Return to Beauty: Old-World Recipes for Great Radiant Skin

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Return to Beauty: Old-World Recipes for Great Radiant Skin

Return to Beauty offers regimens made from fresh ingredients that can be found right in your kitchen. With recipes for winter, spring, summer, and fall, you can look beautiful throughout the year. Narine Nikogosian’s natural and inexpensive products can be whipped up in less than ten minutes. Have a jar of honey in your pantry? Mix it with a few crushed walnuts to create a sensual, aromatic scrub for oily skin. Use dabs of cottage cheese to lighten undereye circles, or almond oil to rehydrate cr

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Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self

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Radiantly healthy skin, hair, feet, hands, eyes, and nails. Commercial beauty products make this promise every day and live up to it with varying degrees of success. Stephanie Tourles offers a better solution to everyone frustrated with the endless cycle of expensive, synthetic, famous-name cosmetics that often fall short of expectations. Take control of beauty treatments with homemade products that use safe, nourishing ingredients to pamper the body and soothe the senses.

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6 Responses to “Return to Beauty: Old-World Recipes for Great Radiant Skin”
  1. jumpy1 says:
    40 of 40 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Doesn’t give everything away but does give a lot, December 1, 2009
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    jumpy1 (New York, NY) –

    This review is from: Return to Beauty: Old-World Recipes for Great Radiant Skin (Hardcover)

    Finally, a skin care book that gives some real spa recipes for toners, cleansers and masks. I’m not saying she gives away the store by any means, but there are a lot of basic recipes in here that if you read through the whole book you’ll see a pattern that will help you make up your own, based on your particular skin issues. I’ve been reading reviews of other skin care books that have a problem with non-vegan recipes and there are plenty of vegan recipes here. (though there are a lot with dairy, eggs and honey – you can always use almond milk instead of milk though) I like to make up my own products and whenever I buy products I try to approximate them myself at home (to avoid the additives even the good ones use, like spermaceti) and the information in this book really rounded out some of my questions. She starts with basic recipes for things by season (for the way each season affects your skin) and then by sun sign with some good ideas for the various personalities, like how to unwind and pamper yourself and body care recipes for the typical issues for each. Then she has general recipes for breakouts, hair care, hands and feet, really good toners and lotions for pregnancy (e.g., stretchmarks), and finally, how to give yourself a real facial, step by step. I thought the ones for men, even though there were only a few, were particularly interesting. I have a couple of Janice Cox’s books, and Pratima Raichur’s book and I think if you have just this and Pratima Raichur’s Absolute Beauty, you have quite an arsenal of info on natural body care.

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  2. Julie Clayton "Julie Clayton ~New Consciousne... says:
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Inner Radiance, Outer Beauty, December 25, 2009
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    Julie Clayton “Julie Clayton ~New Consciousne… (Portland, OR) –
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    This review is from: Return to Beauty: Old-World Recipes for Great Radiant Skin (Hardcover)

    I once read that you should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t also put into your mouth. Well, this book is nothing but mouth-watering skin care recipes that are quick and easy (often only two or three ingredients), and many of the ingredients are already in your kitchen. They require a little more effort than store-bought beauty products, however, since they have to be kept refrigerated and made frequently. Personally, I find this a small price to pay for the benefit of natural skin care–chemical-free and nutrient-rich.

    And, although I can’t state with scientific certainty that the recipes actually reduce lines or make my skin healthier, I can say that I feel so much better making and using my own beauty potions that my inner radiance comes through and this is what people notice. Yes, I understand that beauty is more than skin deep, but we women know that if we feel good, we look good.

    Return to Beauty is nicely presented and easy to use. It includes step-by-step directions for giving yourself a facial, as well as recipes specific to the seasons, skin types, and sun signs; simple solutions for skin, hair, and nail care; pregnancy skin care–there is even a short section on skin care for men. If you’re ready to invest a few extra minutes of your time and energy into feeling and looking good, try some of the recipes and see the results for yourself. You’re worth it.

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  3. Tasha Cole says:
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent book!, January 24, 2011
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    Tasha Cole (Virginia, USA) –
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    Return To Beauty is a excellent book to create your own beauty recipes! The book is divided up into 6 parts.
    Part 1) Seasons
    Part 2) Sun Signs
    Part 3) Simple Solutions
    Part 4) Pregnancy
    Part 5) How To Give Yourself A Facial
    Part 6) No Frills For Men

    Narine Nikogosian starts her book out with a wonderful although quick introduction, allowing the readers a peek into her philosophy about natural skin care. The photos in the book are just lovely! I have two other beauty recipe books (see bottom of review) and neither of those books have a single photo! The beautiful photographs are definetly a bonus treat, as well as the way the recipes are displayed, using larger print than the other two books that I own (and love).

    The most important aspect that makes Return To Beauty a excellent book has to be how EASY the recipes are! I have had to buy sticky notes to add to so many of the recipes so I can find them again quickly. The recipes use everyday items you probably already have in your kitchen.
    Mayonnaise
    Lemons
    Yougurt
    Cottage cheese
    Honey
    Butter
    Milk
    Salt
    Tea bags
    Olive oil
    Eggs
    Flour
    Vinegar
    Juices
    To just name a few…and some of the ingredients I didn’t have and had to purchase are:
    Vodka
    Cognac
    Almond oil
    Shredded coconut
    Sparkling mineral water
    Rose oil
    Cornstarch
    Cherries
    Heavy cream
    Figs

    There are so many recipes that just use two or three simple ingredients and not one of the recipes requires very much effort at all! The alcohol recipes center on facial toners and masks and require very little alcohol so I just bought the tiny travel bottles and they last a long time. It’s a wonderful book that I have loved using and I highly recommend it to others of all ages!!

