Author Archives: Amanda

6 Natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids for Smoother Skin

6 Natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids for Smoother Skin

“Is it supposed to tingle quite this much?” I remember asking the esthetician. Reclining in the treatment chair for my supposedly relaxing pre-flight facial, I wasn’t feeling very relaxed.  As the ‘tingling’ sensation got even stronger, I debated about whether I should ‘tough it out’ and risk a red-face for the next few days, or ask herContinue readingContinue reading

5 easy homemade beauty recipes

5 easy homemade beauty recipes

I think I was destined to work in natural beauty, because I’ve always been fascinated by what’s in our beauty products. I remember sitting in the bath and reading the side of the shampoo bottle.  The ingredients baffled me.  Sodium laura what?  What was that stuff in my shampoo?  Where did it come from?  Did they useContinue readingContinue reading

Clear Thinking Balm (for stress + headaches)

Clear Thinking Balm (for stress + headaches)

Sometimes product ideas can sit with you for months – years even – before you get around to making them.  You need a little push.  At least, I do. Recently I spent a day in Paris with Kimberly Wilson doing a natural perfumery workshop.  Giving a workshop while travelling is always a challenge – what ingredientsContinue readingContinue reading

On the search for forgotten remedies and beauty treats

On the search for forgotten remedies and beauty treats

I like to snoop around other people’s kitchens and bathrooms like most people do with bookshelves. (Ok, I like looking at bookshelves too!) This happens especially when I travel.  I’m always so curious to see what people use as a normal everyday food, remedy or beauty product, that hasn’t made it into mainstream use. When I lived in Paris,Continue reading

3 simple ways to feel better this spring

3 simple ways to feel better this spring

“What changes do you make to get ready for spring?” That’s the question I asked yesterday at the start of my spring natural beauty workshop.  Just asking the question seemed to puzzle people.  Aside from switching our wardrobe, most of us don’t think about how the change of seasons might impact how we feel.  ButContinue readingContinue reading

Dandelion & Rooibos Well-Rooted Chai

Dandelion & Rooibos Well-Rooted Chai

Do you ever have those days when thoughts are swirling in your head?  You feel a bit spacey and scattered – too much to do, not enough time.   In that state of mind, I’m never very productive.  Instead of focusing on work, I seem to just get stressed and add more items to myContinue readingContinue reading

Soothing oatmeal bath for irritated skin

Soothing oatmeal bath for irritated skin

I’ve been studying herbal medicine for almost 5 years now. About 2 years into my studying, I thought “wow, I know a lot!” … and now I’ve hit a point 5 years in, where I feel like I don’t know anything at all. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? In the beginning of learning anything,Continue readingContinue reading

Readers’ winter skincare secrets

Readers’ winter skincare secrets

One of my favorite aspects of running this community is the connection with other natural health & beauty fanatics around the world. The comments sections on many posts have turned into lively discussions about making body creams, using honey in your beauty routine, eating excessive kale, traditional cough and cold remedies and the oil cleansing method!Continue readingContinue reading

Warming Herbal Teas

Warming Herbal Teas

We’re in the depths of winter.  And it’s cold. (Not nearly as cold here in London as it is in the States this year!  But still.  I feel the cold!) Who doesn’t like a cup of tea to warm them up on a cold morning?  And with a little insight into traditional herbal remedies, youContinue readingContinue reading

Finding balance in an always changing life.

Finding balance in an always changing life.

Have you ever tried standing a balance board? If you hold you position exactly, you’ll fall off.  You constantly need to make little adjustments, nudges here and there, to keep upright. Balance isn’t a permanently fixed state, especially in a busy, ever-changing life. (And life is always changing, isn’t it?  Try as we might toContinue readingContinue reading