Our books

The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 15.15.06by Sarah Stacey and Josephine Fairley

Our latest book – unbelievably the eighth Beauty Bible, published in March 2014 – was written in response to huge demand.  Women today are increasingly conscious of ingredients in cosmetics: they want more natural beauty products both for their own health and for the health of the planet.

There are, however, all sorts of natural beauties: some want the full whammy with certified organic products while others are happy with a combination of natural and synthetic ingredients.  And that is fine by us: in fact, at the beginning of the book you will find a questionnaire (‘What Sort of Natural Beauty Are You?’) to help you find the products that will suit you, using our unique ‘daisy rating’.  This assesses products and labels them one to three daisies, depending on their degree of naturalness.

As well as all the new Award Winning products across make-up, skin and hair care – including ‘miracle’ creams and anti-cellulite products as well as luscious mascaras and lippies and many many more – you will find masses of insider info, based on our decades in the beauty business. Plus, for the first time, we have included recipes for making your own cosmetics.  Jo developed the original recipes and, as she says, ‘if you can make a salad dressing, you can whiz up your own beauty products’.  And, of course, you know exactly what goes into them. The book looks gorgeous – that’s down to our fabulous design team and specially commissioned photography and illustrations – and we are very-very-very proud of it. We hope you love it as much as we do.  Find it for £14.95 (normally £19.99) at www.victoriahealth.com – buy here


Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 19.02.47The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible by Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey

When it comes to anti-ageing, what really works…? Now you really do have the answers. In the fully-updated paperback version of The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible, we feature award-winning age-defying products trialled by over 4,000 women aged 35 – ranging from drugstore finds through to luxe brands like La Prairie and Crème de la Mer. And what the incredibly high scores for the products in over 40 categories that feature in the book definitively prove is that many of these creams/lotions/potions/make-up must-haves do deliver on their (often extravagant) promises. (Nobody can tell us that anti-ageing products don’t work…) But there’s much, much more. Drawing on insights from hair/ skin/make-up/nutrition/exercises ‘gurus’ in our Little Black Books – together with their own combined experience of 50 years in the beauty business – we deliver definitive wisdom on the strategies that will ensure readers look their very best for as long as they want. With gorgeous full-colour pix and the most divine illustrations from top international illustrator David Downton, The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible is packed with everything you need to know to look and feel fabulous. Essential reading, we’d like to think, for any woman who wants to look great for her age, whatever her age… Victoria Health has copies of The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible for just £12.95 (recommended price £15.99) – buy here


The Perfume Bible by Josephine Fairley and Lorna McKay

To coincide with the launch of The Perfume Society, which Jo has set up with Lorna McKay – more here – they also worked together on this fab and lavishly-illustrated book, which captures the romance and beauty of perfumery in an accessible, informative, accessible way.  It brings together everything you need to know about perfume including guidance on which ‘scent family’ you’re attracted to (to help you find new perfume ‘loves’), the art of shopping for fragrance (and its after-care), the journey ‘from field to flacon’, and offers a run-down of the 100 Perfumes to Try Before You Die – which include many of the greatest scents ever bottled. If you’ve ever had a question about fragrance, it’s answered here…! Packed with insider info from the world’s leading experts and interviews with some of greatest international perfumers, this is an essential companion for anyone with a passion for fragrance – or who simply wants to learn more.  And of course, it makes a foolproof and fabulous gift for a perfume-lover, to be referenced time and again. Victoria Health has copies of The Perfume Bible for £20 (recommended price £25) – or for VIP Subscribers to The Perfume Society, the price is just £16.25 (including free P&P)  at www.perfumesociety.org.