Author Archives: Amanda

coconut oil

coconut oil

Over the past couple of years, coconut oil has transformed from a saturated fat laden demon to a must-have ingredient in every health-conscious foodie’s pantry. But long before the recent coconut oil obsession, it was used for health and beauty in tropical regions around the world. If you’ve ever used coconut oil, you’ve probably noticed one unique property: itContinue readingContinue reading

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar and beauty don’t really seem to go together, do they? But apple cider vinegar has a long history of being used for health and beauty.  Even today there are books (and numerous websites) devoted to extolling the virtues of this common kitchen cupboard ingredient. So why would you, the modern woman, want to addContinue readingContinue reading

Kitchen science experiments: Violets and pH

Kitchen science experiments: Violets and pH

Let me tell you a story about a sunny afternoon walk… that turned into a major research project. Oh what a sunny, gorgeous day in early March.  Dragging myself away from the computer, I headed outside, only to stumble across what can only be described as a carpet of violets in the grass.  Immediately inspired, I thoughtContinue readingContinue reading

Violet Syrup

Violet Syrup

That gentle, spring, powdery scent of fresh violets.  It’s an old-fashioned smell.  It reminds me of powdery old-lady kisses and victorian valentines and heavily-curtained, doily-covered sitting rooms. But violets also remind me of spring.  That first burst of gentle spring, where you can’t quite believe that these delicate flowers are actually pushing up through the so-recently-frozenContinue reading

An early spring forage in London

An early spring forage in London

If you live in chillier climes (say, the North Eastern United States) where you’re still fully in winter’s grasp, let me apologize in advance for this overly optimistic, springy, green post. Despite my regular comments about the gray English weather – Spring is officially underway here in London.  It’s such a relief after months of grayContinue reading

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