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The Secret Garden – From an Engineers’ Canteen to an Enchanting Community Garden:

The Secret Garden, at the Chantry Centre, Dursley

How permaculture principles have been secretly in action over 21 seasons of progress Transformational change 5 years ago I noticed a call-out from Transition Cam & Dursley in our local paper. They were seeking volunteers to help transform the space at the back of a local community venue, The Chantry Centre. This week I visited…

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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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Gentle Eye Cream

Gentle eye cream with chamomile, limeflower and cornflower

Sparkling eyes show health, interest and perhaps a little mischievousness Ideally, eyes should be shining, happy – it’s bright, twinkly eyes that fascinate and captivate us. How often, instead do we find ourselves managing with cloudy, reddened, puffy eyes and bags or shadows? The strains and stresses of every day, especially staring at computer screens and…

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Deodorant: Time for a pit stop?

Cool approach to deodorant Have you considered taking the opportunity of this period of cool weather to make the change to a natural deodorant? Changing your deodorant – a relied-upon, daily weapon – is a BIG deal. Even if you’re fairly prolific about the choice of brand on the stick/spray/roller that you use, it’s another…

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Looking for the best cleansing methods? Look around the world – there’s always someone doing it differently

Skincare inspiration from around the world

A world of inspiration How do you clean your face? It’s something we do day-in, day-out, often without much thought. Such a simple act, it’s incredible how many different ways there are around the world for getting clean. Clean up your act Whatever you were taught when growing up, and whether you followed that advice…

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The hidden benefits of ‘Super Local’ skincare

Turning to nature for our skincare ingredients we find offerings from all corners of the world, skin secrets waiting to be discovered and deployed. But are the real benefits to be found closer to home? Exotic ingredients are curious and, by definition, different and unusual. They excite and entice, but do they also present a…

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Blend It Yourself simple Marshmallow hand cream

Marshmallow hand cream ingredients

Marshmallow in skincare Marshmallow is a wonderful ingredient to use in skincare, such as this Marshmallow Hand Cream recipe. You can read more about its skin-loving properties here. It’s a star ingredient in Field Fresh Skincare’s award-winning Marshmallow Dream Cream. This has a double dose of marshmallow: it starts with a marshmallow infusion which is…

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Think Marshmallow and picture soft, plump and sweet … just how your skin can be when you use marshmallow in skincare

Marshmallow sweets

Marshmallow for skincare Let’s get the picture straight right away. We don’t suggest getting a packet of fluffy sweets and pounding them into your skincare. The marshmallow we talk about is the beautiful, tall hedgerow and countryside plant. Characteristically pink, trumpety blooms. Large, rounded (slightly hairy leaves). A tall straight stem, full of the mucilage…

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Spring plants for skincare – do you know what skincare gems are underfoot during your spring walk?

Forget-me-not, spring, flower, skincare

Gems spring underfoot While your eye may be drawn upwards to bright young leaves and enchanting blossom, it’s worth checking out what’s underfoot for your spring skincare. There were 8 real spring gems on my recent walk, but only half of them were things I’d use in skincare – can you guess which 4? 1.…

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