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Return to Beauty: Old-World Recipes for Great Radiant Skin Hardcover – November 10, 2009

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"My wife brought this book home -- for herself. But I read it. Now I know why my wife is so beautiful! It was a great read." -- KIRK DOUGLAS, Academy Award-nominated actor

"Narine's facials are like therapy. You lie on the table, and when you're finished, you look glamorous and younger than when you walked in." -- Anne Douglas

"Narine is in a league of her own as an expert and purveyer of old world European skin care formulations. Each recipe featured in this inspirational book becomes a "gourmet feast" for every kind of complexion and best of all custom tailored to your astrological sign. No wonder this wiz of skin care has been a Superstar Facialist at my spa for close to two decades, with everyone clamouring for her magic touch." -- OLE HENRIKSEN, founder, Ole Henriksen Face/Body spa and skin care line

"Narine's Eastern European traditions land softly on my coca-kissed skin giving me a flawless fresh face. Her recipes for unforced beauty keep all skin types glowing from the inside out. -- Alfre Woodard, actress

About the Author

NARINE NIKOGOSIAN trained in nursing with a concentration in dermatology in her native Armenia and Russia before coming to the United States. In the U.S., she ran the successful Starface salon in Glendale, California, and later built a well-respected reputation as a talented aesthetician at Ole Henriksen Face and Body on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Her clients include many of Hollywood’s top stars.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439126062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439126066
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Finally, a skin care book that gives some real spa recipes for toners, cleansers and masks. I'm not saying she gives away the store by any means, but there are a lot of basic recipes in here that if you read through the whole book you'll see a pattern that will help you make up your own, based on your particular skin issues. I've been reading reviews of other skin care books that have a problem with non-vegan recipes and there are plenty of vegan recipes here. (though there are a lot with dairy, eggs and honey - you can always use almond milk instead of milk though) I like to make up my own products and whenever I buy products I try to approximate them myself at home (to avoid the additives even the good ones use, like spermaceti) and the information in this book really rounded out some of my questions. She starts with basic recipes for things by season (for the way each season affects your skin) and then by sun sign with some good ideas for the various personalities, like how to unwind and pamper yourself and body care recipes for the typical issues for each. Then she has general recipes for breakouts, hair care, hands and feet, really good toners and lotions for pregnancy (e.g., stretchmarks), and finally, how to give yourself a real facial, step by step. I thought the ones for men, even though there were only a few, were particularly interesting. I have a couple of Janice Cox's books, and Pratima Raichur's book and I think if you have just this and Pratima Raichur's Absolute Beauty, you have quite an arsenal of info on natural body care.
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I once read that you should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn't also put into your mouth. Well, this book is nothing but mouth-watering skin care recipes that are quick and easy (often only two or three ingredients), and many of the ingredients are already in your kitchen. They require a little more effort than store-bought beauty products, however, since they have to be kept refrigerated and made frequently. Personally, I find this a small price to pay for the benefit of natural skin care--chemical-free and nutrient-rich.

And, although I can't state with scientific certainty that the recipes actually reduce lines or make my skin healthier, I can say that I feel so much better making and using my own beauty potions that my inner radiance comes through and this is what people notice. Yes, I understand that beauty is more than skin deep, but we women know that if we feel good, we look good.

Return to Beauty is nicely presented and easy to use. It includes step-by-step directions for giving yourself a facial, as well as recipes specific to the seasons, skin types, and sun signs; simple solutions for skin, hair, and nail care; pregnancy skin care--there is even a short section on skin care for men. If you're ready to invest a few extra minutes of your time and energy into feeling and looking good, try some of the recipes and see the results for yourself. You're worth it.
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Return To Beauty is a excellent book to create your own beauty recipes! The book is divided up into 6 parts.
Part 1) Seasons
Part 2) Sun Signs
Part 3) Simple Solutions
Part 4) Pregnancy
Part 5) How To Give Yourself A Facial
Part 6) No Frills For Men

Narine Nikogosian starts her book out with a wonderful although quick introduction, allowing the readers a peek into her philosophy about natural skin care. The photos in the book are just lovely! I have two other beauty recipe books (see bottom of review) and neither of those books have a single photo! The beautiful photographs are definetly a bonus treat, as well as the way the recipes are displayed, using larger print than the other two books that I own (and love).

The most important aspect that makes Return To Beauty a excellent book has to be how EASY the recipes are! I have had to buy sticky notes to add to so many of the recipes so I can find them again quickly. The recipes use everyday items you probably already have in your kitchen.
Cottage cheese
Tea bags
Olive oil
To just name a few...and some of the ingredients I didn't have and had to purchase are:
Almond oil
Shredded coconut
Sparkling mineral water
Rose oil
Heavy cream

There are so many recipes that just use two or three simple ingredients and not one of the recipes requires very much effort at all! The alcohol recipes center on facial toners and masks and require very little alcohol so I just bought the tiny travel bottles and they last a long time.
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First the good. Most of the recipes in this book use fresh ingredients straight from your fridge. But, here comes the bad. 1) None of these recipes have a shelf life. You literally have to make these recipes on a daily basis. Some may keep for a day or two in the fridge but I don't know if I'd risk it. 2) This book is definitely not for vegans. I would estimate that 90% of the recipes use honey, egg or some form of dairy. I don't mind making substitutions here and there but not for every recipe. At that rate it's useless to me. Definitely not the book I was looking for.
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