Beautiful indulgences

Crabtree & Evelyn’s New Citron, Honey and Coriander Body Care collection is a delightful way to bring a breath of spring into dreary winter days. The luxurious line is inspired by the crisp scents of lush Mediterranean orchards.

 
The line is full of botanicals and contains a combination of vitamin-rich fruit extracts. The products are also blended with purifying herbs, luxurious shea butter, evening primrose oil as well as AHA sugar acids, to smooth and refine your skin. This Crabtree & Evelyn line leaves your skin feeling soft, rejuvenated and pampered even in the most drying weather.
 
The light citrus fragrance mixed with notes of sweet honey, juniper and cypress, and is finished with just a hint of peppery coriander seed. There are few things that make a woman feel more pampered than a whole range of luxurious bath and body products.
 
Print this out if you feel your honey needs help with Valentine’s Day shopping. Most men appreciate helpful hints. Or treat yourself, your mother, or a friend. Prices range between $10 and $28.
 
The line is free from all parabens, phthalates, sulfates, propylene glycol, and mineral oil. The collection includes: Skin Indulging Body Soufflé, Skin Smoothing Body Scrub, Skin Cleansing Bath & Shower Gel, Skin Quenching Body Lotion and a Refreshing Body Bar.
 
 
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Sweet face

Raw honey is good for the skinA masque is one of my regular beauty pick-me-ups. It has been since I was a beauty-crazed teen. A sweet honey masque in one of my all-time favourites because it works for all skin types and leaves skin soft, dewy, and calm. Honey has antibacterial properties. Because of its ability to kill bacteria, it has been traditionally used to treat wounds and prevent infection. Its antibacterial properties come from propolis and naturally-derived hydrogen peroxide. Propolis is a thick mixture that bees retrieve from trees and flowers. The hydrogen peroxide in honey is released slowly when it is mixed with fluids, including the natural ones on your skin. Scientific studies show that honey reduces inflammation and increases blood flow, too.

 
Make a fabulous honey masque by mixing two teaspoons of rawhoney with cosmetic clay or ground oatmeal. The clay or oatmeal helps absorb impurities from your skin and keep the honey from running all over your face.  You can grind a small amount of oatmeal in your blender and keep it in a jar. Otherwise, you can use colloidal oatmeal from the drug store or cosmetic clay.
 
Raw honey is essential. I like Gaia Medicinal Honey. Gaia makes some of my favourite high-quality herbals.
 
Try this masque. If you love it as much has I do, it will become part of your regular regime. I like to do it a few times a week, as the seasons change.
 

 

 

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The sweet lowdown on the mystique of honey

Sweeter than wineVan Morrison sang about a woman as sweet as Tupelo honey. The Bible talks about a land of milk and money. In the middle ages, ladies of the castle fermented honey to make mead.  The lovely actress Catherine Zeta Jones uses it on her face with a salt scrub as a beauty treatment. In the U.S. South, honey is dribbled on flakey biscuits dripping with butter for an iconic regional treat. There is no doubt that honey with its sweet, musky, nuances of flavour has a mystique.
 
However you like your honey, it is sweet, delectable, and irresistible. We asked the National Honey Board’s expert Bruce Wolk to give us the lowdown on honey.
 
DD: Is honey fattening?
BW: Honey has only 21 calories per teaspoon, so it is very equivalent to refined sugar.
 
DD: How many varieties of honey are there? What is the most common?
BW: In the United States there are 300 varieties of honey. The most common — from a mono-floral source — is clover honey.
 
DD:  Special types of honey are very expensive.  Are these more healthful than cheaper honey? What determines the price of honey?
BW: The cost of a pound of honey at retail is only slightly more expensive than a frappucino! Yet, a pound of honey can easily last a month or two. The most expensive honey is usually imported from France or Italy, and consumers usually pay an up-charge for these due to import duties. We usually don’t use words such as healthful or healthy in association with honey. Honey is a natural sweetener with unique flavors, colors, and even aromas.
 
DD:  Is honey a natural anti-oxidant?  Is it also a natural antibiotic? And does it have any other natural "healing properties?"
BW: Honey has trace amounts of anti-oxidants, but far, far less than blueberries, chocolate, molasses, and many other foods. We don’t tout its anti-oxidant properties. Honey’s healing and antibiotic properties are all anecdotal and have not been proven in double-blind studies conducted in a legitimate research setting. We can say that honey appears to be a good cough suppressant and of course, the energy message. Honey is a great source of energy.
 
DD: What do you serve honey with besides on fruit, cereal, tea, and toast?
BW: Honey is an extremely versatile ingredient used in thousands of recipes.  Unlike other sweeteners, the varieties of honey all have different flavors.  To get an idea of the range of ingredient usage, go to www.honey.com and look up the recipe database.
 
DD: Can honey be used in baking? There are recipes for honey cake, but can you use it otherwise?
BW: Honey has been used in baking for centuries. It is especially wonderful in breads.
 
DD: There is a famous song with the lyric "she’s as sweet as Tupelo honey". What is Tupelo honey?
BW: The Tupelo shrub is found in North Florida; it produces a distinct honey found nowhere else in the U.S.
 
DD: Some women put honey on their skin as a moisturizer and anti-aging treatment?  Why would this work?
BW: Honey attracts moisture, so it is a skin moisturizer and helps to reduce wrinkles.
 
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