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Complete Guide to Natural Homemade Beauty Products
By: Amelia Ruiz
(Paperback / Robert Rose / 368 Pages / $24.95)

Description: These beauty-enhancing and soothing cosmetics and treatments use only completely chemical-free ingredients. Amelia Ruiz guides the reader to effective use of all of nature's possibilities in homemade beauty treatments for complete skin, body and hair care. From aromatic and medicinal plants to flowers, fruits and essential oils, these incredible recipes and lifestyle tips enhance beauty inside and out.

Verdict: Want great skin and hair? Just look in your refrigerator! Sure, we all know that beauty comes from within — but from within your refrigerator? Here, we get to share in some "secret" formulas for a more beautiful you. The bonus: These recipes can be made with items found in your fridge and cabinets. Getting gorgeous has never been easier.

The 175 recipes contained within this fabulous book are, for the most part all rather helpfully sorted into six main categories: face products, hair products, body products, bath products, scents & sun-care products, and eye, mouth, hand & nail products. Most recipes are accompanied by a photo and boy, are they colorful, vibrant photos at that!

There are also some expanded-on tips that author, Amelia Ruiz has included in each section. Such as explaining how tooth decay occurs within the eye, mouth, hand and nail section and her discussion of healthy hair within the hair products chapter.

Indeed, the expert step-by-step instructions for preparing all kinds of cosmetics are simple and easy, plus it saves money for any consumer. Knowing what your skin needs and controlling the ingredients in these recipes assures the ultimate in skin pampering.

There is also a wealth of information on sunbathing safely with natural products. Even personal perfumes and home cleaning products can be made with essential oils, fruits, plants and other natural products. So yeah, 'The Complete Guide to Natural Homemade Beauty Products and Treatments: 175 Recipes from Scrubs and Masks to Moisturizers and Shampoo' (to give it its full title) is a very well-presented book, with tons of helpful tips and more recipes of this ilk than I've ever seen in one place!

As for who wrote it, well, Amelia Ruiz is a cosmetologist, an esthetician and the technical director of Fahle Ecolines, a distributor of natural and organic cosmetics. She trained in Germany in the natural esthetic methods of the world renowned Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. Since 2000, she has taught these holistic beauty treatments to estheticians in Spain.