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“Get her book and you'll never look at fruit the same way again. You'll also never pay high department store prices for creams and lotions that can be made simply and cheaply at home.” ―Times-Picayune

About the Author

Janice Cox is a homemaker and mother who has been making her own beauty treatments since she was in the sixth grade. She lives in Medford, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 2nd edition (August 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805070222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805070224
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. McKinney on August 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because of a friend who developed an allergy to the aluminum used in anti-perspirants/deodorants and wanted to know if I could come up with some hand made creation to help her out. I have my own soap and toiletries business so I am constantly playing around with recipes for soaps and beauty treatments and this book sounded very interesting.

And it is. Janice Cox is an amazingly clever and inventive person whose pleasant personality comes through in the pages of this book. I was happy to find four different recipes for deodorants, but there was SO much more.

I have stopped spending major dollars for a small tube of a certain famous brand's hair dressing creme -- I now just make my own, slathering mayonnaise and honey and mashed avocado and egg yolk on my hair, which has never looked better. The recipes for facial creams and masques and potions and powders are endlessly fascinating, if you like this sort of thing.

If you are weary of paying top dollar for boutique or spa beauty treatments that you have already halfway suspected could be made at home (better and more cheaply), then this is definitely the book for you. Have fun with it and take note of how these simple, down-home beauty recipes actually WORK.
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I was VERY disappointed in this book for several reasons:

1). The author mentions the use of mineral oil and petrolatum as a moisturizer (for those of you that don't know these are byproducts of gasoline and are AWFUL for your skin, the cosmetic/beauty industry only use it because it is dirt cheap and never goes bad).

2). It is not practical to put your time and effort into making something for one application (will we really see results after just one use?). I suppose you can multiply the recipes but most of the recipes need to be used ASAP or they spoil. Needless to say I have not found a happy medium!

3). I have coarse curly hair- I tried one of the "hair packs" and needless to say it was a MESS! It took several shampoos to get all of the stuff out of my hair.

In conclusion, I would reccommend you research what products are actually good for you and not just convienient for the makers!
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I had high expectations of this book, especially because Ms. Cox says sh e is a chemist, in the introduction. I was a bit disappointed. Although many of her ideas are good and innovative, it seems like she hasn't spent much time refining her recipes. The cold creams came out more like lumpy, bubbly goop, rather unnerving if you're expecting something like Ponds. Plus she doesn't tell you that if you opt to use the blender, you will spend an hour scrubbing and cleaning out the thing. If you want cream, the best recipe can be found in Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal (Rosemary's Perfect Cream). The Mermaid lotion in this book turned out like opaque white gelatin and felt like it too, although using Irish Moss as a moisturizer is a nice idea. All in all, it's an okay book for a beginner. The recipes I've tried, although disappointing in appearance and texture (and labor intensive, as far as cleaning up goes), perform reasonably well, so I guess that makes them okay. If you're going to give them as gifts, warn the recipients that they will look kinda weird, but feel okay.
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By A Customer on August 5, 1999
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Probably the best of Janice Cox's books. No sloppy kitchen cosmetics of dubious value. These easily made recipes yield professional grade, therapeutic products with excellent shelf life. Very sound, basic chemistry. The only other book in this class is "Make Your Own Cosmetics" from Neal's Yard Remedies in London, who specialize in use of natural essential oils and herbal preparations.
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I was looking for a book that had items I already have in my kitchen and that is what I found. The recipes are easy. This is an excellent book if you are interested in making your own beauty products for yourself or as gifts. I love it!
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I love this book. I always have a few extra strawberries or some yogurt or mayonnaise in my fridge. Simple, nontoxic, often edible ingredients that make great beauty recipes. I have tried quite a few selections from the book thus far and have been very pleased with the way my hair and face feel after using these simple beauty recipes. A far better buy than running to the department store and paying extortionary prices for products that don't work any better. P.S. I worked for Lancome for 7 yrs., so I feel confident making that claim!
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SUCH a great book! So many great recipes. As the author says, I'm sure that I will get addicted to natural beauty product making. I have been looking for a book like this for a while and it is absolutely great. The one thing I am worried about is how long the products will last...she doesnt really address that. otherwise, great format--easy, fun!
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Inspiration for anyone who is trying to remove harmful chemicals their skin and hair.The Book is beautifully laid out and easy to use. The quiet time it takes to prepare these recipes is another way of taking good care of ourselves. This book teaches how to go about that. The recipes are clear, and given the ingredients and Janice Cox's research should work as described. Certainly have for me.
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