Natural Beauty from the Garden

Create healthy, homemade skin care products with ingredients plucked from the landscape.

| Winter 2019

  • Once you’ve made your first cosmetic product with homegrown ingredients, you’ll be hooked on whipping up a continually growing variety of them.
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I started making my own beauty products at a very young age. My father was a farmer, which meant we lived in the country. Commercial beauty products were hard to buy because they were sold in town, and I was too young to drive. But I loved reading beauty books and magazines for hours in my room; they gave me ideas. Then I spent even more hours in our family bathroom mixing up my own potions, lotions, and treatments.

Once you’ve made your first cosmetic product, I’m convinced that, just like me, you’ll be hooked on whipping up a continually growing variety of them. Even if you’ve never gardened before, you can plant a few bath herbs for your home or start a small skin-care garden.

Whether you live in the country or a big city, don’t feel limited by space or the fact that you’re not an expert gardener. Everyone can grow a natural beauty garden that suits their personal needs and resources.

The following recipes and treatments are generally safe and effective. However, despite every effort to offer expert advice, it’s not possible to predict an individual person’s reaction to a particular recipe. After consulting a qualified physician to determine what’s safe for your long-term use, you’ll be amazed at how your own natural products and treatments make you look and feel.

Excerpted from Natural Beauty from the Garden by Janice Cox, published by Ogden Publications, 2018.

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