A Review by: Diana McMahon-Collis of:
A new book by Author: Paul Peacock
Published by: The Good Life Press Ltd www.goodlifepress.co.uk
Within the Precycle! ethos there’s an emphasis on frugality and plain old money saving – with the idea that you can make what you see on the shop shelves “for a fraction of the cost” – which includes concocting your own deodorant, shampoo and furniture polish. Will the personal hygiene items compete with all those high profile beauty products in glossy advertisements? Maybe, maybe not. But they could well accord with the “home spa” and organics approaches to hair and skin care.
There are a few less easily available ingredients mentioned; I would not readily know where to find rennet, glycerine or lanolin. for example – fortunately the author gives advice of suppliers in the Resources section at the back of the book. I draw the line, though, at wondering how to find 1kg rosehips, for a recipe for a tonic high in vitamin C, in the “Vitamins and Supplements” section.
This is a sweet little section of a generally interesting book on living more of the “Good Life”, nonetheless, wit maybe more of a wave in the direction of Culpeper’s Herbal than a fully fledged red carpet trip. It is a nice idea, just the same – and you have to admire the author for making some potentially quaint ideas more appealing to a more modern audience. Be assured that the author isn’t just serving up some wild claim or suggestion that, for example, garlic is good for you. There’s an example given from “real life” where soldiers in the Great War were given garlic paste on field dressings to act as an antiseptic for their wounds – and the government, apparently, supplied this through purchasing the garlic bulbs from the farmers.
Informative, practical, useful and inspiring – those are the words I would use to sum up this book. It could save you some money too, somewhere along the line and the idea of using more time and less money seems to fit for where many people find themselves in the current economic climate.