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Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams & Herbal Gels for Your Mind & Body (Back-To-Basics) Paperback – 15 Nov 2010

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc (US) (15 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160138369X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601383693
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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good all round book information wise easy and well laid out i was however a little dissapointed with the receipes they take up a small section at the back and there isnt enough vareity i will probably have to buy and additional book and use this one when im more advanced as a reference guide when im making up my own safety is usefull and good guide for buying ingrediants
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b205ccc) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b22272c) out of 5 stars lacking in inspiration 8 Mar. 2011
By Inger L. Genest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I did not purchase this book-instead checked it out from the library. Had I bought the book, I would be full of remorse. I agree with other reviewers; this author is passionate about her hobby of making soap, cream, bath salts, about using natural ingredients, etc...BUT...I tire of books that use a the arbitrary number of "101" for the number of recipes in the book, as though that lends some level of credibility of the author's comprehension of the subject. The recipes were not inspirational and many used cosmetic bases (melt & pour soap, pre-made liquid soap, unscented lotion base) and did not give directions on how to make your own cosmetic bases. The point of making my own bath, body, face, hair products is so I have control over what ingredients I use--when you purchase pre-made soap bases, you no longer have control over the ingredients used in said bases. Many have SLS or other surfactants that can be sensitizing agents, many have petroleum-derived ingredients that are hidden in 13 syllable scientific names (unknown to the average layman). This book may work for a beginner...if you have made bath/body products in the past, check this out from your local library before buying.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b222780) out of 5 stars Total Disappointment. 26 Nov. 2012
By Janicez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a PhD student and picked this book up as a hopeful adjunct to my course work. What a disappointment. This book is written by a journalist not an expert. The author just pieced together information she gleaned from a multitude of websites with no regard as to whether the data was correct. I would have to almost write a book in itself to point out all the errors and mistakes made in this book. Finally it just annoyed me. So many people could read this and get the wrong idea or totally wrong information.
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b222bb8) out of 5 stars Perfect for someone who wants to create their own beauty producs 3 Mar. 2011
By M. Poe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Making your own creams, soaps and gels can be an overwhelming and confusing process. Thank you Marlene Jones for putting together a guide to make it simple. "The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels For Your Mind and Body", is a wonderful resource for someone who likes to do-it-yourself. I care about what I put on my body and what I put in the environment, this guide gave me the confidence to make my own products, and what great products they are. My favorite so far is the Aloe vera mask for dry and sensitive skin. Wow, 3 Tbsp aloe vera juice, 1 Tbsp. aloe vera gel and 3 drops of essential oil of my choice and I just saved $20 bucks. In this economy it's important to save wherever you can, offsetting the high cost of beauty products a great benefit. Now with this guide I don't have to compromise on quality.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b222f84) out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING BOOK!!! 31 Dec. 2012
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been getting into essential oils and want to make my own soap and lotions. This book is excellent for a beginner. It has a lot of great information and easy to follow recipes. I have been dabbling in the oils already, but this book made me realize that the soap making is a little more than I can handle right now at this point in my life. But it also encouraged me that it is not a difficult process. So one of these days, I will be making my own soap. I highly recommend this book for beginners. It is an easy read and a page turner. I thoroughly enjoyed it
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b222f30) out of 5 stars A wonderful, healthy art and craft! 20 Jan. 2011
By K. A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body: 101 Natural Body Care Recipes
Marlene Jones 978-1601383693
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.
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