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Do It Gorgeously: How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products Paperback – June 1, 2010
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Aside from the Beauty Product recipes, my other favorite part is the 5 Uses for Common Household Items - having them grouped like that makes so much sense, as far as actually incorporating them into your life.
I'll admit that as I leaf through the book, I occasionally get DIY Fatigue (I can't make EVERYTHING homemade!!!"), but then I remind myself that even focusing on one or two of the chapters (for me it's beauty and cleaning supplies) can make a big difference...
Wonderfully fun and inspiring!
I have been trying various homemade recipes in order to get away from the high cost and to have more control over what goes on my skin in addition to better quality ingredients. But although the recipes I found where wonderful, most of what I found were made of ingredients that require you to make it every day. Or take a lot of steps to make. Or were not suitable for me.
This book has a lot of recipes that are simple. The lotions are wonderful and there are enough for every skin type. Uliano provides encourages you to customize them to suit. They keep in the fridge from weeks to months depending on the ingredients. Going to the fridge every time is hardly a problem considing the problems with the preservative used.
The only criticism is that the instructions dont say whether you need fresh or dry flowers for the infusions. I have been using dry or pre made rose or lavender water. I am using the kindle version and some times it would be more helpful to use the index but there are no links.
The point is made that there is an initial investment. I have fount that the amount you use is small enough that it is definitely economical in a relatively short period of time. The essential oils will keep for years.
With stories coming out every day about the dangers in the daily products we use (even the ultra-expensive ones),this book is a must-have resource.
It's a good little book and I recommend it if you're unfamiliar with how to make your own natural products. The personal beauty product formulas are great if you're willing to invest a little money in some natural oils (which last a long time if stored correctly,) and containers to preserve your finished products.
- the reason to avoid scary, chemical cocktails found in frequently-used beauty products
- the surprising unhealthiness of the carpet under our feet
- the possible toxicity of some home furniture
Living up to the title, the author gives readers alternatives to replace "bad" items with something greener and healthier, many of which can be created at home with easy-to-access tools and ingredients. Better yet, the recipes are simple! The only downside is that some ingredients (ex. virgin coconut oil, ascorbic acid powder) aren't available at your neighborhood grocery store. Fortunately, many of those items are available at health food stores and, if not, the author includes a great set of listings on where to easily find them online.
IMPORTANT: The recipes are not only for beauty products, although a very generous amount is included in the first part of the book. Rather, the book runs the gamut, including baby products, paint, anti-aging creme and an easily-constructed book shelf. Uliano frequently offers relevant anecdotes about whichever topic is being covered; a few include warnings on what NOT to do, thanks to the author's trial-and-error.
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Refers you to her website for resources and more info, but unable to find the information mentioned in the book. Frustrating! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I got this book for the beauty recipes in it. I have been doing a few DIY and this book was recommended. Read morePublished 4 months ago by icanoewenonah
This book did nothing for me, I liked the other two better. Marcie ChandlerPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have all of Sophie Ulianos books and they all have so much information. She's changed my way of thinking and made me a better woman!Published 4 months ago by AmazonianRay
Wasn't quite what I expected. It's not for beginners its for alumni diy people that are very crafty and basically have a whole room in their house dedicated to crafting and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Camilion1205
Awesome. HugeSophie fan here and her books are FABULOUS!!!!Published 6 months ago by amanda L. odlin