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The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide

Using the Science of Carrier & Essential Oils to Create Natural Personal Care Products

Book Cover for the Aromatherapy Beauty Guide

The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide
Author: Danielle Sade, BSc, CAHP
Publisher: Robert Rose
Copyright: 2017
ISBN: 0778805603 / 978-0778805601
Pages: 384

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The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide is an indispensable, necessary book for everyone interested in making effective, natural skin and hair care products for personal use.

I wish this book was available when I first began formulating my own personal skin and hair care products years ago! It would have saved me a lot of time of trial and error.

Author Danielle Sade offers over 30 years of experience in utilizing aromatherapy and complementary health modalities. She is the founder of a well respected aromatherapy school, and has served three terms as the president of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists.

The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide is beautifully designed and is complemented by numerous color photographs and beautiful charts, tables and graphs.

This is likely the most in-depth and responsible book I've seen in formulating personal care products using essential oils and other natural ingredients. Having said that, I recommend that those eager to make their own products supplement the introductory material present in The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide with books that elaborate on skin care, carriers oils, essential oils and essential oil safety.

Essential Oils

The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide includes detailed profiles for 35 essential oils. Each profile averages 3 pages in length.

  • Botanical Name and Family
  • Habitat
  • Aromatic Description
  • Description of the Plant
  • Using the Oil in Natural Products
  • Tips
  • Cautions/Precautions
  • Main Chemical Constituents
  • Skin Care Benefits and Conditions
  • Product Types and Recommended Dilution Ratios

Carrier Oils & Vegetable Butters

Danielle Sade shares the importance of carrier oils and fatty acids for skin and hair care and gives a nice overview of the different fatty acids typically present in carrier oils. She includes one-page profiles for 16 carrier oils and 2 vegetable butters (Cocoa and Shea).

  • Botanical Name and Family
  • Typical Fatty Acid Composition
    • Saturated Fatty Acids
    • Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
    • Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
  • General Description
  • Uses
  • Compounding
  • Benefits
  • Tips/Notes

Herbal Infusions

Danielle provides a helpful overview of the processes used to make oil, glycerin and alcohol-based herbal infusions and provides a summary of benefits for ten herbs/botanicals often used for their benefits within personal care applications.

Hydrosols (Hydrolats)

Hydrosols offer numerous benefits and can play an important part within personal care. Squeezed within the Skin Toners section, The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide explains what they are and provides very brief profiles for five hydrosols. If a second edition of the book is planned, I would love to see more coverage of hydrosols and their added benefits within personal care formulations.

Personal Care Formulations

This is the heart of The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide. One hundred formulations (recipes) are offered with helpful instructions and tips.

  • Basic
    • Moisturizing Cream
    • Body Lotion
    • Lip Balm
  • Facial Cleansers (5)
  • Skin Toners (12)
  • Facial Moisturizing Creams (8)
  • Serums (11)
  • Facial Masks (5)
  • Exfoliants (6)
  • Body Cleansers (3)
  • Body Oils (7)
  • Body Lotions (10)
  • Bath Products (6)
  • Deodorants (4)
  • Products for Mothers & Mothers-to-Be (8)
  • Personal Care Products for Him (12)

From the Back Cover

Discover how to create natural skin-care products by unlocking the therapeutic power of plants

Are you interested in making all-natural products that are better for you and promote wellness? Then look no farther than this comprehensive book, which tells you everything you need to know about making your own skin-care products and the connection between outer beauty and inner well-being. Based on sound scientific evidence, it takes you through a wide range of natural ingredients and how to use them to create personal care products such as facial cleansers, moisturizing creams and serums. Equipped with the facts and Danielle's easy-to-follow methods, you'll be able to create unique products that meet all your skin-care needs.

"Each drop of essential oil contains a natural pharmacy." - Danielle Sade

About the Author (From the Back Cover)

Danielle Sade, BSc, CAHP, is the founder of the Healing Fragrances School of Aromatherapy. With three decades of teaching and product development experience, she offers a sound and proven approach when it comes to understanding plant-based medicine and the science behind essential oils and their unique properties. She is committed to promoting health, nutrition and lifestyle awareness.

Table of Contents for The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide

The actual Table of Contents contained within the book includes a much deeper breakdown of the subtopics contained within each chapter.

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Foundations
    • The Skin
    • Creating Your Own Skin-Care Products
  • Part 2: Basic Ingredients
    • Natural Raw Ingredients
      • Carrier Oils, Plant Butters and Infusions
      • Carrier Oils for Personal Care Products
      • Plant Butters
      • Infusions
  • Part 3: Essential Oils
    • All About Essential Oils
    • Essential Oils for Personal Care Products
  • Part 4: Formulations
    • Making Skin-Care Products: A Step-by-Step Guide
    • Facial Cleansers
    • Skin Toners
    • Facial Moisturizing Creams
    • Serums
    • Facial Masks
    • Exfoliants
    • Body Cleansers, Oils and Lotions
    • Bath Products and Deodorants
    • Products for Mothers and Mothers-to-Be
    • Personal Care Products for Him
  • Resources
  • References
  • Index

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