Which young girl doesn’t love make up? Here’s a tome that changed a little one’s life overnight

Where, did I leave the blessed bottle of olive oil? After a thorough search I was about to give-up and make do with sunflower oil, when the daughter appeared.

On one hand, she held the bottle of olive oil, now half-empty; with the other, she clutched to her bosom, her dearest possession — the large, fat, hard-bound “The Great Big Glorious Book For Girls” by Rosemary Davidson and Sarah Vine, which she carries everywhere, and consults, on an average, 48 times a day — on issues ranging from beauty-cupboard basics to Marilyn Monroe’s favourite scent.

It was The Book, by the way, that suggested she take the olive oil to the ‘home spa’ aka the bathroom, for a ‘mini manicure’… We were at the bookstore the other day, aimlessly browsing, when she spotted this thick tome. She spent the next 17 minutes admiring The Book from every angle, and the following 13 minutes convincing me why every girl had to own a copy, despite its cost (huge) and size (humungous). And so, we bought it and our lives changed, overnight…

To be fair to the book though, it isn’t as if it put ideas of lavender water and lip-gloss into her impressionable little head. Every pretty young thing absorbs all sorts of stuff (and some nonsense) from family and friends, from skinny super-models hobbling around on impossibly high-heels, from television ads that reinforce highly incorrect theories about beauty and skin tones.

Not surprisingly, every young girl goes through an ‘I-want-to-experiment-with-make-up’ phase, trying to look terribly grown-up, while every mother undoubtedly anguishes how she can tell her child that make-up is bad for the skin, even as she slaps on layers every single day!

This is where a book of this sort comes into its own. It tells them — the young, impressionable kids — authoritatively, that ‘there’s no point in wearing foundation when you have lovely young skin’ while encouraging them to use absolutely harmless stuff from the kitchen cupboard — sugar, oats, honey, and, of course, olive-oil to pamper their still-tender skin.

Besides saving you pots of money, the results, though slightly messy and funny smelling, are fairly gratifying — petal soft hands, nicely-conditioned hair, glowing skin…

In fact, the daughter, after reading parts of the book — so often as to know it by heart, is now right up there, alongside the grandmother and can quickly list first class home remedies to deal with breakouts. She knows, quite correctly, that banana peels, if applied to warts will gradually make them disappear. She has converted the bathroom into a permanent home spa, sticking a scented candle here, dish of dried rose-petals there, and half the contents of the kitchen cupboard. But never mind… running to the bathroom to fetch the olive oil, honey pot, sugar and the oats seems like a small price to pay for all the homely wisdom that came with The Book!


Yummy Scrummy on My Tummy Chocolate Body Scrub

(From the Great Big Glorious Book For Girls)

Take five tablespoons of sunflower oil and four tablespoons of soft brown sugar, and add one heaped teaspoon of cocoa (not drinking chocolate). Mix to get a wonderful gloopy chocolatey scrub — quite runny, so best to use it all over your skin while in the shower and be careful when applying. Wash with your favourite soap or body-wash, and your skin will feel like velvet.