Guest post – Star Khechara
Beware of marketing
If you’ve ever read the ingredients list (and you really should) on an average bottle of shampoo or face cream, then you may think that it was written in a foreign language! Do those long chemical names sound healthy to you? Do you think your skin will benefit from being plastered in petrochemical slime and preservatives? If you’ve never read a cosmetic label then go and have a look now and once you’ve recovered from the shock that your nice herbal product is actually a mini-chemical weapon, you can learn how to make your own natural versions instead. It’s as easy as making a cake, loads of fun and empowering!
Keep it sparkly & simple
Just as Jamie Oliver says about food, if you use really fresh wholesome ingredients you should let them speak for themselves. Nature has provided a cornucopia of delightful skincare ingredients from sweetly fragrant floral waters, to silky exotic butters and lavishly aromatic essential oils. You can also use healthy food cupboard items like raw chocolate, mellow vanilla, warm spices and sweet syrups. Gone are the days where natural homemade skincare had to be gloopy or greasy, it’s quite possible to make spa-quality organic skincare in your kitchen.
Here’s the Recipe for Turkish Delight!
Skinfood treats from Star’s own beauty kitchen
A sensual, middle-eastern inspired body treatment to make you feel like an Arabian princess.
- 2 tablespoons of ground almonds
- 1 tablespoon of dried rose petals (powdered)
- 1 pinch each of ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon of local organic honey or glycerine
- 1 tablespoon of Apricot kernel oil
- Optional: 5 drops of rose essential oil
Use a coffee mill or pestle and mortar to powder your rose petals. Once powdered add them to a bowl with the ground almonds and spices. Add the oil and honey (glycerine if you’re vegan) and mix to a paste – the consistency you need is like thick batter. If yours is more like dough, add more oil and honey.
Use on damp skin in the shower or bath and massage slowly over the body, take your time and enjoy the wonderful smells of honey, almonds and roses.
Rinse off well and be careful as the product may make your bath or shower slippery.
Enjoy beautifying your skin with my natural luxury recipes. If you want to learn more come to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you fancy launching your own skincare range and becoming a formulator too, check out my training school www.formulabotanica.com. (side note: I, Polly, am doing this course at the moment and highly recommend it so do check it out if you’re interested.)
Star Khechara is beauty alchemist, visionary skincare formulator and author of The Holistic Beauty Book.
Check out www.theconsciouslifeguide.com and get your hands on Star’s other two recipes which will be available when it launches very soon –
White chocolate & raspberry facial mask
Organic Facial serum