    The other two books that I own and love are:
    The Beauty Cookbook: 200 Recipes to Make Your Kitchen Your Spa — for Your Face, Your Body and Your Hair
    And
    Babushka’s Beauty Secrets

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  4. T. Campbell says:
    122 of 122 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    If you are torn between 2 books on this subject – get this one!, November 25, 2007
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    T. Campbell
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    This review is from: Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self (Paperback)

    This book is absolutely awesome. The recipes are simple (and great at that!), she gives a lot of background info on each of the ingredients. Being a licensed cosmetologist myself, I can tell you that she really knows her stuff (she is a licensed esthetician). I have been making my own bath and body products for a few years (using pre-made bases from suppliers) but just decided to introduce a completely organic line of products and I think this is the best book that I have read so far on the subject and highly recommend it. Great for beginners or those who have been doing this a while.

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  5. A Book Lover says:
    134 of 137 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Simply Awesome!, August 15, 2007
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    This review is from: Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self (Paperback)

    I LOVE this book!! Not only are there tons of cosmetic concoctions (ranging from creamy body butters & lotions to herbal hair conditioners & foot soaks), but there are also thorough descriptions of different hair & skin types that each recipe will benefit. It even has a section on edible body potions that you may want to try on your “honey” (think sensual love-making). The best part is that each recipe gives you just enough to yield about 1 to 2 applications. That way, you can decide which ones you like and which ones you don’t before you make large batches of it. All the ingredients are easy to find (there is an appendix on where to buy / order) and the author even gives us a comprehensive list of the different properties of herbs, oils, essential oils, etc. that you can use in these recipes. I’ve made & tried three so far (coconut body butter, rosemary hair rinse, & orange sugar scrub) and have found each one to be great. I can’t wait to experiment with the rest of them!

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  6. Hazle Weatherfield says:
    366 of 397 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good for casual/basic recipes, but may not satisfy everyone, May 3, 2009
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    This review is from: Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self (Paperback)

    I purchased this book primarily because I am interested in making my own lotion, preferably with safe/natural/eco-friendly ingredients. I don’t necessarily want to market it, like another reviewer, but I would like to make lotion that is somewhat professional/sophisticated. After a quick Google search, I had learned that lotions tend to include water-based ingredients, oil-based ingredients, an emulsifier (which ensures that the water and oil ingredients stay mixed together), and some kind of preservative. I bought this book thinking that it might go into a bit more detail about basic lotion formulas (ratios of ingredients to each other), or at least provide some recipes that I could learn from.

    As it turns out, I had already learned more about lotion-making from my Google search than I learned from this entire book. Of the five body moisturizer recipes, four are basically oil-based, with essential oils added. There is nothing wrong with using oil to moisturize the skin — but I find it can be inconvenient (insofar as absorption may be slower than with lighter lotions, and you’re more likely to get oil on clothing or sheets). Additionally, oil-based moisturizers will probably not appeal to those with problem skin. The author’s fifth body moisturizer recipe does include water in addition to oils, and uses beeswax and lanolin as emulsifiers. The recipe does not include a preservative, however, which means (as the author states): “No refrigeration is required if used within 30 days. If refrigerated, please use within 3 to 6 months. (Refrigeration may change the texture of the product, but potency will not be affected.)” Since this recipe yields 2 1/3 cups of moisturizer, and I’m not likely to use it all in 30 days — and I don’t enjoy cold lotion — this recipe is of limited use for me.

    There are also five face moisturizer recipes. One of them is basically water and glycerin, and another is oil-based. The other three recipes each call for a trio of emulsifiers: beeswax, lanolin, and borax. I’m a newbie to the world of cosmetics ingredients, but my understanding is that borax is considered by some to be an unsafe ingredient. (A good reference is cosmeticsdatabase.com.) My guess is that the author has a good reason for using borax, and the reason is probably that borax (it appears) may be safe in small amounts — though possibly not for infants. What perplexes me, though, is that the author offers no explanation or discussion on this topic.

    As mentioned by other reviewers, some of these recipes are extremely (absurdly?) simple. Examples include the Aloe Vera Toner (ingredients: “pure aloe vera juice or gel, commercially bottled or from fresh-picked leaf”), the Tangerine Toner (ingredients: 1/2 cup witch hazel and 10 drops tangerine essential oil), and the Yogurt Exfoliating and Bleaching Mask (ingredients: 1 tablespoon plain yogurt). I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure those should count toward the “175 Homemade Herbal Formulas” in this book. As useful as they may be, I’m more inclined to call those “tips.”

    I don’t mean to sound too harsh in my review of this book. I think that, depending on your needs, this book may be perfectly fine. Many of the recipes look to have interesting combinations of oils and essential oils, and I’m guessing many of the finished products smell like heaven. I’m mainly trying to present my perspective on the book, relative to my own goals — and hopefully it will be relevant to people with similar interests. But again, if you are more looking for recipes for casual use, you might really like it.

    One final note — as I’ve indicated above, the author calls for animal products in some of her recipes. This is fine, but I was disappointed that she didn’t offer animal-friendly alternatives. (In her entry for beeswax, she does mention vegetable emulsifying wax as an alternative, but then says, “but this wax has been refined and does not have the same alluring qualities as beeswax. Always try to find the real thing!”) For dairy products, the author makes no mention of looking for organic versions — i.e., from cows raised on healthy diets, without use of rBST or prophylactic antibiotics. She also makes no mention of the fact that cows contribute significantly to the greenhouse effect (deforestation, water use, methane emissions, etc.). I was surprised by this only because I think there is a lot of overlap between people interested in organic products, and those interested in animal-friendly and eco-friendly products.

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