Reviewer: A reader
Unlike most "make your own natural cosmetics" books, the recipes in this book call for things like "sorbitan monostearate" and "isosteroyl lactaylate." (Mail order sources are given in the back. You can also get the stuff at http://www.skincare-institute.com). Using the simple directions given in the book you can make shampoos, sunscreens, moisturizers, etc.
Because the book includes extensive discussion of what various cosmetic ingredients are and what they do (both "chemical" and "natural") it would also make interesting reading for someone who is curious about just what they are putting on their face, and what the possible effects of those ingredients are. This would make a good companion book to Paula Begoun's book, _Blue Eyeshadow Should Absolutely Be Illegal_.
I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but I'm going to as soon as I can get the ingredients together. The recipes appear to be easy to follow.