A Green Guide To Natural Beauty
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“The recipes in this book are a perfect example of ways you can make products yourself without sacrificing any luxuries.I have worked with Karen Gilbert for many years and I am delighted that she has now gathered her wonderful recipes together, to share them with a wider audience. Her recipes are great fun to make, whether you are a complete beginner or simply looking for inspiration. I am very pleased to recommend Karen’s book and I look forward to using the recipes in our workshops at Trill Farm.”
(Taken from Foreword by Romy Fraser, founder of Neal’s Yard Remedies)
We use a huge variety of products on our skin during the course of the day – from shower gel, face wash and body lotion first thing in the morning, moisturizer and hand cream to protect during the day, through to oils in a relaxing evening bath.
But have you ever stopped to wonder how many chemicals are contained in these products?
Just as we are now more aware of what we eat and how we grow our food, attention is turning to skincare products and more people are looking for a low cost, natural alternative to highly priced, highly perfumed, highly packaged store bought items.
In A Green Guide to Natural Beauty, Karen Gilbert shows you the easy way to make your own lotions and potions, using easy-to-obtain ingredients and easy-to-follow methods. For the face, there are moisturisers, facemasks and cleansers; for the body choose from scrubs and shower gels, soaps and body lotions. And when you need some extra-special pampering, try the recipes for lip balms, massage bar, bath oils, and eye gels. As Karen says: “making your own beauty products is so simple once you know how – it really is no different to cooking. In most cases it’s actually easier – if you can make a sauce, you can make a lotion”
So why not try your hand at making a neroli hydrating spritz or an apricot face scrub, a mango and lime body butter or lemon and tea tree foot balm, bergamot and grapefruit wake-up wash or cocoa butter lip balm.
The hardest part is choosing which of the pampering projects to try first!
Karen’s book is illustrated throughout with step-by-step instruction and beautiful photography. Many of the 35 recipes include variations to try at home – making them the perfect beauty gifts for friends and for trying out at pamper parties!