About the Book: The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible features rigorously tested award-winning products so readers can be sure of what they are investing in. Beauty Bible consumer surveys are recognised as the biggest independent cosmetic trials worldwide with each product going to a panel of 10 women who fill in extensive questionnaires and give the product an overall score. For The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible, a total of 2,400 women trialled thousands of products across 55 categories of skin and body care, make-up and hair care, to discover the very best that the natural arena has to offer.
About the Authors: Sarah Stacey is an award-winning beauty and health writer, and currently Health Editor of the Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine. She has written for many leading newspapers and magazines in the UK and abroad. In 1994, she was elected the first Honorary Chair of the Guild of Health Writers UK and later co-founded the food labelling campaign FLAG.
Josephine Fairley is a Contributing Editor to the Mail on Sunday’s YOU Magazine, writing on beauty and organic living. She contributes to a wide range of publications including Psychologies, Waitrose Kitchen and Waitrose Weekend, and is launching The Perfume Society in May this year.
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Loved this lip balm: extremely rehydrating without being greasy.
Lips are softer and less dry.
I used this during labour with my little baby girl – such a godsend with my awful dry lips – and now it always brings back happy memories and it’s kept my lips soft for kissing her.
Very moisturising, nourishing and long lasting; did not need to be reapplied.
Gave a lovely sheen for a natural no-make-up look; makes a great base for lipstick, too.
I’ve never come across a body wash that acts like a rich, nourishing moisturiser – it’s everything that dry, dehydrated skin needs.
The nicest-smelling body wash I’ve ever used; the almond scent was still on my skin hours later.
Using this while shaving my legs left them looking super-smooth and smelling great.
I have had to hide this shower oil from family members!.
How can an oily product be so cleansing, light, refreshing, and smell pleasantly fragrant, too? It’s utterly wonderful’.
My hair is fine and difficult, and I like my usual shampoo – but now I’m a total convert to this one: hair looked and felt better, thicker, and in visibly better condition; the best shampoo I’ve ever used.
Love the addictive fragrance.
Hair felt fabulous, squeaky clean and bouncy, with a lovely gloss.
Love this shampoo: I don’t have to wash my hair so often, and it feels so full and shiny.
Refreshing, calming, foamed perfectly (not too much, but just right); great for morning showers.
I often find it hard to drop off to sleep and this acted as a calming aid.
I loved this product. Skin didn’t feel tight or dry after I’d showered with this gel.
the most heavenly lavender scent; this is the body wash you want to shower with in the morning to ease you into the day in the most gorgeous, pampering way.
I’m an aromatherapist and very sensitive to “synthetic” lavender, but this conveys the most natural, fresh, earthy, fragrant aroma of the lavender plant that I have ever experienced in a bodycare product.
Very effective at reducing puffiness, dark circles and refreshing the eye area but – miracle of miracles – it seems to soften crêpiness and made skin around my eyes smoother.
The first eye cream I’ve used that hasn’t irritated my eyes.
I had sore, red, dry areas at the side of my eyes which diminished after using this; my eye area is brighter, hydrated and feels much more comfortable.
Shift work entails me getting up at 4am and I’ve had several comments as to how wide-awake I look at that time in the morning – it’s got to be the cream!
Smoothed out fine lines: the whole area looks more open.
Skin felt softer with a natural glow; helped hard areas on feet, too.
Leaves a sheen on my skin that makes it look glowy and fresh.
Skin felt lovely and looked brighter.
Knees and elbows much softer after a week; no irritation or feeling of greasiness – will buy again.
Beautiful smell – nutty, with a hint of lemon and coconut’
I loved the “smell of summer” fragrance – like fresh-cut grass! And good moisturisation, without making my skin look like it was covered in chalk, as many sunscreens do.
Easy to apply and rubbed in well, ideal for people who hate a heavy-duty SPF moisturiser, or great over an ordinary day cream.
Sunk in well over my usual moisturiser, leaving a healthy glow.
Feels very comfortable on the skin.
Smells divine: very almond-y and feminine.
Cellulite looks smoother, though it’s still there; overall improvement in the look and feel of my skin.
Dimples not so horrendous, but I’d recommend this for any part of the body: skin felt amazing, thighs smoother and little bumps on my arms have disappeared.
Loved the golden shimmer on my skin.
Loved the fragrance – totally addictive (it’s the ylang-ylang).
Very pleased with the smooth, glossy finish – and no tangles.
I’d definitely recommend as a general conditioner; the smell is addictively gorgeous.
I find most conditioners for dry hair have a thick consistency, but this was different: light and runny – so I was pleasantly surprised to find it really conditioned right to the dry ends of my hair.
This is a joy to use: my feet felt lovely and warm after use.
The skin on my heels is much smoother after an overnight application.
This eased swollen feet after a day standing and walking.
Feet felt just great straight after I put on this cream, and stay much softer after a few days’ use.
Amazing: the cream went from being completely white and opaque in my hand to invisible on the face.
Skin appeared smooth, clear, well-moisturised, with no oily patches – felt wonderful, very light.
Really like the gentle glow this gives.
Has a subtle smell of summer; felt very comfortable to wear’
Feels rich, creamy, packed with good ingredients and made me feel like I was feeding my skin – love it.
My face is more radiant and healthy looking.
Delivers a lovely dewy glow.
A well-designed pot: I could get out just what I wanted, so no wastage.
Skin feels beautifully hydrated – this is a truly effective moisturiser.
Dry areas felt soothed, smoothed and glistened with health – leaving the most soft, luxurious-feeling arms and legs I’ve ever had!
Will buy again – has replaced my regular body cream which I’ve been loyal to for years.
Much better than other shea butter products I’ve used; absorbed very quickly for smoother, softer post-holiday skin.
With a texture like double cream this is a real luxury, leaving a delicate sheen.
Loved this body cream: smelt divine, was easy to use, quick to absorb and particularly effective on elbows, feet and knees.
Skin texture has improved, fine lines less visible, bigger wrinkles slightly blurred – complexion brighter, too; friends commented on how nice my skin is looking lately.
The side of my face I’ve been using the cream on looks more dewy and fresh; lines around my mouth less pronounced on the side I’ve put it on – I adore it.
Makes me feel spoiled using it: decadent, like a huge treat with its bottle and thick, luxurious, creamy texture. I will definitely buy again as soon as I’ve finished this.
This cream has boosted my self-esteem: it has improved the look of my skin, plus wrinkles so much less noticeable.
Skin does look better on the side I use the cream on; I am desperate to slather this stuff over both sides of my face!’ me before.
Cellulite improved and skin looked better; smells lovely, texture gorgeous. A perfect 10/10.
After a few uses it was noticeable how much more elastic my skin looked; stretch marks were softer.
Really impressed with visible results; smells refreshing.
The fragrance is divine: almond-y but not in a sickly marzipan way; find myself sniffing my arm for a whiff‘.
Good results: firmness improved – I didn‘t think any cream would smooth my dimples.
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