Book Review Incense Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents by Carl F. Neal

Book Review Incense Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents by Carl F. Neal Review by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. ISBN: 9780738741550 Health, mind & body, non-fiction (adult) This is the second edition and has been expanded and updated. I had not read the original edition and was very interested in this book. I had not made incense before but it has been on my “wishlist.” The directions and recommendations the author gives are very easy to understand and follow. The author goes into detail on the different types of incense. I was familiar with cone incense since we use them in smokers (wooden figurines with open mouths that blow smoke rings).  I have some stick incense and always wondered how it was made. I remembered I had a small incense kit. The kit has small joss sticks and a ceramic stone with a hole in the middle. These small sticks, about two inches long, burn for about 30 minutes. I like the versatility and flexibility from the different types of incense. After reading this book I can tell the difference between the three kinds and don’t feel intimidated by it. I had to giggle at the author’s telling of…

Book Review: Mixing Essential Oils for Magic Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends by Sandra Kynes

Book Review: Mixing Essential Oils for Magic Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends by Sandra KynesReview by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.Nonfiction (Adult)Print Size: 336 Aromatic alchemy – I love that terminology. The author starts out giving the history of blending fragrances then moves on to the magical connection. She describes the different oil extractions processes. I found one point especially interesting; pure essential oils do not leave an oil residue if dripped on a piece of paper. After sharing the information on history, the author shares information on the different ways to blend oils. In addition, she provides the magical properties of the essential oils so the reader knows which oil to use for a specific purpose. She also provides a sample blend at the end of each section. The first section addresses botanical families. The second describes blending scents according to their scent group. In the third section, the author discusses the process of blending by perfume note. I learned so much about perfumes in this section alone. She then lists the properties of the oils classified as So Below and As Above. She includes a section on carrier oils and their magical properties. It opened my eyes to…