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The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body: 101 Natural Body Care Recipes (Back-To-Basics)


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Your body is a temple - one that has need of many different things that it normally does not get. The right mixture of oils, with the right amount of different minerals, vegetable, fruit, and plant extracts can provide the body and mind with a much needed, highly therapeutic boost that can have a myriad of different positive effects. With the health and wellness industry taking off in recent years, it has become apparent that Americans are highly interested in developing a keener relationship with their bodies, using oils and the like to improve everything from digestion to mental acuity.This book will walk you through the seemingly complex, but realistically simple process of creating your own oils, soaps, creams, and gels, utilizing them effectively to boost your health both in mind and body. You will learn how to start recognizing scents and how they interact with each other in the form of oils for your body and mind. You will learn how to start buying and using essential oils and how to recognize the properties of various pure essential oils. You will learn which common and uncommon essential oils are out there and what they entail as well as how to start blending them. The various equipment you will need, carrier and base oils, and solutions and dilutions used are outlined for you here. The top experts in aromatherapy and natural body care have been interviewed as well and alongside the recipes are a number of tips that help you to know exactly when and how to use each recipe, which variations you can make and what these various products can help you benefit from. You will learn how to create recipes for cleaning around your home and how to use essential oil mixtures for essential beauty, baths, bath salts, herbal baths, children's baths, foot baths, hand and nail care, hair oils, shampoos, rinses, and perfumes. Additional uses, including everything from oils for the elderly and sick to your pets are provided as well. No matter what you are using your oils and natural body products for, this book will help guide you through the process of creating and forming them.

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Vicki_Landes, February 9, 2011 (view all comments by Vicki_Landes)
Journalist Marlene Jones releases her first full-length book titled, “The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for your Mind and Body”. Within its pages, she introduces the concept of aromatherapy, a little of its history, the different ways essential oils can be created, and how they can be used safely and effectively. She also discusses the creation of soaps, creams, salts, gels, and other health and beauty products that can be made from the comfort of your own home.

“The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for your Mind and Body” includes a section on essential oils to avoid, something that I don’t usually see as separate in typical aromatherapy books. Usually, these books lump all oils together – typically just in alphabetical order - and run through description after description, making it seem like ‘information overload’ to the beginner. Jones’ separate chapter ensures that these potentially harmful substances are set apart and stand out. A good show of responsible writing on the author’s part.

While I found the book to be a good but very basic introduction to the subject of aromatherapy, I did see some problems. First, most in the aromatherapy field consider Robert Tisserand to be the father of modern aromatherapy and his book, “The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs” is considered to be the ‘aromatherapy bible’ of sorts. Yet Jones doesn’t mention Tisserand or his book even once in her work, not as a reference or included in her further reading section. Second, she doesn’t even tackle the important distinction between essential and fragrance oils until the very end of chapter 10, almost 200 pages into the book. This distinction makes or breaks whether certain oils can be considered ‘aromatherapy’ in the first place; readers should have to get 2/3s of the way though the book before learning this. Third, I did like the idea of adding color pictures to the book but the single color section in the middle didn’t really add to a better understanding of the subject matter. It was more of a little visual interlude, pretty and more pictures of wet rocks than I would have cared to look at but that’s about it. Fourth, the bath salt chapter was unusually short – only 4 pages. I would have either completely left this chapter out since it isn’t mentioned in the title or added quite a bit more information. A basic bath bomb recipe is offered but no mention of the types of salts that can be used, their different mineral contents, mixing of various salts, and the purpose or reasons each would be included for various ailments. Further, mica was noted as a colorant but not the fact that it is an eye and skin irritant and should be used with caution. Similarly, the perfume section, located at the end of chapter 12, only mentions ingredients for making your own perfume but has no recipe or ratio to follow; this section is located at the end of a chapter chock full of recipes for other concoctions. Finally, the book has some contradicting information. For example, she notes on page 34 that it takes more than eight million Jasmine flowers to make two pounds of essential oil but on page 86, the ratio is 3.6 million flowers to make one pound of oil. Doubling the latter figure only gets you 7.2 million, but not ‘over eight million’. Even a minor discrepancy such as this can lower the book’s credibility.

I did like Jones’ writing style and the book was very well organized and edited; I found no noticeable spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors. She’s obviously passionate about her subject and has a good knowledge bank to back up her information. However, it’s definitely not an authoritative source on the subject of aromatherapy.
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