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Through the ages, people have used homemade beauty treatments, from henna and kohl in ancient Egypt to the terrifying use of lead in face products in the eighteenth century. More recently, with the rise of the Hollywood film star, glamour has become even more important to women. Even prior to and during the Second World War, cosmetic houses were bringing out more and more ‘must-have products’, but during wartime it was very difficult to get hold of simple lipstick, powder or face cream. For this reason, ‘make do with what you have’ was what women such as my mum had to do.

These days beauty products, both commercially produced and homemade, are a passion of mine and give me great pleasure. Yes, I do buy moisturiser, lipstick and face colours and a good sun-screen, but other beauty products, such as cleansers, toners and face masks, I tend to make myself. The benefits are many: you know what you are putting on your face; they work just as well as some of the shop-bought products and, best of all, they are much cheaper.

This guide gives a short introduction in having a go at doing this yourself! Including recipes for; facial cleansers, masks and scrubs, as well as moisturisers, toners and hair treatments. 

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