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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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Sophie Uliano is a passionate environmentalist who has developed an earth-friendly lifestyle that appeals to women who don't want to compromise their glamour or style. She lives in Hollywood with her husband and daughter.
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What I think could have been very useful is a project plan. A schedule of sorts to revamp your life in a more eco way, including sample days and weeks, like fitness books do.
Overall, I recommend this book for someone who wants to change one or many aspects of their life to be more environmental, but doesn't have the time to search the internet for recipes/info and would like to have all that information in one handy resource. With that said, I don't recommend this book if you have the time and/or desire to search the internet for these recipes, but don't have a lot of money in your budget allocated to specialty ingredients, foods, a sewing machine, etc.
- 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.
I purchased the Kindle version. All of the drawings, patterns, and recipes were included and visually clear, but I feel it would have been better to have purchased it in paperback form. I have found it easier to follow recipes and diagrams via book. This is just a personal preference, though; readers can probably just as easily follow the recipes in their Kindle form, too.
Uliano's website ([...][...]) is a fantastic supplement to the book; it includes more recipes and how-to videos with links to the specialty items she refers to in her books.
If you want a comprehensive crash course on what small steps can be taken toward being healthier, while making this world a smidge better, this is the perfect book for you.