Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams & Herbal Gels for Your Mind & Body (Back-To-Basics) Paperback – 15 Nov 2010
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About the Author
This is Marlene Jones first full-length book but she has been writing professionally since 2001 right after leaving journalism school. Over the years, she has written pieces on a variety of subjects, focusing especially on issues of health and wellness related to low-income and minority communities. Her interest in all things natural sparked in 2005 after the birth of her first child and after being prompted by her older sister s quests to eliminate synthetic and chemical-laden products from her diet and cosmetics. Marlene s upbringing in Kenya is also a major source for learning how to be one with nature. She continues to learn the many different aspects of natural living and uses her platform as a journalist to inform others about the benefits available. When Marlene is not writing and researching, she is parenting her precious three babies, dabbling in politics, traveling the world, and working hard to be active."
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The title is misleading. Soaps are prominently listed but only take up two chapters. Most of the book is taken up with essential oils, - which in the title gets overshadowed and easily missed. The author lists the different oils, uses and other items about them, much of which is correct but some is not. There is only a passing reference to making creams and herbal gels most of which states (I paraphrase) `get some aloe Vera gel and put some drops of essential oil in it' or `buy some cream base and add essential oils'. This is not what I consider as creating a cream or gel its just modifying what is already there. There are a lot of other books out there that do a far far better job than this one of offering up information on recipes and uses. I have read quite a lot of them and this one is the pits. Please don't waste your money on it, find one written by someone who knows what they are taking about rather than one who has cut paste from websites with no regard to if the information is correct or not. I am sorry I had to give this book one star, I would have preferred to give it none.
If you want a book on oils and recipes Valerie Ann Worwood's book on essential oils and aromatherapy is better and can give you far far more than this one ever could and the information is correct.
After reading the history of essential oils, I decided what to make first, compiled a shopping list and I was on my way to making my own. I found that I already had some of the common ingredients at home. I was surprised a how easy it was to make my own products. Marlene Jones guides us through the making of oils, salts, shampoo, soaps, creams, gels, and other beauty products. Each oil is defined, their characteristics are listed plus their benefits and uses are described in an A to Z format. I especially enjoyed chapter 14 titled, Quick Guide of Conditions and Essential Oils Used for Treatments. In this chapter you will find help for whatever ails you, arthritis, eczema, headaches, and even the flu, plus many more.
This is a guide that you will use for many, many years. Not only will you be able to make beauty products for yourself but you will also be able to make gifts for friends. This guide is a must have beauty product.
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This is a fabulous guide! Well written and easy to follow.
I learned that, yes, I can do this...and I am not a rocket scientist!
Her summaries of common essential oils brought them to life.
You will better understand their uses and how to incorporate them into your own special blends. Many have significant health benefits and knowing which oils offer which benefits is priceless. This potency and health value is something you won't get from commercial brands. Learn what the purpose of essential oils is and how to handle them. What are the differences? She lists any equipment needed and her recipes are short, and easy to follow.
Jones has numerous uses for essential oils from beauty treatments to common ailments. This is more than soap making it is a fun and useful craft. I would make some of these formulas with my family, and friends. I plan to make some of the blends for my pet. Healthy soaps, shampoos, bubble baths, scrubs, and lotions are easy to master and fun to try at home.
She offers great resources, and also explains what oils to stay away from. Some oils can have significant health hazards. Jones conveys her information in an easy to read and easy to do manner.
You will learn many reasons why making soaps or lotions to your liking can be fun and healthy. Marlene Jones is knowledgeable and coveys her expertise easily and willingly. A portion of the book proceeds support The Humane Society of the United States. I highly recommend this book. A great read and a wonderful gift.
I received a complimentary review copy.