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Botanics: A Phytocosmetic Desk Reference offers a broad spectrum of information on botanicals including their various constituents, properties and uses. Plant and cosmetic chemists, pharmacists, herbalists, aromatherapists and others interested in the properties and uses of botanicals would appreciate this book. A brief overview of phytochemistry, examination procedures, quality control, extract preparation and aromatherapy should stimulate the reader for further investigation. The strength of the book, however, lies in the several hundred detailed descriptions of commonly used botanicals. For each botanical described in this book there are details on habitats and range, morphological description, uses and constituents. The book is nicely illustrated with black-and-white photographs, chemical structures and line drawings. Numerous cosmetic formulations, an extensive glossary of therapeutic terms and a botanical listing for cross-reference purposes are included.
This book is recommended for everyone with interests in the properties and uses of botanicals and their cosmetic applications.
— Candice A. Shoemaker, Ph.D., Director of The School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.