Packed with pampering recipes to create your own beauty essentials for face, body and hair. Most of us use a huge variety of beauty products on our skin and hair every day - from shower gel and shampoo to moisturiser and hand cream - but the majority of these products contain a variety of chemicals. In A Green Guide to Natural Beauty, natural skincare and fragrance expert Karen Gilbert shows you how to make your own lotions and potions at home, using easy-to-obtain, natural ingredients and easy-to-follow methods. For the face, there are moisturizers, face masks 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 bars, bath oils and eye gels. So try your hand at making a neroli hydrating spritz or a jojoba and aloe vera moisturizer, 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! Each recipe has clear step-by-step photographs to guide you, and there are numerous variations to try.
Natural skincare and fragrance expert Karen, originally trained as a make-up artist and cosmetic scientist at The London College of Fashion. After many years working as a fragrance evaluator for one of the world's largest perfume manufacturers, she decided to pursue her lifelong passion for natural health and beauty by training in aromatherapy and joining the product development team at Neal's Yard Remedies. As well as helping to create many of their award winning products, she also ran training courses for staff and members of the public.
Karen has a successful retail business and runs artisan perfumery and natural beauty workshops in London and the South of England.