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Although all the ingredients in these beauty recipes are natural, remember that it is still possible to be allergic to anything applied to the skin. DO NOT USE ANYTHING NUT BASED ON YOUR SKIN IF YOU HAVE A NUT ALLERGY. To test other ingredients make up a very small amount of the recipe you intend to use. Wash and gently dry a small patch of skin inside your elbow. Apply a little of the mix to the skin and leave for 48 hours. If you experience any redness or swelling DO NOT USE THE BEAUTY RECIPE AT ALL.

We strongly recommend that you do your own research before using any of the ingredients in these recipes since some ingredients should be avoided by certain groups of people. Mountain Rose Herbs' website has a wealth of information on herbs, their uses and possible side effects. Many essential oils and herbs should always be avoided by pregnant/nursing ladies. Always check with a qualified health advisor if in doubt.

Credit Crunch Cosmetics

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The Credit Crunch is here and we all may need to tighten our belts. It has always been a hotly debated point as to whether expensive beauty products are highly priced because of their ingredients and efficacity or because of the packaging and brand name. It is said that some cheaper lotions and potions are just as good as the more costly ones. As fuel and food bills soar now be a good time to put this theory to the test.

One tried and tested old favourite is Aqueous Cream which comes in large pots at a very low price. It can be used as a cleanser with or without water and as a moisturiser. It is unscented and non-sticky.

Another product which is very reasonably priced is Crowe's Cremine. Originally this cream was marketed as a cleansing cream for actors to remove heavy grease paint but it is equally effective for ordinary use.

After cleansing diluted Witch Hazel or Rosewater can be used on cotton wool instead of expensive toning lotions.

Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly is a wonderfully cheap and versatile product. It can be used as a lip softener and gloss and as a general moisturiser for any chapped, dry areas of skin. A tiny amount can be used to keep the eyebrows in place and it is excellent for warding off hard skin on the foot and for healing cracks in the fingers.

Hair need not be neglected either. Solid coconut oil makes a good hair conditioning treatment. A little can be melted in the hands and applied in the hair. Wrap a towel around the head and leave for 15 minutes. The oil should then be shampooed out. Coconut Oil can be obtained very cheaply in the shops. Olive Oil can be used in much the same way. A little of these oils goes a long way so don't be tempted to overload your hair. Almond oil is a very softening oil, reasonably priced and excellent for conditioning the nails.

It is rumoured that if models get a spot on their face they dab the blemish with a tiny blob of toothpaste. This is supposed to be very effective at drying out spots and is also much cheaper than costly remedies. Witch Hazel, used neat, can help improve a spotty complexion and is very reasonably priced. It is also available as a gel.

Many chemists/pharmacists stock large bottles of very reasonably priced colognes, Lavender, Eau de Cologne and sometimes Lemon Grass. These are really useful as a cheap body splash for every day use or to pour into an atomiser to carry in your handbag.

You really don't need to take out a mortgage to keep your skin fresh, moist and beautiful. It needn't cost a King's ransom to smell pretty either. Have a good look in your local shops, especially the old fashioned ones and you can find your beauty solutions in bumper sizes at tiny prices to see you through the other side of the financial squeeze.