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5 to forage in August

August is the lazy peak of summer, a time when a little disarray seems to be order of the day. Lush growth is now either scorched or squashed, depending on whether you’ve had the searing heat or the overwhelming rain. This season of peak everything can also mean peak exhaustion if you’re a parent juggling…

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My favourite and most simple way to use rosewater

Damask rose is best for use with rosewater

Rosewater is a heavenly skincare ingredient. Fragrant and refreshing it can lighten a natural skincare blend while bringing a touch of flower-filled romance to the simplest products. Using rosewater There are many ways to use rosewater so it’s always worth having some in supply. It’s quite easy to make your own, but do be careful…

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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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No packaging skincare is in your hands

No packaging skincare is in your hands

Persistent packaging Packaging has been used for as long as humans have wanted to transport goods and exchange between ourselves. Throughout history we can tell where different peoples have been by the packaging they left behind: think of the amphora that crop up all over the ancient territory of the Roman Empire, remember how the curvaceous…

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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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Herbal Body Scrub

Herbal Body Scrub

Bathtime relaxation Here’s how to create a jar full of loveliness to destress, ease and delight. Make it for a special friend, or as a gift to yourself. This is so simple to make, but requires a little forethought in macerating the herbs to create your own blend herbal oil. It’s an especially thoughtful gift…

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Your guide to gifting blend-it-yourself skincare: Get just the right gift for the natural skincare lover in your life

How to select the perfect natural skincare gift

The gift of natural skincare. Natural skincare is the on-trend gift for Christmas 2018. Read on to find out why and how to select the perfect gift. The ‘it’ gift. On our struggling high streets, one category stands out as a growing, buoyant market that excites its customers and sustains innovation and developing product ranges:…

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What is the difference between a balm and a cream and how should you use them?

Creams and balms

Balms and Creams Skincare products come in many forms from purely water based like a simple plant infusion to the waxy balms that need just a smear in application. Balms and creams sit at different points along this spectrum. And the defining aspect of the spectrum: water. Water content While it’s true that a whole…

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The perfect hand cream

Summer Garden Hand Cream

Hand cream of Dreams What does it take to make the perfect hand cream? That’s the question you ask when starting to formulate a new product. Of course, for everyone the answer may be different, but when I started to think about what a perfect hand cream should be like, the ideas started rolling. Learn…

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