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The London Apothecary, Gracechurch, UK

Formula's available in eBook and hard copy. eBook format is suggested for international purchases.

The London Apothecary is Deborah R. Dolen most recent book and one of her favorites.    Dolen's book of apothecary formulas proves what basic ingredients were great in the late 1800's are still the same great ingredients today!  Learn to make your own liniments, ointments and salves and save a bucketfuls of money doing it.  Plus making your own body products is higher quality and more natural.  Written by acclaimed Amazon DIY author Deborah R. Dolen while staying on Gracechurch in Downtown London which is near the Leadenhall  Market.  Publisher Mabel White DIY.  Click here to purchase hard book and here to purchase eBook version

Based on the TV/DVD Film, the London Apothecary this book begins with Early American Apothecary, pin pointing tried and true home elixirs, liniment, and simple toiletry formula’s we all grew up to love.  The author Deborah Dolen first takes you back to Early American apothecary, discussing the history, basic ingredients, and marketing angles of products such as Badger Balm, Bag Balm, ChapStick, Gold Bond Powder, Nivea, Old Spice Formula, and many more.  A truly intriguing and easy to understand read.  Packed with recipes and formula's each one having U.S. and Metric standards of weights and Measurements. (80 pages.)  Click here to purchase hard book and here to purchase eBook version.   As seen on Amazon by Deborah Dolen.

Making your own syrups, liniments, salves and sprays is very empowering-far better quality and a very economical  pursuit.   ~D.R. Dolen                             Click here to Buy

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      The main part of The London Apothecary takes you to the UK to see what simple ingredients and remedies are allowed “OTC” (Over the Counter) that are generally not seen, and/or not allowed in the United States.   Some basic materials are available in the states, but restricted as to what “labeling” they can be sold as for no clear reason, offering the reader more to ponder about.  Deborah Dolen's book also saves you money--telling you were you can get what ingredients locally.   Click here to purchase hard book and here to purchase eBook versionThe photo to the right was a U.S. store designed in 2009 by Mabel White DIY based on the London film.  Photo on right Deborah Dolen.


    Paring the old tried and true formula’s, with modern technology such as a microwave instead of the old “double broiler method”  and using a hand held mixer instead of arduous stirring,  the author makes even more simple the “make it yourself” elixirs, liniment, and simple toiletry formulas.   Beyond making “creation” and clean up easier, The London Apothecary also brings to the table new and exciting ingredients that have merit and are well known and loved in the United Kingdom and have been since the recording of time.  Click here to Buy

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 London Apothecary  Deborah Dolen's newest and greatest book.  Learn Early American and UK Apothecary formulas and recipes that stood the test of time.  Easy to make, this book uses modern technology to speed things up. (87 Pages.)  Registered National Library of Canada, Ottawa, ISBN 0-9689836-6-9.  Click here to purchase hard book and here to purchase eBook version    

Syrup d'Pastor:  A Readers Formula Submission We Love!

Hya! I don't know if you want to use it or not, but I been making this batch like crazy for about 3 weeks here...take a whole white onion, slice into rings, add some fresh chopped garlic, add some cinnamon, red pepper flakes, and a bit of oregano.  Add it all to a pot, and dump a container of honey to cover it all.   I then put it on lowest setting and occasionally sort of mash it/mix it -- you will see the onion and garlic sort of slowly shrink in the honey. after a few hours, strain it and put in a jar to keep in the fridge. This makes the best cough syrup, and I use it on the whole family, as much as they let me shove it in their mouth-about 2 tablespoons each time.  Also add to herbal tea, and towards the end, I dump leftovers over chicken or pork and bake it in the oven.

The other thing I do is take vodka, and add lavender, eucalyptus, and white camphor, and spray it all over the house and bedding and kitchen/bathroom surfaces."

