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Publix GreenWise Market Magazine - September 2007

Recipe for Beauty
Work some makeover magic using ingredients found in the grocery aisle.

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Recipe for BeautyA well-stocked kitchen offers everything you need to concoct some of the most rejuvenating beauty treatments imaginable. You just have to get creative! And if by chance you're out of a key ingredient, such as olive oil, just ask a neighbor if you can borrow a cup.

"When you make beauty products at home, look for fresh ingredients such as rich oils, fresh fruits, and whole-milk dairy products," says Janice Cox, author of three best-selling books on the subject of natural beauty, including Natural Beauty at Home (Owl Books, 2002).

Today's modern beauty products descend from ancient and folk remedies, which often originated in the kitchen. "They started out of necessity and have continued because they work," Cox says.

Cox keeps these five versatile - and edible - items in stock for at-home beauty treatments:

  • Eggs - wonderful for making hair conditioning packs and facial masks
  • Oatmeal - for an all-over scrub
  • Lemons - to treat rough spots, such as heels and elbows
  • Sour cream - as a deep-cleansing and moisturizing facial mask
  • Baking soda - great for a soothing muscle soak
  • Making your own beauty products at home is easy, fun, and affordable, Cox says. "It's also relaxing to do something creative and pampering for yourself."

Morning Buzz Body Scrub
¼ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon grape seed oil (olive or canola oil may be substituted)
1 egg white
¼ cup freshly ground coffee
2 tablespoons wheat germ

In mixing bowl combine buttermilk, honey, oil, and egg white; mix thoroughly. Slowly add coffee and wheat germ, being careful to avoid clumping. Scrub should be smooth and creamy but with a slight grit. Allow to stand. Apply all over in shower or bath, using a washcloth or body sponge to aid exfoliation. Rinse completely. Towel dry and apply moisturizer. Chill remaining scrub, if necessary.

Yield: 1 or 2 treatments

Courtesy of the National Honey Board

Sugar Scrub
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Mix together all ingredients. Massage into clean hands and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Finish off with a rich hand cream or a dab of olive oil.

Yield: 1 treatment

Courtesy of Janice Cox

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