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This review is from: The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) (Paperback)
This book is not for me and I cannot recommend it to anyone else either.
I bought the book because I am interested in the techniques for making incense (which I use in Buddhist worship) and in finding suppliers of hard-to-source ingredients. The book gives very little useful information on either incense-making techniques or on finding commercial suppliers of rare incense ingredients. That is enough to make the book worthless to me. But there is another reason I cannot recommend it.
The author is primarily concerned with describing 'magick' rituals. I have no comment to make about the spiritual value of these rituals which are mostly concerned with such things as adding herbs to the bath to promote relaxation or putting herbs under the pillow to promote restful sleep. However, the author also describes 'magick' recipes which make use of intoxicants and/or highly poisonous substances which could cause severe illness or even death if handled, ingested or burnt and the fumes inhaled. I think promoting these forms of 'magick' is totally irresponsible.
There are better books about incense. I know nothing about 'magick' since this is the first book I have ever read which mentions it. Given how bad this book is, I can only hope there are better books about 'magick' too.
Verdict: half-baked, dangerous drivel. Don't waste your time or your money.