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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products Paperback – Nov 2 2010

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (Nov. 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615640231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615640232
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #349,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book has a lot of good information about the raw material like essential oils and carrier oils. But I find that the recipes call for a lot of ingredients that are hard to find, impossible to find or seriously expensive( ex: meadowfoam oil? ). She doesn't say which oil can be used instead in the formulation, so most of the recipes I make. She doesn't give you a any basic recipe with ratios of each product you should use EX: this oil or ingredient should be used at X% to Y%. Then I would of been able to make my own formulation.
This type of information is the base, which is not even included. There should be more recipes with just basic % formulation ( EX: % of butter, % of liquid oil, % of aloe )
So far, I haven't found a recipe I can make, because they all include some kind of hard to find, impossible to find, or way too expensive exotic ingredient.
As for the mineral make-up, TKB color pop ( base of all colors ) has been discontinued a few years ago, so all the eyeshadow formulation cannot be recreated without it. So that whole section is completely useless.
You can find way better information on the internet for free, I regret purchasing this book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa53009fc) out of 5 stars 93 reviews
85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d35b4c) out of 5 stars Making Natural Beauty Products Jan. 7 2011
By Arlena Flanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have seen several Natural Beauty Product Recipe Books on the market, but this is by far the best. This book is easy, comprehensive and packed with information for the novice or seasoned bodycare product maker. This book covers several different topics and areas of making natural body products.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products teaches you how to make products from scratch for your hair, face, body, feet and it even covers the subject on how to make mineral make up, lip balms and glosses.

This book has a wealth of information from the types of oils, butters and additives to use. The book also covers the subject of labeling cosmetics for sale, which is vital in the cosmetic making industry. I think this book is a must have. If you're thinking about getting this book, you won't be dissappointed, I guarantee you. Also don't forget to pick up a copy of "The Idiot's Guide for Making Natural Soaps."
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4efd69c) out of 5 stars Saved my skin Oct. 12 2012
By gooniegoogoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I won;t repeat all of the glowing and positive comments that have already been written but suffice to say I concur wholeheartedly.
I do wish to make comments about two of the recipes that really changed my skin and face -dramatically.
I suffer from a condition that causes me to have dry,rough skin and living in a dry arid area with the recent heat waves just made matters worse. That was until I decided to try making my own products. After several disasters with recipes from online and a few books I stumbled upon The Idiots Guide and I just can't say enoug good things about it.
The Thick and Luscious Body Butter has transformed my dry skin into soft and supple skin that almost feels dewy it is so moist. There is a slightly oil feel immediately after application but this quickly absorbs into the skin. I use it in the mornings and after my evenin showers and look forward to how soft my skin feels after application.
I was very, very reluctant to try any of the facial recipes as 99% of the time I get rashes, irritation and major clogged pores from darn near every brand of face creams whether they be cheap, expensive or used as part of a spa facial. But I was so pleased with the Body Butter and it was so easy to make I figured I would give it a try.
I decided to try the Extreme Facial Creme as it was recommended for dryest of skins which is what I have as I have been unable to find a proper facial creme for years now. For the first time ever my facial skin is normal and actaully very soft and smooth. Not once did I break out or get a rash like I usually do from over the counter or spa caliber cremes. I realized later that I had used too much of the oils but despite this fact I didn't break out with tons of clogged pores and that is because, I believe, the oils the recipe calls for are some of the finest and best suited for skin care.
Whether you are a fan or natural products or not (I was not particulary inclined towards natural - I just wanted something that finally worked!) this book is for you. I had horrible skin and now I don't. I am a horrible cook but the recipes were easy to follow and the ingredients all available here on amazaon. I will never use anything on my face and body skin other than the two recipes I have gotten from this book - the work and work well. I look forward to trying other recipes but if I don't these 2 recipes alone are worth the price of the bbook.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d1ba50) out of 5 stars Great book in general, lacks recipes for darker women. May 27 2011
By KimberlyS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. It has so much for the beginner up to the advanced user. I do feel that it lacks recipes for colored women in foundations and such however in all other ways this book is a wealth of great information and recipes. I would give it 98 stars out of 100 stars...
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ce4990) out of 5 stars Great job! March 17 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is by far the best book on cosmetic making that I have read. I was looking for a 'natural' way of making my own cosmetics that had shelf life just in case I wanted to start selling the product. I can't wait to order my supplies. I have been making cosmetics of natural skin care for many years and this is the best book I stumbled upon. And now there is a company that has a complete kit that goes with this book. Thanks for a great, easy to follow, complete cosmetic DIY.
55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa506ab88) out of 5 stars Not all recipies work - some supplies no longer available Dec 8 2011
By Merryn L. Oliveira - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I made a couple of the skin care recipes and most of them did not work as written. The cold cream recipe did not work as written, it was solid and had way to much wax in it and not enough oil - it was a mess. Other recipes that I made were similar disappointments, and I am not new to making skin care products.

BEWARE: some of the ingredients in some of the recipes are no longer available, so some of the recipes are no good as written. The supplier who used to sell POP Micas doesn't carry them, and they don't have a good substitute for them (last I looked in July 2013) so a lot of the recipes you can't use as written for the make-up.

Don't waste your money on this book - do research on the internet for better and more relevant recipes.

They make a lot of comments about not wanting to use chemicals (which is impossible because even water is a chemical), but then tell you that you have to use a preservative in everything, even items with no water that do not always warrant a preservative (like lipstick). The talk about not liking paraben or formaldehyde preservatives, but then it baffles me why the don't recommend preservatives that are free of these chemicals. Instead, they copout and state to use a preservative "per manufacturer recommendations". If you are going to tell me how to make something tell me what preservative you recommend.

In their list of preservatives in the back of the book many state that you must have your product above or below a certain Ph range, but they don't explain how to test for Ph in these products.

Update: To the person who suggested that the authors didn't want to give away their secrets all I can say is then don't write an "Idiot's Guide" book, because that is what it is supposed to be. You should be able to read the book and then make the recipes in the book without doing extensive research. There are soap makers who have written books with full recipes and descriptions on how to make their products, and they don't go out of business.

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