Book Review: Making Love Potions: 64 All-Natural Recipes for Irresistible Herbal Aphrodisiacs by Stephanie L. Tourles

A sensual treat. (4 stars)

The beautiful cover of this book was what initially drew me to it but its wealth of natural ways to create sensuality made it worth picking up. I say sensuality because aphrodisiacs have always seemed a bit more strictly intended to produce sexual results and well, I don't think many do. But I digress, if you like the idea of enhancing your desirability, turning your bedroom into a boudoir, or simply having a few rituals to get in the mood this book has what you're looking for.

From teas and cordials, to linen sprays and massage oils Tourles presents a bevy of recipes that will delight the senses. Ingredients range from herbs, liqueurs, and chocolate to essential oils and flowers. Every sense will be tickled if you choose to try them and the stunning illustrations will make the tome itself a delight. 

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

Making Love Potions: 64 All-Natural Recipes for Irresistible Herbal Aphrodisiacsby Stephanie L. Tourles

Self Help, Alternative Medicine, Sex, Relationships
Print/Digital (192 pages, STOREY)
Herbs are hot! And in Making Love Potions, best-selling author Stephanie L. Tourles shows you how to bring that heat into your bedroom. Tourles playfully presents 64 easy recipes for natural body oils, balms, tonics, bath blends, and sweet treats to share with your special someone. This celebration of life and pleasure arouses the senses with such irresistible recipes as “Come Hither” Body Powder, Cocoa-Chai “Kiss ‘n’ Make Up” Lip Butter, and Vanilla Intrigue Massage Oil. Most recipes use simple, common ingredients, making them both easy and quick to prepare. With beautiful illustrations and engaging explanations of the power that herbs, flowers, and natural oils have over our physical bodies, Making Love Potions is the perfect gift for herb lovers — and all lovers — everywhere.


Book Review: The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to Mindfulness by Jason Hazeley & Joel Morris

Makes a great white elephant or gag gift! (4 stars)

If you love a good parody and mocking popular jargon, the Fireside Grown-Up Guides are sure to bring a snicker. As someone who enjoys the actual practice of mindfulness I found this one a little more lackluster than one of the other Guides I read but still amusing. 

Should you know someone who is always on about meditation and yoga or the like you might enjoy dropping this tongue-in-cheek look at Mindfulness on them.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to Mindfulness by Jason Hazeley & Joel Morris

Humor, Parodies, Meditation
Print/Ebook (64 pages, TOUCHSTONE)
The international publishing phenomenon and ridiculously funny new parody series that helps grown-ups learn about the world around them using large clear type, simple and easy-to-grasp words, frequent repetition, and thoughtful matching of text with pictures.
Have you been having trouble with the How, Why, and Wheres? Well fear no more. The Fireside Grown-Up Guide series understands that the world is just as confusing to a forty-year-old as it is to a four-year-old. We’re here to help and break down the most pressing and complex issues of our day into easy-to-digest pieces of information paired with vivid illustrations even a child could understand.
Mindfulness: the skill of thinking you are doing something, when in fact you are doing nothing. In this Fireside Grown-Up Guide to Mindfulness, we’ll meet a blissful cast of characters who’ve learned to free themselves from unnecessary worries like work, friends, and family. When they are fired from their jobs and abandoned by their friends and family, they learn to combat their stress by practicing mindfulness, and teach us a few lessons along the way.

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