The World Beauty Book: How We Can All Look and Feel Wonderful Using the Natural Beauty Secrets of Women of Color

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A unique and fascinating collection of glamour tips, gathered from women of color from around the world, offers recipes, rituals and secrets covering all aspects of beauty from hair and faces to clothing, fragrances and aphrodisiacs. $25,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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Discover inner and outer beauty with The World Beauty Book -- a lively collection of recipes, rituals and natural beauty secrets gathered from women of color all over the world. From East Indian bath oils to the makeup tricks of Cleopatra, Nefertiti and Josephine Baker, Jessica B. Harris shares the natural beauty secrets she has discovered from her international group of female friends -- "open the book, turn to a chapter and select a friend with whom to speak. The women will take it from there."

The World Beauty Book includes easy-to-make home recipes for your hair, face and body. In addition, Harris shares special health tips, clothing and jewelry suggestions, and hints for fragrances and aphrodisiacs, as well as home decorating ideas. The World Beauty Book is your passport to travel the world where you will discover Bahian turbans, Egyptian egg masques, Southwestern cornmeal and avocado scrubs, Ixtapan hot oil treatments, Bedouin tooth fresheners, Moroccan hennaed hands, Chinese ginger tea for cramps, Senegalese aphrodisiacs, Brazilian purifying incense for your home and much more. Feel and look wonderful with beauty secrets from all over the world!

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Probing traditional "old ways" of enhancing one's looks, Harris (The Welcome Table) explicates the beauty secrets of a "worldwide sisterhood of non-Western women of color." Her historical overview cites earliest evidence of cosmetic use (in body painting) in cave paintings found in Algeria and the consistent reference to cosmetics in ancient Egyptian records. Underscoring the spiritual component that has historically informed the pursuit of beauty and stressing the need for patch tests, Harris offers preparations, treatments and rituals designed to enhance a woman's hair, face and body. Recipes include Carioca Hand Cream, made with ripe banana and unsalted butter, and Mayo Conditioner (commercial or homemade mayonnaise) for dry hair. Other chapters touch briefly on jewelry (Malian Scented Waist Beads), remedies for menstrual cramps (from Chinese Ginger Tea to Granny's Not-Quite-Legal Ganja Tea) and sachets and homemade incense. Although specifically aimed at women of color, Harris's exploration of this strand of folk wisdom is likely to intrigue any woman.
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