Deborah Dolen created the book in five main parts:  A review of The Masters, such as Culpeper’s and Napier’s, Bath and Body Works, Burt’s Bees, and then transcends into Early American Apothecary, London Apothecary, Focus Area’s of Ailments ranging from arthritis, diverticulitis, eczema to psoriasis to name a few as well as how the UK Herbalist approach such, and then into workable recipes and formula’s that are the best ever produced by Mabel White.  The fifth and last part is the “Formulatory” that embraces the turn of the century concepts, with the UK influence and also hammers out the fastest and quickest method to make all of the basics, including, but not limited to:  Bath Bombs/Seltzers, Infusing Herbs in Oil, Beeswax Salve, Lip Balm Sticks, Body Crème, Foot Crème, Hand Crème, Cleansing Milks and White Tiger Muscle Rub to name a few.  Deborah Dolen image London                                                 Click here to Buy

     The London Apothecary also has a fun side that the author found inventible and contagious when visiting the UK.  Deborah Dolen arrived in the UK a bit skeptical to herbal healing, she first noted a bottle of “Fairy Cleaning Liquid” in her hotel room.  Right away she knew she could not keep it a “totally serious” trip and was enchanted with the foreign land.  Thus she includes formula’s such as “monster spray” fairy dust” and “castile toilet cleaning balls” to give tribute to the true magic of the UK, where all great apothecary was born.  Click here to purchase hard book and here to purchase eBook version.   Photo on right Deborah Dolen.


     Previous Mabel White DIYformula books, written by Deborah Dolen include The Bathroom Chemist and The Self Apothecary, are recipe, technique and formula heavy, offering a broad creative range. They are also pretty much a prerequisite if you are new to making your own toiletries, where The London Apothecary formulatory is more advanced, having a newer and definite focus on perfected techniques of making the actual base balm, natural wax jelly, lotion, and truly hard bath bombs.  In part due to newer methods discovered during 2004 and 2005.  We know you will enjoy this book and it will be a basis of your library!  Have fun!  Click here to purchase hard book and here to purchase eBook version Click here to Buy  

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About Author Deborah Dolen return to home page

Deborah Dolen is the Editor in Chief for Mabel White DIY and author of over 25 DIY books, 1,000 articles and several TV "how to" Films.  Deborah Dolen is also an environmental writer and has her own content syndication.  Deborah Dolen was widowed when she was on her 30's and went on to raise three great daughters in FL up against many obstacles.  This is the time period she generated her most fascinating DIY books.

Deborah Dolen was born in a Catholic Infant Home on Niagara Falls, the U.S. side.  It was known as Our Lady of Victory.  Deborah grew up in the Adirondack mountains in Upstate New York although moved around a lot and always in transition.  Her teenage years were more stable and thoroughbred race horses were her passion. She skipped school a lot in the 70's to walk and groom the likes of Man o' War and Secretariat.  When she was not grooming horses in Saratoga she was hitting the ski slopes of Killington in Vermont, Pikes Peak, or Gore Mountain to name a few.  To this day K-2's are her favorite skis and Head are her favorite bindings.

In her 20's  Deborah Dolen built some 520 legal clinics for the poor from the ground up and ran for 17 years.  People simply needed affordable legal access and that still has not changed much.  Having grown up poor and discriminated against-even disallowed to play with certain toys...Deborah had never been a quiet type and bucked many regimes as an adult.  In the 80's she felt almost all legal fees were oppressive to the majority for no reason and feels they still are.  Her organization helped well over 100,000 people.  Many of those were able to teach other people in turn.  As with health care, Canada does not charge its citizens for most common family law issues and Deborah feels family issues, including financial ones, should not be a feeding frenzy in the states as it still certainly is. No one should profit of the demise of another person.

Fast forward a few decades and Deborah Dolen is very much into flying and canine rescue as well as DIY projects she writes about and films from her Florida home.  Although her passions have always been with horse racing she is very into auto racing, focus and performance in Daytona and Charlotte, NC.  Deborah presently writes about environmental topics beyond DIY subjects that will always fascinate her.  Her dog Ringo, adopted from Katrina, is usually by her side.

You can join Deborah Dolen her on twitter facebook or check out her home page for RSS syndication.    See demos of her work on YouTube here and Amazon here.  Mabel White