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The Beauty Cookbook: 200 Recipes to Make Your Kitchen Your Spa -- for Your Face, Your Body and Your Hair Paperback – February 1, 2010
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The Beauty Cookbook is the most comprehensive and practical beauty book I have ever come across. Chock full of recipes for everything (and I mean everything) you can imagine, Kym and Cindy offer women a fun and fabulous read as well as easy-to-make recipes to improve and beautify their hair, skin, nails, teeth, and body.
Have wrinkles but don't have hundreds of dollars to buy a fancy wrinkle cream? No problem. Kym and Cindy have several simple recipes that are time tested and guaranteed to produce results, without all the filler and junk in fancy creams. Dry skin? Got that covered, too. Want to create a romantic, relaxing, or stress-relieving bath? Check out the chapter on bath salts. Hair too processed, dry, damaged, oily, flat, frizzy, or dull? There's a solution here for you. Yellow teeth, yellow nails, yellow hair? The fix is in the book. The Beauty Cookbook even offers tips for a better night's sleep, improved memory, and fresher breath!
While one wonderful aspect of this book is the sheer volume of recipes it contains, women will be gratified to discover that the ingredients for these recipes can all be found right in the kitchen pantry. Seriously. A kitchen pantry stocked by Kroger. You don't have to find some local, exotic market or drop hundreds of dollars on hard-to-pronounce ingredients at Whole Foods. To make these recipes you need basic things like grapes, pineapples, oranges, cocoa powder, grapeseed oil, strawberries, honey, and baking soda. For mere dollars, you will look like a million bucks.
Please don't miss this book. It is THE book on beauty, and it has everything a woman could want: natural, affordable, easy, comprehensive, and effective recipes to enhance mind and body.
That said, it is chock full of incredibly easy (often one- or two-ingredient) recipes that nearly anyone can put into action immediately. It reads like a tabloid sidebar, so it's definitely not heavy or too in-depth.
Who this book is for: Anyone who's never made their own beauty products but is slightly curious. Also, any desire for in-depth information will lead to disappointment here. This book is for you if you just want a fun little compilation of elementary ideas to flip through every once in a while when you're in the mood.
It would have been so very helpful if the publishers would have made sure there was a comprehensive index (that listed by either need or ingredient) instead of just a total repeat of the table of contents for an index. I still don't understand that part. :)
All in all, this book makes a concentrated effort to be easy, silly, and on par with magazines like Cosmo or Glamour. And it succeeds.
The recipes for facial treatments are easy and they vary depending on what you're wanting to do (rehydrate, relive sunburn, etc.) However, on page 36 and 37, there are two treatments: "No-shine complexion treatment" and "Cornstarch facial." Both require 1/2 c. orange juice, 1 tbl. cornstarch and a dash of salt. Two different names..... same ingredients and measures. "Leave on the skin for 10 minutes." I'm not sure if they repeated this because they needed a filler for the book, or if they thought that nobody would notice. Pages 36 and 37 face each other and when you close the book, the receipes are right on top of each other.
Bad editing? Trying to trick the public? Oversight? Do the authors sincerely believe these are two separate treatements? (Or being a guy, am I missing something that only ladies know?)
For whatever reason, I just find it a little odd. That is the only reason I gave it 4-stars. The receipes themselves, though, get 5-stars.
You'll also get a huge laugh out of the introduction - the mental image it will create in your head is sheer genius. Very well written!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has wonderful little tips for beauty products using things around the house. It's amazing how much your groceries can do for youPublished on May 1, 2014 by lauren e.
Terrible condition folded pages and not just shelf ware. I liked that it came quickly but it was hard to over look the fact that it was in pretty bad conditionPublished on March 10, 2013 by Makenna Johnson
bought 2 of these for friends and gave them to them. they said they really liked the gift but haven't heard from either of them if they tried anything in the book or not....... Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Vicky M. Sand
By far the best book Ive bought in a long time! Quality vs price is great! Thank you for such a great product!Published on January 21, 2013 by Cindy A
this book was given as a gift. The person was happy to get it and dove right in he reading. sahe,s still getting good ideas,. she saysPublished on December 20, 2012 by susan stovall
The book has great ideas and even though I havent tried them all - I am excited to play around with the ideas and try them out.Published on December 12, 2012 by Tanya Matthews
This is not worth ordering or reading. I bought this as a gift and it was so bad, I just could not bring myself to give them to anyone. They were so bad I tossed them out. Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by CJ
The Beauty Cookbook is the first book to open my eyes to the simplicity and resourcefulness of using regular ingredients found in your kitchen as part of your everyday (or once a... Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Tasha Hicks