4 out of 4 stars
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Author Stella Ralfini is a woman who doesn’t believe that one needs to buy expensive beauty products to have great skin. In her seventies, she often hears that her skin seems to belong to a much younger woman. Her mother and grandmother also had fantastic skin into their eighties. The secret recipe? The author shares a lot of them with readers in Sensual Sorcery: Natural Beauty and Health Recipes, a short and straightforward book. The author intends to “allow the alchemist inside you to come out to play.” And she delivers! Using simple language and tips, she makes it all seem easy and fun.
I loved how the author relies on natural, homemade beauty preparations. She introduces readers to her five favorite carrier oils (sweet almond, coconut, jojoba, apricot kernel, and argan) and six essential oils (rose, frankincense, lavender, geranium, carrot seed, and patchouli). With these oils as staples, she presents a rich assortment of recipes for creams, masks, tonics, exfoliating scrubs, serums, and peels. I felt empowered and motivated to take care of my skin, hair, and nails after I read the book.
The author doesn’t stop at beauty treatments, though. There are recipes to help arthritic conditions and weight loss as well. She also shares a few ideas to attenuate a few health conditions that typically affect children, such as asthma, coughs, eczema, and diarrhea.
Above all, I appreciated the author’s tone throughout the book. She comes across as a lovely and wise woman, someone I would love to have as a friend or counselor. Being a qualified teacher of Hatha, Kundalini, and Tantra Yoga, she appears to be someone whose heart is in the right place. Her good humor makes the book fun! Each section begins with an empowering, motivational, and uplifting assertion, and the recipes have thoughtful names, too. What’s not to love in Coconut Soufflé Body Cream or Strawberry-Vanilla Mousse Exfoliator?
In closing, as you might expect, I rate Sensual Sorcery 4 out of 4 stars. With no negatives worth mentioning, it is a delightful book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I found a few very minor editing mishaps in it, but they did not detract from the book’s quality at all. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys natural ingredients and recipes. If you like taking care of yourself and making your own beauty products, you’ll surely enjoy this book. I, for one, will soon be looking for places to buy the ingredients and start my alchemic experiences.
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