The Herbal Alternative

In the last month of summer, catch a golden tan with a suntan lotion concoction that you can make yourself with a few simple ingredients found at most grocery or herbal stores. While you may find it unconventional (or disgusting) to rub some of these kitchen ingredients on yourself, remember they have therapeutic properties that actually improve skin condition (click links for more information). Do what’s good for you, girl!

Sesame Suntan Lotion**:

  1.  Melt the lanolin. Warm the oil, then gradually bind the two together

    Bergamot Flower

  2. Add the rosewater and vinegar, beating vigorously to create the lotion
  3. When cool, add the oil of bergamot. Bottle and label for use as required.
    (Bergamot is the active tanning incredient, and the recommended maximum is 2% as a safe level)
What’s the upside of mixing your own beauty products out of natural ingredients?

1. Cost, for instance, is actually a huge factor– many commercial products are costly due to funds spent on advertising, packing, distribution, and testing. A few simple ingredients can make a great, inexpensive beauty product. In case you don’t like it, or it doesn’t work for you, you can reuse the ingredients for a different beauty product (herbal ingredients are incredibly versatile). This is opposed to tossing out an entire bottle of something, and many cosmetics are non-refundable after opening.

2. Your health is another consideration in choosing your beauty and cosmetic products. While many women have sensitive skin allergies, chemicals and synthetics used in commercial products make it hard to avoid irritation when ingredients are not explicitly listed (which they rarely are). By making your own beauty products or cosmetics, you have more control over the quality of the ingredients you are rubbing into your skin and hair. Recommended herbs are therapeutic and can even be beneficial to your health and beauty! These same herbs have probably been used for centuries and have extensively researched properties that are easy for you to research yourself.

3. Everyone else this summer smells like Ocean Potion or Hawaiian Tropic– so why not stand out?

**Taken from The Complete Book of Herbs by Lesley Bremness, a London designer turned Herbalist

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