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Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics Hardcover – May 26, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811843483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811843485
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Barbara Close is the founder and president of Naturopathica, a full-service holistic spa and botanical skin-care line in East Hampton, New York. She has consulted on botanicals and ingredients for Procter & Gamble and Limited Brands.

Gentl & Hyers are photographers based in New York City. Their work has appeared in Real Simple , among other publications.

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This book exceeded my expectations!
mariaisabelmontes
This book has many recipes that have a shelf life and are simple and easy to make.
T. Laffoon
Wonderful recommendations on skin care and the different types of skin.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Rosales on July 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book. I am an esthetician and getting into holistic facials. I've learned so much and share this book with many people. It explains skin type and what essential oils to use on what type. I also love the easy recipes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Laffoon on April 29, 2010
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This book is amazing for anyone one that works in the skin care business. As an up and coming herbalist I have been looking for recipes for natural skin care products for my store. Most of the organic skin care books that I have purchase have recipes that are made with food products that have no shelf life and have to be discarded after every application. I don't know about you but I can't run to the kitchen to whip up a facial scrub every time I need to clean my face. This book has many recipes that have a shelf life and are simple and easy to make.

The books starts with explaining the author's "skin personalities", not just normal, dry and oily, then goes into the recommended essential oils, vegetal oils and herbal extracts that are best for each skin personalities.

This is also the first book I have come across that talks about good skin starts from the inside. It discusses how to detox the body, what foods, herbs and vitamins are best for clarifying the skin.

I usually go through my herbal book highlighting them for future reference. I can't bring myself to put one mark in this book. It is so beautifully designed and the photos are gorgeous. The author should be very proud.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Assunta A. Napoleone on March 24, 2010
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Pure Skin is a book everyone should have whether you are an esthetician, like myself, or someone who is interested in the simple "tricks" for beautiful skin. This book has some very basic knowledge of skin, enough for anyone to get familiar with how it works, what is good or bad for it and how to fix concerns about it with ingredients in your own kitchen. I, myself, have experimented with "Kitchen beauty" and can appreciate the pureness of products I put on my skin. In a world where the cosmetic industry is not regulated, it's a blessing to come across a book that cares bout your overall well being, that opens your eyes to some fun and efficient, as well as economical ways to get the job done!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2009
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This book is a delight. It has beautiful pictures and recipes. I created most of them and they are great like the expensive beauty products. Wonderful recommendations on skin care and the different types of skin. A lot of information on carrier oils and EOs. Create your own spa at home.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ma Maison on February 3, 2008
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I'm rather picky when it comes to all natural beauty guides--often disappointed by the simple "recipes" I could probably figure out by myself (ie: add five drops of essential oil to unscented lotion). The beauty recipes in this book are limited, but more complex and actually worth trying/using. Good information on essential oils and blending, as well as a few tasty [food]recipes. This is a wonderful natural spa book. I especially love how the author doesn't use [the book] as a tool to push Naturopathica products =)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra on December 21, 2009
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This is a lovely book. It's well written, well organized, practical, and filled with gorgeous photos. I feel soothed every time I pick it up! It's perfect for those who like their green to come with a side of chic.

Barbara Close outlines her five skin personalities (balanced, hormone reactive, stress reactive, environment reactive and mature) and gives simple prescriptions for each, including what ingredients to look for in skincare care products as well as foods to eat & avoid based on your skin type, which I loved. The book also has short dictionaries of plant oils, herbal extracts, essential oils, and skin-clarifying herbs plus the top toxic ingredients.

I most enjoyed her chapter on "Eating for Beautiful Skin." Close is a rarity in the organic beauty industry; she's a foodie, espousing moderation and pleasurable, healthy meals -- not seaweed soups and raw food diets. We're all going to indulge in too much red wine or go for the chocolate walnut brownie every now and then, she says. Don't beat yourself up. She then provides a helpful grocery shopping list.

If you're trying to decide between this and Julie Gabriel's self-contradicting and visually dull Green Beauty Guide, go with Pure Skin.
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