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Rosewater Essential Guide

How to make rosewater two simple methods

The Essential Guide to making your own Rosewater Rosewater is a fundamental in skincare, as an ingredient it crops up in many blend it yourself recipes and it can be used on its own when cleansing, toning, bathing and refreshing. It’s even a calming and restorative cure for a headache. So rosewater is a staple…

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5 to forage in June

Natural Skincare ingredients to forage in June

5 TO FORAGE IN JUNE June is a fantastic month to forage for natural skincare ingredients. There are many flowers and leaves in both hedgerows and gardens. If you can, pick in full sun and then use fresh right away, or alternatively dry for later use. To dry your plant material, either hang in bunches…

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5 to forage in May

5 common plants that you can gather in May and used in blend it yourself skincare

Grab the opportunity of any sunny spells between the storms to explore locally and see which new skincare plants you can find. You might stumble upon a new favourite. All the sunshine and rain has encouraged luscious new growth so you may need to forage a bit deeper among the greens to spot these five…

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5 to forage in April

5 plants to forage in April and use in Blend it Yourself Skincare

Fresh skincare in April Make the most of any sunny days in April to go out for a walk and seek among the new shoots some fresh gatherings for Blend-it-Yourself skincare. Here five things to look out for and how you can use them. Daisy Daisy’s are one of those flowers that open up when…

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5 weeds I can’t weed out (and wouldn’t want to)

Many of the plants that grow commonly around us can bring vitality to our skincare for example dandelions, cleavers, nettles, plantain and chickweed. Here Laura Pardoe provides recipes for natural skincare using the herbs that grow around plentifully us.

This is an article published recently by Permaculture Magazine.   ‘Weed’ is a controversial term. I feel slanderous using it. Every definition I can find references weeds as either unwanted or feeble. At best they are misplaced. (Curious that the same word can be used as a derogatory term for something that is either too vigorous,…

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Top 5 Take Outs: Hot Topics for Natural Skincare

Hot Topics for natural skincare This week I was at the Natural & Organics Products Show at Excel in London. It felt quite different from my experience there two years ago. Here’s what I observed and what I learnt. Keeping it simple, I’ve focused on my Top 5 take-outs to share with you. My top…

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What’s in a deodorant?

The freshest start to the day: Face the Day Cream

We rely on our deodorant to keep us fresh and smelling good morning to night. So we gravitate towards the tried-and-tested formulas available in sticks and bottles on the shelf. We want something we can trust. These bottles that have been around for decades are getting a rethink. We’re now not so sure we can…

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Oats so Simple Cleanser

A simple cleanser made with just two ingredients. Easy to use, easy to make. No packaging required. Just make it in the palm of your hand. From Field Fresh Skincare in the book Vital Skincare by Laura Pardoe

When we’re seeking #zerowaste, what could be better than a cleanser that’s so simple you can blend it in the palm of your hand. And there are benefits beyond no packaging … Fresh is simple Making your skincare as you need it means you can focus on the fresh ingredients. No need to supplement with…

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Why I followed food trends to lead skincare innovation

Crystal ball

Food trends and Skin food The lines between what we eat and the products we use to look after our skin are definitely blurring. The concept of nourishing your skin from the inside by eating the right foods is much in vogue. And the counter can be true too, that using the right skincare products can…

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Why have sales of hyaluronic acid products increased by 94%?

Moisturise your skin

In their annual report on ‘How we shop, live and look’ John Lewis reported this year that sales of products with hyaluronic acid, were up 94%. They call it  ‘this year’s miracle ingredient’, so what exactly is hyaluronic acid? and why is it so popular? Well, it’s commonly known as ‘the fountain of youth’ so…

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