Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Nurtured by Nature ; Why Not Mark Organic September by Going Au Naturel with Your Beauty Regime? Lisa Haynes Finds Recipes for Products You Can Make at Home

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Nurtured by Nature ; Why Not Mark Organic September by Going Au Naturel with Your Beauty Regime? Lisa Haynes Finds Recipes for Products You Can Make at Home

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How green is your beauty regime really? How green is your beauty regime really? IT SEEMS women are wising up to the chemical nasties that could be lurking in their bathroom cabinets.

T SEEMS women are wising up to the chemical nasties that could be lurking in their bathroom cabinets.

The month-long Organic September celebration organised by the Soil Association is the perfect time for a product detox, but even the natural beauty market is slightly murky.

Since there are no legal standards for organic beauty products, some brands can label an item as "natural" or "organic" even though it may contain as little as 1% of organic ingredients.

But there is one way to be sure that your lotions and potions are completely natural - by making them yourself!

"After working in the skincare industry for so many years, I forget that most people don't realise how easy it is to make beauty products at home," says Karen Gilbert, author of new book Natural Beauty, which is packed with "recipes" for home-made cosmetics.

"There's something I find very therapeutic about hand-crafting a product from scratch. Just like creating a meal from fresh ingredients, it does take a bit more time and knowledge than grabbing something off the shelf, but the results are worth it."

Here's how to concoct three of Gilbert's top products: BARBADOS- READY BODY SCRUB Relive memories of summer with this Caribbean- inspired scrub that smells like a tropical cocktail. INGREDIENTS: 50g coconut oil (solid), 10ml macadamia oil, 10 drops orange essential oil, 5 drops lemon essential oil, 5 drops lime essential oil, 60g raw brown sugar (unrefined).

EQUIPMENT: Small glass bowl or mug, teaspoon, airtight 100ml jar.

METHOD: Add the coconut oil to the bowl or mug.

Add the macadamia oil to the mixture, then stir the oil and coconut mixture vigorously with a teaspoon, whipping it up until soft and fluffy.

Add the essential oils and stir, ensuring they are evenly distributed in the mixture. Add the brown sugar gradually to the coconut oil mixture, stirring carefully to ensure it is all mixed in.

Carefully spoon the mixture into the jar. HOW TO USE: "Massage into damp skin while in the shower, paying special attention to knees and elbows," Gilbert advises. …

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