Author Archives: Amanda

Beeswax

Beeswax

“That’s none of your beeswax.” – English idiom Simple truth: beeswax rocks. How do you transform an oil into a lip balm, salve or ointment?  Beeswax. How do you thicken an emulsion of water and oil to make a luxurious face or body cream?  Beeswax. How do you make those fantastically curly and elaborate moustachesContinue readingContinue reading

Honey

Honey

“She was one of those languid women, made of dark honey, smooth and sweet, and terribly sticky, who take control of a room with a syrupy gesture, a toss of the hair, a single slow whiplash of the eyes — and all the while remain as still as the centre of a hurricane, apparently unawareContinue readingContinue reading

Salt.

Salt.

Salt.  It’s everywhere – on every restaurant table, in every kitchen cupboard, in every grocery store worldwide.  It’s easy to take such a simple ingredient for granted. But dig below the surface, and salt is so much more than just salt.  Yes there’s the ‘pouring’ kind supplemented with iodine – a kind of everyman’s salt –Continue readingContinue reading

Thai Market Tour

Thai Market Tour

Fellow market-obsessed travelers (or armchair travelers), this post is for you. I love to travel.  And when I travel, I love, love, love to visit markets!  Outdoor fruit + veg markets, indoor food markets, vintage and antique markets, everyday ‘stuff’ type markets, book markets, little village markets and big urban markets – I love themContinue readingContinue reading

Natural Beauty Workshops at Trill Farm

Natural Beauty Workshops at Trill Farm

Approaching a table of natural beauty ingredients, is like walking into a (calorie free!) candy shop.  So many possibilities and essential oil blends to create.  So many nourishing oils.  So much wild foraged bounty to infuse into our products. Yes, there’s a lot to learn about making natural beauty products.  It can be quite scientific andContinue reading

Foraging for Beauty

Foraging for Beauty

Sometimes, what you’re meant to do just finds you. It turns out that I’m The Beauty Forager.  Who knew? I never intended that to happen.  In fact, when I first moved to England 6 years ago, my experience with foraging was limited to some wild strawberries and blueberries in our backyard.  I remember my mother telling me to chew red cloverContinue reading

6 must-have natural beauty ingredients

6 must-have natural beauty ingredients

Don’t you need a lot of special ingredients to make your own beauty products? I’m asked this question a lot in my workshops.  It seems like you’d need a ton of expensive oils and hard to find ingredients to make effective natural beauty products.  I thought the same thing too, before I started making them myself. MuchContinue reading

Natural bug repellent recipe

Natural bug repellent recipe

My natural deodorant must be working too well, because on my recent trip to Thailand I was just irresistible to mosquitos.* And when I say ‘mosquitos’, I mean flying tigers with giant syringe-like mouths that arrive silently, drink their fill, and leave me with a huge itchy welt. Seriously, Thai mosquitos are another species entirely! *Before IContinue readingContinue reading

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