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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson
Women everywhere want beauty tips at affordable prices, and what better way to enhance your own personal beauty than to make your own beauty products at home? This book provides instructions for making your own soaps, your own bath mixes and other routine beauty products. After reading this book, the reader will never want to spend $9 on a homemade soap again at a specialty market, especially after seeing how easy it is to scent and make your own at home. According to Titilo, there are two prime benefits to a home based regimen. The first is the peace of mind that you get from knowing that your self-mixed products contain no harmful toxins. The second benefit has to do with the fact that natural versions of skin products are more effective than their synthetic based cousins (available at the drug store, pharmacy or discount store). She compares the two products (natural and synthetic) to eating a healthy diet daily or eating only vitamins to get your fill of essential nutrients instead. It can also be very fun and rewarding to try to make your own home based beauty products and this book is a great starter for beginners and more advanced mixers alike.
Organic Beauty is printed on heavy stock pages giving the book a hefty feel. It includes break out scalloped tips on health care at home, and includes over 400 recipes for home based products. Real life photos of products and ingredients along with the instructions for how to start blending your own custom health and beauty line in your own kitchen are also provided. Most of the recipes rely on the reader being able to find the necessary essential oils, such as sweet almond essential oil, cypress essential oil and wheat germ oil. Other ingredients include what can be found in a typical kitchen, such as oatmeal, raw almonds, plain yogurt, powdered milk, witch hazel, rose petals and of course, water.
I tried to make the potato and tomato facial mask because I could easily find all of the proper ingredients. The mask paste was still a little bit runny even after adding the potato flour but I could see its potential as an oil reduction tool to keep away excess shine. I would recommend the book to anyone interested in home based health care and saving money on heath products.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Rebecca Park Totilo. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.