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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has a lot of great info and recipes, but if you are not an experinced soapmaker, you probably will not have the ingredients you need. First there are a lot of things you have to get at the grocery/drug store: distilled water, glycerine, corn meal, oatmeal, olive oil, baking soda, cornstarch, honey, vegetable oil, vodka, witch hazel, epsom salts, castor oil, etc. Then you have to get a lot of things from mail order or specialty stores, like essentail oils, jojoba oil, coconut oil, herbs, sea salts, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, benzoin, beeswax, cosmetic clays. Another point you have to take into consideration is that about 1/2 of these recipes have to be made each time you use them; you can't store them. There are some recipes you can make and store, but not a lot. However, if you do have a lot of these ingredients, and want to make homemade products for yourself, this is a great book to buy. It is definitely worth the money. And if you are even remotely interested in getting this book, then you must be interested in herbs and natural body products, so you probably wouldn't mind purchasing the ingredients.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought both "The Herbal Body Book" and her book "The Herbal Home Spa". I have tried several recipes from both books. Some work ok, but others are not worth the effort. For example, a cleansing lotion as thin as water ( no exaggeration), or a shampoo that left my hair feeling worse than before I washed. Not all recipes are bad, and some are downright fun to make and use. I don't regret these as a starter, but rather than buy the rest of her series, I will switch to another author.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
Not only is this book full of natural and easy to make beauty concoctions, it's recipes often make great gift items. The book suggests some creative packaging options, and the creative person will be able to think of many more on their own. Some of the ingredients are a challenge to come by, but between the resources referenced in the book, and searching the Internet, you should be able to track most of them down.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
So many of the recipes in Ms. Tourles great book have become staples in my beauty regime. The Minty Astringent is great in the hot summer weather to cool and refresh your complexion. The pH Restorer Facial Steam is wonderful for bringing a healthy glow to tired worn out skin. One of the first few books that I collected on the subject of make it yourself beauty products, I still refer to it very often.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book contains more information than it's slim size would suggest. In addition to many recipes for nearly every herbal cosmetic one might desire, it has information on herbs, tools and supplies, suppliers, books and periodicals and much more. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in herbal cosmetics
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Very few recipes compared to the same kind of books.Plus there is nothing new in her recipes. All is "dèja Vu" recipes.
[In my opinion you should]save your money buy other better book...
Such as "Natural recipes for perfect skin"by Pierre Jean Cousin also 128 pages but full of recipes and informations, beautiful photos enclose.
Or "Herbal body book"by Jeanne Rose 400 pages real herbal body recipes VS this book only 128pages.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the book, it was informative and interesting. I wanted more face creams,lotions, shampoo's and hand creme recipes than the book had. The book was well written and the steps were exact.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a good starting point for making natural body products, This is it. She gives recipies, knowledge . . . Not a page is wasted on "fluff". The appendixes lists herbal correspondence courses, newsleter. Great little book!
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on June 28, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in experimenting with home made natural body products. I had a copy 15 years ago and lost it along the way, so I was excited to see there were still copies of this out of print book around and have recently gotten another copy. The recipies are easy to follow and once you stock up on the basic ingredients, you can make yourself a simple inexpensive facial cleanser up to a luxury body lotion, all for the fraction of the price you would pay for brand name or botique products. It covers carrier oils and essential oils and the many ways you can use them from head to toe.
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on July 21, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Excellent book of recipes for all kinds of homemade facials, shampoos. Etc. Have had my book for yesrs and bought this one as a gift. Plan to order more as gifts. Love to make the egg white and corn starch facial. Leaves my skin silkly smooth.
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