The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body: 101 Natural Body Care Recipes

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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, ...

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781601383693
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,441,786
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted August 8, 2014

    This is a wealth of information.

    I found this at the library and wasn't sure if this was very informative. I was trying to learn about Essential Oils. I read the whole book , and decided I needed to buy this book for reference. It had a wealth of info, and was easy to read and understand. I have used some of the ideas from the book, and use it as one of my go-to books for questions.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    It never fails. Whenever I attend craft fairs, flea markets, or

    It never fails. Whenever I attend craft fairs, flea markets, or local health food shops, I buy lots of homemade soap. I love these soaps because of their texture and soothing and exotic scents. My mother loves homemade products as well. After she retired and after I abandoned my full-time job to work part-time, we began to explore ways to make extra money while helping the environment, enriching others’ lives in some small way, and having fun.

    An abundance of information about making soaps and other products is available on the Internet, in books, and in crafts classes. However, sifting through all this information is overwhelming. Much of the information is contradictory too. For these reasons, I am grateful I stumbled upon Marlene Jones’s book The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body: 101 Natural Body Care Recipes.

    Jones’s book gives readers a world of information about making soap and other items. In addition to providing recipes and various methods for creating products, such as soap, shampoo, perfumes, and lotions, Jones’s book offers background information about aromatherapy and essential oils and other uses for essential oils, such as treating pets, relaxing while traveling, and enhancing the workplace. The book also contains a chapter about uses for essential oils for common health issues. Furthermore, Jones includes a thorough glossary and list of resources in her book to supplement her already highly informative and easy-to-follow guide. Finally, Jones’s book is interesting. It will be an invaluable guide for my mom and me as we embark on our new and exciting endeavor.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Love it!

    I love this book! It has a lot of beauty recipes in it as well as household cleaners even carpet cleaning! I haven't tried the soaps yet but I'm excited to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Check out from your library

    Regurgitated information on essential oils and carrier oils take up the majority of the book. A small chapter or two about cold processed soap in the back, but not what I would consider the necessary components for someone who would like to make soap in their home. 101 recipes use mostly a base of something else and adding essential oils. Given a three just for effort. Don't buy this as your base book for natural care. Check it out from your library, as I did, for some lite reading and a little reference info.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

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    Learn how to make your own soap

    Let's face it; the economy is not getting any better. The food cost and household items are getting more expensive every week. People are looking for ways to save money. The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body contains over 101 natural body care recipes that you can make at home.

    The book gives a brief history of aromatherapy, an overview of essential oils and how to handle the oils. There is a long list of common carriers and base oils, like - cranberry seed oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and many others. Then you learn about the common essential oils, like - balsam of Peru, cedarwood, lavender, lemongrass, tea tree, and etc. You learn about the 30 uncommon essentials oils and what oils to avoid. From there you'll get a brief 101 on soap making. The recipes range from household cleaners, to bathroom soaps and shampoos, beauty and wellness treatments, and other oils.

    Wow! I didn't know there were so many different kinds of oils! I like the concept of making soaps and cleaners at home, but I wonder if some of these ingredients can be found outside of big cities, like - geranium oil, apricot kernel oil, and many others. The book also includes simple home remedies, backache blend, cold and flu blend, and my favorite - cold sore blend, but I have no idea where to find tea tree oil or geranium oil. The recipes look simple if you can find the ingredients. I enjoyed reading about the different oils.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    This is a must have beauty product

    Making your own creams, soaps and gels can be an overwhelming and confusing process. Thank you Marlene Jones for putting together a guide to make it simple. "The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels For Your Mind and Body", is a wonderful resource for someone who likes to do-it-yourself. I care about what I put on my body and what I put in the environment, this guide gave me the confidence to make my own products, and what great products they are. My favorite so far is the Aloe vera mask for dry and sensitive skin. Wow, 3 Tbsp aloe vera juice, 1 Tbsp. aloe vera gel and 3 drops of essential oil of my choice and I just saved $20 bucks. In this economy it's important to save wherever you can, offsetting the high cost of beauty products a great benefit. Now with this guide I don't have to compromise on quality.

    After reading the history of essential oils, I decided what to make first, compiled a shopping list and I was on my way to making my own. I found that I already had some of the common ingredients at home. I was surprised a how easy it was to make my own products. Marlene Jones guides us through the making of oils, salts, shampoo, soaps, creams, gels, and other beauty products. Each oil is defined, their characteristics are listed plus their benefits and uses are described in an A to Z format. I especially enjoyed chapter 14 titled, Quick Guide of Conditions and Essential Oils Used for Treatments. In this chapter you will find help for whatever ails you, arthritis, eczema, headaches, and even the flu, plus many more.

    This is a guide that you will use for many, many years. Not only will you be able to make beauty products for yourself but you will also be able to make gifts for friends. This guide is a must have beauty product.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    Very basic intro to aromatherapy but not overly impressive

    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.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    A wonderful, healthy art and craft!

    This is a fabulous guide! Well written and easy to follow. I learned that, yes, I can do this...and I am not a rocket scientist! Her summaries of common essential oils brought them to life. You will better understand their uses and how to incorporate them into your own special blends. Many have significant health benefits and knowing which oils offer which benefits is priceless. This potency and health value is something you won't get from commercial brands. Learn what the purpose of essential oils is and how to handle them. What are the differences? She lists any equipment needed and her recipes are short, and easy to follow. Jones has numerous uses for essential oils from beauty treatments to common ailments. This is more than soap making it is a fun and useful craft. I would make some of these formulas with my family, and friends. I plan to make some of the blends for my pet. Healthy soaps, shampoos, bubble baths, scrubs, and lotions are easy to master and fun to try at home. She offers great resources, and also explains what oils to stay away from. Some oils can have significant health hazards. Jones shares her information in an easy to read, and easy to do manner. You will learn many reasons why making soaps or lotions to your liking can be fun and healthy. Marlene Jones is knowledgeable and conveys her expertise easily and willingly. A portion of the book proceeds support The Humane Society of the United States. I highly recommend this book. A great read and a wonderful gift. I received a complimentary review copy.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Thorough information

    In the past week I've had the best smelling kitchen in my neighborhood! I had so much fun creating soaps and creams.
    After getting through the history and understanding essential oils I quickly started perusing the rest of the book to see which combinations I'm going to create. It was difficult to choose but decided to make the ones that I had ingredients at hand for first.

    Because I have fine hair I decided to try the "Aloe Vera Hair Gel" to see if it really would add volume to my hair. It certainly did! I'm so pleased I can have manageable hair now without using harsh products. It was also time for me to have a good facial cleanse so I used the simple "Oatmeal Cleanser." It's amazing what a little oatmeal and heavy cream can do to your skin. I loved it.

    I've used Castile Soap for years but never considered making my own until I saw the recipe and how easy it was to make. The recipe is large and rather than adding one essential oil to the batch I divided it into 4 containers and added a different scent to each one. I will never be buying this soap again.

    I feel that Marlene Jones is offering us an alternative that shouldn't be passed by. Using essential oils and homemade products not only is healthier for our bodies but our environment as well. I encourage you to consider making your own products; I can guarantee you'll have fun and the satisfaction of having healthy products as an end result.

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