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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
The Cheap and Easy Guide to Health and Beauty by Amanda Alix offers practical ways to enhance well-being through easily available products. According to the book, “Selling cosmetics to consumers is a big, growing market—estimated to top $675 billion by the year 2020.” Alix presents a variety of products that can be used by anyone to cut on cost and health risks. She explores various products -mostly natural - that can be used for caring for skin and hair. She also includes those that have worked for her when it comes to grooming, caring for wounds, and preventing and treating common illnesses. Detailed formulations are included that list the ingredients contained and also the specific measurements.
Amanda Alix’s The Cheap and Easy Guide to Health and Beauty achieves the set goals of the book. Through the advice contained, it is easy to cut unnecessary costs spent on cosmetics by using natural products that can provide similar if not better results. I liked that the author exercised caution when issuing advice and that the tone was friendly with some touches of humor. The book is well organized, touching on many areas where anyone can reduce the financial costs they incur in buying products. I also liked the inclusion of formulations that provide a guide on the preparation of the products. I appreciated Alix’s candor in sharing what has not worked for her over the years. The Cheap and Easy Guide to Health and Beauty is an informative read mostly because of the practicality of the information contained within.