Natural Beauty

Naturally beautiful? Pah! We need all the help we can get. Lucky that we have the best natural beauty recipes and pampering products to get you looking paraben-free pretty. Just remember to send us a thank you note for your glowing skin and gleaming hair.

Natural Beauty Recipes

Diving for Pearls Hair Oil
Protect your hair from the sun and surf with this gorgeously scented oil – ylang-ylang oil is used by pearl divers to keep their locks soft.

atur2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
10 drops ylang-ylang oil

Put oils into a glass bottle and shake well to combine.

Taken from: Feeding Your Skin by Carla Oates (Vermilion, £9.99)

Nourishing Banana Mask
This skin treat forms a temporary waterproof layer over your face, allowing skin cells to recover their moisture after being exposed to the hot sun and sea.

1 small organic banana
1 teaspoon hemp oil
1 teaspoon manuka honey

Mash ingredients together, smooth over skin and leave for ten minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Taken from: Naturally Gorgeous by Charlotte Vøhtz (Ebury Press, £9.99)

Sugar Sweet Body Scrub
Get your skin baby-soft and smooth in time for the surf season with this yummy scrub.

150g (5oz) sugar
25g dried fennel seeds
375ml sweet almond oil
20 drops sweet orange essential oil
5 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
5 drops patchouli essential oil

Mix sugar and fennel seeds in a bowl, then put in a large sealable jar. Mix almond oil with essential oils, and pour over the sugar. Add more oil if needed. Massage into skin in a circular motion and rinse off.

Taken from: The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book by Josephine Fairley (Kyle Cathie, £14.99)

Next: Natural Beauty Resources

Natural Beauty Resources


Naturally Gorgeous by Charlotte Vøhtz (Ebury Press, £9.99)
Feeding Your Skin by Carla Oates (Vermilion, £9.99)
The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book by Josephine Fairley (Kyle Cathie, £14.99)
Toxic Beauty by Dawn Mellowship (October 15th, Gaia Thinking, £7.99)

Websites A whole host of campaigns on environmental and health issues from a female perspective. Get your placards out! Dawn is an ethical author and Reiki practitioner whose latest offering is ‘Toxic Beauty’. : Read the blog that reveals the ugly side of the beauty industry. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics enables you to check that those products you’re slapping on your face really are good for your skin. The CTPA provides comprehensive scientific and technical advice to cosmetic companies of all sizes, to enable them to source ethical ingredients, packaging, labelling and distribution methods.

Online Beauty Stores : Over 800 natural, organic skincare and beauty products for green goddesses. : Home to the world’s finest ethical brands where each item is either crafted, fair trade, local, natural, organic, recycled, reclaimed, vegan, vegetarian or vintage. : Raw Gaia is a range of living skin care products made using only cold-pressed, organic and vegan ingredients, infused with essential oils and floral waters. : Pick the natural way to radiant skin and healthy hair with this range of organic skin and hair care. : NVEY ECO organic make-up uses plant and mineral ingredients, blended with natural botanical extracts and powerful antioxidants to make a pure, gentle and highly effective products.

Next: Natural Beauty Treats Natural Beauty Treats

The Sensitive Skincare Company: Gardenia Coconut Oil

Perfect for very dry or sensitive skin, this moisturiser is quickly absorbed to leave skin smooth, soft and hydrated.

A’kin: Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil

Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, apply 3-4 drops of this moisturising oil to your face each day for a vibrant, glowing complexion.

Barefoot Botanicals: Rosa Fina Brilliance Hair Repair Masque

This richly moisturising, deep conditioning treatment restores shine to over-processed locks. An intense blend of essential oils and nutrients leave hair soft, smooth and amazingly glossy.

Rich Hippie: Organic Wildcrafted Perfumes

This unique range of scents uses only organic and wildcrafted ingredients to leave you smelling sweet while being kind to even the most sensitive of skins.

Soleo Organics Sunscreen SPF30

This natural alternative to chemical-based sunscreens is free from titanium dioxide, chemical UV absorbers, chemical preservatives, fragrance and petrochemicals.

Nvey Eco Organic Lip Lustre

This nourishing, rich lip lacquer contains organic beeswax to create smooth, shiny lips with added moisture and protection.

Next: Beauty BaddiesBeauty Baddies

Look for these nasties before buying any beauty product, and avoid like the plague:

1. Sodium Laureth Sulfate

2. Mineral Oil [Paraffinum, Petrolatum]

3. Parabens [listed as Alkyl parahydroxy benzoates – butyl/methyl/ethyl/propylisobutyl paraben]

4. Phthalates [listed as dibutyl phthalate or butyl benzyl phthalate]

5. Triclosan [not always listed, may appear as 5-chloro2-(2, 4-dichlorophenoxy)-phenol]

Visit the Health Report website for an extensive list.


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