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Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Bodycare for Every Body Reprint Edition

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This book transcends the ordinary to the scented world of herbs so you can look and feel your best. -- Susun S. Weed, author, Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way

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I love introducing people to the art and science of home-crafted body care products. There are so many rewards: Most people rejoice in the new feelings of health and radiance they experience after using formulations made from healing and aromatic herbs. Some simply like the process of creating items for themselves and others that they thought had to be purchased ready-made. Others appreciate the fantastic financial savings. Then there are those who are taken with the minimal impact they are having on the environment. No matter what the motivations, the result is the same - an improvement in individual and planetary health.

Natural body care products, in contrast to commercial ones, are based on the philosophy of working in partnership with nature to support and nurture the body throughout its life cycle. The idea is to start with simple, pure ingredients that are as close to their natural state as possible. These are then combined according to their specific actions into formulas that enable the body to gently soothe, nourish and heal itself.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Ceres Press; Reprint edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886101043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886101043
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 1, 2003
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This book is AWESOME! It is one of the better books I've read on the subject of natural skin/hair/body care with homemade products.
It's very informative,very well organized according to sections (Face Care, Body Care, Mouth Care, Hair Care, Healing Salves and Balms)with special attention given to men, women and different life stages. It's very thorogh.
Dina Falconi provides countless recipes for creams, oils, balms and lotions as well as what those products can do for you and for whom they're most useful (i.e. mature/dry skin etc.)
Not only are recipes provided, but basic recipes for salves and creams are also provided so you can incorporate oils, butters and waxes that you particularly like. Say you don't want to make a beeswax and canola oil based lip balm (which is one of the recipes) you can flip to the back of the book and learn the proper oil/wax proportions for balms and you can try something else instead.
Falconi also explains the benefits of certain essential oils, herbs, butters and oils which is also very beneficial to those just beginning to make personal care products.
A great book!
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Like one of the other reviewers, I have suffered for years from eczema. Reading that the other reviewer's eczema improved after consistent use of the recipes in the book, I decided to purchase it. What a huge improvement! My hands used to get literally raw looking...so ugly it was embarrassing. After only six weeks or so, I have only a small patch of eczema left on one of my fingers but it, too, seems to be improving. Furthermore, this is at the time of year when my hands would normally be worse because I'm an avid gardener and gardening irritates the eczema. I have tried many different kinds of beauty products over the years, but they must have had some common ingredients to which I am sensitive. I can't say how grateful I am for this book!
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this book was good in the sense that i knew nothing of making my own body products when i bought this and it got me really interested in the subject and prompted me to do my own research. her queen of hungary toner is great, but not good for sensitive skin like mine, my face would turn bright red. instead of witch hazel extract i use rose water and instead of lavender essential oil i use rose, which is much much better for sensitive skin. i found this out by reading one of rosemary gladstar's books. also, she gives the basic formulas for making your own creams, salves, ect which is great. if you are looking for just recipes this book is ok.

but here is my beef with this book:
1. no mention of many different types of carrier oils like argan, kukui, cranberry seed, camellia, rosehip seed, medowfoam, red raspberry, black raspbery, blackberry, pomegranate, ect... she mentions only the very basics like olive oil, apricot seed, avocado, jojoba ect she also doesn't explain the carrier oils in depth.
2. no real explaination of essential oils and what each one is good for.
3. all her face washes are oils and essential oils, then says they are not usually good for ancne prone skin (like mine). she gives 1 recipe for a cleansing cream, but it has borax in it. borax has a hazard score of 6-7 (moderate) on the online cosmetic database. ok, it's only moderate, but i don't want to put that on my face...do you?
4. no mention of hydrosols.
5. her section on hair care is not impressive.
6. she gives recipes for body masks which is fine for once in a while, but i would like an everyday cleanser that doesn't involve soap....none in the book.
7. in general it seems outdated.
8. i made her witch hazel and tea tree deoderant...it smelled DISGUSTING.
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I have struggled with eczema my whole life and just in the last year turned to herbal remedies to help. This book has been unbelievably helpful. Within weeks after using the recipies in this book to make my own natural lotions, shampoos, bath soaks, and cleansers, my eczema (which was at it's worst in many years) began clearing up. After a couple of months, it was almost completely under control. I never realized the extent to which the chemicals in commercial products aggravated my skin.
Not only has my skin cleared, but I love the relaxing bath soaks! I feel like a new person after soaking for a while with one of Dina Falconi's recipes. I'm also using the knowledge I've gained from this book to create my own customized versions of her recipes. I give this book my highest recommendation. Out of all the books I have purchased, this one is the absolute best!
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I own a good number of homemade cosmetics books and many of them list some recipes that have some not-so-natural ingredients, like mineral oil and emulsifing wax. What I like in this book are the truly pure recipes and the amazing variety of them , respecting your age and your needs.And most of the ingredients are very easy to find in the health food store or over the internet.The design remember me of a antique herbal book.It is a very complete book, embracing the arts of herbalism, aromatherapy, natural healing,etc. A must have !!!
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I've only tried a couple of things from this book but they're terrific. I had been looking for recipes for hand lotion and tis has all sorts. There's not much in here regarding aromatherapy concepts - instead its a book full of recipes and concoctions. Looking forward to trying out the foot cream recipes. I also bought The Essential Oils Book to compliment this one.
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