Zizmor's newest entry is both more and less than one might expect. More because he really names inferior, outrageously overpriced, or unnecessary products, and less because, using questionable criteria, he also recommends others. For example, he prizes Ivory soap above other commercial brands but he also endorses Lifebuoy and Camay, and further prizes the latter because it's available in five colors; he's also partial to the costly Roger & Gallet brand because of its appealing packaging. For the most part, however, his advice is sound and clearly stated. He condemns feminine hygiene preparations, artificial nails, and face machines--""the last word in commercial cosmetic nonsense."" And he indicates when moderately priced potions--the moisturizer vaseline--match the performance of higher-priced equivalents, which is most of the time. A reliable guide despite the occasional trivialities.