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Fashion Flash Book Review: Natural Beauty Alchemy by Fifi Maacaron
In the past year I have become increasingly concerned about the chemicals that are all around us- in our food, the air we breathe and especially in the products we use for our skin and hair care. Sometimes when I read the label on a jar I am amazed (horrified?) at the long list that manufacturers can get into such a tiny bottle. When I saw this book at Barnes and Noble, I was drawn to the natural and organic recipes. The author,Fifi Maacron is a trained pharmacist and her compounding skill is present in every recipe.
Nautural Beauty Alchemy covers just about every body part that you want to clean and protect. I am a self admited mask junkie and this book has many options for any skin type. I loved the peeling mask made from yogurt, aloe vera, honey and ground oatmeal to boost exfoliation. Oatmeal is truely a super beauty ingredient (and food) and Maacaron uses it frequently to take advantage of its anti-inflammatory and anti-acne properties.
I am equally obcessed with toners. I love the way a good toner refreshes my skin, but too many commercial products are high in alcohol, perfume and/or preservatives. Natural Beauty Alchemy is packed with some of the easiest and effective homemade toner recipes. The almond milk toner with olive oil and rosewater is perfect when weather turns cold and grey; The astringent toner that is an unusual combo of black tea, witch hazel and apple cidar is incredible on a hot humid day.
The recipes use common kitchen ingredients and a few inexpensive items from your local health food store For example the body polish mixes almond oil, olive oil and rose oil, while the simple and uber natural body scrub mixes brown sugar with olive oil. And IMHO the recipes for sage toner is worth the price of the book and a spot on my now sagging beauty book shelves.
In the past three years I have lost too many friends who died way too young. It has become very hard to concentrate solely on appearances when real heath problems are effecting so many women in our lives. In the coming weeks, I will be exploring health issues for women and what we need to do to stay alive and healthy.