Book Post #1

Friday, 26 June 2015

My first book post, yay! I thought I'd share some books I bought from The Book People today. These books were all complete bargains so if you like books you need to check out this website. If you're ordering from outside the UK like me, bear in mind the postage charge will be very high. I used my Parcel Motel's UK address so I got free delivery from the site.

Window-box Allotment by Penelope Bennett

I'm not really a gardener, so far my green fingered-ness has only extended to managing to grow a lettuce in a pot on my kitchen window and re-potting a mint plant I bought in the supermarket however, watching them flourish was so rewarding that I've been meaning to grow more plants, especially herbs as they're very easy to grow. I've just planted another lettuce seed in a yogurt pot, hopefully it grows. At some point I would like to be able to grow tomatoes, we'll see. Anyway I thought this book was beautifully illustrated and nice to have as a reference guide to growing plants in limited space. It has a month to month guide and contains recipes too, bonus. It's a nice read, the author's gentle tone is soothing somehow. It seems a bit further advanced in terms of what you're expected to already know about gardening for me though. Nevertheless, it's a lovely guide to have.

Natural Beauty by Karen Gilbert

I like mixing up my own beauty products like sugar and honey scrubs. They're fun to make and completely natural. I've become more conscious recently about what I use on my skin. It is the body's biggest organ and if you wouldn't eat something why would you let your skin absorb it? 
This book is a complete guide to slightly more advanced homemade beauty products. It goes into details of the ingredients used to make beauty products and has step-by step instructions for each recipe. It contains skincare tips too, and the author goes in-depth into the different ingredients and  they're function in a product (mostly to stop it going moldy) as well as the arguments for and against using preservatives. (Just because something is natural doesn't make it good or safe just as something man-made isn't necessarily bad either. She writes that we need to decide for ourselves what risk factors are of most concern to us.) Preservative-free variations of some of the recipes are given but these need to be made in smaller amounts and kept in the fridge. 
This book does have some very simple recipes, that are just mixing oils together while others a more complicated and require ingredients I would really have to go out of my way to get. Things like emulsifying wax, beeswax, and preservative drops. At some point I want to get all the ingredients and equipment (you do need some special equipment) and try one of the more complicated recipes.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in tying to make their own beauty products, The book really simplifies the somewhat complicated processes involved.

This diary was going for a pound so of course I had to get it, there is still nearly half the year left after all. It contains flower artwork from the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Libraries, so lots of famous botanical artists are featured in it. Don't know much about them, but this diary is very pretty. 
I couldn't not get it.

The Illustrated Food Remedies Sourcebook by C. Norman Shealy, MD PhD

 I would hope that by owning this book I might suddenly become a much healthier eater and know all about nutrition, but that's probably not gonna happen. This book is a great source to have though, I hope that I might eat a little better and learn a bit more about the benefits of certain foods. I think it might be good for when I'm feeling under the weather, as I can try and eat myself better.  This book  might also be handy if you suffer from a vitamin deficiency as you can find out what foods you should be eating. It lists each food's nutritional benefits for overall health as well as healing. A very good source-book to have on the shelf, and it was a great bargain for a hardback illustrated book.

I hope you found this post interesting.
What are your recent book buys?


  1. I'm so glad I came across this post! Besides the books being gorgeously presented (the art is so pretty!), I really want to start growing some herbs and also trying more home made beauty products. How is your mint plant doing? Oh, and your lettuce? Have you tried anything else from these books? xox

    1. I'm afraid I've been so busy with college I haven't had much time to try all the amazing stuff in these books but your comment has made me decide to make more effort now it's almost spring. I need to grow mint and letuce again! Herbs are really easy to grow. Another book you might like, which I found to be very practical and funny, is "The Girl's Guide to Growing You Own" by Alex Mitchell. (There's cool floral wellies on the cover) =)♡

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