- 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 customer reviews
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products Paperback – Nov 2 2010
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About the Author
Sally W. Trew is the owner of the online soap maker's supply business Apples, Woods and Berries (awbsupplies.com). Sally teaches classes on soap making and bath and body products, and creates her own recipes and soaps. Sally, with Zonella, are the authors of the book Soaps and Other Obsessions: Living Green and Naturally.
Zonella B. Gould started her soapmaking business, Bosque Bath and Body (bosquebathandbody.com) in 2002, although she started making soap long before then.
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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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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.
For some of the unfamiliar ingredients, like emulsifying wax, just research them. You can find these ingredients easily on Amazon. I was shocked when the facial moisturizer I made actually looked like the cover on the book. Works great, non-greasy, smells nice, and costs much less than one jar of Regenerist. I am not as young as I used to be, so I need every advantage I can get :-) I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
One last comment: I thought I would need to invest in an emulsion(stick) blender for some of the recipes, but was not happy about the additional cost. I found that a regular hand blender worked quickly and was just as easy to clean up.
Update: One last comment, yeah right! It's October, and I've been pleasantly surprised that my homemade products didn't need any preservatives. My facial and hand moisturizers, made in March, have not "expired" - what little is left still smells great, and have shown no separation, deterioration, or spoilage of any sort. They leave my skin feeling as nourished as they did when they were made 6 months ago. Still giving this book 5-stars.
While it is true that the book uses mainly supplies from TKB trading, my research show that they have the best prices anyway, and everything that the recipes call for was sold by TKB as of 2014, so no issues there for me.
One thing to note- the recipes are written by weight, while sifter jars actually don't hold near that. Basically, if you cut each recipe down by a third, it will be about right to fit a 30 gram sifter jar.
I had a LOT of fun with this book. While I know that this info is out there if you search, paying a mere 8 bucks to have it all right there was totally worth it to me.