list and choose another one.
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By C. Hopton on February 2, 2010
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As someone who at one time used scents to help celebrate the joy of life, then was attacked by extreme environmental sensitivities, this book has been an eye-opener. I am in the process of making my own products for my pleasure and value the support this book has provided. In addition to containing none of the items that set off my respiratory problems, the products I make are unique, contain no unnatural preservatives and are less expensive than anything I have found on the commercial market.
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